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WATER

One of the most common phrases we say to our patients is –

“You should drink more water”

Most behaviour is habit forming so by changing a little you can help your body a lot.

  • Maybe when waiting for the first cup of tea of the day and watching for the kettle to boil drink a glass of water.
  • Drink a glass of water with every meal.
  • Carry a bottle of water with you during the day.
  • Leave a jug of water in the fridge if you prefer it chilled.
  • Leave a glass of water at your bed side when you retire for bed so you have a drink ready, if you wake during the night or when your alarms go off in the morning.

By increasing your water intake your body can function at it’s best, from your internal organs to the things we see like skin, eyes and even your hair. Improvement in concentration levels and energy can be a result of regularly drinking glasses of water throughout the day. Many people with gut problems also experience improvements after increasing their daily water intake.

Remember to increase your water intake during and after sporting activities, when the body sweats. It is very easy to become dehydrated so try to drink water before you feel thirsty.

Drink little and often during the day to avoid stressing the body and build up your intake over a period of time to ideally reach 2 litres a day.

FOOTWEAR

Badly fitted footwear can cause many injuries – from the simple blister to the more serious trips and falls.

High heels can cause back, knee and ankle pain.

POSTURE

Good posture is something we need to learn – we are not born knowing how to walk, stand, sit or lay down.

Maintaining good posture keeps the body’s bones and joints in their correct alignment enabling muscles, ligaments and tendons to be used properly.

Pain can occur due to poor posture so making a few minor changes to your work environment, the way you relax watching television, the way sit at a desk can have a big impact.

Some simple do’s and don’ts on maintaining good posture –

DO

  • Sit well back into a chair, with your shoulders back and allow the back rest to support your back.
  • Ensure you have equal weight distribution on both sitting bones.
  • Check your desk and chair are at the correct height to allow your wrists to rest comfortably on the desk and use a foot stool if your feet do not touch the floor.
  • Position your monitor directly in front of you, approximately an arm’s length away with the top of the monitor at eye level.
  • Straighten your legs to stand from a sitting position avoid twisting and bending at the waist.

DON’T

  • Don’t cross your legs or ankles when sat.
  • Don’t slouch to one side and tuck your legs under you while sat.
  • Don’t cradle the phone between your neck and shoulder.
  • Avoid carrying a heavy bag on one shoulder.
  • Avoid twisting at the waist while sitting, turn your whole body.