Benefits you can get from Mindfully Using Water

On this Blog series, Mindful use of the Basics in Life, we talk about Water. One of human’s basic necessities which was supposedly free for all yet nowadays, we pay a hefty amount because of negligence. Come to think of it, water makes up 71% of the Earth’s surface, then why on earth can’t we have it for free?

I’m sure there’s more complexity and reasons behind those which I sure am not in a place to discuss here. As they say, to lessen the stresses in life, only deal with things you have control over. And that’s what I’m here for and want to remind you of. How you can you maximise the water to your advantage as a consumer.

What is water and its importance?

Water is something very important for a human body. Every cell, organ, and tissue in your body uses water for it to regulate temperature, keep it hydrated, and make it function. Water helps carry nutrients to our body cells and oxygen to reach our brain.

It also allows our body to absorb the minerals, vitamins, amino acid, glucose, and other substances. Of course, if it helps things go in our body, water is also the one that helps flush out the toxins and waste from our body.

Too much info is it?! Let’s just simply say, water is THAT IMPORTANT, shall we?

Mindful usage of water

Bathing

One basic thing we do almost everyday is taking a bath. Does it even occur to you that there’s more benefits you can get from bathing mindfully? Bathing is well known as washing of ones body using water and soap. It’s even safe that those who live in a tropical country like me in Singapore, you’re most likely to do half-baths in the evening before going to bed.

But what does mindful bathing means? It basically means using the right water temperature such as cold and hot water, depending on the time you take a bath. By doing so, you maximise the benefits you get instead of just having a clean body.

Interesting, right? Read here to know the benefits you can get from Cold baths, if this would fit your lifestyle, and if possible, challenge yourself to do it to grab for yourself the benefits of it.

If cold baths have its benefits, so as hot baths. Water heater in bathrooms have been so popular that even in tropical countries, it’s a common sight to see. I, myself, won’t lie to be one of those who fancy hot baths. There isn’t any wrong loving warm water to save you from those agonising mornings where you seem to not stop counting to yourself to get in that cold water. haha.

I remember my happiness when water heater was installed at our home when I was in HighSchool. We usually would resort to boiling water and try to bathe with just a bucket of water to use (finish bathing or not). No wonder I would skip using conditioner when I was younger. With my thick hair, a bucket or water surely won’t be sufficient for me to do a good bath.

Anyways, feel free to read more on the benefits you can get from Hot baths here.

Drinking water

Drinking water may be the most important use of water for our body. According to study, an adult human’s body consists of 60% water in total and even parts of our body individually is composed of water such as the brain and heart being 73% water, the lungs which is about 83% water, the skin which contains about 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and believe it or not, even the bones are 31% watery.

No wonder drinking water is always in everyone’s list if you want a healthy body. Though drinking water is a common thing to do, most still debate whether drinking cold or warm water is better for ones body.

In which side are you in? I won’t lie that I’m one of those who love cold water. We always have cold water in the fridge. Here are my thoughts about them though:

If we aim to drink 8 glasses or more of water everyday, then it shouldn’t matter whether it’s cold or warm. As long as you’re able to hydrate yourself throughout the day, then that’s the key.

I read somewhere that cold water makes you look bloated. Well, I’d rather look bloated than force myself to drink warm water and even hate it that much that I won’t be able to get the hydration my body needs just to look good.

After I exercise though, I’d rather drink warm water/ water that doesn’t come from the fridge. I feel this burning feeling in my chest whenever I drink cold water. It’s like when fire and ice meets and creates friction.

Another time when you need to be mindful when drinking water is the time you drink. Most adults stay awake for around 16-17 hours. That’s an ample time to slowly consume the recommended 8 glasses of water you need to drink in a day.

With that, trying to finish off most of the of those glasses of water before you hit the bed. Not only will you feel like drowning with a belly full of liquid and not to mention a restless night due to frequent trips to the loo throughout the night. So, my piece of advice, drink from the time you wake up to about 1 hour or 30 minutes till bedtime.

