There’s no way around it: it’s hot. Summer in Arizona means triple digits on the regular and creating healthy habits around hydration are an absolute must. As an essential ingredient for many of life’s processes including sweating, producing urine, regulating body temperature, lubricating joints, and keeping eyes moist in our dry heat, it is also employed in almost every other metabolic process the human body undergoes on the daily.
That’s why it’s so important to stay well hydrated. Most individuals don’t actually drink enough water. Here’s a few things you should know:
Replenishing the Human Body
The human body is approximately 60 percent water and you only need to lose about one percent of this to put yourself in a risk category. At two percent of water loss, cognitive function declines.
When Are You Dehydrated?
The easiest way to know if you are dehydrated is to ask yourself if you are thirsty. Many individuals live in a constant state of dehydration and aren’t in touch with their thirst drive. Stop and ask yourself how you are feeling, if you are thirsty, and consider when the last time you had a drink of water was. For those that are habitually dehydrated, turn to secondary signs of dehydration like darker colored urine, constipation, headaches, muscle stiffness, and even fatigue.
How Much Water?
While there’s not one strict answer, a good rule of thumb to follow is to attempt to drink around a liter of water for every fifty pounds of body weight each day. We recommend drinking a majority of your water in the morning and afternoon to prevent night time wake ups.
Before and After Massage
At our studio, drinking water is integral to a good massage. Not only does it help keep your muscles pliable and primed for a good session, drinking enough water when you are done with a massage can encourage the quicker removal of toxins from the body.