The majority of our blood and every cell in our bodies is composed of water. In face our brain is 90% water. I think we can all agree that the thought of a dehydrated brain is pretty scary. It's a simple fact of life that we humans NEED WATER to function properly. Proper hydration is crucial to our overall health AND to beautiful skin.
70% of our body weight is water. So what would we be without it?
Water is necessary for good health and all of our organs function better when we're adequately hydrated. The benefits of drinking plenty of water every day include having a more clear, radiant skin tone to protecting joints, helping achieve a slimmer waistline, and so much more.
Think of your hydrated skin cells like a grape vs a raisin. A grape is juicy and plump, while a raisin is all puckered and dehydrated. From this analogy, you can see why your chronic dehydration can exacerbate the appearance of wrinkles, as well as speed the formation of wrinkles.
Dehydration will worsen virtually all health problems as well as exacerbate skincare issues such as acne, eczema, Rosacea, etc.
Water is the primary transporter of nutrients throughout your body. If you don't drink enough water, toxins can build up increasing fat deposits, causing breakouts and leave you in a tired, sluggish mood.
Drinking water flushes toxins out of your body.
And of course - drink as much pure, fresh water as you can to keep you cells hydrated and free of toxins.
Just how much water should you drink every day?
I believe that our wellness paths are individual, and this includes the amount of water your body might need on a daily basis. It's important to listen to your body and pay attention to your diet, as well as environmental factors. You'll need to drink more water when it's hot out, or you've been eating sweet and/or salty foods, taking medications, drinking alcohol, taking a bath or swimming, working out, or doing any type of detoxification. Even air travel can cause dehydration.
Are you thirsty? Do you have any of these symptoms of dehydration?
- Very dry skin
- Weight gain
- Dull sagging skin
- Brain fog
- Chronically fatigue
- Muscle cramps
- Low energy
- Rapid heartbeat
- Sunken eyes
- Dry mouth
What color is your pee? If your pee isn’t pale in color and mostly clear and/or you have any of the symptoms above, it's pretty likely that you aren’t getting enough H2O.
A very common suggestion is to drink eight, 8 oz glasses a day. Another way to calculate your water needs is to divide your body weight (in pounds) in half and drink that many ounces. Again, it's best to learn listen to your body.
Here's a little inspiration for infused waters and fun ideas to help you to drink a little more water.
Simply add ice for a little excitement. Drink a sparkling mineral water. Use a fun glass that makes you want to drink out of it. Add a squirt of lemon, a squeeze of lime, crush a few sprigs of fresh mint, slip in a slice of cucumber, or add an orange round or two, pop in a couple strawberries or blueberries.
Get creative and make some fun combos like blueberry and lemon, or cucumber and mint. I even saw a jalapeno infused water at a restaurant this summer. You can let them infuse in the fridge. Since they will need to be consumed within a day or two, there's a little more motivation to drink up!!
You can find some skin-healthy Spa Water recipes in my DIY beauty book 100 Organic Skincare Recipes.