Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Power of Water

Water is pure liquid refreshment. Not only is it necessary for your body to digest and absorb vitamins and nutrients, it also detoxifies the liver and kidneys and carries waste from the body. According to Dr. Donnica Moore, founder and president of Sapphire Women's Health Group, a small 2% drop in body water can cause fuzzy short term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on a computer screen or a printed page. Mild dehydration is one of the most common causes of daytime fatigue. According to Dr. Moore, 75% of Americans have chronic dehydration.

Outside the body, water continues to be a powerful force, particularly for healing. The many proven benefits of exercising in water include relief of pain and muscle spasms, increased range of motion, increased muscle strength, faster recovery from many types of surgery and more. A simple explanation for the benefits of water therapy is that the buoyancy supports and lessens stress on the joints, allowing freer movement to occur. In addition, the water acts as a resistance to help build muscle strength. Therefore, though you must use your muscles more while in the water, it doesn't feel strenuous.

Older people can benefit from more water inside and out. So drink up! For water therapy or a great workout without the pressure on your joints, find the nearest pool and get going! As always, check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program.

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