Water is the essence of life. All living creatures and plants depend on this vital compound. While we can technically survive several weeks without food, (Gandhi survived 21 days of complete starvation), a few days without water is a deal-breaker for our bodies. Water is crucial for most bodily functions, such as temperature regulation, elimination of metabolic byproducts, joint lubrication, digestion, cell integrity and health, and skin maintenance. Water can also aid in increasing energy, flushing out toxins, improving circulation, burning fat, promoting skin radiance, and enhancing overall health.
Fun Fact: Our planet is roughly 71% water, which translates into 326 million trillion gallons.
Our bodies are made up of between 50-75% water. We do not have the ability to store water for later use, so it is crucial to replenish the water that is lost through digestion, sweat, and respiration. When our body loses just 1% of its water, we begin to experience dehydration. So, how much water is necessary daily to avoid dehydration? The recommended daily amount varies depending on sex, age, weight, activity level, and climate. The “eight glasses a day” recommendation is not necessarily accurate for everyone.
Check out www.hydrationcoach.com/calculation/ to see how much water your body actually needs.
Water also plays an important role in the health and appearance of our skin. While water isn’t the actual fountain of youth, it has some rather powerful effects. Our skin is made up of 72% water. Your body will eliminate excess water, so chugging water for perfect skin is a total myth. However, maintaining adequate hydration will help plump up your skin, which will cause wrinkles and pores to become less visible. Collagen production, which is responsible for keeping your skin firm and elastic, requires sufficient water to function properly. When your skin is hydrated it is also less likely to crack and let in impurities and toxins.
While some people find it easy to drink eight or nine glasses of water a day, others experience it as an endless task. Water doesn’t have to be boring, though! There are limitless ways to enhance the taste of water. Depending on your personal preference and taste, homemade infused waters are an excellent and easy way to spice it up. There is no wrong way or combination of fruits and herbs that you can mix together to make infused water; it is totally up to your taste. You can use as many or as little ingredients as you want. There is also an added benefit to infusing your water, which is that you will receive some of the vitamins and minerals present in the fruits and herbs that you chose to put in the water. Just make sure to avoid adding any additional sugars or sweeteners. You can think of infused water as delicious super water.
Here are some recipes to get your creative juices following! Simply cut up your ingredients, add them to the water, and let it infuse for at least 4 hours. It will last for several days, so go ahead and make a pitcher. Drink to your health and to your skin!
Recipe #1: Blueberry, strawberry, cucumber, mint, ginger
Recipe #2: Orange and Star fruit
Recipe #3: Strawberry, lemon, and basil
Recipe #4: Cinnamon stick, pear, and ginger
Recipe #5: Grapefruit and Rosemary
Recipe #6: Cucumber, Watermelon, and mint
Stay hydrated and radiant! Thank you for sharing a smile with us this week!