Hydration is key to many factors of our biomechanics. Our bones, muscles, nerves and fascia must synchronize in order to move and function. We need fuel and fluid to run the best engine. The whole of all parts works in unity as an extracellular matrix (ECM).
Two main classes of extracellular macromolecules make up the matrix: (1) polysaccharide chains of the class called glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), which are usually found covalently linked to protein in the form of proteoglycans (a complex meshwork of proteins and carbohydrates ), and (2) fibrous proteins, including collagen, elastin, fibronectin, and laminin, which have both structural and adhesive functions. The members of both classes come in a great variety of shapes and sizes that support everything from local tissue growth to the maintenance of an entire organ.
No matter your age, size, race or creed…There’s hope for repair! Our cells regenerate anywhere from a few days to a few years, but most CAN regenerate to a healthier condition over time.
I believe drinking as much water as we can, taking a daily supplement of a liquid collagen and/or bone broth, eating high water content foods and good oils, will not only get the motor runnin, but keep it runnin.
This being said, THEY, whoever THEY are, says drinking half of our weight in ounces of water per day, or as close as we can get is optimal. For most of us that’s a half to a full gallon. The better our hydration system is, the better our tissues slide and glide like a well oiled machine, and resist the depletion of collagen which perpetuates the aging process.
So, drink more water, right? Well, yes and no. Staying hydrated by drinking continues to be important, but if you have dehydrated fascia it’s more likely you have little kinks in your “hoses,” which means all that water you drink can’t actually reach the dehydrated tissue. To be able to get the fluid to all those hard-to-reach places you need to be better irrigated. And to do that, you’ve got to get to work on your soft tissue, untangling the gluey bits and getting the kinks out. A body worker who specializes in any form of myofascial work can help.
Another important mobility healer is to give your body ample time to rest. Tom Myers, fascial educator and creator of Anatomy Trains says, “Rest is how the tissues rehydrate. When you do heavy exercise you are driving the water out of the tissue in the same way that if you step on a wet beach you push the water out of the sand, and when you pick up your foot the water seeps back into that sand. You’re doing the same thing with tissues, when you’re really working out you are driving the water out of the tissue while you are working…The rhythm of your fitness regimen should include some rest… When you take the strain off of the tissues, like a sponge they will suck up that water and be ready for more exercise.”
Massages will also move the ECM to release toxins, align fascial lines of movement and rejuvenate the nerves. No pills. no crazy plans …simply H2O. worth a try.