You’ve probably heard this phrase before, especially on social media. When people are addressing ‘haters’ and poke-nosers’, “Drink water and mind your business!” Now this is more than a social media banter, this is actually real life, health beneficial advice.
I’m no scientist but it is highly recommended to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day (the 8×8 rule). Although there is little science behind this specific rule, am sure staying hydrated is important.
If we do not stay hydrated, physical performance can suffer. This is particularly important during intense exercise.
Dehydration can have a noticeable effect if you lose as little as 2% of your body’s water content.
Am not here to bore you with all the science details on why drinking water and minding your business is important; the kidney/liver effects and all that quagmire, nah, I’m here to share the benefits of drinking water on your skin. Clear skin is goals!
The more hydrated you stay, the fewer wrinkles and fine lines you’ll see. Water helps your skin maintain moisture, which increases your elasticity. The more elastic your skin, the fewer wrinkles you’ll see. Drinking enough water can help you combat a variety of skin issues including psoriasis and eczema.
It does this by helping your digestive system flush out toxins from the body. This, in turn, will improve your complexion for healthy and glowing skin. In addition, one study by the University of Missouri-Columbia found that drinking two cups of water increased blood flow to the skin, which can help even out your skin tone and complexion.
There’s no doubt that our skin can swell sometimes. Most often, this is because our body is retaining water.
Why do we retain water?
Because we’re dehydrated and our body is protecting us. If you want to reduce puffiness and swelling and smooth out your skin, make sure you’re drinking enough water!
A fun way to drink more water is to add fruits in your water. It also makes it taste refreshing, slightly sweet, and delicious!
Adding fresh fruits also adds minerals and vitamins to water and increases the nutritional benefits.
Here are a few health benefits of certain fruits in water:
Lemons – a natural detoxifier and aids with bloating and fluid retention
Cucumber – help cool the inflammatory response in body. Hydrates body, reduces puffiness and bloating, and flushes toxins.
Watermelon – high in lycopene and antioxidants
Lime – helps with digestion and detoxify the body system
Strawberries – high in antioxidants and boost immunity
Pineapple – has digestive enzymes that aid in digestion
Oranges – high in Vitamin C and helps to alkalize the body
As creatives, we have to find better and creative ways to do things. So yes to sweet water!
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