"What about it?” I hear you say. Well, I think it’s important to highlight just how crucial this simple liquid is to our wellbeing and ultimately, our survival.
We all know the old saying about surviving for 3 weeks without food but we can only survive 4 days without water…………..quite scary when you put it like that isn’t it? That just goes to show how important it is for us to consume enough water on a daily basis just to survive, never mind about the extra added benefits you’ll experience when you take on an adequate amount each day.
I wanted to take the opportunity to remind ourselves why it’s so crucial and the benefits it will give us if we hydrate ourselves properly.
I can confidently say that I quiz every single client I come across about how well they hydrate themselves on a daily basis. It varies wildly - anything from 2-4 litres per day right down to “well, I have a couple of cups of tea throughout the day”. Throws hands up in horror! I can think of members of my own family who are terrible at making sure they drink enough fluids throughout the day. I shall not name and shame but you know who you are! It never ceases to amaze me how little people appreciate the benefits of this simple daily act. And I’ve also heard all the excuses - I don’t accept any of them just so you know. It’s not a hardship, it’s not impossible, it’s not disgusting. I couldn’t possibly drink that much etc etc. Yes, when you start to increase your intake you will probably have to make a few more loo stops over the course of the day but, your body is a very clever thing and will quickly regulate itself and start to use the increased volume in so many beneficial ways.
IMPORTANT - What I will state though is that I never advise anyone to go from zero to 2 litres of water in a day or two. That’s not a clever thing to do and the only thing you’ll achieve is flushing out various salts etc from your body and you’ll put your system out of whack. What I do advise is to start to increase fluid intake gradually over a number of days - it then doesn’t feel like too much of a shock and you won’t overwhelm your system. Before you know it, you’ll be up to 2 litres a day and it won’t feel like a chore at all. It is better if it’s just good old fashioned water but if you’re one of those people who ‘don’t like the taste’ (really??) then a couple of slices of lemon in it is always good. Even a little bit of squash in it, for me, is better than nothing at all. No, flavoured water is not an option.
Personally, I aim to drink at the minimum 1 litre per day but normally manage just over 2 litres. For some reason - call me strange - I find it easier to drink from a sports bottle rather than a glass but it’s a personal preference so go with what suits you.
Ok so now for the benefits - I won’t include them all but here’s just an small example:
Zero calories - sometimes you’re not hungry, you’re actually just thirsty. It also reduces bloating and helps boost your metabolism
More Energy - if you’re dehydrated you’ll have less energy and will feel more tired
Cleanser - our body uses water to help in flushing out waste and toxins
Skin - our skin will appear healthier and will appear more plump
Digestion - it helps our body digest our food better and move food through our digestive system
Helps liver function
Regulates body temperature
Lubricates your joints
Can reduce headaches and help with concentration
So is that enough to convince you? Now you might begin to realise that we’re asking you for a reason when you come in for a massage and why we tell you to make sure that you properly hydrate after your session. Deep tissue massage has an impact on a number of systems within your body. For example, it stimulates blood flow through your soft tissues and muscles and it stimulates the lymphatic system to help with the removal of toxins and waste. The digestive system can also be stimulated (remember those gurgly tummies when you have a massage?). We also mention that you can feel a bit achey after a session and this is your body’s way of removing the bad stuff and in 24hrs or so you’ll start to feel so much better. Making sure you’re properly hydrated will help tremendously and you’ll be feeling on top of the world again in no time.
I know that we may sound like a broken record and that we seem to harp on about hydrating well but there are (many) valid reasons for asking the question and ensuring that you get back to feeling great as soon as possible and continuing with that feeling.
If you’re feeling a little out of sorts or have that ‘I just don’t feel 100%’ kind of feeling then have a look at your daily water consumption and improve it where possible. Come for a massage too - you’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel afterwards and you don’t have to be a sportsman/woman, gym bunny or have an injury to feel the benefits. Everyday postural issues can cause problems (sitting down in front of pc’s for extended periods, using smart phones/tablets etc). Addressing the soft tissues of the body and helping to realign them and releasing any tension held can have a great effect on your whole wellbeing.