We all know to drink water, right? I mean we are told that all the time. So let’s talk briefly about WHY being adequately hydrated is important.
- Our bodies are made up of more than 50% water. WOW.
- H20 is one of the most important energy sources for your body. So staying hydrated is essential for your over all health.
- We lose water in large amounts every single day and these fluids need to be replenished on a regular basis, but here’s the catch—simply drinking water means that it will reach other parts of your body before it reaches your skin. So, let’s take a step back here… If we want our skin to be hydrated, what to do we have to do?
I carry my water with me everywhere I go. Ok, it’s not like it’s permanently attached to my hand or anything but I simply refuse to go anywhere without it. Why? For the most part when you feel hungry you might actually be thirsty. Fun fact huh? Here is the deal, your cells tend to send “fat signals” to the brain when your body isn’t properly hydrated, so regularly sipping from a water bottle will help you feel satiated. This intern maintains your body weight. Choosing to sip water quickly and in large amounts is less effective then sipping throughout the day. In addition to feeling full, all that slow intake of water can also help your body flush out the byproducts of fat and other toxins, which is a huge win.
It should be noted that I am no stranger to ditziness – true story. Let it be noted that staying hydrated can help balance your mood by aiding in body regulation and brain function, but it also offers some big-time benefits for your memory. Why? Well, proper hydration can help improve the flow of both blood and oxygen to your brain, ultimately helping strengthen cognitive function and memory.
The end result is simple, drinking an adequate amount of water daily is important for overall good health because water aids in digestion, circulation, absorption and even excretion.
Staying hydrated also keeps the fatigue a bay. As a mom of two little ones this is especially important to me. Think of it this way, a well-hydrated body is a well-energized body. Combine that with the fact that hydration can also contribute to better sleep, as long as you are being mindful of how much water intake you have during the evening hours. I mean, you obviously don’t want to wake up every five minutes running to the bathroom.
Here is a really great quote I found about hydration and heart heath.
You already know the importance of keeping blood pressure and cholesterol levels low for better heart health, and staying well-hydrated can help keep both of these in check. How? Not only does it help keep the blood flowing through your veins and arteries, but it also helps prevent your body from producing more cholesterol (which can often happen when your body hasn’t had enough water). Since much of the padding within our cartilage is made up of water, you can only imagine the effect not drinking enough water can have (hello, stiff-feeling bones). Proper hydration can also help keep our muscles lubricated, strong, and energized, which is why it’s so important to replenish those fluids lost during exercise.
Slow the aging process. Our organs need water to maintain their peak levels of functioning. When our bodies become dehydrated, our organs are left working harder—the result can be a fast-track to aging. Perricone MD
Now, lets shift gears…
I have mentioned in several of my blogs how important it is to take care of our skin. It is our largest organ and the strongest barrier we have to fight against aging and infection. With that being said it obviously makes sense for us to get our skin well hydrated. Because our skin is an organ is requires adequate hydration to perform at its best.
Let’s talk about some key points here…
Having well hydrated skin will slow down some of the visible signs of premature aging. Staying well hydrated can help maintain your skin’s elasticity and combat the appearance of those dreaded wrinkles. Having a lack of hydration can make your skin look dry, flaky, and tight. The big take away here is that HYDRATION WILL HELP the overall appearance of your skin.
Here is another fun fact, not only does keeping skin moisturized help it appear more plump and supple, but it also helps address surface dullness by combating the buildup of dead skin cells.
Why else would staying hydrated be a good idea?
“When properly hydrated, your skin takes on a more radiant-looking glow. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for skin that’s lacking in the hydration department. That’s because your skin can’t rid itself of toxins without adequate hydration, resulting in irritation and inflammation.” –Perricone MD
Last week I did a post on how I got rid of my unattractive and semi-painful acne problem. I mentioned that staying hydrated will help your skin heal. Let me dive a little deeper into that fact, dehydrated skin sends signals to the glands to produce more oil, as a defense mechanism of sorts. By keeping skin well hydrated, it becomes less oily and acne tends to be less aggravated. Makes sense right?
Did you know there’s a difference between hydrating products and moisturizing products?
- Hydrating products are formulated to help increase water content to the skin, ultimately resulting in a plumper appearance. Meanwhile, moisturizers help prevent skin’s water content from evaporating into the air.
So what is the best way to add water to the skin?
- Apply a hydrating moisturizer within 2 minutes of leaving the bath or shower. The skin is still porous and is vulnerable to products that are applied following the bath or shower, allowing better absorption. Keep in mind that after you shower you SHOULD NOT rub your towel over your face. to best lock in moisture, simply pat dry LIGHTLY and put the moisturizer on your face WHILE it is still damp.
- Hyaluronic acid holds 1,000 times its own weight in water, thus attracting water to the skin and holding it there. With that said remember my post Why taking a Collagen Boost or BUILDER is GOOD Idea & Traditional Collagen vs. Plant-Based Collagen Builders? A lot of times a good collagen builder will have hyaluronic acid. As I mentioned before in those posts, the plant-based collagen builder I use is, Skin Elixir Collagen Builder with Hyaluronic Acid.
- Drink more water. Drinking at least 8 glasses a day will help rid the body and skin of toxins. Everyone will not agree that water consumption will improve skin… but it certainly can’t hurt. I personally drink around 160oz of water per day and I am a believer that ample hydration will improve your mind, body, and skin. Many people often report that by increasing their water intake, their skin has a more radiant glow. Those who suffer from acne have reported the same results. More then just me! Who would’ve thought? So, why no try it? What’s the worst that is going to happen? You’ll pee a lot?
Of course, nothing will happen overnight, but even a good couple of weeks of increasing water intake should be enough for you to see how hydration affects your own skin.
As always thank you for reading! I appreciate you!
- If drinking a lot of water bores you or you feel the need to enhance your water intake I would suggest trying either one of these hydration multipliers. Liquid IV & PhytoSport Complete Hydration
- As far as skin care goes I would suggest, Bio Hydria