Drinking enough water is easier during the hot, sweltering months of summer. But as the weather cools, you may find you aren’t reaching for a tall, cool glass of H2O.
“Drink more water” is one of the most important healthy lifestyle mantras, that’s for sure. And there’s a reason for this sound advice. Water plays a vital role in your skin’s detoxification process and aids in many other crucial functions of your body and skin. You and many of your friends may, in fact, be walking around completely dehydrated without even realizing it.
Dehydration can lead to everything from digestive problems, skin irritations, fatigue and headaches. It can even be a cause of body odor. The standard recommendation is 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. Your body may need more. Your body may need less. A good rule of thumb is: Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink. Drink throughout the day.
The type of water you put into your body can be just as important as increasing your water intake. It’s important to know what’s in your water and what is not. Reverse Osmosis is one of the most beneficial water treatment processes. Most local supermarkets have a refillable RO water dispenser, making it both convenient and economical to have fresh, pure water any time.
Hydration is key
If you are one of those people who have a hard time drinking water, try infusing it with different types of fruits and or vegetables. Using seasonal produce is a great way to make it easier to get your “daily eight.” Here are a few combinations that are both delicious and healthy – simply add the produce and cover with ice and water. Store in the refrigerator and enjoy throughout the day:
- Thin slices of orange and fresh mint.
- Thin slices of lemon and cucumber.
- Thin slices of lime and cucumber and add a sprig of fresh mint.
You can also blend fresh fruit and freeze into ice cube trays to use as “ice” in your water.
No matter how you do it, we encourage you to stay hydrated. Your skin and body will thank you.