WATER - WILL STAYING HYDRATED KEEPS MY WRINKLES AT BAY?
Every one of my clients will confirm that I am always asking if they're drinking enough water - sometimes I bore myself I ask so much!
But the truth is, you can't live without water; it keeps your body healthy and strong and when it comes to our skin drinking enough water helps us to have more radiant, healthier, younger- looking complexions!
Your body is made up of approximately 60% water and it is the primary ingredient of your blood, lymph, mucus and the other bodily fluids. Unfortunately, just going about your every day activities your body loses water (sweating etc...) and it needs to be replaced as it necessary for circulation, removal of toxins, helping in digesting food and absorbing the nutrients you need to stay healthy.
In terms of your skin, the water in your body helps to deliver macronutrients (proteins, carbs, & fats) and micronutrients (vitamins & minerals) to the cells and ensures the pressure within the cells remains positive, keeping them all plumped up - think of a half filled cushion and how much better it looks when its nicely fluffed up.
What’s more, a number of structures in the skin that support collagen (the stuff that keens it supple and able to spring back into shape) require water to work effectively.
Unfortunately if you don't drink an adequate amount of fluids your body will start to move water from within your cells back into your bloodstream, in order to maintain blood pressure and volume. This will cause your skin cells to become dehydrated; and your skin will become dry, tight and flaky and unfortunately dry skin has less resilience to infection and is more prone to wrinkling.
In addition, if you're dehydrated, your body will be unable to adequately remove wastes and toxins which can result in headaches, fatigue and constipation and the toxins will start to be eliminated through the skin which can cause acne and aggravate conditions like eczema.
How Much Water is Enough?
In order to receive the benefits of drinking water, how much should you drink?
body weight in kilos / 30 = number of litres daily
(If you are exercising, or outside in the heat, you should drink an additional 0.25 liter for every 20 minutes of exercise)
You can count drinks like herbal teas in your water intake but unfortunately not alcohol or caffeinated drinks (I know, sorry!) as they contain diuretics which make you go to the toilet more. And I personally don't think you should count fruit juices or sodas (coke, lemonade etc) as they are loaded with sugars and that is a whole other topic!
Finally try to drink your water spread throughout the day, as opposed to guzzling it all at once, as your body can only absorb so much water each hour. Too much at once and you just pee it out before it ever makes its way through your intestines, kidneys, circulation, and to your skin.
Ideas of how to spruce up your water
The water you drink doesn't have to be boring and plain; here are some infusion ideas to make your water tastier (and as an added bonus they give you a vitamin boost too)..
- Watermelon and Mint
- Lemon, Orange and Grapefruit
- Lemon and Lavender
- Blueberry, kiwi and mint
- Strawberry and Pomegrante
- Lemon and Ginger
- Raspberry and Lime
- Pineapple and Mango
- Passion Fruit and Strawberry
- Lemon, Blackberry and Thyme
You get the idea.. basically you can put anything in :) Yum!
In short, I am a firm believer (and I hope you are too now) that drinking enough water each day is a natural and holistic (and cheap) way of staying healthy, supple and preventing wrinkles; meaning you stay looking younger for longer.