Water is perhaps the most important factor in ensuring your body stays cleansed and nourished. Approximately half to three-quarters of your body weight is fluid, and this water content is responsible for transporting nutrients and maintaining cell life.
When your body is consistently dehydrated, all the cells in your body will suffer although your skin cells will show the most visible damage. If your skin is dry, inflamed and/ or unable to heal, then chances are that the other cells in your body are suffering in the same way. Once you can heal your skin, you are healing your entire body.
How to stay hydrated
Every person requires a different amount of water each day to stay hydrated, and individual amounts can vary depending on the weather, the level of exercise you have done, and even the types of food you need to digest and break down into nutrients. The simplest way to monitor your hydration level is to ensure your urine is always clear (except when you go to the toilet first thing in the morning, when it can have a yellow tinge). Even pale yellow urine is a sign of depleted fluid in the body.
Water is the best drink for most of the day, but you can also enjoy your daily allowance of juice or milk as part of your hydration scheme. Coconut water is particularly beneficial as it provides important electrolytes such as magnesium, and it is also refreshing.
Caffeine based drinks and sodas are not so beneficial as they place strain on the liver by introducing toxins that need to be flushed out. Caffeine particularly acts as a diuretic as it flushes out more fluid than you actually drink.
The benefits of consistent hydration
Your cells are meant to be mostly water, so they will function at their best when you are fully hydrated. This means you will fight infection better, maintain energy levels for longer, digest your food more effectively and flush out toxins more efficiently. From the perspective of fighting eczema, your skin cells will be cleaner, plumper and healthier when they are fully hydrated, and your liver will not be forced to pass on the job of flushing out toxins.
All this in a glass of water!
- Drinking water is essential to maintain healthy active cells. When you are fully hydrated, you are more energetic, you digest your food more efficiently and you cleanse your body of toxins and waste more thoroughly.
- Dehydration can parch and damage cells, and this damage is most visible in the skin cells.
- The best way to monitor your hydration level is to check that your urine is consistently clear throughout the day.