Getting To The Basics for Belly Dancers' Wellness: Water
Water. It is necessary for your body to function properly, and is often overlooked by belly dancers for optimal wellness. Water before, during and after a workout or performance will provide endless
Water has its benefits as it purifies and cleanses the body, inside and out. But to ignore the basic need for steady consumption could be disastrous. The body needs water to regulate body temperature and the many changes we belly dancers put ourselves through during
workouts and performances our body temperature needs to stay constant.
Water works through our body to spread nutrients to the organs. It's main goal is to facilitate oxygen to the cells, helps remove waste, and protects your joints and organs. Water leaves the body through urination, perspiration, and respiration. Those individuals who are more active, such as dancers and other athletes have a greater requirement for rehydration.
While drinking more bottled water or purified tap water is one way to replenish the fluids in the body, there are other, more satisfying ways to get the required hydration. Fruits such as strawberries, watermelon and grapefruit contain up to 91% water. But don't forget your veggies. Lettuce, cucumbers and tomatoes also offer large amounts of water that will contribute greatly to water intake, and they supply the body with much needed vitamins.
Drinking milk is also beneficial for the bodies daily water needs, and provides that extra boost of calcium needed for bones and joints. Milk is beneficial when dealing with cramps and if you start to cramp, drink some ice cold milk, those aches will disappear in minutes. Mineral water contains dissolved minerals like calcium, magnesium,iron, and sodium, a great choice for women who need as much iron and calcium as they can get!
It is believed that the body absorbs water better when it is consumed with food or if the food you are eating is rich in water. A recent study show that 20% of your daily drink consumption comes from coffee, soda and tea. So don't be too wary of caffeinated beverages, while coffee and some teas do dehydrate the body to some extent, they are mostly water. Still, drinking a tall glass of ice water in the middle of the summer just feels good. If the taste of it gets old, try adding some lemon, lime or both. You will feel better for it. Water gives life. Drink up as much as you can; the chances of you getting too much water are slim.
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