Why Osteopaths Recommend Regular Hydration
I have always had an interest in nutrition and I considered becoming a dietitian before I discovered Osteopathy. My interest and curiosity turned into a passion when I met Marcus, my husband, who is a type 1 diabetic. Living with Marcus and his condition helped me gain a better understanding of the body and made me see how osteopathy and nutrition can work together.
In this article I will be discussing the benefits of drinking pure water at regular intervals and how to remind yourself to keep hydrated during your busy day with the help of useful apps.
Provide material for cell activity
Up to 60% of our body is made up of water. Water is made up of 2 parts Hydrogen and 1 part Oxygen which are vital materials for cell activity. Hydration is only possible with pure water, juices and other drinks, although they are wet, do not provide hydration for the body.
To sustain daily activities
Water helps us to perform better during exercise as water is lost through sweat during exertion. Hydration improves endurance and can reduce oxidative stress put on the muscles during high intensity workouts. Hydrate your body before a physical workout.
Avoid Soreness after osteopathic treatment
It is also important to drink water after an osteopathic treatment because you may experience soreness in the muscles that have been worked on during your session. Keeping your muscles hydrated will help to reduce the achiness. I would advice drinking a glass of water before you leave the clinic. There is no excuse, its right by the front door!
Avoid side effects of dehydration
Studies have shown that fluid loss of up to 2% due to exercise, daily activities, sedentary living or high temperatures can affect your mood and your concentration. If you experience headaches at work or after exercise, dehydration may be the cause of it. It is important to note that there are many different types of headaches. Water may help to alleviate the headache and reduce the episodes if its caused by a lack of adequate water intake. If you have trouble performing tasks or often experience the feeling of being tired this could be a sign of your body telling you that you need to drink more water.
Constipation is commonly linked to a lack of fibre as one of the main causes but water has also been proven to help with bowel movements too. The intestines use peristalsis (muscular contraction) to get things moving. Water will assist with this and in turn may help the symptoms of constipation. Whenever patients consult us regarding constipation we will usually recommend increasing fibre into their diet and to try drinking more water.
Joint stiffness and alcohol
A benefit of drinking water especially before bed can be to help reduce the effects of early morning joint stiffness. If you’ve consumed alcohol, drinking a glass of water before bed may also minimise its dehydrating effects and help reduce your hangover!
I have listed my favourite apps for reminders during the day. I will be the first to admit that drinking water is something I easily forget and that is why apps are so handy. If this is something you struggle with try one of these apps that you can find for free in the Apple or Android stores and see if they help you stay hydrated. If any of the conditions mentioned in the article are something you are dealing with or a family member or friend, feel free to pop in to the Health in Motion clinic to discuss it with us or book an appointment with one of the osteopaths. Happy New year!
1. Water log- Daily reminder and health tracker
2. Daily water balance tracker – Hydration app log
3. Daily water free – Water reminder and counter