More and more research is showing that one of the biggest factors in determining your health and wellness during the menopause is the state of your Lymphatic System. You are more likely to live a long and happy life when you have a vibrant immune system and the lymphatic system is the major player.
Water Is Essential For Your Wellness
Your body is made up of over 75% water. Most of this lives in your lymph system. The fluid act is pumped around your lymph system is largely made up of water. Water helps to push the nutrition to where it needs to go. Water also helps to flush the toxins out of your body through the lymph.
Your Lymph System Needs Water
To help the lymph system work properly, you need to be drinking around 2 litres of water each day. You may have heard that it doesn’t matter what the fluid is as long as you are drinking fluid. It actually does matter. Tea and coffee, soft drinks, juices, etc all contain other elements that will need to be cleansed and detoxed before they can be used. This adds toxins to your lymph and organs, rather than help to take them away.
Not Just Any Water
The type of water you need to be drinking is also important. Plastic bottled water will likely contain toxins that have seeped into the water from the single use plastic bottle. Ordinary tap water will likely also contain elements that can cause more trauma to your system. This is why I have a water cleansing system for drinking water in my home.
The Lymphatic System Needs More Than Water
There is another key thing that the lymphatic system needs and that is exercise. Once you have enough water in your body, you need to exercise to help the lymph move around your body. This is why Rebounding can be so beneficial to health and wellness. Every time you bound you help the lymph system to work more effectively. Even gentle bounding brings major wellness benefits.
Some signs and symptoms that you are dehydrated:
- Low Back Pain – dehydration is one of the leading causes of back pain and joint pain
- sleeplessness – if you are dehydrated you will trigger a stress response especially at night
- Mood Swings – a lot of anxiety, depression and stress symptoms could be due to dehydration
- Brain Function – foggy brain, fatigue and memory loss could be because lymph isn’t clearing
- Stress – dehydration will trigger the body into a stress response, but how often do we think, water
- Headaches – again due to lack of water in the system, toxins will block up your energy
- Constipation – the large intestine needs a lot to water to help it clear out waste
- Hot Flushes – when you are dehydrated your nervous system will trigger a hot flush.
- Fatigue – The lymphatic system being clogged with toxins will cause fatigue
- Bladder and Kidney Infections – when there isn’t enough water, these organs become breeding grounds for toxins and unhelpful bacteria/fungus
- Palpitations – night sweats, and stress response due to dehydration will cause palpitations
- Bone Strength – When dehydrated your bones will drain of essential nutrition (Stress response) and this leads to weaker bones.
Dehydration Or Menopause Symptom
Bet you thought all the symptoms above were because of your menopause experience. Yes, absolutely you could be right. But, what if your symptoms are mis-diagnosed. What if drinking water could actually lower your symptoms and then with a little rebounding you could really utilise that water so much more, getting even greater health benefits.
There are other things you can do, like having a clean diet, etc, but that is for another day. Today I am concentrating on water!
How Can You Get Your Self Into Drinking More Water
My hope is that by outlining some the symptoms of dehydration you will immediately see the benefits of being more hydrated and immediately set yourself up for a more successful water intake each day.
Next I am going to give you 5 things that might help you to really get more benefit from your water drinking.
1 – Mind Over Matter
When you don’t mind, it won’t matter! You have been conditioned to believe that water is dull and boring. Le’s face it, along side soft drinks, juices, beers, coffee, tea… water is ‘boring’. I hear this pretty much every day from clients, when I ask that all important question: ‘how much water do you drink each day?’
Change your thoughts about water. Changing your thoughts will allow you to change your feelings and this will then help you to begin to act differently when drinking water. I recommend using Tapping to help you to change your long standing thoughts and beliefs about water. This is what I use when I want to resolve and retune old scripts that are getting in the way of my day.
2 – Plan Your Water Intake
Don’t leave your water drinking to chance. You know how busy your day is. You know how you can have great intentions but then it all slips and slides and before you know it, the day is over and there has been no water drinking logged. Like any goal, the only way this new habit will stick is if you start out with a good plan and belief that you can do it.
I Plan To Drink Water Through My Day.
When I awake in the morning or even in the night, I will take s sip or two of water. Then as I potter through my morning routine, I will continue to sip at my water. I rebound in the morning too, which is a great time to drink some more water. That way the water is getting pushed around the lump system, clearing away the toxins and my day can only get better from here. By breakfast, I have at least 1 pint of water drunk.
By lunch I intend to have another pint consumed – sipping away, through my morning. I have that pint glass on my table, along with a hot cup of water or herbal tea, which puts less pressure on the kidneys. Late afternoon and I am aiming to get my 3rd pint of water into me. With a 4th pint by my side for the evening. I do stop drinking water by 8PM, with the odd sip going in before bed.
Make Your Plan
How will you ensure that you get around 2 litres of water into your body each day? Remember that all plans are there to help you reach your goal. The plan can change as often as you need it to change, especially when it is not working.
3 – Clean Your Water
If, like me, you live in a housing estate with a public water system, you will need to clean some toxins from your water. I got a water system installed in my house many years ago and from that time, I can really taste the difference in filtered clean water and ordinary tap water. When you think of what you get, the investment is worth it. Let’s face it, there are enough toxins in our body without adding toxic water too. By investing in a good water filtration system, you are incentivising yourself to drink more water. After all you have paid for it, you will probably commit to drinking it.
4 – SSS
You want the water you drink to make a difference. In order to get the most from your water, I suggest you S.S.S. – Sip. Swivel. Swallow. Taking in big gulps or glasses of water at a time will not serve your body as well as taking in smaller sips through your day. Once you have some water in your mouth, swivel it about for a little while.
This does a number of things. It allows you to rinse and hydrate your mouth. The movement in your mouth lets your body know what is coming. This helps the water get absorbed by the cells which rehydrates your system, rather than just letting the water flow on through washing away good nutrients with it…
Don’t get me wrong, there is always a need to allow water to wash on through, this helps the kidneys and bladder. But generally speaking, you do want to get as many benefits as you can from your water intake.
5 – Make Water Drinking Fun
Make water drinking a fun thing to do for you and the rest of your household. You could have a water drinking chart where you can see who is drinking what. You might even offer a non-sugar treat each week to the person who has the best water intake each day/week.
If you live alone set up a water drinking challenge with your friends and colleagues. Pencil in a date in the diary when you will connect in and check how you are all getting on.
Celebrate Every Time You Drink A Glass Of Water.
In conclusion, water is something you need to drink. It is not something you can neglect in your life. Your health and wellness depend on you having enough water in your body from this day forward. But remember the best and most effective way to drink that water is to sip it, swivel it around your mouth and then swallow.
You do need to celebrate every time you drink a glass of water because you are choosing to save your life and that is no exaggeration.
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