Did you know your skin is approximately 70% water? Every living cell in our bodies require water and the signs and symptoms of dehyration are not as obvious as just being thirsty.
Water is the blood of life
The Importance of Well Hydrated Skin.
Water: How much is enough?
Water is key to the health of your skin. The fact that the skin contains 70% water speaks for itself, however, dehydration of the skin happens very quickly and can have disastrous effects, not just on your skin, but also on your Kidneys and your general health. The skin has many very important functions and one of these is the elimination of toxins from the body. However, it cannot do this unless the skin is well hydrated and its pores are free and not blocked with dead cells, dirt or stale oil.
The skin has to have water to function proparly; in fact the human body requires in the order of 2 to 3 liters of water per day - every day. More if you do physical work or exercise.
Almost everyone knows that you should drink eight to ten glasses of water each and every day. But is it absolutely necessary?
YES! Every cell in your body needs water to function properly. In our natural therapies clinic, we see many patients and most are chronically dehydrated and don't even know it. They are simply not drinking as much water as they should.
The human body, which is made up of between 55 and 75 percent water (depending on age, percentage of fat, sex and other factors), is in need of constant rehydration.
Consider these facts : Your lungs expel between 2 - 4 cups of water daily just through normal breathing (more if you exercise) and even more on a cold day. If your feet sweat, add another cup of water. If you make half a dozen trips to the bathroom during the day, that's six cups of water. If you perspire, you expel about two cups of water (which doesn’t include exercise-induced perspiration). So, that's more than11 cups of water each and every day...
How do you know if you are drinking enough water? A good test is to look at your urine. If it’s clear or pale yellow, you are probably drinking enough to keep your body hydrated. But if it’s intense yellow or gold, you probably need to drink more water. (Note: Taking Vitamin B-Complex can turn your urine yellow - this is normal and not a sign of dehydration, however, make sure you do drink at least 8 - 10 glasses of water a day.) The darker the urine the more concentrated and there is usually an unpleasant smell associated with it - this definitely indicates you are very dehydrated!
Many of our patients say - I don't like water can I drink soft drinks, fruit juices, sports drinks, coffee and other drinks instead? All these drinks can help quench your body’s thirst for fluids, but they typically contain 100 calories or more per serving. In addition, tea and coffee will take out more water from your body than is added by drinking tea or coffee - these drinks are diuretic, just like alcohol - they literally dry you out.
Diluted fruit juices, milk and vegetable juices will rehydrate your body and are good for you. If you have trouble drinking water because you don’t like the taste, try adding a twist of lemon or lime or a splash of fruit juice. You may also wish to consider purifying your water, because pure water actually has no taste at all.
The most common signs and symptoms of dehydration include: Persistent fatigue, lethargy, muscle weakness or cramps, headaches, dizziness, nausea, forgetfulness, confusion, deep rapid breathing, or an increased heart rate.
Other less common signs and symptoms of dehydration can include: Excessive loss of fluid through vomiting, urinating, stools or sweating, poor intake of fluids, "can't keep anything down", sunken eyes, dry or sticky mucous membranes in the mouth, skin that lacks its normal elasticity and sags back into position slowly when pinched up into a fold, decreased or absent urine output and decreased tears
Water and your skin
The skin plays a very important part in the health of the human body and water plays a key role in the maintenance of healthy skin. The epidermis, especially the stratum corneum, protects against water loss, serves as a barrier preventing entrance of microorganisms, and has an acidic pH ranging from 4 to 6.5.
The skin is also of prime importance for topical preparation permeability. Many skin care products as well as topically applied pharmaceutical preparations are applied at night, based on clinical and experiemntal data, showing that permeability is greater at night than in the morning.
Naturally moist, smooth and supple skin results from sufficient amounts of water, oils, skin pH, and other factors. Under ordinary circumstances 95 percent of each of our cell is made up of water. It is the water content of your skin cells that determines how moist or supple your skin is. Avoiding dry skin is therefore one of the key elements in good basic skin care. Dry skin can also make you more prone to scaling, cracking, irritation, eczema and infections. Factors that cause or aggravate dry skin include harsh soaps, excessive bathing, low humidity and hereditary factors.
In short, Water is the blood of life and its value cannot be underestimated - you can die of thirst after all and that in itself should tell us just how important it is to stay hydrated. Keeping your skin well hydrated is a two part process - external application of high quality, natural skin skin care products such as moisturising creams and - internally, drinking plenty of water each and every day.
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