Water is fun! We swim in it, bathe in it, and play in it. Water is also essential to life and staying healthy. Hydrotherapy is the use of internal and external water treatments and dates back to the 1840's in the United States. Our bodies and our planet are made up mostly of water. Water covers 71% of the Earth's surface with 96% classified as salt water. Water and salt together have powerful healing properties. The ancient Greeks knew the healing powers of the sea and its salt. They used sea water 2500 years ago to heal and treat eczema, arthritis, asthma, and back pain. Hippocrates discovered that sea water helps heal wounds, prevents infections, and eases pain.
Some areas where hydrotherapy is helpful are joint pain, muscle stress, skin related issues, chronic health conditions, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and mental health. We were born in water so it makes sense that it is therapeutic for us. It can reduce pain, improve mental health, help you recover from workouts, and provide restorative and relaxation benefits.
A few ways you can enjoy hydrotherapy from the privacy of your home and at no case are: (epsom salt) tub baths, swimming pools, hot tubs, saunas, showers, and physical therapy tanks.
Cold or Warm Water Use?
It is recommended that with injuries like sprains, cold compresses help because they cause the arteries to constrict which decreases pain. Chronic back pain, however, can be treated in warm immersion because it helps muscles relax which promotes healing.
Cold Water Benefits:
Decreased pain, reduced inflammation, diminished muscle soreness, lowered body temperature, boosted immune system
Warm Water Benefits:
Decreased pain, increased blood flow, relaxed muscles, flushed toxins
What did one bottled water say to the other? Water you doing tonight?
"Water" you doing to improve your health with hydrotherapy?
Please remember it is important to consult your physician before any new workouts or they can help you determine the most suitable practice to help you.
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The human foot is an amazing force - it captures tons of power and weight in motion. The foot has over 100 muscles, tendons, ligaments, 26 bones, 33 joints, 250,000 sweat glands, plus over 150,000 nerve endings. Quite a footprint! The amazing foot is used in a wellness practice called Foot Reflexology, which is where pressure techniques are applied to specific areas of the feet. Each point of pressure is believed to connect to specific organs in the body. This applied pressure sends calming messages directly to our Central Nervous System. This ancient practice traces back to as early as 2330 BC!
Specialists believe that this wellness practice reduces stress, promotes relaxation, and helps bring the body into balance with the mind and spirit; thereby promoting mindfulness. Relaxation is likely the biggest benefit of foot reflexology. It helps by increasing blood flow through the body, which systematically decreases stress and anxiety. Some have even experienced "happy feet."
Five Organ to Foot Connections:
1. Head and Brain
2. Small Intestines
Foot Reflexology Benefits
1. Improves circulation
2. Relaxes the body
3. Promotes good sleep
4. Relieves body pain
5. Improves mood
Don't get cold feet! This practice is a beneficial compliment to any wellness program. Stay on your toes and consult your physician before implementing new wellness practices.
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No one likes to talk about it, but the way you excrete waste from your body is critical to your well-being. Taking a look before you flush gives a glimpse into our overall health. The Bristol Stool Scale is a medical chart that classifies human feces into seven categories. The goal is to have Type 4. What's "normal" looking? A smooth, soft sausage-type stool.
What helps have "regular" Type 4's for our Numbers 2's? Some key factors include fiber, hydration, and physical movement. Fiber is found in plant-based foods. So think about the Standard American Diet or SAD breakfast: bacon, eggs, and toast. This is a tough way to "break our fast" because there is low to no fiber. According to the Mayo Clinic, dietary fiber is found mainly in "fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes." Fiber helps to keep us regular and can prevent or relieve constipation.
Fiber has additional benefits. In an article from Good Housekeeping (Feb 22), fiber has five fantastic functions:
1. Feeds friendly (gut) bacteria
2. Increases longevity (17-19%)
3. Breast-friendly benefits
4. Eliminate some cholesterol and cancer-causing compounds
5. Reduces diabetes risk
An easy way to remember some great sources of fiber is to think of foods that begin with the letter "B." Try including the following foods: beans, broccoli, berries, beets, brown rice, and bran cereal. Movement can also keep you "regular." Consider movement like walking, yoga, abdominal hollowing, and other gentle activities.
Check out the Bristol Stool Scale here
Try these high fiber foods