My name is Chris Lambert-Gorwyn and along with my fiancé Karene and my daughter Mya, I am relatively new to St Saviour’s.
I am an Osteopath and specialise in treating people with chronic aches and pains. My work involves gentle hands-on treatment as well as providing health advice. I thought I would share some health tips to keep you all looking younger and feeling more energized.
One thing we all need but very few people get enough of is water. In today's modern world most of us are chronically dehydrated. Do you know anyone who drinks the required 2 to 2.5 litres of water a day? I know a lot of people who drink that amount of coffee, or tea, or fizzy drinks, but plain water? Not many people spring to mind, do they?
Our body is about 70% water, but the trouble is, if we don't drink enough water every day, it doesn't work right. If we are dehydrated enough to feel thirsty, we have already lost 2% of our total body fluid. This might not sound much and might make you weigh less on the scales, but 2% fluid loss actually results in 20% decrease in muscle power and 20% decrease in brain function - a massive change!
So by the time you feel thirsty and realise you haven't drunk enough water today, you are already thinking less clearly and you'll have less strength and endurance. This is how most people function all the time without even realising it. The trouble is, if you keep ignoring the signal (thirst) that your body gives you, telling you it needs water, eventually the signal switches off. This means that you're not even aware of how dehydrated you are.
Additional symptoms of chronic dehydration are tiredness, achey muscles and joints, lack of energy, water retention and poor circulation. Who do you know who fits this list? Pretty much all of us eh?
I could give you many more specific recommendations about water, such as the best sources of quality water that are much cheaper and better for you than bottled water. However, one simple tip will make a big difference to your health … simply to drink a large glass of water immediately on waking each morning.
Make this a daily habit that becomes as ingrained as brushing your teeth. You wake up and drink a large glass of water - it’s that simple. After a few weeks of this, your digestion and regularity will improve, muscular and joint related aches and pain will lessen, you'll feel more alert each morning and your brain will wake up quicker. And best of all … it's absolutely free!
Thank you for making us feel so welcome at St Saviour’s and I look forward to offering more health advice in the future.
Your digestion and regularity will improve, muscular and joint related aches and pain will lessen, you'll feel more alert each morning and your brain will wake up quicker. And best of all … it's absolutely free!