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The Amazing Health Benefits of Water

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You may have noticed some pretty creative things being done with water lately. You may have seen pitchers of water on the counters of Trader Joe’s or Souplantation with cucumbers or strawberries floating in them. You may have seen ice cubes infused with black raspberries or kiwi slices. Maybe you’ve sucked on a water popsicle with a few frozen cherries inside, Tootsie Roll style. Let’s face it. Water is pretty great for us, but it can be kind of boring. Tom Ford, Lindsay Lohan and Jennifer Aniston agree, but they all drink it, and if they can do it, so can you. So whether you infuse it with fruit, fizz it up with bubbles, or down it straight, water is a crucial part of the human diet and here are some of the reasons.

1. It Helps to Balance Body Fluids
The human body is about 60% water. We use this water for saliva, digestion, absorption, maintenance of body temperature, circulation, the transportation of nutrients. When the fluids run low, your brain tells your body you’re thirsty, and when it does, you should listen. Get a drink of water, juice- as long as it’s not alcohol, you’ll be fine. Kaiser Permanents nephrologist , Steven Guest , MD, warns that “Alcohol interferes with brain and kidney communication and causes excess excretion of fluids which can lead to dehydration.”

2. Water Can Promote Weight Loss
Although pouring water through your system does not directly result in shedding pounds, it is a great substitution for higher calorie drinks, like soda and sugary fruit juice. You never have to check the sodium content on a water bottle.

As an added perk, food with high water content looks larger. Compare dry pasta to cooked, it puffs up like a balloon, and have you ever seen a prune in contrast with a plum? Water makes a big difference. Water- based foods also take longer to chew and help you feel full, perfect for those who like their portions generous.

Woman drinking water

3. Water Energizes Your Muscles
Imbalances in fluids and electrolytes can cause cells to shrivel up, causing muscle fatigue. To make sure you are getting enough water before and during exercise, look at the American College of Sports Medicine guidelines – which recommends the intake of 17 ounces of fluid two hours previous to physical activity with supplements at regular intervals.

4. Prevents Dehydration
Although water will not erase your wrinkles, dehydration can make them look worse, according to Atlanta dermatologist Kenneth Ellner, MD. “Dehydration makes your skin look more dry and wrinkled, which can be improved with proper hydration. But once you are adequately hydrated, the kidneys take over and excrete excess fluids.” In other words, if you drink too much, you will only end up needing to run to the bathroom, so don’t overdo it.

5. Helps Your Kidneys
Blood urea nitrogen is the body’s main toxin. Guest says, “Your kidneys do an amazing job of cleansing and ridding your body of toxins as long as your intake of fluids is adequate.” If you take interest in your urination, you should know that free flowing, light colored, odorless urine is a sign that your body is getting enough fluids. Dehydration causes an increase in cold, odor and concentration of urine because the kidneys are working to trap fluids in order to maintain function. Chronic dehydration can cause kidney stones.

Maybe you still think its boring, but you have to agree, water does some pretty great things for us. Let us know how you jazz up for water or what you think of jazzing up water. You may provide some pretty good tips!

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.

The Salt Water Effect

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We all know that salt makes food taste delicious, but did you know that salt can actually be an all-natural beauty staple? It’s true, from body scrubs to mouthwash, salt can do more than just season your french fries.

Regular iodized salt, otherwise known as table salt, can be effective in several of the following applications; however, sea salt (which is also readily available in grocery stores) contains many more minerals that will amp up your beauty routine. Epsom salts, which are particularly effective at pulling toxins from the body, are typically found in the health and beauty section of grocery stores. Gourmet salts such as Himalayan pink salt can also be used (and would make an excellent DIY gift idea), but tend to be a bit pricier and harder to find.

Salt can be used to treat a number of skin conditions, including acne. To help the healing process of a pimple, soak a cotton ball in some warm salt water (3 Tablespoons salt + 1 cup water) and then hold the cotton ball on your pimple for 3-4 minutes before rinsing with plain water. Do this once or twice daily until your pimple has healed.

Excessive intake of sodium often can leave you with swollen or puffy eyes. Draw out the retained water with a salt water compress: Soak a washcloth in warm salt water and apply it to your eyes for 10 minutes.

Dental Health
A healthy smile is a beautiful smile. Salt alone can treat dental conditions such as gingivitis and sore gums, but combined with antiseptic essential oils such as tea tree, creates a natural and effective mouthwash. Make your own by combining 2 cups of water with 12 drops of tea tree oil and 2 drops of peppermint essential oil and storing it in a clean, airtight container.

Body Care
As a natural exfoliant, it makes sense that salt would make a terrific body scrub. Make your own custom body scrub by mixing 2 cups of coconut oil with 1 cup of coconut oil and 10-12 drops of your favorite essential oil (if you want some ideas, try orange, grapefruit, or lavender). This scrub is too harsh for the delicate facial skin, so just use it on your body!

Tired, sore muscles can benefit from a soak in Epsom salts. Add 1 cup to your bath water, along with a few drops of your favorite essential oil for a spa-like experience. Bonus: Soaking in Epsom salts for 20-30 minutes can increase your body’s magnesium levels, which is a good thing since most of us are deficient on this essential mineral.

