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Water is essential for every system in the body to function optimally and therefore drinking an adequate amount of water daily is important for overall good health and wellbeing. Water plays a vital role in digestion, blood circulation, the absorption of nutrients and the elimination of toxins. The body uses water to help heal from damage or disease, and to maintain a youthfulness and vitality that will help to carry you into old age in robust health. Even just a 5 percent drop in bodily fluids is likely to lower your energy levels, and a 15 percent drop can lead to serious health consequences.
Water is necessary for every organ in the body to function, including the skin. The skin is in fact the largest organ in the body and just like all other organs, the skin is made up of cells that are made up of, you guessed it, water. Without proper hydration, the quality and appearance of your skin is bound to suffer. The skin has its own natural mechanisms to maintain correct hydration levels, yet it is very easy for skin moisture levels to drop due to external factors. Excessive heat, pollution and air conditioning all affect skin moisture levels, while lifestyle habits such as alcohol, tobacco, coffee and poor nutrition can all have detrimental effects on the skin’s natural defenses, making it less resilient and more susceptible to irritation.
When moisture evaporates through the skin, it leaves your skin looks dull, tight, taut, scaly and shiny, and superficial lines, wrinkles and signs of premature aging are more visible. Proper hydration can help to maintain the skin’s natural elasticity and suppleness, leaving your skin looking look fresh and more vibrant as a result. With these factors in mind, it becomes evident that hydrating your skin from the inside out, as opposed to simply replenishing the skin with external creams and lotions, is an important daily routine. The good news is, if you’re tight on cash or strapped for time, water can be your perfect inexpensive, no fuss, anti-aging treatment!
We naturally lose large quantities of water every day. The human adult body is made of between 55 to 75 percent water, the blood is more than 80 percent water, and the brain is more than 75 percent water. A typical adult loses about 2-3 liters a day through urinating, sweating and simple bodily functions such as breathing. Did you know it takes 300 to 500 milliliters of fluid a day just to breathe?! Topping up our water supply throughout the day ensures a moist, healthy environment for the body to function and thrive. While medical professionals differ slightly on their suggestions for daily water intake, a good rule of thumb is around 11 cups for women, and about 16 cups for men.
When the body begins to show even slight signs of dehydration, it will automatically begin to prioritize the areas of the body that are most important. The brain will take the greatest share of water, and unfortunately, the skin is the last organ to receive water.
Studies have shown that drinking 9.5 cups of water a day for 4 weeks altered skin density and thickness and also increased blood flow to the skin.
When skin cells have adequate water, it causes the skin to appear plump, therefore reducing the appearance of wrinkles, pores and fine lines. When skin is hydrated and elastic, it is also less likely to crack and allow external particles to penetrate the skin that can cause acne and blemishes. Dull, dry skin can indeed worsen with age, so getting into a good habit to drink water from a young age will support you right throughout your life span and can help to avoid and reduce premature aging.
Water is essential to maintain the optimum balance of skin moisture and also deliver essential nutrients to the skin cells. When your skin becomes dehydrated, it sends signals to the glands to step up their defense by producing more oil. This increase in oil can often lead to blemishes and breakouts. While acne is not exactly caused by oily skin, most acne sufferers do experience a worsening of their problematic condition when their skin gets oilier.
An adequate water supply allows for efficient digestion and assimilation of nutrients. This also allows for toxins to be easily flushed out of the body and impurities to leave the skin. When the body is flushing out toxins and impurities steadily, your skin will appear fresher, healthier, and more robust. This is one reason why people who enjoy a period of cleansing or detoxification always mention ‘glowing skin’ to be a positive side effect.
Drinking enough water can help to combat skin disorders like psoriasis and eczema. When the skin is dehydrated it can cause itching, irritation and general discomfort. Increasing your water intake can help to prevent irritated skin, providing relief to those suffering from sensitive skin conditions.
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