Chronic Fatigue Syndrome—Dehydration and Pain

HYDRATE!

HYDRATE!

 

Dehydration and Pain—I never understood the relationship  between dehydration and pain until my latest visit to the muscle therapist for a {ouch}, deep-tissue massage.  I can’t believe I paid for the experience, but am willing to do what I need to do for a better quality of life.

I live with Myofascia Pain Syndrome which started with a whiplash injury I had suffered years ago, causing my muscles to knot into hard lumps under the skin.  The therapist must go deep into the muscle and un-knot them.  When my torture is ended, she always advises me to keep drinking water to avoid more dehydration and pain.

 

Dehydration can be a cause of fatigue 

Nearly all body functions are about fluid balance, and even small changes in fluid balance can affect our performance and daily life if this fluid is not replaced.

Blood volume can drop, which I have experienced since I am not an avid water drinker. It became an issue when I had to give blood— more torture; I was reminded to drink more water as the phlebotomist’s frustration visibly grew.

Keep the blood moving—drink water!

If blood flow is restricted, it becomes a dumping ground for toxicity, which can leave you feeling as though you are hungover and your muscles ache…common to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers.

Good circulation assists with the elimination of toxins.  Water dilutes toxins and assists the kidneys to more effectively flush out the poisons.

When your urine appears clear, it shows your liver and kidneys are processing the toxic waste from the body. When you drink sufficient water, blood flow is not restricted and the toxins can be flushed out of your tissues and into your bloodstream.

Drinking water assists in weight loss!

Besides flushing toxins from our system, drinking enough water can help with weight loss.  Having food cravings is a common symptom amongst Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers. If you crave different foods, alcohol, caffeine, sugars and so on, your body is really disguising its thirst signals.

Instead of feeding that craving, go for a glass of pure water instead.  If you drink at least four pints (8 cups) of water daily, (but not with a meal, because it dilutes stomach acid).you will notice that you can more easily distinguish between real hunger and thirst.

An average human body is 80% water and the muscles are 75% water. Water is the most abundant nutrient in the body, not to mention the most important.

When dehydrated, our internal cleansing system becomes congested and stagnates like dirty dish water.  Before bed, I drink my lemon water with a few digestive enzymes that are micro-blended with afa blue-green algae for better absorption.  I find it assists in keeping things moving and prevents me from having that bloated feeling.

Avoid allergies—drimk water!

Water also helps us to avoid allergies as more histamine is produced in the body by a lack of water. These elevated histamine levels produce symptoms similar to an allergic reaction even when there are no outside triggers creating the response.

Dehydration forces the heart to work harder.

As a result of dehydration, the heart has to work harder in order to supply the skin and muscles with oxygen and nutrients. Water is the skin’s own moisturizer and just as the rest of your body requires hydration and nutrients, so does your skin.

When our skin suffers the effects of dehydration, skin problems occur. If you have chronic fatigue syndrome and skin problems, you may be suffering from dehydration.Nourishing from the inside and outside – For my face, I apply a nutrient-dense lotion, whose main ingredient is afa blue-green algae!  You want your skin to stay and look healthier throughout your lifetime so never go to bed without cleansing your face, even if you do not wear makeup.  Try to wash pillow cases often!

Water also assists with the lubrication of our joints.

SynovialFluid

Synovial fluid in joint

Water is an ingredient in the makeup of the synovial fluid, which is the lubricating fluid between the joints.  If your diet is lacking in water, even for a brief period, less fluid is available to protect these areas and you may end up with even more joint pain.

Experts say that an adult needs a minimum four pints (8 cups) of water for optimum efficiency. Only pure water will do. Other beverages like tea, coffee, fruit juices, alcohol and soft drinks are processed in the body as food and in some instances, can actually cause dehydration.

Dehydration and pain are two more things that we that live with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome need to deal with on a daily basis. 

I know I don’t always feel thirsty and must remind myself to drink, drink, and drink even if I don’t feel like it.  It’s like a mother saying “eat your vegetables, they’re good for you!”

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Besides being an active grandmother, I am a volunteer with several community organizations, and I love spreading the word of this amazing super food…afa blue-green algae. *** Why algae?  Read  my story….  I love the algae!



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