If you have not figured it out by now, Acupuncture Buffalo is pretty focused on helping you make the changes that will not only complement your acupuncture treatment, but changes that will ultimately make you less dependent on it. Getting results from acupuncture treatment is one thing, but guiding you on your route to mastering your own health is what really makes us tick!
Don’t worry, we won’t throw you off of the deep end. We are only here to guide you. You set the pace. Some of you are feeling pretty amazing and just want to charge full steam ahead, and some of you are feeling pretty disconnected from the you that you know you can be. No matter where you are at, lets start with the foundation. Let’s start with the most basic building block of nutrition — water.
Optimal hydration enhances the results of your treatment at Acupuncture Buffalo.
We are roughly 60% water, so when we talk about what to put in our bodies, we have to start with water. Our mucous membranes, our blood, our muscles, our synovial joints, every cell in our body requires water. Acupuncture requires water. Acupuncture will help increase the circulation of blood and all of the important substances transmitted in the blood, like hormones, anti-inflammatory cells, natural painkillers and feel good chemicals, but acupuncture can’t do as much if you are dehydrated. To make sure you get the most out of your investment, let’s start out by staying hydrated.
Why should I drink more water?
Reduce stress and anxiety: if we are as little is 1/2 liter short of our optimal hydration, then our body releases cortisol — sometimes called the stress hormone. Cortisol is great if you are running from a tiger, but horrible if you want to feel peaceful and inspired. Not to mention that prolonged high blood levels of cortisol are correlated with high blood pressure, low cognitive function, high abdominal fat, the list goes on… Do not let something as simple as water keeps you from feeling relaxed.
Look Great: We all want to look good and beauty is skin deep right? Well water is what makes our skin look supple and makes fine lines less visible. Sure, you can use moisturizer to hold the moisture in, but you’ve got to put the moisture in the first place. Let’s face it, Buffalo winters dry us out. We can all use help on this one!
Weight Loss: Aside from the relationship between cortisol and weight gain another study finds that people who drink water before their meals ate 75 fewer calories per meal. That’s eight pounds of weight loss in a year.
Energize your muscles: Without enough moisture in your muscles, you will fatigue more easily. It doesn’t matter if you are trying to set a personal record at weightlifting, or you just want to pick up your grandkids, strong is good!
Avoid disease: You are right. Health is about feeling great now and contributing more to those around us. But lets face it, we have a lot of work to do, and we want you around as long as possible!
Reduce joint pain: Again joints are encased in synovial fluid. Could your aching knees be relieved by drinking water?
Remove Toxins: We are constantly being exposed to toxins, and we would drive ourselves crazy trying to avoid them all. Just drink water. Your liver and kidneys do a bang up job of getting that stuff out of your tissues if you just give them enough water and good nutrition to do their job. We can’t change the fact the Buffalo is just miles from the infamous Love Canal, but we can do our part to keep our natural detoxification pathways running well.
How much water should I drink?
The old 8 glasses a day adage was a good start, but it didn’t account for our individual differences.
Here’s a good formula to follow formula:
So for a 100lb person thats 50-100 oz. Which number? Listen to your thirst.
How to succeed? People who drink water have water with them. They are not waiting around for the next water fountain to show up, especially not in Buffalo. Find a container. Find one you love and that is big enough so that you don’t need constant refilling. Find one that you like to carry around and maybe another one you like to have at your desk. Maybe you prefer a glass at your desk. Get a big one! Calculate how many of those you need to drink in a day and get started when you first wake up in the morning. I like to start each day with 16oz of water first thing in the morning. If this is significantly more than you are drinking now, start slowly. Increase your consumption by about 8oz a day. Before you know it, you will be at your goal.
I know there will be some objections. “But I will have to pee all the time. ” — That’s probably true, at least at first. It will get better as your body becomes better hydrated. Besides, would you rather keep all of the rubbish in your body poisoning every cell? The good news is that you will have some built in 2 minute breaks in your day. That will get you moving a little more at the office! Urologists will tell you that we need between 7-12 trips to the toilet per day, so don’t be alarmed. It’s normal. …and just think about how much more you will be benefiting from your acupuncture treatments.
Another objection is that I will have to wake to pee. No problem, just stack your water consumption to earlier in the day. We agree: sleep is as important as hydration.
I hope I have reignited what you already know about the importance of water, but most of all I have I have inspired you to get back on track and start today. If you need an exciting new container to motivate you…get one today! Its a brand new day. Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate.