Water has always been known to work in the reduction of stress. Water is our connection to life itself. We were created in the womb in water, we are composed mostly of water. 2nd to air, water is your body’s most vital substance. Our bodies are comprised of 75% water, so it can only work properly if it has enough water. Without water, as your body becomes dehydrated, it reacts by producing powerful hormones such as adrenalin and cortisol. These are known as the fight or flight hormones. As you can imagine, to have these hormones flowing through your body on a continuous basis is very stress inducing.
Sometimes stress feelings can come about in a rather quick way and immediately make you feel lousy. You have a dull headache starting and your shoulders tense up and feel cramped. Well, how about drinking a large glass of water? Sounds too easy I know but it works more often than you think. Dehydration is one of the most common causes of headaches, so a glass of cool, clear water might be all you need at the moment to relieve a bit of that headache stress.
Our bodies and our brains need water to function properly. If you are just a little bit dehydrated, your body’s levels of cortisol (one of the stress hormones) increase. This will put your body in distress. Plus, stress causes a loss of fluids because it makes the heart rate increase and causes us to breathe harder. Also, we are more likely to forget to drink and eat well if we are stressed. If you don’t regularly drink 1/2 oz. to 1 oz. of water per pound of your weight every day, you are most likely slightly dehydrated.
If you are thirsty, this is also a good sign you aren’t drinking enough. If your urine is dark yellow instead of light, you haven’t drank enough water and may also be suffering from symptoms of stress. Studies have shown that being just 1/2 a liter dehydrated can increase your cortisol levels. Staying in a good hydrated status can keep your stress levels down. When you aren’t giving your body the clear fluids it needs, you are putting stress on it and it will respond negatively to this.
If you are looking for a simple way to unwind from your stress-filled day, try drinking a glass of water. This doesn’t mean drinking enough water will magically make your problems of life disappear, but it will certainly help you to better deal with problems so that they don’t all turn into stress for you. By the way, drinking coffee, soda or alcohol beverages will not do the job of hydrating you. In fact, drinks that contain caffeine or alcohol will actually DE-hydrate you, as they contain diuretics, which are known to use up the fluids you already have inside.
Also, water is the only fluid you can drink that doesn’t have to go through the digestive process. As you drink a glass of water, it passes straight through your stomach and then into your small intestine where most of it goes through the walls of your intestines and into your bloodstream. Any other drink has to be digested so that the water can be separated from the other substances in the drink. By the time that water has been separated, it is much further down your digestive system before entering the blood stream and less of it is left for hydrating your body. Sugary drinks will send your blood sugar level very high and this makes your body use a lot of water to help bring your blood sugar back down to a safe level.
Lack of enough water in your body can cause a lot of problems like weight gain, swelling, increased pain, overworked organs, anger, anxiety, not being able to think clearly, and even depression. Dehydration is also associated with decreased energy, increased hunger, tiredness, and aging wrinkled skin.
If you have not been drinking enough water already, then it is important to start slowly. If you start drinking more than your kidneys can handle, the overload can cause problems. Try adding one glass of water per day to the amount you usually drink and increase from there. Also, try replacing one other drink you usually have per week like coffee or soda with water. (You should know too, that carbonated drinks actually steal minerals from your body) You could also start eating more water based foods like fresh fruits and vegetables for hydration.
‘This article is written by Cynthia Joy Maurice. Cynthia is a Life Design & Holistic Wellness Specialist. For your convenience she provides consultations and services at 4 locations in the Myrtle Beach, SC area; as well as in the comfort of your home or online. To contact Cynthia, please call 843-465-7138 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org