My New Year’s Beauty Resolution: Up The Ante on the H2O
Tue, 1 January 2013 10:00AM
I have a confession to make: I don’t drink enough water. I know, I know, it’s one of the big beauty things all beauty eds rave about and as someone who prides myself on feeding my skin from the inside out, I, of all people, should be guzzling the stuff like it’s the elixir of life. Which, of course, it is.
I blame the lack of a good water bottle. Seriously. I’ve tried cups but the constant refilling requires too much time. And plastic bottles are incubators for germs and BPA poisoning. I’ve done the odd stint with metal but it tastes funny, and now, I’m getting cosy with a huge glass bottle.
Oh, who am I kidding? It’s not about the bottle. It’s me. I know I should be drinking 2-3 litres of water a day, but in reality, I only drink about 1-1.5. So, I’m not completely hopeless but I’m not as good as I should be either. But all that’s about to change, Primpers. Two thousand and thirteen is the year I am going to pour H2O down my throat with as much zest as an in-season lemon. Here’s why: I know the importance now. REALLY know the importance.
Show of hands if you’ve ever been told you need to drink water. OK, has anyone ever explained WHY? I think this is the Achilles’ heel of water consumption. We’re all told to drink it, but rarely explained why it’s so important, making it slip a few notches down the priority list simply because it doesn’t seem all that important. So, I’ve done the research for you and am going to break down the barriers and fill the dam with knowledge. Here goes.
1. Why Drink Water? No Seriously, Why?
Two thirds of your body is made up of water, making it your ultimate allay in, well, living. Without it, you simply wouldn’t function.
Over a 24 hour period we you lose vast amounts of water due to sweat, peeing and lubrication of the joints and eyes, so it’s imperative you refill the tank to keep everything working efficiently. On an average day, the water floating around your body is used for:
- Body maintenance
- Temperature regulation
- Chemical reactions
- Waste & Detoxifying
With so many jobs on the ‘to do’ list, it’s little wonder you need to keep your body well hydrated. The more hydrated your body, the better it functions. End of story.
2. How Much Is Enough?
Well, that really depends on the person. They say anywhere between 1.5 to 3 litres is ideal, but there are many factors to consider when figuring out your ideal number. For me, I know I need to drink more because I get thirsty, and while it’s easy to think that’s an obvious sign of dehydration, the truth is that your body is dehydrated long before your mouth tells you it needs a drink. So, here’s a rough outline of things to consider.
- Food - I’ll talk more about this in a few points but much of the water you need comes from water-rich food. So, don’t think it’s all about the liquid stuff, fresh fruit and vege count, too.
- Activity – Obviously if you’re actively exercising and sweating more than your average Joe then you’re going to up your water intake to replace lost fluids. What goes out, must get put back in.
- Climate – Hotter climates require you to drink more fluids. So, if you live in tropical North Queensland you might need more than your mates in Tasmania.
- Pregnant or Breastfeeding – It takes a lot to make (and feed) another human, so if you’re pregnant up the fluid intake to factor in your little one.
- Age and Weight – As you age, cellular water loss is experienced, so the hydration needs of kids, adults and the elderly is totally different. The same can be said about people with varying weight.
- Medications - Oddly, some medications require you to drink more or less water than usual. Ask your GP if you’re unsure.
In an ideal world we’d all have water filtration systems attached to every tap in sight and happily sip on clean water filled with essential salts and minerals. But that’s not always the case. If you can, choose water that is filtered, but that doesn’t always need to come from plastic bottle as they have their own demons going on. Tap water is OK if it’s clean where you live and in my opinion, it’s far better than soft drink. Or nothing at all.
4. I Want To Pimp My H2O. Help!
Not loving the taste of plain H2O? No probs. Up the hydration factor and health benefits by adding one, or all, of these additional pimperfiers…
- Liquid chlorophyll – this green liquid can be squirted into your water to give it a minty fresh taste and loads of goodness. In essence, liquid chlorophyll is liquid oxygen, helping increase red blood cells, improve circulation, ease inflammation, oxygenate the body and protect you from free radicals. WIN!
- Lemon – an instant way to alkalise your body, squeeze a little lemon in your water to kick start your metabolism and add a zingy fresh flavour to your H2O.
- Himalayan rock salt – just done a massive workout? Ditch your sugary sports drink in favour of a tiny pinch of rock salt to help replace electrolytes in your body. Yep, the salt will help your body absorb the liquid more quickly.
5. What About Water-Rich Foods. Do They Count?
You bet. Dr. Howard Murad has written an entire book on the subject of water and skin benefits. Called The Water Secret, Dr. Murad reveals that it’s not actually how much you drink that matters, it’s how much your body retains. He believes one of the best ways to hydrate your body is with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, which when eaten raw, provide your body with a whole lot more than just hydration. Think: antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and more. Bring on the fruit and vege, I say.
Tell me Primpers, what’s your new year’s beauty resolution?
Do you drink enough water?
Do you think you will now?