Water 101!

  • Published on February 19, 2018

    By: Alice Natochin : Licensed Massage Therapist & Massage Therapy Instructor at La’ James International College Iowa City.

    Water is one of the most essential elements to health. It is so important that your body has a specific management system to prevent dehydration and to ensure survival. The Human brain is made up of 95%, Blood is 82% and our lungs are 90%. Body weight is approximately 60% of water.

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    Your body uses water in all cells, organs and tissues to help regulate its temperature and maintain body functions. Because your body loses the water through breathing, sweating & digestion, it is important to always rehydrate! Adequate water intake enables your body to excrete waste through perspiration, urination & defecation. The kidneys and liver use it to help flush out waste, as do our intestines.

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    Many individuals meet their daily hydration needs by simply drinking water when thirsty. According to a report on nutrient recommendations from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, symptoms of dehydration are thirst, dry mouth, headache, fatigue, dizziness, increased heartbeat & dry skin.

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    Drinking water before a massage makes it easier for your Massage Therapist to manipulate the muscle tissue. Muscles contain 70% of water. So, in order to prolong the benefits of your massage, drink water!… Before & After! Water helps to flush your system and clear toxins from your body systems. After your massage stay away from caffeinated, alcoholic or sugary beverages for the next 24 hours.

    Stay healthy and hydrated!      

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    Pictured & Author: Alice Natochin : Licensed Massage Therapist & Massage Therapy Instructor at La’ James International College Iowa City.

    Sources: Everyday Health & Apec Water

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