H 2 Uh O: Are You Drinking Enough Water?

March 6, 2014 |  LOVE EMBRACE INSPIRE | By Jennifer Ford of Simply Jenners

My infrequent walks to water cooler aren’t the only signs that I don’t drink enough water. My skin has also shown me a few signs over time. But before I get into what to look for, here’s a quick science lesson.
Our skin is made up of about 75% water, and is an important nutrient in our body that supports efficient cell repair to rid the body and skin of toxins. A little while ago, I noticed that my skin was getting dry patches in the oddest places. I was getting them on my face, but I was also getting them on my arms, weird. I immediately thought that I needed to change my body wash and moisturizer, so I did. Disappointed, there were no changes once I made the switch.

At the same time the dry patches were popping off, I felt like my color was fading. Don’t laugh, ha! I really did! I wasn’t sure if all these changes to my skin were because of the winter weather, or if it was due to the products I was using on my skin (which were my regular staples). I felt like a damsel in distress while all this was going on, mostly because I’ve always had pretty healthy skin. I talked to a friend about it, and was asked if I’ve been drinking enough water. That question triggered something. I started thinking about my terrible Starbucks habit that I’ve picked up over the last couple of months, If you’ve seen my tweets, then you know that I’ve become straight addicted. Not only that, I was drinking more soft drinks than I usually do. So of course my next step was to see if drinking more water would change anything, and it did.

I started dinking 1.5L of water per day. I’ve been doing so for the last month and my skin is actually getting back to normal. My skin looks and feels much more hydrated, and those flakey patches are history. Thank goodness. Interestingly enough, researchers don’t think there is enough evidence to attribute water to healthier skin, but I would have to say that indeed it does. For every claim that water doesn’t support healthier skin, there are a number of people who can attest to its skin enhancing benefits. I am one of them. While I’m not promising that you will see changes in 24hrs, but a couple of weeks of increased water intake should be enough to see howhydration affects your skin. After all, drinking more water never hurt anyone.

It’s recommended that your drink a 8 -9 cups of water a day, which is equivalent to 2.2 liters (Mayo Clinic). Check out this cool chart showing what water does for the skin and the rest of the human body.


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