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Top Reasons to Enjoy More Water

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Human bodies are made up mostly of water, so it’s no wonder we consider water to be the ideal choice in beverages. However, many people walk around chronically dehydrated and don’t even realize it. Adults should aim to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day and more if you’re physically active, breastfeeding, or are outdoors in warm weather. If you need some motivation to keep on sipping, below are eight reasons to get you started:

More Energy
Dehydration can cause a myriad of unpleasant symptoms that include muscle weakness, fatigue, and dizziness. When these symptoms occur, they will prevent you from performing your daily activities and having enough energy for exercise.

Weight Loss
While it may seem simple, to simply drink water and lose weight, for those who typically reach for drinks with calories (such as soda, juice, milk, or alcohol), drinking water may provide the calorie deficit needed for weight loss. Dehydration is often a cause of cravings, as well, so instead of heading down the junk food aisle, snack on foods with a high water content such as melon or cucumber slices.

Less Pain
Other symptoms of dehydration are headaches, muscle cramps, and stiff, painful joints. Drinking water can ease these painful symptoms by providing sufficient water to the brain, delivering nutrients to the muscles, and lubricating the joints.

Better Focus
Our brains are made up primarily of water so when we’re dehydrated, not only do we have headaches, but we also suffer from a lack of focus, memory, and concentration. Increasing the amount of water you drink can dramatically improve your brain function.

Healthy Skin
Our skin is one of the first places to suffer when we become dehydrated and the effect is dull and dry skin. Over time, this leads to premature aging of the skin and makes it prone to other skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne. Drinking more water promotes healthy cell turnover and keeps your skin looking vibrant and healthy.

Better Digestion
The colon and intestines require water to keep waste moving, which is why constipation is one of the most common symptoms of dehydration. Acid reflux is another digestive complaint that can be alleviated with proper hydration.

Toxin Elimination
Water plays a vital role in how our bodies transport vitamins and minerals to our organs, but it’s also what carries toxins out of our body, in the form of sweat and urine. Without adequate water, we are at risk for developing painful infections and conditions such as kidney stones.

It’s Inexpensive
Of all the products marketed to you claiming to make you healthier, water is the cheapest one of all. Drink your water straight from the tap or invest in a filtration system if you prefer (it’ll pay itself off in no time).

While most people can definitely stand to drink more water, there is such thing as drinking too much water. Instead of waiting till you are dehydrated (thirst is a sign of dehydration), drink small amounts of water throughout the day and avoid drinking more than 4 cups of water at one time.

Boosting Your Skin’s Hydration

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One of the golden rules of skincare is to make sure you keep your skin hydrated. Nobody wants dry and flaky, irritated, reddened, or itchy skin, right? One of the key components to avoiding this and achieving healthy, glowing, youthful skin is hydration. That said, achieving and maintaining a healthy level of skin hydration can be harder than one might think. Let’s take a look at some ideas on how to keep your skin hydrated.

Does Drinking Water Help?
It is often said that if you drink enough water, it’ll show in your skin. Sadly, the truth isn’t that simple. There are a lot of reasons to drink a lot of water: it’s necessary for life and it’s healthy to drink a lot of it, it offers a nice refreshed feeling, helps in digestion, helps you regulate your temperature and energy levels, and more. That said, having hydrated skin is unfortunately not on the list of reasons to drink water. When you ingest water, it first goes through the intestines, and is then added to your bloodstream, filtered by the kidneys, and finally hydrating the cells. It can help a little bit with skin cell hydration, but it will make a marginal difference at best. That said, do be sure you’re drinking lots of water for all the other health benefits.

What Does Work Then?
The most surefire way to hydrate your skin is a solid moisturizer. You should hunt for one that matches your skin type; lighter creams for naturally oily faces, and heavier ones for dry faces. If you have sensitive skin, look for hypoallergenic moisturizers. Bonus points if they also have soothing ingredients like aloe or chamomile in them to help treat, prevent, and control any irritation that does come up for sensitive skin types.

You should also minimize your exposure to sunlight, wind, arid environments, alcohol, and long baths. Further, always use an SPF 30 or higher sunscreen when you are going to be exposed to the sun, and if you live in a windy or arid environment, try reapplying a bit of moisturizer after every time you spend any substantial amount of time outdoors.

Your Diet Does Matter, However
Drinking water alone may not be linked to as great an increase in skin hydration as some people like to think, but that said, what you put into your mouth does have an effect on your skin’s moisture levels. Try eating foods rich in omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids like walnuts, flaxseed, olive oil, and salmon, to name just a few. You can also find fish oil, borage oil, and flaxseed oil supplements you can take as softgels.

Additionally, and more broadly, you want to be eating a lot of dark leafy greens, colorful, dark fruits, and lean protein in your diet. This tip is less related to skin hydration specifically and more overall health, but staying in good general health is a great way to get that “healthy glow” on your face, and is just a good idea regardless.

Health Benefits of H2O

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Water, H2O, dihydrogen monoxide, aqua…this clear, colorless, liquid goes by many names, and everyone needs it to survive. It’s composed of one oxygen atom and two hydrogen atoms, arranged in a “V” shape, it’s polar, having a positively charged end and a negatively charged end, and this quality has earned it the title of “Universal Solvent,” because—unlike most liquids—it will dissolve almost anything. It is, in fact, the single most versatile solvent known to science, and without it, all life as we understand it would not be able to exist.

But did you know that increasing your water intake through various means can actually have a host of health benefits you might not have thought of? Let’s explore.

Water Can Help You Achieve And/Or Maintain a Healthy Weight
Water is not a magical weight loss/maintenance serum, but replacing high-calorie beverages with water or low/no calorie water-based beverages can cut off a lot of calories just like that, and eating more water-rich foods will lead to you chewing more, easier digestion, and feeling fuller for longer.

Water Keeps Many Bodily Functions Running Smoothly
There are a host of things your body depends on water for, and while it can survive on less, maintaining optimal water intake will ensure better health overall. Digestion, absorption, circulation, saliva creation, nutrient transport, and body temperature regulation all depend on water to work properly, and without enough water, you can get all kinds of issues with all of these processes, and more.

Water Helps Your Skin Glow
Your skin contains a fair amount of water itself, and one of its functions is to act as a barrier, not only to keep foreign things out, but to keep water in and prevent fluid loss. Maintaining a healthy level of hydration will not improve the appearance of wrinkles and other age signs—for those, your best bet is a solid skincare routine with the right creams, serums, etc—but it will keep your skin from looking dry, ashy, and flaky. Further, it will prevent dehydration, which can actually increase the rate at which wrinkles develop. In other words, staying hydrated isn’t an anti-aging cure, but it is a preventative of sorts.

The Numbers
But exactly how much more water should you be drinking? Well, the best rule of thumb, better than any static number, is to base it on your weight and lifestyle. For every pound you weigh, you should drink a half to a full ounce of water. So, for example, if you weigh 150 lbs, you should drink 75-150 ounces of water every day. Whether you should drink closer to the maximum or minimum of the range depends on your activity level and how hot an environment you live in. The hotter the environment and the more physical activity you engage in, the more water you need, and the more sedentary you are and the colder your climate, the less you need (just don’t drink less than the ½ ounce per pound you weigh).

Try to keep water on hand at all times, and drink when you’re thirsty. Don’t force it, though, too much water is bad for you too, and if you force yourself to drink when you’re not thirsty, you can exceed the maximum of one ounce per pound you weigh and imbalance your electrolytes.