The importance of staying hydrated
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It might be common knowledge that drinking your daily H2O is good for you, but what does hydration really do for the body?
Why is hydration important?
There are many reasons why staying hydrated is crucial. Water helps:
- Regulate body temperature
- Keep joints lubricated
- Increases metabolic rate
- Keep cells and organs healthy
- Maintain your energy levels
- Keep organs functioning properly
- Improve sleep quality
- Increase mental clarity
- Improve mood
It’s recommended that you drink about two liters a day. But not all of that has to be straight-up water. For example, you can flavor your water with some fruit or vegetables. You can also get some of your daily required water from coffee or tea, when consumed moderately. But a good rule of thumb is to stay away from super sweet beverages and to limit caffeine drinks when trying to hydrate.
Tips for staying hydrated
For those that find it hard to get your daily intake of water, here are a few tips.
- Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning when you wake up: Make it part of your routine. The morning is the most important time to hydrate because you would have spent the whole night not drinking.
- If water is too blah for you, try flavoring your water: Add a few lemon slices, strawberries, or cucumbers to your water. Another fun way to spice up your water is to add frozen fruit as ice cubes.
- Or try adding electrolytes to your water: This is for those of you who don’t like drinking just plain water. There are flavored electrolytes that you can add to your water to give it an extra boost of hydration.
- Carry a water bottle with you: Let’s be honest, sometimes when you’re busy, you can forgo drinking water, even when you’re working from home. You are more likely to drink water if it’s readily accessible so fill up a water bottle and keep it at your desk.
- Get a time-marked water bottle: The trend du jour it seems are water bottles with times so you know how much you have to drink by what time. They’re becoming more and more popular as people use them to keep themselves hydrated (and accountable) by the hour. Try this chic one from Amazon.
- Drink water pre, during and post a sweaty activity. However you tend to work up a sweat, make sure you replenish your fluids so you don't get light headed.
- Opt for water-rich foods: Certain foods like watermelon, spinach, cucumbers have a high water percentage. Make a smoothie and throw in a handful of spinach for an extra boost of H2O.
- Use an app: These days, there are apps for just about everything. Find an app that helps you track and meet your water intake. Bustle has a great round up of hydration apps.
Don't forget the skin!
Dehydrated skin can be dry, itchy, and even painful. People often guzzle water when their skin is dehydrated which will help hydrate your body from within but there are other things you can also do to hydrate your skin on the surface too.
- Avoid super hot showers: As much as a hot, steaming shower feels great, exposing your skin for long hours to that temperature can remove your skin’s natural barrier, stripping the skin of moisture and oils and dehydrating your skin. Lukewarm water is ideal.
- Use a humidifier: When the moisture content in the air around you is low, a humidifier can be especially helpful during the dry winter months.
- Use a moisturizer: Water-based creams are recommended if you have dehydrated skin. Look for hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, urea, and ceramides.
- Don’t forget to give your muff some love: Our Soft Lotion, loaded with skin nourishing oils, gently quenches your dry skin and won’t irritate even the most sensitive skin.
- Exfoliate regularly: Exfoliation helps remove the dead skin cells which will help your products moisturize and do their jobs more effectively and deeply.