Bodywork that's more than skin deep

Massage therapy is just one part of a healing regimen. Yoga or daily stretching and breathing exercises are key elements in preventing injury, reducing stress and maintaining overall health. They extend the benefits of massage treatments! A balanced diet, exercise, plenty of water and laughter are also important aspects in a healthy lifestyle.

Monday, January 8, 2007

Water is the River of Life

We all know that we should be drinking lots of water daily. Are you drinking enough? How much is enough? My naturopath says that you should have at least half of your body weight in ounces per day! That means if you weigh 150 pounds, you should be drinking at least 75 ounces of water daily. The previously recommended 8 cups/64 ounces is correct for someone weighing 128 pounds, but someone with bigger muscle mass and larger organs will need more.

The following list offers an insightful look at water and it's relationship to our health.
WOMEN'S WORLD magazine. July 2000.

1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.

2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.

3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as much as 3%.

4. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.

5. Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.

7. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.

8. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.

9. If you have chronic headaches or migraines, suck down a 20 oz bottle of water at the onset to help lessen the pain.

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