Today is Summer solstice; a day to contemplate light. How do you use your energy, your fire in the world? To balance the element of fire, we need to connect with the element of water.
Hydration is so important! Water is life; your body weight is 60% water, and every cell, organ, and area of body tissue depend on this miracle liquid. H20 regulates body temperature and maintains multiple functions. Water is lost through breathing, sweating and digestion, so we need to re-hydrate by drinking fluids and eating water-rich foods.
Sipping water regularly throughout the day prevents cramps in yoga. The amount that I drink might not be ideal for your body, and vice-versa. We are all different. As in yoga, how much you need is very personal. It depends on how physically active you are. If you have an illness or health issue, your water intake will differ. Our individual drinking needs are also affected by what kind of climate we live in.
All art & photography by Kathryn Crowley.
Water protects the joints.
During asana (yoga postures), my students often hear me talk about how to protect the joints. Did you know that one of the best way to lubricate and cushion the joints is by consuming water regularly?
Water also helps to protect the spinal chord. Body tissue needs water too; otherwise sensitive areas like the eyes, nose and throat can become uncomfortable and dry.
Enzymes in our saliva dissolve minerals and other nutrients in our food. How much we drink has a direct impact on this process. After digestion, urination and solids happen; yes, water is crucial in order to help your body excrete waste.
Constipation can be aggravated by dehydration. The kidneys, liver and intestines also need water to help move food through the digestive tract before flushing out waste. When it comes to urinary tract issues or cystitis, water can alleviate the symptoms greatly.
In the last few years I have been told by medical specialists that most women they come across are dehydrated. I don't know if it is the same for men; what do you think?
Having access to clean water is a real privilege. For all-round health and as a mood-changer, the simple act of taking water into your body throughout the day can work wonders. So drink, be grateful and enjoy.
Thanks to everyone who shared their knowledge to inspire this blog post, including Jen Laskey and Doctor Sinha Shanai.