I have been guilty of not drinking water as a child and even up to my early 30's because I just never felt thirsty or would drink sodas or juices. Once I understood the importance and benefits of drinking water, it connected the dots to many of the respiratory issues I was having. Becoming aware of this has made a huge impact on my health and am now feel so encouraged to remind others to stay hydrated.
According to doctors, 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. Dehydration has truly become an epidemic.
“60 percent of our bodies is composed of water, 75 percent in our muscles, 85 percent in our brains, it’s like oil to a machine,” explained Dr. Roberta Lee.
So how do we know when we're dehydrated? Our body lets us know when we experience:
It's no wonder so many people are suffering from health issues.
So What Are The Benefits of Drinking Water?
How much water should I drink?
Even though the general suggestion is 8 cups a day, we all have such different body types and lifestyles. The equation that has resonated the most with me is: HALF YOUR WEIGHT IN OUNCES (minimum). Athletes or people who are more physically active will likely need to drink more.
When should I drink water?
It is so common to go to a restaurant and receive a glass of water with a meal. However, we recommend to not drink a full glass of water with your food, otherwise, the digestive juices are diluted and it can interfere with the digestion. A sip here and there is fine, but drinking water about an hour before or after food is ideal, especially first thing in the morning.
How is this related to massage?
After every massage, the first thing we do is offer a glass of room temperature water to our client to support the cleansing process of activating the blood circulation. One of the questions on our massage intake is, how many ounces of water are you drinking per day? That way, we can check in and make sure you are getting enough water in your system.
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Elemental Bottles.14 overlooked benefits of drinking water. https://www.elementalbottles.com/blogs/news/14-overlooked-benefits-of-drinking-water
NHS Inform. Dehydration - Illnesses and Conditions. Feb. 19, 2019. https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/nutritional/dehydration
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