Saturday, July 17, 2010

H2O Staying Healthy And Beautiful

The human body is made up mostly of water. Water helps to flush out toxins from your systems. It keeps organs, including the skin lubricated and functioning properly. Water helps to carry nutrients to the cells. You could only live for three days without water getting into your system. Even mild dehydration causes fatigue, headaches, and make you more susceptible to illness.

Water for Beautiful Skin

There are a lot of products out there that offer all sorts of miracle treatments for your skin. You can find anything from buffing creams, to poison injections to help the skin look younger and healthy. Drinking plenty of water will give you a greater benefit health benefit than any of the products you can find out there. Having enough water in your system will give you a healthy glow that no over the counter product can provide. Being properly hydrated will also keep you blemish free, and reduce bloating.

How Much Per Day?

Is eight glasses of water a day really necessary? Well that really depends on your lifestyle. If you are very physically active, or live in a hot climate, or spend most of your time in heated indoor air you may require more than eight glasses of water a day. Also women who are pregnant or breast feeding need to make sure they are getting enough water not only for their own bodies, but for their babies as well.
The good news is that water can be received from many sources, not just plain water; drinking herbal teas counts towards your water consumption. Small amounts of water will be retained from eating certain fruits and vegetables; in fact about 20% of our water intake comes from the foods that we eat. Drinking fruit juices will also give you small amounts of water, although the sugars in most fruit juices make that choice less than optimal.
Even though you have these other choices the majority of your water intake should be plain, clean, clear water. Here are a few signs to watch out for so that you know you have had enough water to drink:
Are you thirsty? If you are often feeling thirsty then you probably are in a mild dehydration. Drinking more water will definitely benefit you. On the other hand if your thirst is usually quenched you are on the right track.
What color is your urine? This may seem like an odd question, but if your urine is dark you are not getting enough water. Having enough water in your system will turn your urine lighter, almost clear and you will need to go more frequently.
How do you feel? One of the first signs of mild dehydration is fatigue. If you are tired it might not be that you need more sleep, but that you need more water!

Water Promotes Weight Loss

Water is a great diet aid. Not only does it work to keep the body regulated internally, but also promotes weight loss by flushing fat from the body. Drinking water also makes a dieter feel fuller and more satiated so that they eat less food. If you are dieting, be sure to add water to your daily menu plan its essential for optimal results.
Not a fan of H20? Add any of the low calorie/no calorie drink mixes to a bottle of the clear stuff for a tasty and refreshing treat that is usually less than five calories. When you consider that an average soda has around 170 calories, water is a good deal for the dieter.

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