If you’ve ever had one of my massages, you know how it always ends: a big glass of water and a strong reminder to continue to drink water throughout your day. Why? What’s so important about water? Let’s start at the beginning:

The most important glass of the day is first thing in the morning, because your muscles dehydrate when you’re sleeping. (Did you know your muscles are 70% water?) But even if that were not the case, I’d recommend it anyway because water benefits your body in so many ways, such as:

  • Boosting your metabolism
  • Lubricating your joints
  • Helping your kidneys
  • Aiding digestion and bowel function

If you don’t drink enough water, your overall health will decline. How much is enough? We suggest dividing your body weight by two, take that number and drink that many ounces of water  a day. For example, if you weighed 100 lbs, dividing by 2 equals 50. This person should drink 50 ounces of water a day. (see note at bottom of story for some smartphone apps that can help you track your daily water intake)

So that’s the basic background on why you should drink plenty of water. What does water have to do with massages? Plenty!

Drinking water before your massage helps hydrate your muscles so they’re easier to manipulate. Massage stimulates circulation and expresses water, salt, minerals, and toxins from your muscles. Drinking water after a massage flushes out the waste materials, which results in less muscle soreness and aching, and re-hydrates your muscles. The symptoms of muscle dehydration include:

  • muscle cramps
  • aches and pains
  • weakness and fatigue

Don’t reverse all the benefits of your massage by neglecting to properly hydrate your body and your muscles afterwards. So raise your glass of pure, clean water to keeping you healthy!
Cheers!

by Licensed Massage Therapist, Rena Leverence

Balanced Health and Wellness is Northwest Houston and Katy’s premier medical wellness center, focused on providing individualized care for anyone seeking to achieve and maintain optimal wellness. From the nurturing decor to knowledgeable staff–experience the difference.

Smartphone Applications to Help Track Water Intake
Read our related post on smartphone applications that can help you keep up with your recommended daily water intake.

Share Your Ideas
Are you good at keeping up with your water intake? Please share with us how you do it! We’d love to collect and share your ideas in a future blog post. Please tell us, in the comment section below, any tips and tricks you have for keeping yourself hydrated.

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