There are some lesser-known facts about the health benefits of water on our body internally and externally, like benefits to our skin, which we can hydrate completely.
We all are aware of the importance of drinking water to ensure a healthy body. The most common benefits of consuming an adequate amount of water help regulate body temperature and assists in the digestion process.
While the benefits of drinking an adequate amount of water are visible on our skin there are certain internal and external benefits which we are not aware of. Water is an essential component of our body and its content in our bodies vary from 55-78% depending on the body type.
Water helps in flushing out the toxins from our body, boosts metabolic rate, maintain cognitive function and even assists in losing weight. However, the fundamental question is: “How much water is adequate?” and in “what frequency should we consume?”
Our brain is made up of 75% of water and a well-hydrated body is essential to maintain smooth functioning of all the vital organs and tissues. This ensures that the brain too works smoothly.
Drinking water 1.5 liters (17 ounces) of water can boost your metabolism by 24-30% for about 1.5 hours. The skin is the largest organ of our body and there is a certain amount of water we should consume to maintain a glowing skin.
The excess water in our body is diverted out through natural processes and in different ways. It is essential to consume 1.6-2 liters every day and an additional amount if you do heavy physical work, sports activities, or its a particularly sunny day as it boosts your mood and keeps you hydrated.
A bonus benefit to drinking water is that it has no calories, fat, carbohydrates, or sugars making it acceptable to consume large amounts of water.
On the other hand, dehydration has negative impacts on the body like hampering the cognitive and motor functions, fatigue, impact your attention span and short and long-term memory. Also, being dehydrated can cause headaches, waver concentration and make your skin look dull and dry.
Fluid balance in the body is not only balanced by only regular water, but it also includes fizzy, tap, hot and cold water, fruit juices, skimmed/ semi-skimmed milk, herbal teas, and other substances, which have a decent amount of water content. Out of all these options drinking regular water or herbal teas should be consumed more since they do not add any sugar or calories to your diet and maintains hydration levels in your body.
Food substances contain a percentage of water as well, like fruits and vegetables. Vegetables have an added benefit since they give the body the essential nutrients and are low glycemic that helps avoid blood sugar imbalances.
To maximize the digestive system and reap better skin benefits you could squeeze a lemon in hot water and consume it the first thing in the morning after you wake up. You could consume it with a straw to avoid its acidic properties from harming the teeth. Green tea is a really good alternative to water as the antioxidants would help maintain the skin.
With the hydrating properties of water, it increases capillary blood flow, which develops healthier, younger looking and glowing skin. It also replenishes skin tissues increasing the elasticity of your skin and consuming an adequate amount of water acts as a wonderful moisturizer making the skin fresh, soft, and smooth.
The inadequacy of water would make your skin rigid and fine lines develop under your eyes and your skins begin to look flat. If by virtue your skin is dry or you suffer from skin diseases like eczema or psoriasis there is greater transepidermal water loss.
Well, water is not the solution to skin care, but water clubbed with the right skin care products would help maintain a glowing skin even during winter. Considering all the benefits the timing of drinking water is important too, for instance, if you drink water half an hour before a meal it would make you feel comparatively full and make you eat lesser, which helps in weight loss.
Hangovers are the unpleasant aftermath that is experienced after drinking alcohol. Consuming alcohol makes you dehydrated since it is diuretic and results in you losing more water than consumed. Having one big glass of water after drinking can help avoid hangovers because dehydration is the prime reason for experiencing hangovers.
It also helps treat headaches, kidney stones, and constipation by flushing out toxic materials and amping up your mood. It is essential to consume an adequate amount of water and maintain a suitable time interval during consumption.
It is essential to drink an adequate amount of water, but there are specific times when drinking is essential and it can allow you to extract the maximum health benefits.
1. Drink a glass of water after you wake up to activate your internal organs and remove the toxins from your body before your first meal.
2. Drinking water before taking a shower would help lower the blood pressure
3. Drinking one glass before sleeping would replenish the loss of fluid through the night.
These timelines can help you to get the maximum benefit from drinking water and would help your body to function smoothly and at optimal capacity.
Adopt a habit of carrying a bottle of water everywhere you as it would negate the excuse of unavailability of water.
There multiple other tips to remind yourself to drink water but the easiest is to keep reminders on phone or there are many apps that take care of this task as well. To extract the health benefits from the fluid, you should drink filtered water, which has all the minerals that contribute to its beneficial nature.
Complementing water you need to have food and beverages that are healthy but have a high water content that would give the body the essential nutrients and replenish the water content of the body.