You Need to Moisturize and Hydrate to Be Healthy
You've seen those ads for moisturizing creams and lotions, and you've watched movies that show people carrying and drinking from bottles of water so that they could "hydrate" themselves.
When I was younger, I never paid much attention to them because I assumed they were nothing more than "hype" put out by companies wanting to sell me products.
I never realized, until I grew older, that lubricating both the outside and the inside of my body regularly was so unbelievably important.
Unfortunately for me, I had to learn that lesson the hard way.
A Lifetime of Low Fluids Causes Problems
I admit it. I do not like the taste of water.
As a result, especially in my younger years, I drank as little of it as possible. I would drink tea, coffee and flavored waters, but even then, my intake was only minimal
Since my skin was on the oily side, I never felt the need for moisturizers, either.
However, in my early sixties, I began to have problems with something that felt like Vertigo.
Denial Leads to Trouble
At first, the attacks were random and brief, but as time progressed, they became more pronounced, sometimes lasting as long as a week.
When they came, they made me feel like my head was filled with cotton, and if I moved at all, I would become extremely nauseated. Thus, all I could do was lie perfectly still.
There was no way to tell when the next attack would come, and sometimes there were months in between their arrival.
I did see a doctor about this. She told me I was dehydrated, but I didn't believe her.
I was taking liquids in, so how could this be dehydration? It had to be an inner ear problem or perhaps the result of some allergy.
After several years of testing, a variety of opinions from different doctors, and ongoing attacks, I woke up one morning so sick I couldn't even get out of bed.
Some People Must Learn the Hard Way
The paramedics carried me to a stretcher and took me to the ER, and eventually I was admitted to the hospital. The diagnosis was Orthostatic Hypotension.
This is a condition that is the result of a sudden drop in blood pressure when you stand up from a sitting or lying position.
Since severe dehydration leads to low blood pressure, it can cause Orthostatic Hypotension, which in it's most dangerous forms can lead to hypovolemic shock, a condition that can be life threatening.
After two days in the hospital having fluids pumped into me, I was ready to go home.
I had learned a valuable lesson, and it's one every person should heed. By ignoring the fact that I was prone to dehydration, I could have died. At the very least, I had damaged my kidneys because I now also have CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease).
All because I didn't like the taste of water!
These days you always see me hydrating because this is how I am able to remain healthy. It's a habit all of us should practice.
The Best Way to Hydrate
We constantly lose body fluids through behaviors such as sweating,urinating, crying and evaporation. As stated earlier, to stay healthy we must make sure that we take in more fluids than we give out.
A good rule of thumb is to drink approximately half an ounce of water for every pound you weigh, every day (though the amount your body needs also depends on other factors, such as your activity level and where you live). So, for example, if you weigh 100 pounds, you should drink approximately 50 ounces of water or other liquids daily.
Water is the healthiest fluid you can ingest because it is sugar, fat, and sodium free. However, many people don’t like water. If you are one of them, you can substitute any low sodium, sugar and/or fat free liquid instead.
When you follow these guidelines, you also will be flushing toxins from your system as well as helping your bowels and bladder to function properly.
Since I’m not a person who likes water, I follow the advice of a nurse I met in the emergency room of our local hospital awhile back.
He told me to
- get a large cup that holds at least 32 ounces of water-based liquids,
- place a straw in it,
- carry it with me wherever I go and
- just take small sips during the day.
It’s a simple plan, but it works amazingly well.
I use the type of drinking vessel I show below because it is the correct size, light weight, doesn’t need a straw, and is sturdy and unbreakable. If you don‘t like this type of water cup, you can browse through Amazon’s site to see if there is one you like more.
The point is that if you keep water on hand all the time and sip regularly, it is easy to drink all that your body needs.
This bottle is the perfect size to carry with you whether to work or when you are out with friends. It holds plenty of liquid, has a carrying strap and is sturdy.
Moisturizing Matters, Too
Most of us are conditioned to think that the word “moisturize” pertains only to our skin. This makes sense, since skin is the largest organ in the human body, and it is also the one that takes the greatest beating from weather and other external conditions.
We typically pay the greatest amount of attention to the face. When other people look at us, this is usually the area they notice first, and so we are understandably concerned about how our faces appear.
However, we need to lubricate other areas as well, even though our bodies are composed of 50% to 65% water.
Choose Products Carefully
Each person needs to choose the types and brands of products that work best for them, but when in doubt, consult a Dermatologist.
Skin creams and lotions are formulated for use in specific areas and should be used as directed. No one skin product will work for your entire body.
For example, you would not use a cream on your face that is meant for your hands, because the skin on your hands has a different thickness and texture.
Not everybody needs to use eye drops, but if you suffer from dry eyes, and your doctor says it’s OK, do not use the “get the red out” type of drops because they will cause further dryness. You need the type that lubricate.
I have used both types and can tell you that lubricating drops really make a difference in eye comfort. Because I switched, I now have few if any problems with itching and burning.
Doctors and pharmacists will all tell you that it is important to keep the tissues inside of your nose lubricated.
For most people, an inexpensive saline spray used at least once each day will get the job done.
However, I recently learned through my ENT about a product called AYR, which is a gel saline solution that goes on thick, moisturizes more effectively and also lasts much longer than the spray type.
Nasal tissues are very delicate, so too much nose blowing or “picking” can damage them. Obviously, you should avoid those behaviors, but you should also consider using a product such as AYR regularly, especially
- as you age,
- if you live in a dry climate or
- if you are around smoke regularly.
This product works much better than saline sprays because it lasts longer. It only takes a small amount once or twice per day to keep your nasal tissues healthy.
Hands and Feet
The skin of your hands and feet is thicker than that of other parts of your body.
Using heavy duty creams and lotions on t hem will help to keep themfrom splitting and becoming infected, but softening with these types of products may not be enough.
Every few days you should soak your hands and feet for about 20 minutes in a “bath” made up of one part Distilled Vinegar to two to three parts very hot water.
Doing this will keep the skin in those areas soft and pliable and will help to eliminate infection .
In fact, if you do this, you’ll find that you will never have problems with thick cuticles again!
As you can see, hydrating and moisturizing are important for good health.
Nothing I’ve mentioned here is terribly expensive or difficult. Following my advice is something anybody can do.
It may take a bit of time and cost a few dollars, but your overall well-being is worth it!
Did you realize that whole body hydration was so important before reading this article?
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