The search for the fountain of youth is over, and the solution? Brace yourself ... water! Our bodies are 60% water so it's no surprise we function better when we drink lots of it. However, there are some myths associated with water, and over time it seems like water has become the go-to answer for every beauty problem. Dry skin? Drink water! Lackluster hair? Drink water! Difficulty waking up in the morning? Drink water! Is it true that water is the cure-all for our skin? And is it really possible to drink too much water? We take a closer look at H20 and its rejuvenating properties.
The Fountain of Youth and Beauty
Gabrielle Union drinks a gallon of water a day and now, in her 40s, looks like she just graduated university. Supermodel Joan Smalls attributes her glowing skin to H20 and so does Lily Aldridge. Water helps flush out toxins and unclogs your pores which can help with dry skin, acne and breakouts. When skin is hydrated, it looks plumper and smoother. In order to maintain that suppleness, you have to keep drinking water. If your skin gets flaky or too oily, drinking water will help improve these problems. Wondering if you're getting enough water? Check out these tell-tale signs of dehydration.
However, drinking water is not the only solution. Topical products rich in moisture will also hydrate your skin and keep it smooth. One ingredient to look for in lotions and face cream is hyaluronic acid. According to the International Journal of Toxicology, one gram of hyaluronic acid can hold up to six liters of water. Talk about hydration! Look for this holy grail in your next purchase to revive your skin.
Finding the Right Balance
The standard recommendation is eight glasses per day. Some say drink one gallon a day, while others advise to divide your body weight by two and the total, in ounces, is the amount you should drink daily. The verdict, though, is to listen to and respect your body. If you feel thirsty, you're already dehydrated.
When you're starting your journey into drinking more water, go slow and steady at first and your body will adjust. Spread out your intake of water so it has time to flow through your body. This will also limit your visits to the washroom. You actually shouldn't drink more than one liter per hour; otherwise, you might experience overhydration.
Yes, you can actually drink too much water. Overhydration, although rare, happens when your intake of water is too great and your kidneys can't process this overflow and/or can't get rid of the excess water. If left untreated, overhydration can cause seizures, unconsciousness and even comas.
Water You Drinking?
Many people don't drink enough water either because of its lack of flavor or they simply forget. To help you, we made a checklist of simple ways you can incorporate water into your lifestyle.
- Drink water with every snack and meal. It'll help pass the food better and make you feel fuller.
- Keep a bottle of water in places you commonly visit: your desk, your car, your gym bag, your purse.
- Face mists are a quick and easy way to freshen up and bring your glow back.
- Eating fruits rich in water content like watermelons, cucumbers, strawberries and pineapples can also help increase your water intake.
- Carbonized water (with no added sugar and sodium) is also a great way for you to drink water more frequently.
- Use apps like WaterLogged and Carbodroid to help keep track of how much H20 you drink daily.
Once you get into the daily habit of consuming water, your skin and hair will look fresher, younger and more full of life. So drink up!
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