One of the most underused and overlooked building blocks of good skin isn't a miracle drug or an expensive over-the-counter cream you buy in stores. In fact, chances are you have access to this right now for free. We're talking about the most common substance on earth - water! Here are a few important (and helpful) facts about water:
- While the daily recommended amount of water is eight cups per day, not all of this water must be consumed in the liquid form. Nearly every food or drink item provides some water to the body.
- Soft drinks, coffee, and tea, while made up almost entirely of water, also contain caffeine. Caffeine can act as a mild diuretic, preventing water from traveling to necessary locations in the body.
- Water helps to maintain healthy body weight by increasing the metabolism and regulating appetite.
- Water leads to increased energy levels. The most common cause of daytime fatigue is actually mild dehydration (see caffeine bullet point).
- Water naturally moisturizes skin and ensures proper cellular formation underneath layers of skin to give it a healthy, glowing appearance.
Drinking water won't hydrate the outer layer of your skin any more than taking a bath will quench your thirst.For beautiful skin, you need them both! And beware - if your daily beverage choices are usually caffeine and/or sugary drinks then you may not be getting enough water to keep your skin and health in top shape. If you suspect you might not be drinking enough water, take a few days to record what and how much you drink. You may be drinking less water than you realize. If you really just don't like the taste of water, find a way to make good, clean water tasty - without the sugar and caffeine. Here are a few recipes to "doctor" your drinks without extra sugar. With these infusions, you'll not only want to drink water more, you'll also get more vitamins and minerals into your diet; and that's never a bad thing!
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