Want to tap into the fountain of youth?
Do you remember how GOOD you felt as a kid, how fast you healed, how light and free you were as you rode your bike around town, climbed trees or chased your friends in a game of tag?
When we were young, we ALL had plentiful stores of the ingredients necessary to feel light, buoyant and free. As we age, the system responsible for maintaining that youthful feeling (not to mention appearance) loses its natural stores; but that doesn’t mean we’re doomed to age with pain, stiffness, aches and no energy.
We can RESUPPLY, and the amazing thing is we can do this endogenously.
New science out of Italy (from Dr. Carla Stecco among others) has identified a cell that has been named a ‘Fasciacyte.’ The fasciacyte lives inside the extracellular matrix, within the fascia, and it is this cell that is 100% devoted to fascial GLIDING.
Fasciacytes synthesize hyaluronic acid; and HA imbibes the water you drink, creating a water rich ECM (extracellular matrix) that is your primary water storage system. From here, your cells will pull water into themselves FROM the ECM. So intracellular hydration (which is essentially what hydration really means) is dependent on a water-rich ECM or fascial matrix.
So how do you get properly “hydrated?”
Fasciacytes are ONLY activated by compression and shearing of fascial fibers that have gotten glued or stuck together, either in ropes or adhesions (“knots”).
This means, in order to restore your water content and actually hydrate yourself at the cellular level, you need to compress and shear as much fascia as possible over your entire body.
Drinking more water won’t cut it (you’ll just pee it out). Taking HA or electrolyte supplements will most likely just create EXPENSIVE pee.
Most modalities that target fascia (like myofascial release or MFR, fascia stretch therapy, Rolfing and SI) are primarily using pin and stretch. Pin and stretch activates fibroblasts, which synthesize collagen (NOT hyaluronic acid).
Share your takeaway below! I’ve definitely noticed I don’t need to drink as much water to stay hydrated, so long as I’m keeping my fascial system relatively released and open. Let me know if you notice this too!