Hydration is the key to radiating, youthful and clear skin. H20 is essential for our bodies as 60% of the adult human body comprises water, and an adequate amount is required for it to function optimally and maintain energy levels. Hydrating our body also helps us sustain our immunity and aids in digestion. Water acts like a best friend for your skin. It provides you with constant support in achieving radiant skin, brightens your mood when consumed adequately, and is always available for you whenever you need it.
Consumption of water doesn’t directly impact skin hydration or overall appearance of the skin, complexion or health. When you drink the required number of glasses in a day, water runs throughout our body and helps nutrients reach skin through proper blood flow whilst hydrating the skin cells. This helps the skin absorb all the necessary vitamins and nutrients required for glowing and youthful skin.It also helps flush out toxins from our body and keeps the digestive system clean and healthy.
Here are seven tips to keep yourself hydrated
Brighten up your water
Everyone is aware of how important water is for the survival of humans, but due to its mundane and boring flavor, people opt for other options to hydrate themselves. Some people choose drinks filled with sugar, artificial sweeteners, sugar substitutes or flavored water to hydrate themselves, doing more damage than good. Here are some healthy yet tasteful ways to jazz up your water and promote hydration for the skin.
Add slices of lemon or squeeze some lime juice to give it a flavor boost.
Fill up your water bottle with flavorful citrus fruits, berries, melons or grapes.
Make ice cubes with blueberries or cranberries and put them in your water.
Mint up your water! Pluck out some mint leaves, infuse them in water, add some ice cubes, and turn it into a healthy mocktail!
To maintain your water consumption levels, you could even brew some green tea with hot water and have a cup or two in the day. There are plentiful flavors of green tea available in the market. Green tea has many skin benefits as well.
Water acts as a catalyst between your need to lose weight and curbing hunger. Water is a natural appetite suppressant that curbs your hunger. There is a simple logic to this, whenever your stomach senses a feeling of fullness, it sends your brain a signal to stop eating. Researchers have found out that drinking two glasses of water before every meal curbs your appetite and promotes weight loss. However, sometimes even due to dehydration, people confuse their thirst with hunger and end up eating more than usual. Adequate consumption of water in a day also keeps your hunger pangs at bay.
Eat your water
You can maintain your H20 intake levels by snacking on some water rich fruits and vegetables. You must have come across the age-old phrase of “Eat 8 glasses of water in a day” several times in your life. However, drinking water alone cannot meet the required consumption parameters. There are various fruits and vegetables with an impressive water content percentage which you can incorporate in your diet to keep yourselves hydrated.
-Cucumbers: They have a remarkable water content and can be incorporated in multiple ways in your diet. You can have them as a 4 pm snack, put them in your salad along with some tomatoes, onions and olives, or just simply infuse them in water. Cucumbers also have many other health and skin benefits.
-Zucchini, celery, radishes, carrots and many other green leafy vegetables have an impressive water content of 90%-95%. Try to incorporate them as much as you can in your diet, to enjoy their anti-inflammatory skin benefits.
-Watermelon, as the name suggests, has massive water content and can be consumed as a popsicle, infused water drink and salads.
-It’s time to make the change from snacks like sandwiches, chips, and makhana to some water rich fruits. There are plentiful water rich fruits available in the market and are powerhouses of potassium, vitamins, nutrients, and anti-inflammatory substances. Strawberries, kiwis, peaches, and citrus fruits are water-rich and help you stay hydrated.
Set alarms to keep yourself hydrated
In the hustle bustle of our hectic schedules, we forget to get our daily intake of H20. However, to make our lives easier, the invention of smartphones has saved us from dehydration! Sounds dramatic, right? But it’s true. You can set reminders, alarms, and make notes that ensure you consume water every two hours. There are also dedicated water intake tracking applications on smartphones that help you stay hydrated.
Divide your water consumption
The first thing that you should do in the morning is drink water. Try to have at-least two glasses of water in the morning. Then later in the day, you could consume water thirty minutes before every meal for better digestion. Lastly, two glasses of water before you go off to bed is ideal.
Carry your own water
In the era of ‘Reduce. Refuse. Reuse’ investing in a good environment-friendly water bottle is ideal. Smart water bottles, aluminum water bottles, and Tupperware, all have their individual benefits. Rather than buying plastic water bottles every time you feel thirsty, it is recommended that you carry your own bottle to quench your thirst. This is also an extremely pocket friendly idea and you are doing something good for the environment all at the same time!
Take water strolls
In the midst of a hectic day, very often our brain is giving us the signals to hydrate ourselves and take our eyes off the screen but we are constantly ignoring these signals due to work commitments. Sounds criminal, right? So, what are you waiting for? Stand up, take your bottle and get your daily dose of hydration.
Hydration has multiple benefits for our skin and health. Here are a few:
Promotes digestion and keeps the gut clean and healthy.
Flushes out toxins.
Maintains body level temperatures and allows the body to run optimally.
Keeps skin cells and tissues moist by locking moisture in the deepest layers of the skin.
Plumps, hydrates, and keeps your skin clear.
Alleviates signs of aging, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Helps in weight loss.
The bottom-line is, drinking water is crucial and is extremely beneficial for your physical and mental well-being. Water also replenishes the skin’s elasticity, reduces the appearance of pores and wrinkles, maintains the skin’s PH levels, and acts as a natural moisturizer. In a nutshell, water has a plethora of benefits and turning a blind eye towards its advantages would be criminal! So, if you want that radiant, healthy and beaming glow on your face, get up and rehydrate yourself now!