One of the questions that we get from clients all the time is “What can I do to keep my skin healthy and in good condition”. The answer? Check your water intake! On average, the human body is composed of 57-60% water. Why so much? Our body uses water for everything. First, our brain and nervous system run on electrical impulses. One of the best conductors for electricity on Earth is water. Therefore, in order for all your nerves to fire properly, and for your brain to receive these impulses quickly, it is essential that your body not be dehydrated.
Also, water helps the kidneys and liver to flush toxins out of the body. During a massage, metabolic waste is pushed out of muscle cells in order to restore proper cell function, which in turn helps to restore proper muscle function. Once that metabolic waste is flushed out, it is picked up by the blood stream, and filtered through the liver and kidneys. If these organs are not properly hydrated, then the toxins are not going to be effectively removed from the body.
This leads to an overall achy, tired, drained feeling. Last, water is essential in helping the body to fully digest foods. Our large intestine uses water as a way to extract minerals and vitamins from the foods we eat. If there is not enough water in our body, then we cannot receive proper nutrition from the food we are ingesting. This leads to our muscles not being able to repair themselves from the stress and strain we frequently put them through. So, the question then becomes how much? It is actually quite easy to figure out; just take your weight, divide it in half, and that is the number of ounces of water you should consume every day. Try it for a week, I guarantee you will start to feel better!