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Water, Fascia & Muscle Building
Aging Is an inevitable part of life and it may alarm you that sarcopenia, the loss of muscle due to aging, has shown to occur at 10%per decade, which can even begin at the early age of 30! Fortunately, like treating a chronic disease, we are able to ‘treat’ the natural deterioration of our bodies by reducing the muscle wastage our bodies experience over the years.
Skeletal muscle makes up roughly 30–40%of the human body and since muscle is a living tissue — as opposed to entirely dormant body fat — it requires blood and nutrients. Activities that bring movement into your life, like walking and standing, are helpful to reduce aging symptoms as it encourages blood vessels to dilate, which can reduce blood pressure. Ultimately though, to really put the brakes on muscle loss, medical professionals recommend performing regular resistance (strength) training.
In addition, another integral part of the body researchers are suggesting to reinforce is the fascial system, which can assist in the maintenance of our muscle growth. Surprisingly, fascia has only recently started to be scientifically studied and recent medical explorations have found that fascia is one of the most complex parts of the human body.
Fascia is Latin for “band” and is defined as the sheet of tough connective tissue that envelops every muscle, nerve, and organ in the body which separates and binds our structure, intertwines with muscle fibers, and continues throughout the tendon to the bony attachment. Basically, fascia is like our invisible second skin, like saran wrap for our guts, and is similar to ligaments and tendons although they differ in location and function.
The fascial system, as a network of tubules, is constantly responding to bodily movement and pressure changes. As a result, fascia has demonstrated its ability to be the ultimate communicator by taking inputs from one part of the body and reacting accordingly in another. Fascia is very responsive to movement patterns or lack of movement altogether.
Since fascia is made up of mostly gel water (70%) and the proteins collagen and elastin, hydration becomes a necessary prescription for its maintenance. When fascia becomes dehydrated, matted down, or toughened, it loses its ability to move freely and subsequently much less flexible and pliable, which causes physical symptoms such as stiffness and pain.
Studies have demonstrated that even consuming large quantities of water is often ineffective for hydrating fascia because the tissue simply can’t absorb it effectively. Hence, true hydration in the body is not defined by how much water one drinks, but by how much water the body absorbs. Essentially, you could drink all the water in the world and still have dehydrated parts of your fascia.
Fortunately, a study from several years ago determined that when muscles and fascia are stretched or compressed, water can be extruded just like a sponge, which makes the tissues temporarily more pliable and supple. For this reason, once connective tissue is squeezed and refreshed, it can be cleaned out to allow the full absorption of water (e.g. yoga, foam rolling, exercise, bodywork). Hence, a potential solution to stiff joints and muscle loss from ageing may lie in the release of fascia and then immediately drinking good quality water.
Overall, in order to move and flex your muscles and to defeat this aging process, you need water. Furthermore, if your body is dehydrated, your muscles will be deprived of electrolytes and cramp. Since muscles are controlled by nerves, without the proper water and electrolyte balance, muscle strength and control will also be impaired. Therefore, it is essential that you stay hydrated if you want to build muscle and experience optimal performance.
Water is the single most critical nutrient for health, growth, and development as well as the key to balancing all the body’s systems, including the brain, heart, lungs, kidneys and muscles. It is quite significant that estimates show 75% of Americans have mild, chronic dehydration. So with new aches and pains, maybe it is time to dive deeper and analyze if you are adequately hydrating your body and moving your tissues.
So remember if you’re on the way to the gym or to your local yoga studio, come by The Water Brewery to pick up a gallon of our super nutritious, restructured, and mineralized Aquae AMORE Water to properly hydrate your muscles and fascial system. Also, you may want to try our Magnesium Lavender Spray by Omica to replenish your body with needed minerals, magnesium being a key electrolyte for hydration and for muscle recovery.
Turmeric, the bright orange spice often used in curry dishes, can help to reduce inflammation in the body. This beneficial effect is largely due to curcumin, the active compound in turmeric. Supplementing with turmeric/curcumin can be especially beneficial for amateur and professional athletes alike who habitually push their bodies to perform strenuous physical feats.
A recent meta-analysis of 346 studies in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition “found numerous benefits [to curcumin], and no adverse side effects were reported in athletes and others who were regularly physically active” (source). In addition to helping to reduce inflammation, curcumin can also reduce oxidative stress, pain, and muscle damage. These benefits can make it less likely for exercise-induced injuries to occur, as well as improve muscle recovery.
These research findings on the benefits of curcumin are exciting, and more research will be done to deepen our understanding of curcumin’s benefits. In the meantime, if you’re going to supplement with curcumin, try adding some crushed black pepper to your curcumin dose for better absorption. Black pepper contains piperine, a compound that has been shown to enhance curcumin absorption by up to 2,000%!
Topical Magnesium Oil
How magnesium spray topicals can help with muscle recovery and relaxation:
Magnesium is a vital mineral, yet studies have estimated that as many as 75% of Americans are not regularly meeting the recommended daily intake for magnesium. Given this statistic, it would likely make sense for many people to look into magnesium supplementation as a possible way to support their health.
One of the many functions of magnesium in the human body is to support muscle function and recovery. Magnesium helps to loosen and relax tight muscles, which is essential for preventing injuries and cramps. Magnesium also plays a crucial role in the production of serotonin—a neurotransmitter that relaxes the nervous system and contributes to healthy sleep.
Magnesium spray topicals can be used as a convenient way to provide the body with some of its needed daily intake of magnesium. Magnesium spray is applied directly to the skin, where it is then absorbed into the body and put to work. Magnesium spray can be used as a soothing balm for muscles after a rigorous workout, or simply as an accessible daily source of this crucial mineral.