Who wouldn’t want to prolong the effects of their massage?
One way to do this to to be sure to drink plenty of water 2-3 days leading up to the massage! Yes, prior to it!
Your body will release toxins as the muscles are pumped during the massage. Water is the vehicle by which they are removed. If there is not eonugh ‘free’ water in your system, your body will take water from your brain and other vital organs.
So drink up to make sure you maintain clarity and optimum vitality afterwards! Interested in other ways to make your massage last? Click here.
You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty!
Not drinking enough water can be the cause of many different health problems
By F. Batmanghelidj, M.D.
The human body is about 75% water and 25% solid matter. The brain is said to be 85% water and is extremely sensitive to any dehydration or depletion of its water content. It is water that regulates all the functions of the body, including the action of all the solids that water carries around.
There has been a groundbreaking medical breakthrough that is very significant. Simply put, it is the “new scientific understanding” that chronic unintentional dehydration can manifest itself in many ways–as many as we in medicine have invented diseases. Tragically, this medical breakthrough is not reaching the public through the health maintenance systems.
It is estimated that more than 110 million people in America are prone to suffer from various pains; in some cases with crippling intensity. “Pain of dehydration” afflicts Americans in various ways not usually associated with dehydration. They are:
- Arthritis: The largest sector of our society manifests their chronic unintentional dehydration in the form of arthritic pains.
- Heartburn: Reflecting dehydration, heartburn destroys many a night’s rest or a day’s peace of mind for millions of people.
- Back Pain: This devastating pain is a periodic yearly affliction for over 30 million people.
- Migraines: The debilitating pain of migraine headaches devastates the lives many.
- Colitis: This pain is associated with constipation and digestion and affects a large sector of our society.
- Fibromyalgia: The pain felt in the muscles and joints all over the body is a crippling problem.
- Angina: Since angina (chest pain) is an ominous sign of impending heart attacks and possible death, it is the most feared of all body pains.
To relieve these devastating pains, a variety of pain medications have been produced and prescribed by doctors who never realized the physiologic significance of why the human body possesses a pain alarm system at all, and what is the common factor and trigger mechanism for these pains. Since these pains are felt in different locations, obviously they meant different diseases, or so it seemed! Because pain research has until now focused entirely on its solid composition, the common factor of water shortage in the interior of the body had not been apparent.
The new scientific understanding since 1987 is that localized or regional dehydration is the primary common factor and pain-producing problem of the human body. It becomes established when there is persistent regional water shortage, including in the interior of the pain-sensing nerve cells in the human body. This is the common factor to all body pains. In drought management mode, and when there is not enough “fresh water” to go around and wash out the toxic by-products of metabolism from the areas that are engaged in continuous activity, the nerve endings in those areas sense the increased
toxicity, sound the alarm of pain and force the person to stop doing whatever is increasing toxic waste production- hence the loss of function in painful areas.
For example, when the heart muscle itself is short of “fresh water” and yet has to beat faster and forcefully to cope with any strenuous physical undertaking, pain is produced. In that instance, pain means thirst for “fresh water,” even if it is believed that the blood flow to the heart muscle is reduced because of narrowing of its blood vessels. Interestingly, even cholesterol plaque formations in the heart arteries are caused by the same dehydration.
In treatment of chronic pains of the body, simple water has natural medicinal effects far superior to any pain medication. Pain medications shut down the crisis calls of the body for water, but do not correct the “fresh water” shortage in the interior of the body. On the other hand, water intake corrects the basic pain-producing drought and saves the body from further danger.
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