Water - Nature's Gift for Great Skin
All life on earth must have water in order to survive; nothing can live a healthy life or life at all without it. Drinking water has so many benefits for the human body from our cells to our skin so it makes sense to start your journey towards healthy skin with understanding the importance of drinking water.
The Benefits of Water
Focusing on the benefits of water as it relates to the skin, the ingestion of water as it travels through our digestive system is critical to the cleansing of waste and toxins from the body through sweat, urination and bowel movements. Two main reasons for unhealthy skin, outside of medical-related issues, are toxins ingested into the body and the lack of water. Simply put water detoxifies the body.
The benefits of water to the skin are profound. Water helps maintain your skins elasticity, reduces wrinkles and prevents premature aging. Weight loss as a result of diet and exercise can keep skin from sagging when committed to drinking water. It helps to clean your skin's pores through sweating thereby giving you smaller pores, improves skin tone and will prevent heat rashes, boils and acne. Water also promotes faster healing of the skin and reduces the appearance of scares.
So how much water should you be drinking?
The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine determined that an adequate daily fluid intake of water is approximately 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) a day for men and 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) for women. The most popular water regiment is the 8 x 8 rule (8-8 oz. glasses of water per day) or to calculate your water intake based on your weight, ( 2/3 of weight in pounds in ounces; ex: 200 lbs. = 150 ounces of water per day).
Whichever regiment you choose, make sure you drink what is required everyday. I personally have my first glass of water first thing in the morning before brushing my teeth and eating or drinking anything, and then drink different amounts throughout the day that will suffice my daily requirement.
Types of Water
The quality of water (tap water) depends on where you live and if you live in a state or region where there might not be the best drinking water, there are options.
I personally have a large water purifier that I use for drinking, cooking, coffee/tea, etc. The water in my county is not the best for drinking so being able to have unlimited purified water on hand works for me. In the long run, I find it cheaper to change the filter every 6 months rather than buying cases of water every week. For multiple users, you may want to consider a water filtration system.
I am also not a fan of plastic water bottles. Their has long been discussions about the cancer causing carcinogen (BPA) in plastics bottles that bleed from the plastic into the water. In the summertime, I just cringe at the sight of cases of water bottles stacked up outside the gas stations under the hot sun! If you are a water bottle person, save yourself and the planet; there are plenty of non-plastic water bottles out there. Another great alternative is non-plastic water bottle containers for those who have a purifier and want a reusable container. And of course, for those of you who don't have a problem with plastic bottled water, you can purchase that as well.
For those of you who are not fans of water; letting go of sugary flavored beverages can be a challenge. The lack of flavor in water can be a turn off especially during mealtime. Thankfully there are many zero and low-calorie flavored water enhancers or flavor infused water that will work just as well while getting acclimated to drinking more water. For those of you who would prefer a more natural alternative, fruit infusion pitchers are great.
The type of water you want to drink is up to you (mineral, spring/glacier and purified) as long as it is in compliance with CDC regulations (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), however, it's best to know the pros and cons to the different types of water out there which can be easily researched online.
So drink up! Let's start our journey to healthier clearer skin!
Sharon R. Bowers
The Skin We're In