Like the air we breathe, water is something we probably do not give much thought to, but we really should. Water covers about 71% of the Earth’s surface. Our body is made up of approximately 60% to 70% of water. Essentially, we need water to survive. Proper hydration is vitally important to the basic functions of life and essential for optimal performance.
Our skin cells also require water to function properly. When your body is dehydrated, your skin suffers. Dehydration causes damage, accelerated aging, and the inability to heal properly. If you have not been drinking enough water, you may notice that your skin appears to be more dry, flaky and you may even notice the onset of wrinkles and pimples appearing on your face!
This is because dehydration leads to a loss of sheen, elasticity and suppleness in your skin, giving you an aged appearance. Who wants to look like 50 when they are only 25! When you are properly hydrated, it helps your skin act as a protective barrier to external elements.
Here are 5 amazing benefits of drinking water for your skin:
1. Helps to Flush out Toxins from Your Body
Water carries nutrients to our skin cells, aids digestion by forming stomach secretions, flushes out our bodily wastes and keeps our kidneys healthy. It keeps our organs (skin, eyes, mouth and nose) functioning well. It lubricates and cushions our joints, and regulates our body temperature and metabolism.
Drinking sufficient water on a daily basis means your body is able to get rid of the toxins that contaminate your body every day. With the toxins flushed out, your skin will slowly regain a healthy glow.
2. Helps Increase Energy and Relieve Fatigue
Drinking water keeps your cells all fired up, and feeds your muscles with oxygen and nutrients. You will find yourself able to think clearly and concentrate better, and be more focused and alert. As an added bonus, your energy levels are also boosted!
Dehydration can lead to fatigue instead, impairing your performance. So the next time you are feeling sleepy or tired, grab that glass of water and drink up!
3. Boosts Skin Health
Your kidneys and bowels are the primary channels through which your body expels waste products and toxins. If you are not drinking enough water, your body will expel these waste products and toxins through your lungs and skin. When that happens, you may notice acne breakouts. This is more so if you have dry or flaky skin.
You can prevent acne breakouts when you keep your skin sufficiently hydrated. This gives your body and your skin a chance to look and feel their best when they are plumped with moisture.
4. Promotes Weight Loss
Water is 100% calorie-free! Imagine the amount of calories you are putting into your body when you drink sufficient water. Zilch, zero, nothing! Isn’t that a good cause for celebration?
Also, when you drink water before your meals, it makes you feel fuller, therefore reducing the amount of food you will eat. That translates to fewer calories consumed. Before you reach out for that chocolate chip muffin, think about replacing it with a glass of water instead. Your body will thank you for it, with a rewarding number on the weighing scale!
5. Keeps Headaches away
Do you find yourself suffering from headaches frequently when you do not consume enough water? You could be inflicted with dehydration headache, which occurs when your body is starved of water. Some symptoms include: Low blood pressure, increased heart rate, dizziness and fatigue. The next time you start to feel a pounding in your head, pour yourself a glass of water first, instead of reaching for the painkillers as an immediate recourse.
The amount of water an individual needs per day is still up for debate. As each individual’s lifestyle habits vary, the amount of water you need to consume depends largely on your age and your activity levels. If you have not been drinking water regularly and find it difficult to guzzle so much water in a day, you may consider these tips to help you get started.
- Add flavour to your water. You may include sliced lemons, strawberries or cucumbers for additional taste. It also looks visually appealing to drink from!
- Eat foods with high water content, like watermelons, cucumbers, strawberries, zucchinis and celery. This helps in increasing the amount of water you need to consume in a day
- Always carry a bottle of water with you. Out of sight, out of mind. With a bottle of water in your hand all the time, you will be reminded to drink water daily
- Drink before and/or after every bathroom break. Each time you leave your desk for the bathroom, make a detour for the pantry and have a glass of water
- Drink before and/or after every meal. Instead of ordering a glass of soda with your meals, consider swapping it out for a glass of water.
- Download an app tracker to monitor the amount of water you are drinking in a day. Having a constant reminder will allow you to easily keep track of your daily water consumption.
Bottoms up to good health!