Movin’ Together – The Tool of Hydration
In this broadcast of Movin’ Together, I will be highlighting hydration with two opportunities for boosting our immune systems!
Over thirty years ago, when I was working with Dr. Siegal in DC, he came into the office to share the story of his weekend travels with his staff. His young daughter had become ill with a fever while traveling home, so he and his wife stopped at a hotel and rented a room for a few hours so they could bring her fever down naturally by hydrating her in a warm bath. Her fever came down, and they proceeded to travel home. He explained how important it is to let the fever work for her healing while keeping it in a safe range.
I had never heard of doing that, but his story influenced me and changed my life dealing with illness in our family for these past thirty years. Since that day, one of the first things we do when we feel ill or have a fever is to start the bathwater! Just ask my family and friends – I am a bathfluencer! Sponge baths are suitable for younger children, and we can all become bathfluencers!
You can add a relaxing atmosphere with candles or soft music while in the bath. If you are the parent of a small child, you may need to take this type of bath after the children are off to bed.
Try An Epsom Salt Bath: Epsom salt provides the body with hydration and magnesium while also drawing toxins from your body. Add 2 cups of Epsom salts to a warm (not cold) bath and soak (10-15 minutes for children and 20-30 minutes for adults).
I regularly use almond oil, powdered milk, and lavender oil, an old Swedish recipe in my bath time. These items are not expensive, and they last for a few months.
The latest research concerning baths indicates that the body gains the maximum benefit of warm water therapy within 20 minutes. The health benefits of taking a 20 minute soak include lower blood pressure, and weight loss among other things.
If you do not have a bathtub in your home then showering each night before bed helps your body to fight infection too while hydrating.
I am not too fond of my second suggestion for hydration but i am doing it! My research found that drinking water first upon awakening flushes the stomach and balances the lymphatic system. A stable lymphatic system helps build a robust immune system, which will prevent us from getting sick as often. So I now drink two glasses of water when I awaken. I am thankful that I did not get covid, and I do not want to catch the flu or a cold either. I hope and pray that this encouragement to hydrate will keep us all healthier this winter.
Any way we can boost our immune system, I highly recommend the habit – who likes being sick?
Other benefits of hydrating are: decreasing the incidence of A-Fib, increasing skin radiance, helping weight loss, improving metabolism,
increasing shine and hair texture, relieving heartburn and ingestion, inhibiting kidney stones and bladder infections, and last but not least, strengthening the immune system!
Videography: Andrew Moore
Video Editing: Andrew Moore
Writing: Sara Vogt | Certified Personal Trainer ACE
Anchor: Sara Vogt
Produced by Vogt Media
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