The Importance of Staying Hydrated

Every cell, organ, and tissue in our body needs water to function properly. With our bodies being made up of 60% water, it is important that we meet our daily recommendations and avoid dehydration.

Studies show that on average, women should drink 91 ounces of water a day, and men should be drinking 125 ounces of water a day. While that may seem like a lot of water, it’s important to realize that multiple processes rely heavily on our water intake.

Water assists in:

  • Transporting nutrients to our muscles and cells
  • Getting rid of wastes through urination, perspiration and bowel movements
  • Regulating your temperature
  • Cushioning your joints
  • Managing weight
  • Improving skin quality
  • Preventing headaches and improving brain function

Staying hydrated is also important in maintaining your energy levels, as dehydration can lead to fatigue, mood swings, and a loss of motivation. It’s important to make it a habit to drink water throughout the day, since we lose water as we breath, sweat, and urinate. Often times, many of us may think we’re drinking enough water, but statistics show that the average amount of water that people drink is just barely above 30 ounces a day.

If you think you may not be drinking enough water, here are some tips to increase your water consumption:

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  • Carry a water bottle with you at times, especially when running errands or at work. This is not only convenient, but it also helps set a constant reminder for you to drink water throughout the day. Labeled water bottles are a great way to keep track of your water intake.

  • Drink water before and after meals. Thirst is often times confused with hunger. Not only is this a great way to hydrate, but it also prevents overeating and reduces your calorie intake.

  • Infuse plain water with your favorite fruits. Aside from the added benefits, fruits such as lemon or strawberries can improve the flavor of your water. Not only will you be drinking more water, but it can also help reduce cravings.

With water being a vital component of many of our body’s processes, it is important to hydrate regularly and meet the daily recommendations. At Serenity, we do our part by offering water/hot tea after every service. This is to ensure that your muscles are well nourished and your body is able to thoroughly flush out the toxins that are being released during your service.

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Knots and How To Manage Them

We all have experienced the discomfort of having knots throughout our body, but what are they actually and how do we get rid of them?

Our bodies are comprised of hundreds of muscles, overlapping one another, and are prone to becoming hard and painful due to:

  • A sedentary lifestyle

  • Injury or overuse

  • Poor posture

Our muscles are constantly contracting whether we’re moving and even just sitting! Knots form when the muscles contract, tighten, and do not release on their own. This is what causes discomfort, sensitivity, and even pain.

Body massages increase circulation and improve blood flow, which makes massage therapy extremely effective at releasing tense muscles and relieving the pain. During your body massage, the therapist will manipulate and apply pressure to the muscles, encouraging them to release. Massages also cause our soothing hormones, known as endorphins, to release and reduce anxiety and stress.  

Although foot reflexology does not directly manipulate tight muscles, massaging the dozens of pressure points on the feet can result in a state of total body relaxation. This can help relax the muscles and bring ease to the discomfort, while also reducing stress.

Releasing stubborn knots can take multiple massage sessions. There are, however, a couple things you can do at home to treat your muscle tightness and prevent more from developing!

  • Stretch routinely. Stretching the locked muscle can help release the tension and prevent future knots from developing by increasing your flexibility.

  • Exercise regularly. Exercise improves mobility and increases blood supply to the muscles.

  • Rest as needed. Taking a break from activities that are causing the knots or increasing your pain can prevent them from becoming worse.

Stubborn knots are the inevitable product of our busy lifestyles. Knowing what causes them and how to treat them can improve your ability to perform and prevent unnecessary stress. For more information on how our services can help with your muscle tension, go to: https://serenityzen.com/service-overview/

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