Benefits of Hydrating Inside & Out!
Keeping well watered isn’t just for plants, our bodies need water too. While over a third of our body is already made of water, we do need a top up every day. Being well hydrated promotes digestion, healthy skin and high energy levels. So here’s why you should make sure you’re well hydrated.
7 Benefits of Being Well Hydrated
Water helps prevent dry mouth
Hydration promotes cardiovascular health
Water keeps your body cool
Hydrating helps your muscles and joints
Water helps cleanse your body — inside and out
Better Immune Health
Water keeps your throat and lips moist and prevents your mouth from feeling dry. Dry mouth can cause bad breath and/or an unpleasant taste. It can even promote cavities. So if you’re feeling parched, wet your whistle!
Dehydration lowers your blood volume, so your heart must work harder to pump the reduced amount of blood and get enough oxygen to your cells. This makes everyday activities like walking up stairs more difficult.
Your body releases heat by expanding blood vessels close to the skin’s surface. This is what gives your that red-faced look during your Spin class! This results in more blood flow and more heat dissipated into the air. When you’re dehydrated, however, it takes a higher environmental temperature to trigger blood vessels to widen, so you stay hotter for longer.
When you’re well hydrated, the water inside and outside the cells of contracting muscles provides plenty of nutrients and removes waste efficiently so you perform better. Water is also important for lubricating joints.
Your kidneys need water to filter waste from the blood and excrete it in urine. Keeping hydrated may also help prevent urinary tract infections and kidney stones. If you are severely dehydrated, your kidneys may stop working, causing toxins to build up in your body.
Your joints, spinal cord, eyes, and brain are surrounded and protected by water. Remaining hydrated is vital to their well being.
Think of drinking water as your secret weapon to fighting off illnesses, improving lymph fluid within the immune system and preventing headaches, joint pain, muscle weakness, fatigue, and light-headedness.
Benefits of Hydrating Your Skin
Water is especially great for your skin. To maintain a healthy complexion and a youthful look, remaining well hydrated is essential.
Your skin looks more plump and supple
Your skin looks less dull and more healthy
Your skin is less itchy and irritated
Your skin becomes less oily
Your acne is less aggravated
Your foundation can adhere better
Having plenty of water content in our epidermis protects our skin from becoming dehydrated. So improving hydration to our skin is actually the key to having plump, supple skin that is somewhat bouncy to the touch.
Besides a build up of dead skin cells, dull skin is also caused by a lack of hydration. So to combat surface dullness, get a healthy gulp of water inside you! You may find the need for more hydration as you grow older because like it or not, our skin needs more love as we age.
Dehydrated skin can cause itching, irritation and general discomfort to our skin. For those suffering from eczema or psoriasis, this can be very disconcerting. Improving hydration can prevent itchy and irritated skin, potentially providing relief to those suffering from sensitive skin conditions.
Dehydrated skin is a key culprit for causing your skin to become oilier. When your skin becomes dehydrated, it sends message to your glands to defend the skin and produce more oil. When that happens, you’ll find your skin oilier. So improving hydration in this case can cause your skin to become less oily.
While acne is not exactly caused by oily skin, most acne sufferers can experience a worsening of their problematic condition when their skin gets oilier. But what you may not know is that oily skin may have been prompted by dehydrated skin to begin with. This is exacerbated by drying products that are used to control acne.
Has your foundation been turning streaky after a few hours? Or maybe you’ve noticed that your foundation turns darker after half a day? These makeup woes are caused by an excessive sebum production, caused by dehydrated skin. Short of refreshing your makeup every few hours, a better approach would be to up your skin hydration.
Water is a vital part of a healthy and happy lifestyle! So next time you turn on the tap, remember how much love you’re giving your body!