We all want to have a shiny, smooth, healthy, hydrated and silky skin. Skin care begins at an early age and consists of attention to many aspects in our daily routine. However, the most basic and simple aspect in obtaining a resplendent skin with elasticity is the adequate consumption of Water. As simple as that!
Water makes up 70% of the human body and is necessary to carry out multiple biological functions, such as nutrient transport, regulation of body temperature, metabolization of food, cleaning of the body, among many others. The human being loses about two liters of water daily with sweat, respiration, urine and other biological processes.
The need for water consumption varies according to the person, age, sex, physical activity and region where one lives. More physical activity causes a need for more water consumption. Also, in hot climates it requires more water consumption due to more water loss through sweat. Apart from water consumption, we must consider that dry climates also affect the appearance of the skin, causing dryness. This can be noticed in people living in these climates. Often they have dried skins that look more aged than people of the same age who live in humid regions.
How do we know how much water we should drink? If we lose about two liters of Water a day, we must replenish that same amount or consume at least 3% of body weight per day. We have to remember the factors that increase water loss to increase water consumption. However, consuming excess water is also bad, since excess of it in the body dilutes the sodium, potassium and magnesium, minerals needed in various functions of the body. Also, excess water in the body can cause hyponatremia, which is the loss of salt in the body which can result in hypertension.
So a good way to measure the need for water in your body is according to the condition of your lips. If your lips are dry, there is a high possibility that you are not consuming enough water. If your lips are dry, your skin should also have water deficiency. And just as the earth cracks in the drought, in the same way cracks the skin causing wrinkles, often premature. In the same way that water is indispensable for the functioning of the body’s functions, its consumption helps reduce the risk of many diseases according to the American Dietetic Association such as: colds, kidney stones, breast cancer, cancer of the colon and cancer of the urinary tract.
When accounting for our daily Water consumption, we must take into account other sources that contain Water. Fruits and vegetables are good sources of water. We also take into account when counting the glasses of Water that we take a day, the consumption of tea, soft drinks and juices. And of course we always take into account the quality of Water that we consume. Clean and safe water. Water consumption definitely improves the appearance of your skin.
Carmen Maria Montiel