There is one simple way to be healthier and feel more vital. Drink more water! You have probably heard that our bodies are around 60% water, and that it is absolutely essential to maintain the water levels in our body. Water increases energy production and helps maximise physical performance. It’s essential for our kidneys and other bodily functions. Drinking plenty of water also helps prevent and relieve headaches. Wellness Gateway massage therapists often see clients with muscle dehydration, and we recommend that you drink 8 glasses a day which helps immensely. Headaches are often caused by either muscle dehydration or tension due to stress. Water helps our mental state as well. A fluid loss of even just 1% or 2% can reduce motivation, increase fatigue, and impair mood, memory and concentration. Water assists you to be brighter and more focussed.
Research shows that a higher water intake can boost the immune system, improve skin complexion and aid weight loss. It’s such a simple way to stay healthy and it’s free and plentiful. Even if you choose bottled water it’s still cheaper than sugary or caffeinated alternatives. Sometimes we get asked if coffee counts towards our daily water intake, but caffeine (and alcohol) are both diuretics, meaning they make you lose more water than they put in and may actually make dehydration worse. Clients often say that they would like to drink more water but forget due to the busy nature of their lives. One simple tip is to take a 1 litre water bottle to work and sit it on your desk. Keep sipping it as the day goes by and you will keep yourself hydrated and focused. As you drink it feel gratitude for your water. In some countries less than half the population has access to fresh drinking water.
We are blessed to have access to beautiful fresh water. Enjoy