Over the last few weeks, as the weather has been cooling and the air has been drying, I have noticed people’s skin absorbing more and more lotion. So I want to remind you all to drink your water! It is important to your overall health. Along with drying lips and skin, dehydration effects other systems in our bodies. It takes longer for our muscles to recover after a workout when we do not have enough water. Extreme dehydration can lead to urinary and kidney problems. Also, it can throw off your electrolyte balance which is important for nervous system function; when it is severe, it can cause involuntary muscle contractions (cramping and spasm.) One of the most life threatening possible effects of dehydration, according to the Mayo Clinic, is risk of low blood volume shock (hypovolemic shock) which occurs when low blood volume causes a drop in blood pressure and oxygen in our bodies.
To prevent dehydration, again, drink plenty of water. Listen to your own body, if you feel thirsty you need to drink water. If your skin is dry feeling you need to drink water. If your eyes feel dry and tired you need to drink water. If you are getting unexplained Charlie horses in your legs you need to drink water. Basically, you need to drink more water, we all do!
I look forward to seeing you soon.
Anne L’Esperance, Certified Massage Therapist
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