So, what’s one of the best things you can do for your body and skin? Drink water! Your body is composed of about 60% water. And every body system or organ depends on water to function. The benefits of drinking water for skin – and body – are numerous. It’s true, water really improves the appearance of your skin!
Adequate water consumption rewards you with…
- Enhanced health
- Increased energy
- Bright, clear eyes
- A radiant complexion
- Weight loss
- Properly regulated body temperature
- Clearer thinking and better productivity
- Aids in digestion and constipation
Skin is intricately tied to the overall health of your body. When your body is properly hydrated, you’ll look better and feel better. Ample water consumption gives skin a healthy, radiant glow. Drinking plenty of water flushes out toxins and impurities, which helps in making your skin clearer, smoother and younger looking. Drinking water moisturizes your skin (to an extent) from the inside out. Water is essential to cellular integrity.
It really is a sort of liquid magic! Water carries nutrients to every cell in your body. It flushes out nasty toxins, which is vitally important to skin health, and overall health. It improves circulation and blood flow. It lubricates your joints. Additionally, it’s also a great weight loss tool, in that it acts as an appetite suppressant and it replaces highly-caloric (and dehydrating) drinks like soda, coffee and alcohol.
So how much water should we drink? A good rule of thumb is one-half our personal body weight in ounces. Example: If you weigh 140lbs, you would want to drink 70oz of water daily. That is a minimum. If you are working out, sweating, in high-temperatures, etc, you’d want to increase your water intake appropriately. Also, this is for water consumption only ~ coffee, soda, and other drinks do not count!
Most of us don’t drink enough water because we don’t like it or we get bored with it. We want flavor! Well, that’s an easy fix. You can always add lemon, lime, orange, strawberry, cucumber, mint, rosemary or a number of other fruits, vegetables, spices or herbs to water for added flavor, as well as added nutrients! The possibilities are limitless.
If you’re wanting to make a pitcher of flavored water, you basically just slice or chop up some fresh fruit, cucumbers, or herbs and place in a pitcher, add cold water and chill several hours. The result is water infused with a light, natural flavor. It’s ready to serve over ice, garnished with a slice of fruit or clipping of an herb of your choice. Check back tomorrow for some great water recipes!