“Water contributes much towards health.” − Hippocrates
We have all heard that drinking water is important for our health, but does it actually affect the health and appearance of our skin? The answer is a dramatic yes.
Think of what a raisin looks like compared to a grape. It’s the same fruit, the only difference is that one contains water and the other doesn’t. Water has the same impact on our skin—our faces look more like a juicy grape or a shrivelled up raisin, depending on how much water we drink. The outside reflects what is happening on the inside.
A newborn baby is approximately 75% water but this number drops significantly as the body ages, to 50% or less in the body of an elderly person. The presence (or absence) of water is a huge factor in our overall health and wellness. It impacts how we feel, how we look, how often we get sick and how quickly we get better. It affects how efficiently our internals organs can function and how balanced our hormones are. Many chronic conditions could be avoided or reversed with increased water in-take.
Drinking enough water throughout the day is crucial because dehydration can easily sneak up on you. The reality is that by the time you start feeling thirsty, you have already lost 1-2% of your body’s water—the trick is to drink enough water to prevent those feelings of thirst altogether.
Muscle mass also contributes to more water in the body, while fat carries less water. Staying in shape will help keep you hydrated. But remember, after you exercise, you need to drink enough water to replace what you lost while sweating. A minimum of 3 litres of water a day is ideal—more if you have exercised.
So fill up your water bottle and take it with you wherever you go. Here’s to the power of H2O, drinking enough of it, and staying healthy!