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Hydrate Your Skin
You may not know it but water plays a great part in your overall health! Your body is made up of 60% water; every system of the body is affected
by water or lack thereof. As water travels through the body it carries nutrients to cells and flushes out toxins. In order to be healthy inside and out you must drink an adequate amount of water each day.
The Mayo Clinic recommends that men drink 3 liters (about 13 cups) of water per day. Any adult with a sedentary lifestyle such as someone, who works in an office, loses approximately 2 liters of water each day through sweat, urine, and feces. Drinking water throughout the day helps us replace what we have lost and keep our bodies healthy. Dehydration can cause headache, fatigue, weakness, dizziness and even unconsciousness in severe cases. Lack of water has also been identified as a reason why people get fatigued during the day!
Drinking water is important and washing your skin is just as important. It is recommended to bath daily for at least 5-10 minutes in warm, not hot, water. Using warm water will eliminate dirt, grime, and pollutions from the skin but not strip your skin of its natural oils. You can seal in your skins natural moisture by applying lotion to damp skin within 3 minutes of coming out of the bath or shower. During the winter months or all year long if you live in a dry environment, you can run a humidifier to keep moisture in the air and prevent your skin from drying out.
Given the option most people would choose to drink ANYTHING besides a cup of plain old water and trying to drink 13 plus cups a day is a daunting task. Nothing is as good as drinking pure water but for those times when you just want a little more flavor you can receive some of your daily water intake by eating fruits and veggies, drinking juices or just adding a slice of lemon to your water.
If you need help keeping up with how much you are consuming, there is an app for that! If you want a way to track your water intake (because let’s face it 13 glasses a day is a lot to keep track of) download one of these helpful apps to make the process a little easier. Blackberry users can try Water Consumption Tracker; this app will track your water intake by keeping a log of all the water you consume. Android users can download the app Drink More Water! this will track your daily intake and you can set reminders so you never forget when you should have that next glass of. Apple users can try Waterlogged, you can track your water intake simply by taking photos of your favorite water containers.