The human body is supposed to be anywhere from 50-70% water, or what’s called “total body water.”
Fascia (or connective tissue) – as you likely know if you’ve been hanging out with my for a while – wraps every nerve ending, muscle fibril, muscle bundle, bone, organ…it’s the most abundant tissue in the human body, and it is meant to be about 70% water itself.
Within the fascial system is a sub-system called the extracellular matrix (or ECM) – a goey, gluey, water and protein rich environment that transmits nerve impulses (communication messages between your body and brain) and also houses your body’s store of nutrients and water. Your cells “drink” and “eat” from the ECM, and excrete waste into it for elimination from the body.
Within the fascial matrix are some essential building blocks for your body that allow you to prevent injury or heal rapidly. There are fibroblast cells that synthesize collagen, and fasciacytes that synthesize hyalnuronic acid.
The fasciacytes are a cell devoted entirely to fascial gliding – the ability of your body and its fascia-warpped parts to move with fluidity and ease. Think muscles gliding effortlessly to propel you through movements like running. But on a smaller scale, think efficient communication between your brain and body, nerves able to glide, joints gliding…
Your intracellular hydration (which is typically the most important measurement of hydration since every cell in your body must have adequate water or they would die, leading to your death) is dependent on a water-rich ECM, since that is where cells “pull” water into themselves from.
You activate fasciacytes via compression and shearing methods of fascia release. Those fasciacytes then synthesize hyalurnoic acid, which in turn IMBIBES the water you drink. Without adequate hyaluronic acid (or HA) in your body, it doesn’t matter how mcuh water you drink, you’ll just pee it right out because there aren’t enough HA molecules to absorb the water.
If you’ve ever owned plants, imagine trying to water a plant’s soil that became really brittle and dehydrated – the water just runs right through. So ironically, being hydrated is the key to staying hydrated…and once dehydrated, it’s more difficult to hydrate.
The primary purpose of this video and blog is to help you make sense of cellular hydration and the role that fascia release plays, and then I want to make sure you’re drinking GOOD water.
This is a new area of study for me that I am investigating more and more, so expect more information in the future.
For now, consider SPRING water your best option if you happen to live near a spring. You can check findaspring.com
If you can’t get local spring water, the next best thing is reverse osmosis filtered water that takes out most contaminants like fluoride and chlorine and heavy metals.
If you use a water filter at home that strips almost everything from the water (good and bad), it’s important to add back in some minerals via drops.
I’m working on another post about water filters and remineralization, so make sure to subscribe if you want to get that blog post emailed to you (or check the blog later).
I would also add avoiding chemical toxicity in your food and home is just as important as the water you drink, if not more so. Your body depends on that rich water content to move toxins out of your body, and one of the fastest ways to dehydrate your body at the cellular level is to breathe in or consume chemical toxicity. This could be the food you eat, household cleaning products or beauty products like lotions and creams that go directly on your skin and into your bloodstream via the superficial fascia and lymph system (which live just under your skin).
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