Are you dehydrated?
Our bodies are made of mostly water, so it is not surprising that the summer heat can cause a wide range of problems if we are not maintaining our fluid levels.
Mild dehydration can lead to:
Constipation/Decreased urine output and discoloration
Thirst often interpreted as hunger sugar/carbohydrate cravings
Proper hydration can eliminate a percentage of the complaints you may come to us with, but more importantly it can prevent scenarios where massage makes conditions worse. Massage itself is dehydrating. We are moving muscles that work as a pump for the fluids in your body. When we break up areas of unhealthy muscles, it allows oxygen and fluids to flow back to those areas that have been restricted and metabolic waste is released and must be flushed out. If you are not hydrated before or after your massage you may experience many of the symptoms listed above, particularly headache, nausea an soreness.
Tips to Stay Hydrated
While there is no scientifically founded consensus on the amount of fluids we should be drinking, there are some guidelines that can help us to stay hydrated this summer.
#1 Drink Water...Seems obvious but we know A LOT of you don't. Carry a water bottle with you and set a goal for yourself.
#2 But not TOO much water. Drinking too much water in a short period of time can lead to the sodium levels in the blood becoming too diluted, this is known as hyponatremia. Be sure to replace your electrolytes if you are losing a lot of fluids.
PLEASE NOTE: Waters such as Smart Water that contain electrolytes do not have sufficient amounts to replace electrolyte loss. These drinks will say something close to "electrolytes added for taste." If you want a low calorie, low sugar option try the Emergen-C packets (after consulting your doctor of course).
#3 Drink other fluids including tea, coffee, juices, milk and soups. Beer and margaritas do not count here; Keep in mind that alcohol is actually dehydrating.
#4 A portion of our fluids should come from food. Fruits and veggies with high water content such as watermelons, strawberries, lettuce, peppers and citrus not only provide lots of important nutrients, but are also tasty options for reaching your hydration goals.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns please call, text or email us! Have a safe and happy Summer!
The Resilience Massage and Wellness Team