Myths regarding Body Hydration

Myths Regarding Body HydrationLectures, conversations and advice regarding the intake of water stimulate much speculation, so this week’s article will attempt to “bust” some myths.

 

It now seems to be the norm to carry a bottle of water as if a permanent extension of one’s arm! But is this liquid that one drinks more hype than fact?
In the first place, without expanding on the intricate physiology of the bodies water needs, water is essential to maintain body temperature and the volume of one’s blood.

 

Although “water fanatics” in all good faith attempt to flood the body with water, this is absorbed relatively slowly and is mostly extra–cellular [whereas intra-cellular represents 40% of the bodies water] and it is not generally known that water moves in and out of all cells via chemical reactions.

 

Readers are no doubt familiar with the term electrolytes, the intake of which are essential especially after a bout of diahorraea and / or vomiting.

 

Electrolytes are chemicals which stimulate an electrical current and contain essential minerals like magnesium, potassium, sodium and so on.

 

When certain minerals are lacking in the system or if dehydration is present, cramping is a typical reaction. The muscle in question goes into a spasm and a very unpleasant tightening occurs. Even after relaxation of the muscle, pain can persist. Gentle circular movements across the affected area will assist relaxation. Some health practitioners recommend a warm Epsom salts bath, the magnesium content having an external affect on muscles.

Some questions for readers now follow :

 

Do coffee and tea count towards hydration?
Yes in a way, as caffeine is a diuretic causing water to be excreted and the body will compensate by needing intake of liquid.

 

Should one drink liquids prior to being thirsty?
No, as in most healthy adults thirst is a reliable indicator of fluid needs.

 

Is the intake of coconut water better than water?
No, not so at all. In fact, a company that claimed that coconut water is “Super-hydrating” had to settle a law suit for making false claims.

 

Will drinking extra water will keep ones skin moist?
Not so, although dry skin does indicate a form of dehydration. Including healthy fats in one’s diet from fish, nuts etc are an advantage as these act as building blocks for the cell walls that in turn retain moisture.

 

The outer epidermal skin, due to less humidity in the winter air, will feel taut and drier and be crying out for moisture. Fine vertical lines usually seen on the cheek area are signs of dehydration.

 

Matsimela’s aloe facial range, specifically the moisturizer ' will not only have a hydrating effect but act as a barrier against the harsher winter air, keeping the skin well hydrated for the colder months ahead.

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In Celebration of Mother’s day

In Celebration of Mothers DayIt goes without saying that when one enters the realm of motherhood, there is a belief that one is going to be the perfect mom but sadly this can only exist in the world of fantasy.

 

When that very special time arrives, there are many outside occurrences that can have powerful influences such as a traumatic delivery, “wise advice” from a grand-mother and the power of the ever presence media.  And at times one person’s idea of the perfect mom will clash with others ideals.

 

Life changes a great deal during the fascinating journey through parenting and no doubt some guidelines come in useful but patience will over-rule during episodes of poop, pees and smelly potties !

 

Basically the job description is common sense to new moms, but motherhood has undergone great upheavals in the last century. In earlier times their instincts were never questioned, but rather ruled sacrosanct !

 

Today a mother is often obliged to make difficult choices and being in this position motherhood and guilt go almost hand in hand.

 

Should she stay at home and compromise income, should she be lenient and generous and give in to every whim and fancy, then unwittingly end up with little monsters, or alternatively be a disciplinarian and be the “horrible mom on the block” ?

 

High technology has brought a huge revolution in society and has no doubt influenced being a mom. The internet facilitates, the exploration of new and foreign terrain and on a positive note gives marvellous access to topics like thumb-sucking, breast feeding etc.

 

As for “valuable time“ spent with school projects, the greatest phase heard these days is “oh just google it“  !!

But this virtual world does not necessarily create an utopic environment for parenting and can create a “snap-shot“ mentality.

Many Instagram’s of bright- eyed kids is not exactly reality and will hopefully not arouse feelings of guilt in more grounded parents.

 

But on a lighter note, this is a time of giving and showing appreciation of one’s mother.

 

Naturally the common gifts like flowers, chocolates and a treat out to a restaurant will always prevail.

 

However, in the realm of body care, MATSIMELA have the ultimate gifts for spoiling any mom !

 

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The Joys of Autumn

The Joys of AutumnAutumn has a special way of rejuvenating the soul and although some will be “ bidding farewell “ to Summer with a sense of melancholy, the change in seasons is quite refreshing.

 

One would never truly appreciate the 4 seasons in juxtaposition as nature intended, should one’s home be in equatorial regions where heat and humidity persist relentlessly without change . Fungal infections are forever being fought and bugs galore abide in these climates ever keen to “ befriend “ one with not too congenial outcomes.

 

With the onset of Autumn the sharp glare of the summer sun softens and the gentle light paints the sky in subtle tones of orange and gold. One can literally smell the commencement of this season as the falling leaves create new aromas combined with the soil.

 

Life changes in many forms especially as one becomes aware of the sounds of birds migrating in their unique, courageous way to warmer climates.

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EGGS – a different perception

eggsEggs have been sacred to many civilizations, both because of the form and the inner mystery that holds the secret, a latent “nothing” that produces a “something” within a closed shell needing nothing but warmth.

 

Although eggs are slightly more oval than round, the shape typifies the great circle ‘O’ symbolic of the universe and its spherical bodies. Within the oval shape of the bird’s egg, one discovers nature’s unique secret. Had the egg been created in the perfect round shape, it would have rolled away as dictated by gravity. But instead, the egg rotates in an almost circular manner coming to rest with the pointed side facing inward!
So this ensures better preservation, and a bonus for egg laying hens!

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Blood Life Sustainer

Blood Life SustainerMany cultures have been ascribed to blood having magical powers such as blood-letting for the bodies equilibrium, said to cure blindness, goitre, worms , grey hair and a multitude of bizarre complaints.

 

The bible has mentioned blood more than 400 times and William Shakespeare more than 700 times.

 

Many sayings have arisen such as a blue blooded aristocrat to a red blooded male, a set-up that makes ones blood run cold, killing a person in cold blood, blood being thicker than water, an issue that makes one’s blood boil or to sweat blood and tears & blood brothers mentioned on umpteen occasions.

 

Yet to science, even the most extravagant blood lore pales in comparison to the biochemical and evolutionary marvels of this liquid tissue.

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