The first item to put in your summer survival kit is a water bottle. Half of your body weight is water which tells you how important this substance is to your very existence! Every cell, tissue and organ in your body relies on water to function correctly. In hot weather, you lose water even faster than usual due to an increase in sweating.
Keep a reusable bottle of water with you during the day. Fill it with filtered water (via a filter on your faucet, a filter pitcher or a filtered dispenser from your fridge). Bottled water isn’t necessarily safer than filtered water from your tap and it contributes to landfill waste so go for a reusable bottle. If you enjoy sparkling water (which I do!), you can make your own at home using a system such as Soda Stream.
What does this have to do with skin care and having amazing skin? Your skin is the largest organ in you body. In addition to keeping it functioning properly, drinking water can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
In the summer, we shed our winter full-coverage clothes in favor of more bare skin…swim suits, shorts, and tank tops are the staples of our wardrobe during this season. Staying hydrated can help you get fit to wear the bare fashions of summer. The sensation of thirst is often confused with hunger. So, when you feel hungry drink up! Real hunger can’t be satisfied by water so if you’re still hungry 15 minutes after a big glass of water, it is time to eat.
Not a fan of water? That’s okay…you can eat your water. Food is a natural source of water for the body, providing approximately 30% of your body’s water needs. The water inside whole foods contains an abundance of minerals that make it easier for the body to utilize it. Think about foods with a high water content such as watermelon, cucumbers, lettuce, apples, etc. Pretty much any fruit or veggie will do… anywhere from 80-90% of the weight of these foods comes from water.
FYI, the water in your tea and coffee counts. Yes, caffeine is a mild diuretic but the body adapts. Dr. Ann Grandjean has researched this topic and came to the following conclusion, “Our bodies are very good at making adjustments to maintain homeostasis. Since water is so critical for life, it only makes sense that our bodies can negate the mild diuretic effect of caffeine. Research now solidly substantiates that this adjustment does, in fact, occur.”
So, go forth and drink water! It costs nothing at restaurants, has no calories, contributes to the healthy functioning of your body and makes your skin look amazing!