HYDRATION – OR, WHY DOES MY THERAPIST TELL ME TO DRINK MORE?

 

When I see reflexology clients, whether they are new or returning, I often have cause to remind them to drink more fluids.  Now by fluids I do not mean alcohol, but water, fruit teas, juices, milk, tea and coffee are the ones I am talking about.  I do in fact give new clients a leaflet advising that they always drink more after a reflexology treatment.  But I am often still asked why, so I thought that I would take this opportunity to talk a bit more about hydration and how it affects health.

 

Now, I work on the premise that we are all individuals, and will therefore require different amounts of water depending on age, weight, activity level etc., so I will not assume that we all need the same amount of water, but the Food Standards Agency guidelines are that adults should drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day (around 1.2 litres).   A regular intake of water is essential to maintain good health, and you are advised that sipping a drink rather than swigging a glass at a time is the best way to maintain hydration levels in the body.

 

We lose hydration every time we open our mouth, to speak, cough or breathe – surprising? perhaps not.  Obviously exercising increases water loss further as we sweat to cool ourselves down.

 

 

 

 

 

We lose hydration every time we open our mouth….

 

 

 

 

 

 Our Brains are 75/85% water





Water is essential to life…..








Drink regularly during the day




 


 

 

 

Water is always best

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our bodies need hydration, water is essential to life.  It accounts for about 65% of an adult’s body weight, and helps our body to carry out crucial functions such as temperature regulation, waste product movement (dehydration can lead to a lack of movement of stools for instance), lubrication of our joints, and acting as a shock absorber.

 

Our brains are 75-85% water, so poor hydration can have an adverse affect on how we concentrate, and every day mental performance. Lack of water can in fact increase feelings of irritability and anger.

 

A summary of the common symptoms of moderate dehydration include

 

  • Increased thirst
  • Dry, sticky mouth
  • Reduced concentration
  • Headaches/fuzzy head
  • Tiredness/exhaustion
  • Aching muscles
  • Decreased urine or bowel movement
  • Dark yellow or brown urine (aim for a pale ‘buttery’ yellow colour)
  • Dizziness or light headedness
  • Dry/irritated eyes

 

So why do I recommend that my clients drink more?  Well my experience shows during the treatment if the skin is showing signs of dehydration.  After a reflexology treatment you may feel some symptoms of headache or flu, and making sure that you remain hydrated usually ensures that you don’t feel this way. 

 

The reason water in particular is recommended by therapists is that the body has little else to do except absorb the water, it does not need to take out chemicals from tea, coffee or juices, but these are still all good things to drink,  rather than nothing at all.

 

 

TIPS FOR HEALTHY HYDRATION

 

  • Make sure that you have access to water even when out – take bottled water when you are at work or on the move.
  • Sip regularly during the day
  • Drink regularly during the day (not alcohol – it dehydrates not hydrates). 
  • Try drinking water before moving on to other drinks – your body can sometimes confuse dehydration with hunger, so making sure you remain hydrated may also stop snack attacks!!
  • Make sure that you drink more when you exercise or spend time in hot or air conditioned environments.
  • Young children and older people can dehydrate quickly so make sure that you offer them drinks regularly, but be aware that everyone’s needs are individual to them.

 

Bear in mind that whilst water is best, if someone will not drink water, but will drink milk, juice, tea or coffee, it is ok – in fact there are some minerals and vitamins in both milk and fruit juices.  Be aware however, that soft drinks that contain added sugar should be avoided, as they not only add calories without nutrients, but are also acidic and may affect your teeth if drunk frequently.

 

Tea, coffee and caffeinated drinks should also be avoided if you are pregnant, the Government guidelines for caffeine during pregnancy are currently 200mg a day – this is equivalent to two mugs of instant coffee, two and a half mugs of tea or 5 cans of cola.  Drinking water is therefore best for both you and baby.

 

I hope this helps answer your questions.  Drink healthily and enjoy life to the full – even I need reminding some times!!!

 

 

Why not give me a call today and arrange to come along for a FREE consultation to chat through any questions you may have.

 

Call Cherie on 07900 352324

 

   
 
 
 
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