As the seasons transition from summer to fall, I always notice that my skin does not look as dewy and fresh, and my hair feels like rice krispies. In this situation it’s easy for me to go down the path of overcompensation with tubs of buttery creams and lotions to slather all over my body, which of course works but it’s only superficial. Once you shower the process starts all over again.
I believe that healthy skin begins and ends with hydration. On average, approximately 60% of the human body is water, which means that water affects all aspects of normal bodily function. Dehydration leads to all different types of physiological problems, which manifests itself in different ways for different people. The general signs of dehydration include: fatigue, anxiety, irritability, depression, cravings, skin odor, cramps, headaches, heartburn and sleep disorders.
The Beauty Benefits of Water:
1. Anti-aging effects: water regulates the pH balance in the body, which allows the breakdown of acids that contribute to early signs of aging.
2. Decrease water retention: dehydration causes the body to retain fluid as an overcompensation mechanism, so when you drink fresh water, the excess fluid in the body is flushed out. No more struggling to fit into your favorite jeans.
3. Natural Weight Loss: water is crucial for the metabolic breakdown of proteins and carbohydrates that lead to weight gain. Plus if you drink a cup of water before you eat, you’ll feel less hungry.
4. Beautiful glowing skin: dehydration is a primary factor in dull, lifeless skin. Dehydrated skin cells lead to a dull complexion, the lack of water decreases capillary circulation which = sallow, and dry looking skin. Hydration allows the increase of capillary circulation = great circulation and glowing skin. Hydration also increases the rate and quality of skin cell generation, which means your skin will look even better as time passes.
8 (Cups) x 8 (oz) = recommended daily water consumption
This might seem like a lot, but it’s really not because you also get water from other sources, such as food, and other beverages. Although anything with caffeine, sugar, or alcohol in it does not count towards the 64oz daily total…
What kind of water is the best for consumption?
I have read a few sources, and it seems like the consensus is spring water (including sparkling mineral water). Not just any bottled water though because 25-30% of bottled water is actually tap water that’s been re-processed. Below I have listed a few brands that are spring water that’s been bottled at the source:
Evian: Bottled from a source in Evian, France that is fed from snow and rainwater filtered through glacial sand and clay, which protects it from pollution.
Fiji: a natural artesian water derived from the volcanic highlands of Vitilevu; the main island of Fiji.
Poland Spring: derived from a spring at the actual location in Maine, which is in a protected pine forest.
Gerolsteiner: derived from a deep volcanic source in the highlands between the Rhine and the Moselle River Valley in Germany. It is naturally carbonated, low in sodium and high in magnesium and calcium.
San Pellegrino: derived from San Pellegrino Therme in Bergamo Italy. The source consists of three springs which originate from an aquifer 1,300 feet below the earth’s surface. It is naturally carbonated, and the minerals are derived from the limestone and volcanic rocks in the aquifer.
Acqua Panna: derived from a source 3,700 feet up in the Tuscan Apennines of Northern Italy, the water never comes in contact with the outside environment, which ensures its purity.
The second best option is to filter your own tap water. I usually just use a glass water bottle: Takeya. It works really well, and this way you don’t have to spend so much money on bottled water. Plus it’s super cute, I love the green silicone sleeve around mine, it adds a bit of color and it’s super useful for having a tight grip around the bottle, and protects the bottle from breaking in case of an accident.
I discovered Charity Water a few days ago, and I couldn’t help but be moved by their cause. The details are on their website, but the general idea is that they use the money that you donate to build wells and other water related facilities in third world countries where sanitary water is a scarce commodity. I think this video does a great job of explaining their charity:
I hope this information motivates everyone to drink more water and to give more water!