Hello, and welcome to this month’s article! How are you doing? Hot summer weather seems to be the best time to remind everyone how vitally important adequate water intake is to your health. The featured article should inspire you to stay hydrated for happier days and improved long-term health.
The two short articles from The WEEK magazine offer other helpful health insights.
Have you wondered how massage could help certain areas of your health? Here’s a link to a page that has results of 51 studies on massage:
Reported benefits include:
- Fights insomnia
- Improves immunity
- Improves blood circulation
- Boosts mood
- Eliminates back pain
- Calms nervous system
- Reduces abdominal obesity
- Reduces constipation
And make the most of your summer with a relaxing massage! Even when you can’t get out of town, you can still “get away from it all” for an hour or so with some soothing bodywork.
See you soon for your next appointment! Until then, take care.
This Is What Happens When You Don't Drink Enough Water
By Dominique Astorino
Besides the fact that you'd literally die without it, there are many, MANY imperative reasons to drink water frequently, every single day. It starts out pretty mild—you might feel thirsty and have a dry mouth. But the long-term effects of not drinking enough water not only have an effect on your weight (in a bad way), but they're also extremely dangerous and life-threatening. Here's what happens to your body:
Even mild dehydration has strong effects. Here's how you'll feel with a lack of H2O (hint: it's really not fun).
- Fatigue, tiredness, sleepiness
- Mood change, irritability, increased anxiety
- Sunken eyes
- Shriveled skin
- Muscle cramps
- Joint aches
If things get worse, so do your symptoms. These are the "go to the hospital" signs.
- Low blood pressure, with a rapid heartbeat
- Delirium, unconsciousness
- Severe diarrhea and/or vomiting
- Inability to keep fluids down
Consistently not drinking enough water for an extended period of time has its effect as well. Although you may brush off the milder side effects, your body is still suffering and several of these have a significant bearing on weight gain.
Low water, slow metabolism. Your body's ability to remove waste and detoxify is inhibited. In addition, your metabolism is slower without water. One study found that drinking 16 ounces of water daily increases your metabolic rate by 30 percent. Guys. That's literally ONE standard-size water bottle. JUST DRINK IT.
Increased hunger. When you're somewhat dehydrated, your body confuses it for hunger, causing you to eat when you don't need to. Read: weight gain.
Slowed circulation, irregular temperature. Your cardiovascular system suffers, and your equilibrium is totally out of whack.
Digestion problems. That constipation we talked about becomes a regular thing. Not fun. Also not great for weight loss.
General fatigue. Same goes for your energy levels. You'll constantly feel tired, unable (or unwilling) to exercise, and unable to concentrate.
Increased blood sugar. Your body needs water to break down sugar. If you're diabetic, this is especially dangerous. ...
Exercise lowers cancer risk— If a healthy heart and trim waistline aren’t enough incentive, maybe a lower risk for cancer will inspire sedentary people to get moving. A new study from the National Cancer Institute shows that exercise may significantly lower the risk for 13 different forms of the disease, Time.com reports. Researchers analyzed 11 years of data on the health, diet, and activity of 1.4 million people and found that a higher level of physical exertion was associated with a 7 percent lower overall chance of developing cancer. Just a few hours of weekly exercise had a particular effect on esophageal cancer, lowering the risk for the disease by 42 percent. Working out also cut the risk for lung, kidney, stomach, and endometrial cancers by more than 20 percent and significantly reduced the likelihood that people would suffer from leukemia, colon cancer, or breast cancer. The more active people were, the more their risk dropped, notes study leader Steven Moore. “Cancer is a very feared disease,” he says. “But if people understand that physical activity can influence their risk for cancer, then that might provide yet one more motivating factor to become active.”
—The WEEK, June 2, 2016
Painkiller dulls empathy— Acetaminophen helps dull the pain of some 52 million Americans each week, but new research suggests it could also blunt their sensitivity to other people’s distress. Researchers conducted a series of experiments involving 200 college students to assess the effects of acetaminophen—an active ingredient in Tylenol and more than 600 other medications—on their ability to empathize. Participants read eight short stories with wrenching scenarios—one told of a person who suffered a knife wound that cut to the bone; in another, someone grappled with the death of his father. As it turned out, CNN.com reports, the students who took 1,000 mg of acetaminophen (equivalent to two extra-strength Tylenol tablets) displayed less empathy for people who were enduring an emotionally or physically painful experience. “If you are having an argument with your spouse and you just took acetaminophen, this research suggests you might be less understanding of what you did to hurt your spouse’s feelings,” says study author Baldwin Way. “We don’t know why acetaminophen is having these effects,” but it is cause for concern.
—The WEEK, June 2, 2016
Our bodies are our gardens to which our wills are gardeners.
— William Shakespeare
The content of this article is not designed
to replace professional medical advice. If you’re ill, consult a physician.
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