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Great benefits you can get from Hot baths

Taking a bath is one of the most common things we do everyday. By mindfully using the right temperature of water while bathing though, you get to maximise the benefits you get instead of simply going out of the shower with a clean body.

There are more benefits though one can get from bathing from hot water. Read along to learn more about it.

Makes you sleep better

If you’re one of those who have a hard time sleeping, a hot bath might help you relax your body and help you drift off to a sound sleep. This goes with drinking warm milk before going to bed. That warmed your body gets stimulates relaxation.

Health benefits

Hot water is especially good to improve the cardiovascular system. So if you’re ever having blood problems, no matter if it’s lowers blood sugar, blood pressure, and blood circulation, hot bath can help you with that!

Relieve from flu or colds

My mom used to ask us to do steaming whenever we get stuffy nose. She boils hot water then gets this big blanket and off you go under breathing the steam. This truly gives instant relief to unblock those nasal congestion. With young kids though, going under a blanket with their active little hands is a no-no. So having a hot bath and having the whole bathroom stream kinda makes it like a sauna and does the same effect.

Self-Care

If you want to relax, hot bath’s is probably one of your budget-friendly go-to. Not only can you do it from the comfort of your home but it’s something you can do daily after a stressful day. It’s a simple self-care routine you can do as often as you want to make yourself feel loved and taken care of.

If you happen to wonder what the benefits Cold Baths can do for you, don’t fret! I’ve got you covered!

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Great benefits you can get from Cold Bath

Bathing is know as an act of washing of ones body using water and soap. It’s safe to say that most of us do this at least once a day or if you live in a tropical country like Singapore, you’re most likely to do half-baths in the evening before going to bed.

By mindfully using the right water temperature, you can maximise the benefits you can get from doing something as simple as taking a bath. What am I talking about? COLD BATHS!

Cold baths are usually great to do every morning. This may sound contradicting as this is the main reason why water heater’s are so popularly sold, so you won’t get cold bathing in the morning, right?

Helps wake you up and alert

Well, our mind might think that way but that doesn’t mean we should forget the benefits what cold bath provides us and our body. Let’s start with the question, why most people take a bath in the morning?

Most will answer help wake us up, right? Then how could warm/hot baths wake help wake you up? Cold baths makes you somehow jump in the shower once the cold water hits your body and helps increase circulation that makes your body demand for more oxygen. This makes you breath deeper which without you knowing helps fight off fatigue.

Cool and intriguing, right? And that’s why you’ll feel more alive and ready to conquer your day.

Relieve itchy skin

If you have eczema like me or psoriasis, you’ll know that cold water is the go-to to relieve ourselves from frequent scratching. Cold water helps to avoid the natural oil our body creates to be stripped away from our skin that causes it to become flaky, hence, itchy.

Lessen soreness of body

This may not come a new thing to most of us as you might have seen in athletes most of the time putting ice whenever they get hurt from a game. This is also common DIY at home as we use ice packs to frozen meat for any body part we accidentally hurt to avoid it from getting swollen.

Weight loss

And if that doesn’t entice you still, then this might make you change your mind. Do you know according to some studies, cold bath can also help in weight loss. This is such a game changer!

Humans have two kinds of fatty tissues, which are brown and white fat. The Brown fat are the so-called, “good fat” that helps keep you warm when the temperature around you suddenly drops. White fat on the other hand are the fats we get from food. It’s the bad fat that’s stored in ones body that causes obesity.

Here’s how you lose weight, when you take a cold bath, your brown fat activates so your body would keep warm. This means that brown fat decreases and needs to convert body fat for it to increase again. And that’s how you start burning those calories by just cleaning your body. Amazing!

So, are you game for a challenge? Let’s start with one cold bath in a week, shall we! Do it and tag #themommywithagoalchallenge and #coldbathchallege in Instagram!

Learn more on the benefits you can get from water in general by reading my other post: Mindful use of the Basics: Water

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