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Why is it so important to drink a lot of water in summer?

One of the phrases that we hear the most when the heat arrives is that you have to drink a lot of water in summer. But why this? Today we tell you in the blog of Hyperbaric Center of Estepona.

Reasons to drink a lot of water in summer

Avoiding dehydration is the main reason why you should drink a lot of water in summer, because the state of dehydration can cause the following symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Cramps
  • Muscle pains
  • Humor changes
  • Fatigue

Let’s keep moving, why in the summer do we get dehydrated?

The human body is composed of 60% water. What happens in summer is that, due to high temperatures, we sweat more and lose more liquids than on other dates.

The Water and Health Research Institute (IIAS) recommends drinking two and a half liters of water daily, to keep the body hydrated and functioning properly.

Benefits for drinking lots of water in summer

Improves the skin

Your skin will be healthier, cleaner, and you will not get so many wrinkles, because drinking water strengthens the skin cells, helping to hydrate, elasticity and cleanliness.

Another magnificent way of taking care of the skin and recovering its youthful state is thanks to the oxygen therapy therapies of the Hyperbaric Center of Estepona.

Helps regulate body temperature

If we have heat there is nothing better than drinking a good glass of water to lower the thermal sensation of our body. Thanks to good hydration, the body will be able to better regulate the temperature through sweating. Of course, it is important to drink water and avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol or large amounts of sugar, such as soft drinks.

Avoid liquid retention

A myth that is totally false is that drinking water holds liquids. As surprising as it may seem, the opposite is the case, because when our body detects that it lacks hydration, what it does is to retain liquids to prevent them from losing more. Drinking water helps avoid retention because it acts as a natural diuretic.

So you know, do not forget this summer to drink a lot of water to enjoy the holidays to the fullest.


The myth that persons with autism are “cold” or “incapable of feeling empathy” continues to be propagated to this day; it is a stereotype associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), yet despite being widespread, it is false.


The source of the myth is the confusion between those who have ASD and those who have alexithymia (the latter is characterized by the subclinical inability to identify and describe emotions in the self and others). Although alexithymia is common in autism (it affects 50 per cent of persons with autism), anyone can have the condition.

According to a recent study carried out by researchers at the International Centre of Advanced Studies (ICAS) in Trieste (Italy), people with autism who are faced with a moral dilemma, respond similarly to the general population. In other words, they have the same level of empathy.


Indrajeet Patil, co-author of the study published in Scientific Reports, notes: “It is not true that people with autism don’t care about the suffering of others. In fact, according to our research, it is exactly the opposite; autism is associated with an abnormal empathy towards others and with a greater tendency to avoid harm to others. The stereotype arises from confusion with a personality construct called alexithymia which is commonly found among people with autism but which can also affect persons who do not have autism.

During the study, researchers presented persons with high-functioning autism with a hypothetical situation in which the decision they made could save many lives by sacrificing one life. The situation involves the classic moral dilemma of whether to intervene to save the lives of a group at the cost of one person, or do nothing and allow the person to live, even if this means many others will lose their lives.

There are two possible reactions to the dilemma. The first is purely rational; it pushes us to intervene voluntarily, taking justified action for the “greater good”. The second, more empathetic stance, leads us to take no action – in this way, we can avoid a voluntary death. Within this context, the researchers designed an advanced statistical model to differentiate the features of autism and alexithymia when participants were faced with a moral dilemma.

The results showed that alexithymia is associated with “a tendency to engage in harmful behaviour with utility-maximising outcome, while autism is related to greater personal anguish and, therefore, a greater likelihood of choosing to not intervene, which demonstrates empathy.”

Patil notes, “Autism is associated with great emotional stress in response to situations in which an individual tends to avoid actions that can result in harm to others.”



Oxygen is the commencement of life, the food of cells…

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy provides cells with oxygen through a natural mechanism. The patient, who receives oxygen at a higher pressure than can be found in their natural environment, breathes 100 per cent pure oxygen from the moment the therapy starts, bringing general benefits to the body.

Dr. Rafael Sánchez, advisor at the Hyperbaric Medical Centre of Estepona (HMCE) explains: “In these circumstances, oxygen is converted into medication and it has a therapeutic effect on the organism.”


Patients who are treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy say they sleep more profoundly, feel less tired and have a better general appearance. Some doctors consider that the treatment revitalises the body of elderly people, tones up skin and reduces flaccidity and wrinkles.

All this information is contained in the book The Hyperbaric Chamber: Science, Not Miracle by Dr. Nina Subbotina, who mentions the anti-ageing effects and general wellbeing imparted by hyperbaric oxygen. Dr. Subbotina dedicates an entire chapter to the beneficial effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy.


In her book, Subottina notes that hyperbaric oxygen therapy has the ability to slow down ageing and improve general health. “Is it worth using hyperbaric oxygen therapy to treat healthy people, those who wish to improve their wellbeing, appearance, vitality and quality of life? Personally, I think the answer is YES.”  Dr. Subbotina concludes that natural ageing and stress- or sun-induced ageing are associated with a drop in levels of oxygen production, which in turn is linked to a lack of oxygen.

The European Committee for Hyperbaric Medicine has referred to the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for various ailments and pathologies. These indications appear in the experimental epigraph, since they are based on individual evidence or applications on patients. The Centre of Hyperbaric Medicine of Estepona has treated dozens of patients with fibromyalgia, stress, or chronic fatigue. Dr. Rafael Sánchez has noted that the improvement has been considerable and the treatment has been satisfactory in all cases.

If you require further information, don’t hesitate to contact the Hyperbaric Medicine Centre of Estepona on Tel: 952 806 796 or visit the website on You will be attended to by qualified professionals who can answer all your queries, with no commitment. The first consultation is free, also we emit underwater fishing and diving certificates.


Around 180,000 Spaniards suffer from rheumatoid arthritis; some 10 per cent of these people do not respond to available treatments (neither traditional nor modern ones). Help could be on the horizon in the form of a new medication, however, according to a new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).


Dr. Federico Díaz, Director of the Research Unit of the Spanish Rheumatology Society, notes around 70 per cent of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (an autoimmune disease which attacks the articulations) respond to traditional medications which have been on the market for over 30 years and which are “old, safe, efficient and cheap.”

However, it is unknown why the other 30 per cent of patients do not respond to these treatments, which can have side-effects and toxicities that force patients to change medication. Within this 30 per cent group, around 20 per cent respond well to second-line biological treatments, which are more expensive and more specific than their predecessors. These drugs are not taken orally; they are administered intravenously or subcutaneously. The remaining 10 per cent of patients, meanwhile, can quell their symptoms with the aid of baricitinib, as established in a study on 527 patients.

The study was carried out to elicit the effect of baricitinib on persons with hard-to-handle arthritis. All participants had rheumatoid arthritis in an active phase at the time of the study; their average age was 56. The patients hailed from 178 hospitals from 24 different countries. They were instructed to take a placebo, 2 or 4 mg of the new medication (in combination with other therapies) for a 24-week period.