You are not drinking enough water.
I know this because nine in ten people I treat are dehydrated.
Most of us are supplementing pure water with flavoured drinks, soda and coffee. Most of us are lethargic, or suffering from headaches and muscle aches because we’re low on H2O.
If there was one piece of advice I had to give, it would be to drink more water. Simple advice with incredible benefits.
We are liquid. Our bodies are made up of nearly 70% water. It’s is in our cells, our organs, our blood and our skin. The ultimate, essential life force.
Water keeps our organs strong and healthy. All of our vital organs including the brain, the heart, the lungs and muscles are all composed of 60-80% water. Water is absorbed into our bloodstream, carrying with it all the necessary vitamins and nutrients our organs need.
Water helps to break down our food. The carbohydrates and proteins we eat as fuel are broken down and metabolized through our bloodstream in a process called hydrolysis (hydro meaning water and lysis meaning loosening or splitting). A lack of water prevents hydrolysis from occurring, which leads to constipation, pain and bloating.
Water eliminates toxins from the body through urination. Luckily, our bodies give us a read on how hydrated we are through the colour of our urine. A dark yellow colour means we need to drink more water. A light, almost translucent colour is a sign of a hydrated body.
The list of benefits goes on to include:
- weight loss
- clearer skin
- increased energy
- regulated body temperature
- fresh breath
- shiny hair
- better sleep
As a massage therapist, I can feel dehydration by the texture of my clients’ skin and fascia. Dehydrated fascia is hard, rough and difficult to move through. My hands get “stuck” on the hardened fascia, which is where I have to work to unstick and release the cells. Hydrated fascia feels like slow, smooth taffy. It is pliable and strong.
How much water should we drink daily? 2-3 litres per day for a healthy adult. If you’re physically active, 3-4 litres per day is required because of the fluid loss during exercise.