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Dehydrated? Acupuncture to the Rescue! (And Drink Your Water!)

 
Avoid Dehydration -- Drink Water and Try Acupuncture!

Avoid Dehydration — Drink Water and Try Acupuncture!

Chances are — You’re dehydrated! 

For beings that are mostly water, it’s surprising how many people aren’t getting what they need!

Water is so important to our body. Water fills empty spaces and transports blood cells. It dissolves all the body solids and increases oxygen to the cells. It is the glue that keeps the solid parts of cells together. It is the main source of energy production and also regulates energy by osmotic balancing. Everything in your body needs water to live. 

Unfortunately, thirst isn’t always a reliable source of the body’s need for water, especially for children and older adults. Water is lost from the body from sweating, urinating, breathing, and bowel movements. Consider your personal color instead  — a better gauge is the color of your urine. Clear or light-colored urine means you’re well hydrated, whereas a dark yellow or amber color usually signals dehydration. Time to drink more water!

Here’s what can happen if you don’t…

Mild to moderate dehydration is likely to cause:

  • Dry, sticky mouth
  • Sleepiness or tiredness — children are likely to be less active than usual
  • Thirst
  • Decreased urine output
  • No wet diapers for three hours for infants
  • Few or no tears when crying
  • Dry skin
  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

Severe dehydration, a medical emergency, can cause:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Extreme fussiness or sleepiness in infants and children; irritability and confusion in adults
  • Very dry mouth, skin and mucous membranes
  • Little or no urination — any urine that is produced will be darker than normal
  • Sunken eyes
  • Shriveled and dry skin that lacks elasticity and doesn’t “bounce back” when pinched into a fold
  • In infants, sunken fontanels — the soft spots on the top of a baby’s head
  • Low blood pressure
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Rapid breathing
  • No tears when crying
  • Fever
  • In the most serious cases, delirium or unconsciousness

So obviously, we need to pay attention to our hydration levels! Here’s more reasons why water is so important to our bodies. 

Drink Water for Your Health!

Drink Water for Your Health!

The following organs as important team players in the role of creating and moving blood: Spleen, Stomach, Heart, Lung, and Liver. Blood needs water to move. If blood does not function properly, then qi (or Life Force) cannot move well either. 

When an acupuncture needle is inserted, it results in increased heat, which results in increased blood flow, and it results in an increase in water to the damaged cells that cause pain. By increasing the content of water to the damaged cells cellular healing occurs.

Many diseases as allergies, arthritis, and high blood pressure are also alleviated with acupuncture. You can help heal yourself by restoring more water to your body.

Interested in acupuncture and how it can help you? Please visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com 

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Acupuncture Can Help You Keep it Together This Holiday! Relieve Anxiety and Irritability!

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Relieve Anxiety and Irritability with Acupuncture!

The holiday season can bring out all the best and worst in us. We all have bad days; perhaps the hormones are raging, that guy at the store just took the last have-to-have item off of your Santa list. and when we add being overworked, lack of sleep, and feeling as though so much more needs to be accomplished than we have time for, it’s natural to feel a bit snappy or overwhelmed. But when feeling irritated and moody feels more like a permanent state, (and you’re perhaps in danger of being added to the Naughty List) acupuncture can help!

Often irritability and moodiness can be the consequence of built up stress in your life. Those little things can really add up! Over time these emotions can develop into more serious emotional conditions such as anxiety and depression, as well as other health concerns such as digestive problems, trouble sleeping and the tendency for a weakened immune system. And that’s a bad recipe that’s just waiting for a packet of illness to be added to the mix.

There can be many different reasons for the disharmony within the body that result in emotional disorders, but anger, irritability, and frustration are all signs that our qi (energy) is not moving smoothly. The liver is responsible for the smooth flowing of qi throughout the body and for calming our emotions. When the liver’s function of moving qi is disrupted, qi can become stuck or stagnant. This is referred to as liver qi stagnation. Liver qi stagnation is one of the most common patterns of disharmony that we see in patients.

In addition to irritability and moodiness, other signs and super fun symptoms of liver qi stagnation may include distending pain in the area below the ribs, stuffiness of the chest, sighing, abdominal distention, nausea, sour regurgitation, belching, diarrhea or constipation, feeling of a lump in the throat, irregular periods, painful periods and distention of the breasts prior to periods. Liver qi stagnation is commonly associated with PMS. That’s the bad news.

Here’s the good news! Acupuncture is excellent at relieving liver qi stagnation. The treatment for irritability and moodiness associated with the stagnation focuses on moving qi, and supporting the liver and spleen organ systems with acupuncture, lifestyle and dietary recommendations. Acupuncture can help smooth your emotions and bring your hormones into balance. It can also help improve the overall health of your liver as well as treat stress, anger and frustration — which will make everyone happier…and you much more healthy!

And you can remain proudly at the top of the Nice List.

For more information, please visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com

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