We have heard it time and time again – drink your water. Our body is made up of 70% water – therefore it is crucial to our health. Our skin is the largest organ of our body and it is important to hydrate it along with all the other organs and joints. Water is basic for survival. Many people walk around in a state of dehydration without even knowing. These same people, who are not in tune with their body choose soft drinks first or think they are hungry, whereas the body is thirsty.
When your body is properly hydrated, you look and feel better – your eyes are brighter, radiant complexion, increased energy and overall better health.
- Radiant Complexion: Proper hydration is essential for healthy, younger-looking skin. Drinking water helps to give your skin the moisture it needs to maintain elasticity and suppleness and to prevent dryness. The body also relies on water to detoxify properly, allowing yourself to look and feel your best. Avoid dehydrating foods (high salt meals) and dehydrating beverages such as soft drinks, caffeinated drinks (energy drinks, coffee, some teas) and alcohol.
- Body Health: The body depends on water for survival. This vital nutrient is involved in every aspect of the body’s functions, including digestion, circulation and excretion, as well as absorption of important nutrients. Water is responsible for maintaining normal body temperature, maintaining a normal acid/base environment in our system and for carrying waste material from the body. If we don’t get enough water, our bodies won’t function at an optimal level and we may not look or feel our best.
- Weight Loss: Drinking adequate amounts of water helps with weight loss in a few ways. Firstly, water helps to keep your body functioning at an optimal level, allowing all your systems, such as digestion and absorption, to work properly. Secondly, including foods in your diet with high-water content, such as fruits, vegetables, soups helps with weight loss by increasing satiety and fullness. Also, water gives your body the energy it needs to carry out regular exercise without you feeling tired.
- Removal of Toxins: Drinking enough water helps your body flush out toxins, lessening this job for your kidneys and liver.
- Protection for Joints and Muscles: Water is one of the fluids that lubricates and cushions your joints and muscles, protecting them from shock and damage. If the body is dehydrated (lack of water) it may become more susceptible to ailments. Also, before, during and after exercise, drinking proper amounts of water can help reduce cramping of the muscles and early onset of fatigue.
- Protection from Disease and Infection: Water is a wonderful nutrient which helps to prevent many conditions. Water can help prevent kidney stones as well as reduce your risk for bladder, kidney or urinary tract infections. Results of a six-year study of more than 20,000 healthy men and women aged 38 to 100 found that women who drank more than five glasses of water a day were 41% less likely to die from a heart attack during the study period than those who drank less than two glasses. The protective effects of water were even greater in men. Who is likely to get a heart attack or stroke – Someone whose blood flows freely like water or flows very slow and thick like tomato ketchup?
- Helps Keep You “Regular”: Water helps to prevent constipation by adding fluid to the colon and bulk to stools. This results in softer and easier bowel movements.
How MUCH water a day?
As a guideline – 1 cup = 240ml – you are required to drink at least 8 cups. 2 cups upon waking up, 1cup 30 minutes before each meal and 1 cup 30 minutes after each meal. 1 cup at bedtime. (based on 3 meals a day schedule)
Exercising, hot weather, and heated indoor air all cause your body to lose water. Increased water output requires increased water input.
Note: Illness, pregnancy, and breastfeeding are special situations that demand greater fluid consumption. Drinking too much water, however, may lead to a rare condition called hyponatremia. Marathon runners, the elderly, and people with certain medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure and cirrhosis, and kidney failure are most at risk. Check with your physician for recommendations.
Is water best?
Consuming lots of fresh fruits and vegetables for healthy skin will satisfy some of your body’s fluid requirement. A bonus is they are loaded with anti-aging anti-oxidants! Foods such as raw fruits and vegetables are rich in “structured water”, and eating them will not just help your body hold on to water longer – you’ll also get the added boost of important anti-oxidants, fibre and other nutrients. If you replace at least one glass of water a day with one serving of raw fruits or vegetables, you’ll stay hydrated significantly longer.
Take advantage of the raw, tropical fruits in season. Items rich in Vitamin A, like mangos, carrots, help build collagen and increase cellular turnover, keeping you looking and feeling younger. Internal skincare, including diet, is a huge component in looking and feeling young. Internal care means making your skin look good from the inside out. It means good food choices and using dietary supplements to fill in the gaps.
Internal care addresses the needs of the entire body – including the 80 per cent of skin that topical (external) care can’t reach – by flooding it with the nutrients it needs to build strong, healthy new cells, and antioxidants that neutralise cell-damaging free radicals in the bloodstream.
Colourful raw fruits and vegetables such as watermelon, cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes and eggplant are not just great sources of water for your cells – they are nutritional powerhouses.
Water is the ideal liquid refreshment. Reap the benefits of drinking water for your skin. You’ll have a healthier body and a healthier you!