It's 2018 and time to tackle the motto of "new year, new you." Making sure your body is optimally hydrated is a simple and easy solution to achieving those new years resolutions.Let's discuss the variety of ways water can live up to this new year's motto:
Get that vacation glow without having to leave your desk! It's been found that when your body is dehydrated, your organs pull water from your blood and skin cells. This is what causes your skin to look dry and your eyes to look sunken1. This also means faster aging! Dermatologist Dr. Rachel Nazarian says that "without adequate water intake, skin appears duller and wrinkles and pores more prominent." But when the skin is adequately hydrated, plump, and elastic, the less likely it is to crack and let in external particles that cause irritation and blemishes. Although water doesn't make the sings of aging completely disappear, it helps to drastically minimize their visibility. Dr. Nazarian also found that her patients exhibited more acne lesions when dehydrated. Proper hydration can ward off acne by decreasing the oil concentration on your skin. Hydrate your skin from the inside out!
Stay on that 2018 workout grind! An inability to balance fluids and electrolytes can ultimately cause cells to shrivel, leading to muscle fatigue. Fatigued muscles = decreased performance = harder to get results. To combat this chain reaction, drink water before and after you exercise. Your muscles will thank you by working harder.
Keep things moving! Water keeps things flowing in your body, aiding in the natural detoxification process. A hydrated body has increased blood circulation, pushing toxins out. Your excretory and lymphatic systems will thank you! Additionally, your heart will thank you too. When your body is dehydrated, it will pull water from your blood, causing it to thicken. Thick blood = heart disease. It's much harder for your body to circulate thicker blood, putting too much pressure on your heart1. Go with the flow and drink more water!
Take water off the bench and throw it into the game! Do yourself a favor and skip out on caloric soft drinks or juices at meals and stick to the good old H20. A study presented at the 2010 National Meeting of the American Chemical Society found that people who drank two 8-ounce glasses of water before each meal had a lower calorie intake--they consumed 75-90 calories less than people who didn't drink water! After 3 months, participants lost an average of 4.5 pounds1. At 0 calories, water can help curb the craving for snacks while reducing your overall calorie intake, ultimately helping you reach your 2018 weight loss goals.
The proper consumption of water can be the cause for a happier and healthier you! We suggest carrying a water bottle with you at all times. Since water will be easily accessible, you will probably find yourself reaching for a sip more often than if the bottle wasn't in sight. Happy hydrating!