August 2017~~~Lindy Wood LMT ~~~Muscle Relaxer
How have you been feeling lately? Most of us would allow that there’s always room for improvement when it comes to our health.
One very important benefit you can get from your regular massage sessions is im- proved cleansing of the body at the cellular level. When you think about it, you realize that it would be hard for your body to function at its best if it’s hampered with literally billions of cells that are obstructed with debris—some of which can become toxic to your system.
You’ve probably heard it many times before, but it bears repeating. When it comes to aiding your body in cleaning house, your best friend is pure, plain water. This issue is dedicated to helping you understand the many ways proper hydration is vital to your good health.
When you include an ad- equate daily water intake and regular massage in your health regimen, you are taking two significant steps to creating a happy, healthy future for yourself. If you have further questions, please ask at your next appointment. See you soon!
Exactly how important is adequate water to your health and well-being? Much more so than most of us realize, considering that approximately 3 out of 4 people are inadequately hydrated. Take a few minutes to learn a few facts that just may have a major impact on your life.
In his book, Your Body’s Many Cries For Water, Dr. F. Batmanghelidj states: “[E]very function of the body is monitored and pegged to the efficient flow of water.” He
goes on to say that some of the conditions adversely affected by dehydration include:
• poor digestion
• rheumatoid arthritis pain
• low back and neck pain
• anginal (chest) pain
• stress and depression
• high blood pressure
• elevated blood cholesterol • excess body weight
• asthma and allergies
Dr. Batmanghelidj reported seeing the above conditions reduced or eliminated in many hundreds of patients he has treated over the years simply by getting the body adequately hydrated. How can something so basic make such dramatic changes to your health?
Among its many sophisticated designs, your body is programmed to allocate water based on availability. In other words, if there is a water shortage in your body, the
most important areas are rationed the available water, while other body systems are deprived of the water needed to function properly.
Consider how chronic dehydration can affect your blood pressure. Some of the water is lost from within the cells (about
66%), another 26% is lost from water held outside the cells, and 8% is taken from
blood volume. In an effort to compensate for the loss of
this water volume, the blood vessels tend to constrict, contrib-
uting to the condition we know as hypertension.
What about low back pain?
According to Dr. Batmanghelidj, “Fully 75
percent of the weight of the upper part of the body is supported by the water volume that is stored in the disc core ... The principle in the design of all joints is for water to act as a lubricating agent, as well as bearing the force produced by weight ...”
In fact, water works its magic in many ways. Many important chemical reactions within the body are water-dependent. When water seeps through cell walls, it helps to create a sort of hydroelectric energy that is stored for later use. Proteins and other enzymes in the body tend to function better in more fluid solutions, so being properly hydrated can help your body to do its many jobs more efficiently. (see Wonderful Water ... on back page)
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Since our bodies are composed of 75 percent water, it’s easy to understand how health problems could arise when you don’t replenish your water supply. One of the most common confusions that people have about hydration is thinking that any liquid will do. Your body needs plain water, not tea, juice, or any other beverage. You can drink any of these other beverages all day long and still be dehydrated—and the average person consumes approxi- mately 50 gallons of sodas annually! Some drinks, such as alcohol, actually
Have you scheduled your next massage appointment?
Having your next session already planned offers you:
• Something special to look forward to (“It’s been a trying week, but only 3 more days until my massage!”)
• Less stress—you don’t have to think about having to call
• Peace of mind
Make regular massage sessions a way of life!
increase your levels of dehydration.
To help your body get the water it needs, try to eliminate other drinks from your diet for
the next week or two. By focusing on quenching
your thirst with just water (at least 2 quarts daily), you should begin to see for yourself how being properly hydrated can help you.
This brief overview should begin to give you the idea how vital proper hydration is to your health and your future. For
more information, consider reading Dr. Batmanghelidj’s book.
You may now better understand how adequate water intake and
regular massage go hand in hand. Bodywork tends to flush toxins and cellular
waste, which are then ready to be eliminated from the
body. Water is the medium that allows your body to accom-
plish this vital cleansing process. So be sure to include plenty of water (espe- cially before and after each massage!) and regular massage sessions in your personal wellness program!
Do you know someone who needs a little break? Give them a “mini-vacation” with a massage gift certificate—a ticket to a special destination!
Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know. —Daniel J. Boorstin
The content of this newsletter is not intended to replace professional medical advice. If you’re ill, please consult a physician.