Water the elixir of Life
We often spend a lot of time searching in the quest to find the absolute best beauty and skincare products that will match the needs of our skin. While a great brand of makeup can certainly help us look a very wonderful version of ourselves and of course, great natural skincare has its place in helping nourish, heal and nurture our skin to health but we must also appreciate the importance to purify our skin from within to get that outward glow of health.
One of of the best and cheapest remedies to help improve our skin is to ensure we drink adequate amounts of simple pure clean water throughout our day. Drinking water at appropriate intervals throughout the day is very beneficial to obviously hydrating ourselves on the inside but it also contributes greatly to keeping our skin healthy, supple and vibrant. Pay attention and get in tune with when it is your body requires hydration. It is not unusual for a persons daily intake of liquid to include several cups of coffee, perhaps a glass of milk, some juice, even the odd soft drink and then there’s the addition of wine, beer or your beverage of choice. A reliance of liquids other than water usually indicate an overindulgence of salt and/or sugar in your diet and in some cases addiction. Excessive consumption of beverages other than water can result in a general lack of skin firmness in the face and body and its features. Wrinkles may appear, bags under the eye, loose, ironically dehydrated skin and a general appearance of lack lustre, dry skin tone can result.
Importance of water to the skin
Water is vital to helping deliver essential nutrients to skin cells. Water helps the elasticity of the skin and helps delay the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It contributes to healthy digestion and therefore helping eliminate waste and toxins from the body.
The average human body total water body percentage sits around 60%. Different parts of our bodies hold varying degrees of water, eg; the brain and heart is composed of over 70% water and the lungs approx 80% while plasma is approx 90% water. It goes without saying water is vital to our survival and needed for us to thrive. When you think of just these few stats here it may make you rethink your beverage choice.
Water is the healthiest option indeed.
How the body gains and losses water
There are 4 main ways our bodies lose water – urine (through our kidneys), bowel movements (through our intestines), perspiration (through out skin) and our breathe (through our lungs) breathing. Other ways our body can lose water include medications, diet, exercise, stress and environmental temperatures. Just thinking about this makes us realise the importance of how we are nourishing and hydrating these essential organs within our body. Cleansing, fueling with water is the healthiest option for a healthy, happy you.
How much water do we need?
Given that we are constantly loosing water through the ways mentioned above we obviously need to regularly re-hydrate our bodies to stay hydrated to function fit and well.
But how much water do we really need? The health authorities commonly recommend 8 glasses of water a day which equates to approx 2 litres.
Some people survive on less, others need more but approx 1.5-2 litres of water a day is a good guide to stick with.
The signs of dehydration
Typical signs of dehydration in adults include, increased thirst, dry mouth, tired or sleepy, decreased urine output, darker urine colour, headaches, dry skin, dizziness. You’ll certainly know when you haven’t been drinking enough water, your body will present these signs to you. Listen to your thirst ques and stay adequately hydrated to avoid getting to any dehydrated stages.
I love the Ayurvedic approach and found this interesting information regarding when they recommend the best time to drink water water is.
According to Ayurveda they recommend….
1) Drink two glasses of water first thing in the morning – flushes out toxins from the body
2) Drink one glass of water before meals – helps to digest the food properly
3) Drink one glass of water before bathing – lowers blood pressure
4) Drink one glass of water 30 minutes before bedtime – reduces heart related problems
5) Never drink a lot of water immediately after meals. Wait for at least 45 minutes and ideally 1 hour after a meal. You may sip a little water if you have a dry throat or feel too thirsty before those 45 minutes.
6) It is best to drink water that is at the room temperature. Warm water is still better. Sipping warm water during meals aids in pushing down the food smoothly. Also having any hot soup helps.
7) Do not drink a lot of water at once. Keep sipping it throughout the day.
8) Remember: Sip – Swallow – Breathe – Repeat.
Do you drink 2 litres of water a day? What’s your beauty beverage? Love to hear.
Water is certainly high on the list for me, most definitely the elixir of Life!
Until next time, thanks for reading.
Michelle x x