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Hydration

You have probably noticed that water has made frequent headlines in medical news over the past few years. Recently circulated studies have boasted findings reaffirming the claim that proper hydration significantly betters your health.


I regularly use the example of a kitchen sponge to illustrate water's affect on your body. A dry sponge is hard and fibrotic to the touch, similar to our muscles and fascia when we are dehydrated. Once the sponge gets wet, it becomes soft and supple. Water replenishes and loosens up the soft tissue in the body, helping it to function optimally.


Water is the source of life for your body. It is one of the easiest ways to dilute highly concentrated toxins. The more water we consume, the concentration of harmful substances decreases. When you are dehydrated, even good substances can irritate your cells. A new study from the National Institute of Health tracking American adults over 25 years found that poor hydration was associated with high blood pressure and diabetes, among other conditions. Water is foundational to a healthy life style.


Most experts recommend drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water. For example, if you weigh 160 lbs, you would ideally consume 80 oz of water per day. Drink up and enjoy!


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