Do you wonder why hotels and resorts with bodies of water can make you feel relaxed and rejuvenated? Do you have a pool or jacuzzi area at home? Do you feel invigorated after you’ve taken a swim or had a spa bath?
This is because water is healing. It was given to us in abundance to provide us with more than enough resources to heal our tired minds and body naturally. It also replenishes fluids in our body to keep us functioning well. Amazed by water’s healing abilities, our ancestors revered wells, thinking they were water passages to the very wombs of the Earth.
Water is Everywhere
Scientific data tells us that over 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered with water. More than 90% of that water is in the ocean. Large bodies of water interact with the gravitational pull of the moon, causing high and low tides.
Your body is also made up of water, constituting about 60% of it. Water is present in every cell. The water in your bloodstream makes the transportation of proteins and carbohydrates possible to nourish your body. It’s a vital nutrient, on top of all other food groups.
The healing effects of water on your body is no coincidence, so take advantage of it. If there’s a chance to install home fixtures with water, do so. Here’s how water heals us.
Drive Off Muscle Pain
Swimming in your backyard pool can be a great way to ease your muscle pains. The water provides a way for you to relieve your muscles. The good thing about moving up and about in a pool is you can get cardio exercise while cooling your body temperature and avoiding contact with people. You can’t do that with contact sports like basketball.
The ability of water to soothe your muscles can be useful in warding off the pains of arthritis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has initiated a community program that utilizes water-based exercise to help adults with arthritis. The program involves muscle-strengthening exercises and moderate-intensity endurance routines. They have also included socialization activities to boost the morale of older adults and encourage camaraderie among patients.
Hot Water Therapy
Gentle movements in the water are beneficial and not hard on the joints. You can even improve the experience by adding a heating mechanism to your pool. Heated pools of up to 88°F can take your natural healing to a higher level.
Another option to get heat therapy is by installing a hot tub. The advantage of a hot tub is you can enjoy it indoors or wherever you want it placed. Just make sure you talk to your hot tub retailer so they can get you a custom hot tub built to your liking and one that you can use for a long time.
When you immerse yourself in warm water, your blood vessels expand, allowing blood and nutrients to nourish tissues. In effect, the injured tissues get to heal faster. Here are simple routines to get you started.
Heal Wounds Faster
Water plays a central role in the healing of wounds. When you’re adequately hydrated, your body’s immune system picks up. Consequently, this speeds up the pace of healing or recovery when you get wounded. Without ample moisture in the wound’s surface, cellular migration halts, and proper oxygenation decreases, resulting in healing delay. An abundant supply of water in the body is recommended – ideally, eight glasses daily – to bring the needed nutrients to the wounds and inflammation.
If you’re going on a trip or will be moving around a lot, carry a container of water with you, so you can hydrate any time you want.
Improve Mental Wellbeing
Like other exercises, swimming is a great mood-booster. It releases “feel-good” endorphins in the brain. These hormones are called the “happy hormones” as they induce positivity and a greater sense of happiness and wellbeing.
Swimming may have a better effect on mental health than other exercise routines. Studies conducted on rats revealed that swimming promoted the eventual growth of new cells in stressed portions of their brain, energizing that part.
Apart from the pool, visiting open-air water bodies such as the beach brings a positive mental outlook. Researchers pointed out that people who live near the coast have a higher sense of wellbeing than those living in metropolitan areas.
Drinking water has a naturally calming effect and helps boost energy, especially in the afternoon or at the end of the day. It is the reason many health advisers recommend drinking a glass of water before breakfast; it is an excellent start to keeping healthy all day.