Posted by Jane McClurg 2 February 2017
You know when you have a massage and your therapist offers you a glass of water? They are prolonging the awesome effects of the massage by flushing out the metabolic waste that has been released from the muscle tissues...so you should continue to drink more water post massage.
But how much should we drink on a day to day basis?
Water is such an important part of our health; we are up to 70% water! We really do need to be consistent with drinking it as water assists in many daily functions such as digestion, detoxification, concentration and energy.
The cells of our body need to be hydrated to do their jobs, otherwise blood flow becomes sluggish, connective tissue/fascia becomes sticky and even vertebral discs can become dehydrated and press onto nerves.
Some signs that you may be dehydrated
How much water should we drink?
This is not a one size fits all...you may have heard the 6- 8 glasses a day but in reality just as all glasses are different sizes so are we!
Here’s a guideline:
Making sure you drink more if it is hot or if you’ve been exercising or if you’ve had caffeine.
5 Tips to Stay Hydrated.
Be aware of caffeinated drinks.
Such as coke, energy drinks, tea and coffee…too many of these a day and you start to lose water and become even more dehydrated!
Their diuretic action increases the production of urine, and results in further loss of body fluids.
Caffeine is a stimulant to the central nervous system with a wide spread effect on the body, it affects the heart and skeletal muscles, and respiration. Its use leads to increases in metabolism, temperature, blood pressure, gastric acid secretion and nervous tension.
Losses of hand steadiness, trembling and muscle tension have also been reported. This is why it is important not to have a coffee/caffeine before or after a massage!!
Start your day with a big glass of water with a squeeze of lemon juice to get your digestive system going and get a bonus Vitamin C hit!
To maintain a fluid balance is extremely important to our health and well- being, as dehydration hinders performance, coordination, motivation and concentration.
So reach for that water now and feel the difference!