'Drink more water' is the world's most overstated skin care tip. It is in every Top 10 Article and Supermodel Secrets Interview... and induces an eye roll from me every time.
Well, until now at least. I might have to take back those eye rolls...
Drinking more water can improve your skin quite dramatically. But it takes something different than the usual unhelpful and oversimplified '8 glasses a day' advice.
All these experts and good looking people are always telling us that drinking more water is the key to great skin. But if it's that simple, why doesn't it work?
Even if you drink more than the recommended 8 glasses a day, do you still get the headaches, sore muscles, low energy and foggy brain?
The usual supplements, improved diet, chiropractor, more exercise may help a little.... but it's obvious the mysterious underlying cause of those symptoms is still there.
Sometimes it's the simple things - maybe the above symptoms could be attributed to dehydration?! There is a little known book called Your Body's Many Cries For Water (Amazon.com).
The author, Dr F. Batmanghelidj, claims that chronic dehydration is the cause for almost all problems and/or diseases. Slightly quacky in certain parts.... the book presents the water argument in a totally different and interesting way.
Apparently I wasn't just drinking too little, I wasn't drinking it correctly (who would have thought?!)
I decided to take the 2 main points from the book (below) and try them. It was just water after all, and first hand experience is the only true way to tell if something works for you.
The results surprised me. And if you try it, you might be surprised too:
1) You may need to increase your intake dramatically. A recommended starting point is:
Half your body weight (lbs) in ounces of water daily.
If you aren't used to drinking anywhere near that amount of water, increase your intake slowly over a few days or weeks.
What I've found helps:
2) Include daily intake of sea salt.
"Water and salt (along with potassium) regulate the water content of the body." (Quote from WaterBenefitsHealth.com)
Which basically means that without adequate intake of salt, your body can't use the water properly. It will mostly end up being expelled, and flush out a lot of vital minerals and electrolytes with it. Ahh so is this what is missing form the usual 'drink more water' advice?
In his book Dr Batmanghelidj recommends 1/4 tsp of sea salt per 4 -5 glasses of water.
This is what I do:
While it doesn't always add up to the recommended amount, I listen to my body and it works.
As far as this website is concerned, the benefits to our skin is what matters!
Try it out for yourself.
Give it at least 2 weeks. It took a few days for me to really notice an improvement, and they keep getting better.
You might be surprised at the difference these simple tweaks to your daily water intake make. Not only to your skin, but your overall health and vitality!
(*This article is based on my experience and is intended for general information purposes. Please check with your doctor before increasing water intake or changing your lifestyle.)Home › Best Skin Tips › Drinking Water For Skin Benefits