We all know that it’s extremely necessary to drink ample amounts of water, but do we know what the benefits of drinking water to the skin are? It’s something we hear almost every day, but choose to ignore most of the time. While most of us may claim that we drink enough water when we’re thirsty and so it should supposedly be enough, the point is that this still won’t be sufficient for your entire body. 70% of your body is made up of water; in that case having just a glass of water after every meal will never be enough. (1)
Every part of your body is made up of cells that hold a large water content. Think of your cell as a balloon; when you fill the balloon with water, it stretches with no creases and becomes firm. That’s also what happens to your skin cells when you drink ample amounts of water.
Keeping in mind that skin is the largest organ in your body, imagine the number of cells it contains and how much water it would need in order to keep these cells rejuvenated.
Here are 5 Benefits of Drinking Water for the Skin
We’ve all been told to drink water for a good health. This is not something we only learn from our family, but also something we study in our textbooks. Water is obviously something we need for our survival, but it has more functions than just keeping us alive. If you’ve noticed, when you don’t drink enough water you could get a headache as well. This is because your body is dehydrated and it’s impossible to function efficiently without water. That is the length to which water affects the functions of your system.
A number of problems could arise when you don’t drink enough water, and they won’t all be as small as a headache. If you don’t drink water for a prolonged period of time, it could result in severe cases such as kidney stones. The following are 5 ways drinking water can benefit your skin.
Cleans your system: Naturally, when you drink enough water, it helps in washing out all the toxins and waste from your system. It even boosts your immune system and improves the efficiency of your digestive system. It’s important to have good functioning digestive and excretory systems for healthy living.
Circulation: Water provides the excess pressure in circulation of blood by adding volume to the plasma. This is what keeps the blood pumping with enough force. If the amount of water consumption reduces, the circulatory pressure will decrease, in turn affecting major organs like kidneys and liver.
Maintains pH balance of Skin: pH is a measure of how acidic or alkaline a solution is. The levels are determined by where they fall in the gradient. Starting from zero, a solution is acidic if it is below seven; the lower the number, the more acidic it is. If it above seven, it’s alkaline; the higher the number, the more alkaline it is. Seven is neutral, where a substance is at its purest. Our body is slightly more on the alkaline side at 7.4. Water helps in maintaining this balance, ensuring the scale does not tip over to either of the sides. If that were to happen, our body would not be functioning the same. (2)
Deals with aging: Water helps in keeping the skin cells full and rigid. If there is insufficient water, the cells would shrink and droop, this would also be seen as wrinkles on the face. Water helps in rejuvenation of the cells and keeping it moisturized at all times.The cells becoming rigid also means that the skin has an elasticity to it, which further helps in delaying aging.
Skin conditions: When we see skin conditions such as Eczema and Psoriasis, they all of the feature of excess dry skin. Although drinking ample amount of water cannot, and will not cure dry skin, it will definitely prevent it from aggravating. (3)
Other than the facts mentioned above, drinking water can prevent a number of other issues, such as persistent headaches, dry mouth, tiredness, constipation, muscle cramps, brittle nails, and Urinary Tract Infections. Drinking enough water not only helps in just having good skin, but also a healthy system inside and out. So don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated!
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