The number one question that elicits a squirm out of my new clients on the intake form: How much water do you drink daily? The most commonly written response: “Not enough.”
Why does this question create such a shaming effect? I believe it is because we KNOW when stripped down to the basics, water is the last element keeping us alive. And for this reason, we fear it a little. We can physically feel that our bodies need water. But, we either simply do not drink it (for a myriad of unacceptable reasons such as “I don’t like it” or “I don’t have time” or “I forget”- seriously?!) OR we drink plenty of it, but unfortunately do not absorb it into the cells of our connective tissue. This absorption issue is the missing link for most people.
How can you tell if your cells are chronically dehydrated?
- If you need to use the restroom immediately after drinking liquids.
- If you drink tons of water, but feel constantly thirsty.
- If your skin looks like an alligator.
- If you wake up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom one, two or three times.
- If you have chronic unexplainable aches and pains, digestive issues, or headaches.
If you identified any of these symptoms of chronic dehydration in yourself, you are not alone. Some reasons we have difficulty absorbing water into the cells of our connective tissue include: living at altitude, being extremely active (hello, Jackson locals!), aging, and toxins from our food, beauty products, and environment. In fact, some of the most dehydrated people I work with are young, fit athletes.
These water-rich cells are part of an expansive matrix called connective tissue. As it suggests, it connects every part of your body, muscles, bones, tissues, organs… everything! The inability of our cells to absorb the water we drink occurs because the cells of our connective tissue are so incredibly intelligent! The cell adapts negatively over time to protect itself from surrounding toxins. A barrier is created around the cell, not allowing anything to permeate its walls: bad (toxins), or good (water). This system works very well temporarily to protect any fluid already existing within the cell; however, over time, this protection can result in inflammation, chronic disease, muscular and joint pain, digestive issues, insomnia, and headaches, all of which accelerate aging.
So how do we assist these cells in restoring their ability to absorb the water that we drink?
Unfortunately, the answer is not as simple as, “drink more water.” Hydration is a two-part equation. Recent fascial research has found that connective tissue rehydrates in response to gentle compression techniques on the body (Imagine a dry sponge turning into a wet sponge). The MELT Method achieves this using a specialized soft foam roller and balls to create local fluid exchange in our connective tissue. It improves cellular absorption and restores whole body communication, resulting in less inflammation and pain.
Take these easy steps to start rehydrating your connective tissue:
Step 1: Drink Filtered Water
-General rule: Your body weight/2= number of ounces per day (150 pounds/2= 75 ounces water per day)
-Add a pinch of high quality Himalayan sea salt, 1 times per day to water.
-Drink small sips of water consistently throughout the day, rather than large quantities at once.
-Dress up that water. If you “don’t like the taste of water”, pretend you are at the spa and make the infusion below.
Step 2: The MELT Method
-Self-Care Treatment- Minimum 3 days per week, 20 minute sessions
Step 3: Eat Water-Rich Foods
-We consume 20 percent of our daily water intake through fruits and vegetables. Choose high water content foods such as cucumbers, iceberg lettuce, watermelon, spinach, celery, tomatoes, radishes, strawberries, grapefruit and baby carrots
Step 4: Reduce Toxins
Eat organic food, use organic beauty products and cleaning supplies.
Step 5: Breathe
Create an oxygenated environment for your cells. Try the “5-5-7 Breath.” Inhale 5 counts, hold 5 counts, exhale 7 counts. Repeat 10 cycles, each day.
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