Water: elixir of health and beauty for your skin and hair
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 04:27PM
Jafeth Rodriguez

Water carries nutrients, minerals and the building blocks of growth and healing throughout the body.  Water disposes of waste and is constantly cooling, cleansing and purifying the body. Water lubricates our joints and acts as a catalyst, temperature regulator and transport system.  Water is necessary for all the chemical reactions that occur in our bodies.

Along with oxygen, water is a top priority element for human life. The average person could survive for about a month without food, but most people will die if they go for more than 72 hours without a drink.

The fact is that the skin is an organ, the larger of all for that matter, and just like any other organ in your body, your skin is made up of cells. Skin cells need water to work properly, to grow, execute the chemical reactions it is supposed to and to excrete toxins when required.  Without adequate levels of water, the skin will certainly not function at its best.

Our hair is made up 5% of water and 95% protein. So, to keep hair in a beautiful condition, you need to make sure water levels in your body are optimal.   This will keep your hair alive and bouncy.  Water stimulates hair growth. If you are facing hair loss, water may be a deterrent to this process.

Skin and hair are tied to the overall health of your body. When your body is properly hydrated, you will look better and feel better, you will glow through your skin and hair.

If your body is not getting the sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration will present itself by turning your skin and hair dry, flaky and flat.

For your skin to function properly and your hair to look great, you must replenish the body water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water. The adequate intake for adult women is 2.2 litres (about 9 glasses) a day. Some of this intake can be made up from liquid obtained from fruits, vegetables, etc., so you need to make sure you consume at least 8-10 glasses of water per day. We need to drink more if we do exercise, we are sick, we are pregnant, we are exposed to air conditioning or if temperatures are too hot or too cold. Tea, coffee, alcohol and smoking all dehydrate the body, therefore, if we take them we need to drink more good water to compensate.

You can determine whether you are drinking enough water by the colour of your urine. If it is dark yellow, you are low in water and you need to procure it. You are drinking enough water when your urine is colourless.

Article originally appeared on Instituto Español (http://institutoespanol.com.au/).
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