Penrose Physical Therapy
13
Jan 2021
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

How Hydration Can Impact Health

LACEY (WA) – Let’s start with something super basic. Hydration. As you may already know your body changes as we age (that’s something we are likely too aware of). Did you know the communication between your brain and the receptors that detect dehydration become less sensitive as we age? I often hear the words, “I’m not thirsty” from my 40+ clients to which I have to respond, “If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated.” Try to plan out when you can drink your 8-10 glasses of water a day. An easy tip to implement is have a large glass of water ready to drink for when you wake up. Having been dehydrated throughout the night, the glass of full water can help in a variety of ways. Then try to have 4 glasses by early afternoon. Importance of Hydration What does water do for you physically? If you have back pain but; drink your 8-10 glasses of water a day, you will find that you feel less back pain over time when you wake up. The increased water helps clear inflammation. Increased hydration flushes the entire system. The discs will often swell from inflammation at night if you have not had enough water to drink during the day and create more pain when you wake up. Hydration also affects physical performance and mood. Mild levels of dehydration can produce disruptions in mood and cognitive functioning. Mild dehydration produces alterations in a number of important aspects of cognitive function such as concentration, alertness’ and short… Read More
06
Jan 2021
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

Losing Weight Can Reduce Knee Pain

LACEY (WA) Losing 10 lbs can result in 40 lbs of pressure removed off of your knees! If recent quarantines have led to increase in weight, this article may help. With the new year, learn how to create lasting change from the comfort of your own home! As we ring in the new year, I’m sure we really wish Covid-19 was a thing of the past. Unfortunately, it’s not and it has lead many towards becoming too sedentary. Over the past few months, we’ve seen increased reports of aches, pains, and weight change in all age demographics. With stress, staying home, and no gyms open, it’s understandable how a few extra pounds may have been added. However, with the new year upon us, it’s a perfect opportunity to take control of your health. This article will help those with a desire for real fat loss, improved blood lipids, more energy and less systemic inflammation! No, this is not some quick diet that will cause you to gain it all back in 6 months. As a health care provider, I am for a reasonable and lean proteins that promote overall health: stabilizing blood glucose, improving cholesterol’s, protecting from heart disease, and limiting systemic inflammation. In fact, our gut health is strongly correlated to our overall systemic inflammation. I don’t even want to call this plan a diet. Really, it is an 8-week program to turn you into a fat-burning machine! Can I get an AMEN? Learn how to burn more fat; ENJOY wonderful food; get on a… Read More

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