By listening to what the body is trying
to tell us we can heal the cause and subsequently, the effect of the
Our bodies are like the black box on an airplane, that records every
emotional experience. When the body/mind is out of balance, it is
reflected in the immune system and we become susceptible to illness,
however, the moment we start to understand this process and work with
it, the healing begins.
Three of the Most Important Benefits
of Nutrition and Hydration Care
Strengthens the immune system, prevents disease and lowers the risk
Good nutrition and hydration improves overall health by:
Improving healing and shortening recovery time due to illness
Lowering blood pressure
Promoting good skin integrity, reducing the risk of pressure ulcers
Helping keep bones strong
Improves quality of life. Good nutrition and hydration are linked
to both physical and mental health. A stronger resident is a more
independent resident, able to enjoy a higher quality of life.
Is cost effective. A healthier, less dependent resident population
eases work load for the whole staff and lowers cost of care.
*Many of these ideas were adapted from and are available on the Website
of the American Dietetic Association (ADA). Visit them at http://www.eatright.org
Why drink plenty of water?
We've heard it again and again
that it's healthy
it's beneficial for our body. We all know that we're supposed to drink
at least 8 glasses of water each day. Some of us have even heard the
formula... Divide your body weight by two and consume that many ounces
of water daily. (i.e. If you weigh 200 lbs, divide by two to reach
100, indicating that you should drink at least 100 ounces of water
Nearly every function of the body is monitored and nourished to the
efficient flow of water through our system. Water transports hormones,
chemical messengers, and nutrients to vital organs of the body. When
we don't keep our bodies well hydrated, they may react with a variety
some of which, we would never think related to our
poor drinking habits.
Medical research has shown that regular water intake will help eliminate
dyspeptic pains like gastritis, duodenitis, and heartburn. Without
getting into the technical and graphic details of digestion, our bodies
use many hormones, enzymes, and neurotransmitters to complete the
digestion process. Without ample water intake, the pancreas is less
efficient, acids in the stomach are not properly neutralized, and
the functions of the intestine are inhibited. Over an extended period
of time, this can lead to constipation, colitis pain, false appendicitis
pain, and even hiatus hernia.
Obviously, if you're trying to lose weight, water intake is important.
Not only for proper digestion, but to prevent overeating. The sensation
of thirst and hunger are generated simultaneously to indicate the
brain's needs. If you're not getting plenty of water, you'll likely
eat more to satisfy your body's urge for water. When you feel hungry,
try drinking a few glasses of water first. You may not be as hungry
as you think.
Be sure not to confuse water consumption with fluid consumption.
Sodas and coffee are NOT an acceptable substitute. In fact, you need
to consume even MORE water if you're drinking sodas and coffee. Caffeine,
one of the main components of most sodas, causes increased urine production
and acts as a dehydrating agent. That's why you can drink sodas all
day, and never feel satisfied. The water doesn't stay in the body
long enough. Plus, you may mistakenly think that you've consumed enough
"water" by drinking soda. When your body cries out for thirst,
you're likely to over feed it with food instead.
The body is 75% water and 25% solid matter, and your body needs to
stay well hydrated to operate at it's best. Not only will your body
function more efficiently, but you may even avoid many health problems.
Increased water consumption has been shown to help relieve migraine
headaches, high blood cholesterol, rheumatoid arthritis pain, allergies,
and high blood pressure. And, since you're brain tissue is 85% water,
your brain functions rely heavily on an ample water supply. (Maybe
you're not really getting old and forgetful; you just need more water.)
In fact, studies have shown that with prolonged dehydration, brain
cells actually begin to shrink.
Maybe this information is enough to inspire you to consume plenty
of water. Maybe you'd like to learn more. The book, "Your Body's
Cries for Water" by F. Batmanghelidj, M.D. includes detailed
descriptions on how your body utilizes water and why it's essential.
*We also strongly advise drinking plenty
of water after receiving your massage session.