We are water beings! Every cell in our bodies need water for overall good health and to properly function. Water helps to maintain our body temperature, to remove waste and toxins, and to lubricate our joints, for example. Proper hydration also improves our quality of sleep, our mood, and cognition.
Physical manifestations that you’re not getting enough water may include dark urine, dry mouth, headache, lightheadedness, or muscle cramps, for example. “Hydration truly is life. You can survive weeks without food, but only around 3 days without water. Humans are 70% water, and the earth is covered in 70% water, a beautiful reminder of our connection to nature,” states herbalist Dawn Lusk of Raven’s Moon Holistic Wellness.
Dawn Lusk of Raven's Moon Holistic Wellness
As a well-researched educator on the topic of water quality, Dawn recently shared with us the importance of hydration: “Drinking clean water is one of the greatest acts of self-care that you can offer yourself, but it’s not always as simple as drinking 8 glasses a day. Proper hydration requires that the water make it’s way into your cells. Some of the best ways to ensure that include:
1. Drinking half your weight in ounces per day of clean water and regularly consuming hydrating foods (melons, cucumbers, oranges, etc)
2. Incorporate movement into your daily life. In addition to restorative exercise such as yoga or Pilates, consider dry brushing, practice deep breathing, get a massage, or practice self-massage.
3. Make sure you’re getting enough healthy fats in your diet. Healthy cell membranes are surrounded by unrefined Omega 3’s and Omega 6’s.
Your body water system is intelligent. It is a way of moving nutrients to areas that need it, and a way of moving out toxins that would otherwise harm us. By supporting your water body, you support the very essence of life. Stay hydrated my friends.”
Since we are water beings, what could be more important than maintaining our health with proper hydration? But it isn’t just any type of water that enables our cells to function best - water quality is just as vital! To learn more, please visit Dawn’s website www.RavensMoonHolisticWellness.com where she offers a free Water Wellness Guide. Additionally, she provides a wealth of water education on her Instagram page posts and story highlights: @ravens_moon_holistic_wellness.