Some Unexpected Benefits of Drinking Water

Benefits of Drinking WaterHow Much Do You Drink:  If you have been for a treatment with me, you will know that I will ask you during the consultation how much water you drink daily.  I will often also test this with a simple kineseology test.  The majority of people answer honestly that they do not drink enough.  Most people say apologetically that they drink plenty of tea/coffee/herbal tea/juice/squash but not water. So that’s okay, isn’t it? Most people say they don’t like drinking water, it’s bland, it’s boring.

Let me give you some benefits of drinking water which may not be what you expect.  Also, to help you, at the end is a calculator to work out how much you as an individual should be drinking.

Benefits of drinking waterWater at a Cellular Level:  Our bodies contain something like 70 to 100 trillion cells.  By the time you have read this short blog, 50 million of your cells will have died and will have been replaced by new cells.  This is amazing isn’t it?  Some of these cells come to the end of their life naturally and some are lost through wear and tear and the remainder self-destruct.  Every single cell in our body is carefully controlled so that we have just the right amount of each type of cell.  Cells in the stomach are replaced every 2-9 days. Cells in the skin 10-30 days.

Common sense tells us that if we have healthy cells then we have a healthy body.  So how do we ensure we have healthy cells?  Basically a healthy cell is one where the nutrients can get in easily and the toxins eliminate easily.  How do we make sure that happens?  Adequate hydration – benefits of drinking water.

Think about all the food and drink we put into our bodies.  The cells in your body are working hard to eliminate the waste.  If we are constantly dehydrated then the cells can’t elimiate the toxins and the waste, and they can’t take in new nutrients.  Everything becomes sluggish.  Every detoxification process in the body including breathing, urinating, sweating, defecating require water.  If our body stagnates through lack of fluid then the toxins become stored in places in our body – away from major organs.

Our bodies are something like 70 percent water.  Babies are about 80 to 90 percent water and elderly people are only 50 to 60 percent water.

Benefits of Drinking WaterWater and Back Pain:  Clients presenting with back pain may be able to help themselves just by drinking more water.  Yes you read that correctly.

Water plays a massive role in the health of your back and spine.  Your back ache could be because of a lack of hydration.  How?  Between your vertebrae lie disks, the outer part is tough and designed to take25% of our weight, while the inner substance is primarily water and takes 75% of our weight.  All day long as we sit and stand gravity pushes us down, water is squeezed out of those disks.  When we go to bed the disks slowly rehydrate.  This system works fine so long as we do our part – supplying adequate water levels.  What happens when we don’t?  There isn’t enough fluid to fully rehydrate the inner disk, meaning that the whole disk becomes compromised.  The inner disk fails and the outer ring has to take more weight.  You then feel pain, there can be swelling.  If we ignore this and carry on more damage occurs, hernated disks and ruptures.  One of the benefits of drinking water is preventing needless back pain.

This shows that the simplest and most effective way to reduce your back pain is simply to increase your daily intake of water.  Don’t wait until you are thirsty, by the time you are thirsty you are already dehydrated.

Symptoms of Dehydration:

  • Dark coloured urine
  • Headaches
  • Constipation
  • Confusion and irritability
  • Poor concentration – brain fog
  • Dry mouth
  • Tiredness and lethargy
  • Dizziness
  • Cramp
  • Backache

Water Consumption Calculator:

I have provided a link which takes you to an external site called h4initiative.com.  You will need your height in cms and your weight in kgs (so if you still think in imperial measurements like me then you might want to go to Google to convert your weight and height first and make a note of it before clicking on the calculator).  According to this I should be drinking 1.9 litres a day so I need to up my intake too.   CLICK HERE FOR CALCULATOR.

If you would like to read more, please take a look at this excellent blog by Health Ambition.

I hope this article gives a bit of insight into why I am always asking about your water intake!

Thanks for reading.

Sue

 

Mood and Music

mood and musicI don’t know about you, but sometimes you have a bad day, no particular reason that you can put your finger on but you feel a bit down.  I was interested recently that when I was feeling like this, and I put on some favourite Meat Loaf tracks (I know, I am getting on a bit) and suddenly my mood lifted and I was feeling happy again, singing along at the top of my voice.  Why is this I found myself wondering.

So I read up on it.  Music is ‘managed’ in the areas that deal with emotions and mood, apparently.  One of these key areas is the hippocampus and this structure is responsible for various things including the consolidation of new memories and bringing about emotional responses.  The prefrontal cortex is another area which manages extreme impulses of behaviour. Because music reaches emotion related barriers, music can be utilized as a mood changing therapy for people suffering from anxiety and depression.   Interesting, so music can uplift your mood and make you feel good.  I am sure that singing along helps even more (unless, of course, you happen to be the one listening!)

Definitely I would much rather turn the music up than take antidepressants.  I am sure the way music works also depends what memories are associated with the music and what type of music you are listening to.

When I am doing Aromatherapy treatments I normally have some relaxing music on, depending on the client’s preferences.  However with Bowen we are told during training not to have any music, and perhaps this is why, because it can change the way a person feels.  Interesting.

Leave me a comment, I would be interested to know your experiences.

 

 

Back Pain in Milton Keynes? Try Bowen Therapy

Back Pain in Milton Keynes? Try Bowen TherapyHow many people on a daily basis suffer with back pain and don’t know where to turn for help? We have all reached for the pain killers in desperation and maybe visited the GP looking for a solution. Back pain can leave you feeling helpless, with restricted movement and inability to carry out everyday activities – something as simple as putting on your own socks becomes a nearly impossible task. No one likes taking drugs because of the side effects. How many people don’t consider alternative therapies because of the reputation of the ‘quack’ physician?

Quite often the reason for back pain is poor posture, as explained in my earlier blog ‘Sitting at a Computer All Day?’. Pain often takes time to appear and by the time it does we have already developed a bad habit. One of my personal bad habits is to sit on the sofa while watching TV and unconsciously sit with one of my legs folded underneath me. I then wondered why my pelvis was frequently out of alignment until a fellow therapist pointed this out to me.

Back Pain in Milton Keynes? Try Bowen TherapyThe most common reason for people seeking Bowen Treatment is back pain although most conditions can respond well to this complementary therapy. This is because it is a holistic treatment where the therapist uses a gentle but precise series of rolling type movements which can bring relief without the need for manipulation. Although every-body is unique the average number of treatments required is three.

Once you are feeling improvement it is important to be conscious about the way you are sitting and standing on a daily basis. Observe what habits you may have fallen into and check yourself to prevent further injury. If, like me, you spend a lot of time sitting at a computer, yoga and Pilates are great ways to help you develop core strength to protect your back and increase overall flexibility.

At my clinic in Milton Keynes, free 15 minute consultations are available so that you can come and discuss Bowen treatment with me with no obligation and I can answer any questions you may have. Email Sue Jaycock, at info@choosewellbeing.co.uk to book your free consultation.  My clinic has plenty of free parking right outside and is easy to access.