As we get older, so does that age show in our skin in the form of wrinkles and dryness. But is it all down to age, or could our skin be firmer, more toned and glow more like it did in our youth?
The answer is probably yes and the simple solution is water.
Most people don’t drink enough water, and it’s not only our skin that suffers.
Here are 5 compelling reasons to drink more water:
Can aid in weight loss. Often drinking a glass of water can get rid of those hunger pangs. It leaves us feeling fuller and can stop us from snacking. Drinking water also relieves fatigue and increases energy levels, helping us to feel more like being active and exercising. Best of all, water has zero calories!
Helps our bodies use necessary nutrients. Water is essential for our body to transport and absorb the necessary nutrients it needs to function at its best. We need water for digestion, and it helps to flush toxins and potential disease causing bacteria, out of our system.
Keeps you alert. Our bodies are made up of about 60% water but our brains are around 70% water. When you’re dehydrated, your brain cannot function at its best and your thinking becomes fuzzy.
Your muscles and joints will thank you. Your muscle cells don’t function as well when you are dehydrated, and water can also help reduce joint pain by keeping cartilage soft and hydrated.
May reduce risk of cancer. Some studies say that staying hydrated could reduce the risk of contracting certain cancers.
So how much water should you be drinking? As a rough guide, 2 litres a day for an adult; more if you live in a hot climate or lead an active lifestyle.
What it all comes down to is that we need water to live; we can only live for a few days without it. Water is not only an essential, but is also the largest part of our make-up. So to maintain your youthful complexion, energy and vigour, make sure you get your daily intake from the fountain of youth!
Are you drinking enough water?
Written by Jill Shepherd
Photo Credit: Sergiu Bacioiu via Compfight cc