Hair Styling
Highly coveted beachy texture can be yours with an at-home sea salt spray. In a spray bottle, combine 1 cup of hot water with 1-2 tablespoons of sea salt and 2 teaspoons of aloe vera gel, then shake well to combine. Add 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oils if you want a scented spray! To use, spray directly onto damp hair, scrunch it in with your fingers, and air dry for the ultimate beach look.

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.

Vacation Beauty Recovery

Vacation is one of the absolute best things about summer. You get a few days to get away from your busy life and to indulge in activities, foods and experiences that bring you pleasure. However, all of this hedonism can wreak havoc on your skin. Add the potential for a completely different climate and you may experience some seriously stressed skin when you return from your vacation. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with this list of ingredients to look for to aid in your vacation beauty recovery.

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Yes, it’s not technically an ingredient in the way we are suggesting, but it is important that you hydrate yourself from the inside out. Drinking water flushes toxins out of your systems helping to clear your skin. Many beauty experts swear by drinking a warm cup of lemon water every morning to maintain beautiful, blemish-free skin. Simply boil a bit of water and wait until it cools to a comfortable temperature. Then squeeze half of a lemon into the water and enjoy.

Aloe vera moisturizer

Aloe is especially beneficial if you find that you’ve returned from vacation with a bit too much sun. Aloe have natural soothing properties and decreases irritation, inflammation and redness. You can look for an aloe vera lotion, gel or simply tear a leaf off of a fresh plant and cut it open to use pure aloe vera.

Rose oil in a bottle

Rose essential oil is another ingredient that helps soothe stressed out skin. You can use rose essential oil on your skin using a carrier oil, such as almond or jojoba, or you can look for rose in other formulations. Rose water is a popular way to calm down skin and is available in convenient spray forms that you can mist over your skin as many times a day as you need to.

Closeup of the witch hazel flower

Witch Hazel
You may already have this in your beauty routine as witch hazel is a popular natural toner. Witch hazel provides antiseptic properties which will clear up any acne caused by bacteria you may have encountered on your trip. Additionally, witch hazel decreases inflammation and calms redness.

Hyalorunic acid written on a tablet.

Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid is a great ingredient for post-vacation skin. Travel, particularly by plane, can dry skin out and hyaluronic acid is a great ingredient to help re-hydrate your skin. Hyaluronic acid adds moisture to the skin, but more importantly, it significantly increases the skin’s natural ability to retain water making sure your skin stays moisturized.

Vacation is without a doubt one of the greatest parts of summer and is something you probably look forward to all year. And when you return from vacation, there’s enough stress to deal with without your skin being one of them. Keep as much of your regular skin care and beauty routine going while you are on vacation to help reduce stress to your skin. While you can’t prevent all of the skin problems that may come with getting away for bit, you can definitely remedy them when they occur. And don’t forget the sunscreen to protect against burns and other skin problems such as signs of premature aging.

Water Based Products: The Latest Craze in Skin Care – Vine Vera Reviews

Water based skin care products If you’re suffering from hopelessly dry skin, this post might come as a welcome surprise for you. People across the world are giving into the wonders of water based skin care products that are considered to be particularly beneficial for people with dry skin. You might counter the craze with the argument that every skin care product contains water, but some water-based products are actually offering revolutionary results. From high-tech water based moisturizers to gentle water based cleansers, Vine Vera reviews some of the best water based products that you can add to your skin care routine. 

Water based cleansers
Water based cleansers are an ideal way to get rid of your makeup and cleanse your skin at the same time. These products are easy to use and extremely affordable. Better yet, you don’t even need to rinse these cleansers after applying them on your skin. 

Water based cleansers-cum-peels
The skin care market has seen the introduction of water based cleanser-cum-peels that not only cleanse the skin, but also help out with other processes like exfoliating the skin, conditioning the skin and toning the skin. These hybrid solutions might even help you to cut out a few steps from your daily skin care routines.

Water based sleeping masks
Water based sleeping masks have also become popular all over the world. These overnight masks contain ionized water and ceramides to allow the skin to restore its natural moisture level overnight. They even offer a beautiful scent that soothes your senses through the night.

Water based facial masks
A number of water based facial masks leave the skin feeling quenched and hydrated. These products offer an instant bath to your face and contain extremely effective skin care ingredients like witch hazel extract, cactus extract, chamomile and marine collagen.

Water based makeup primers
Water based makeup primers are silicone-free. They have been formulated to allow the skin to increase its moisture levels and protect its natural moisture content throughout the day. Using these primers might even help your skin to look refreshed and rejuvenated throughout the day.

Water based peels for your lips
The lips are another body part to benefit from water based products. A number of lip exfoliators offer enzyme and acid free exfoliators that are ideal for the sensitive skin on your lips. All you have to do is brush this serum on your lips, massage it gently and rinse it off. The result leaves you with soft lips. Better yet, these water based peels are fragrance-free, paraben-free and phthalate-free.

Water based lip primers
Water based lip primers plump up the lips and leaves them coated with a cool water based formula that is rich in antioxidants and peptides. As the water evaporates, the primers leave behind a conditioning balm that adds volume, preps the lips for color and smoothes the lips.

Water based gels
Water based gels contain ingredients like olive oil extract and hyaluronic acid to protect and nourish the skin. They are known to offer immediate effects and leave your skin glowing.