Why do massage therapists tell you to drink water?

Featured, Self Care — By on July 26, 2012 at 12:55 pm

If you ever have had a massage, you probably were given a glass of water afterwards and told to drink plenty of water. The reason for this is simple and complicated. Massage therapy helps to release toxins in the body and without proper hydration your body cannot remove them as effectively. Additionally, any deep work performed on your muscles by your therapist can cause minor soreness and tenderness. This is not usually a bad thing but it certainly is not a necessary thing – if you can eliminate the soreness after a deep tissue massage, why not do so? Proper hydration is essential for muscle health and therefore helps your muscles heal more quickly after a deep massage then if you were dehydrated. The same applies to reducing soreness after a tough workout at the gym.

Two-thirds of your body is composed of water. Muscle consists of 75% water, brain is 90%, bone is 22%, and blood is 83% water. Water transports oxygen and nutrients to cells and vital organs in our body. It also lubricates and moisturizes the lungs, nasal cavity, and sinuses. It regulates body temperature, detoxifies our system, and also protects and moisturizes our joints. There are numerous benefits to drinking water on a regular basis. Here are most of them:

Lose weight; Water has zero carbs, zero calories, zero fat, zero everything. It also helps flush out the by-products of fat breakdown as well as curb your appetite.

Relieves headaches; Dehydration is a common cause of headaches.

Healthier looking skin; By drinking the right amount of water replenishes the tissues in your skin and also improves elasticity.

Raises your metabolism; Drinking water raises metabolism because it aids in digestion.

Less cramps and strains; Proper hydration keeps your joints and muscles lubricated so you are less likely to hurt them.

Keeps you from being sick; Water can help improve the immune system and fight against the flu and other ailments like kidney stones and heart attack.

Relieves fatigue; Helps to flush out toxins and excess waste in your body.

Good mood; If your body feels good then that makes you happy :)

To calculate the right amount of water that you should drink every day, just divide your body weight in half and whatever that number is, you should be drinking that in ounces. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds you should drink 75 ounces of water per day.

So next time listen to your massage therapist and drink up!

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