After reviewing the results of my Biological Age Test, I discovered one of the biggest factors responsible for accelerating the ageing process is dehydration. Made up of 70-75% water, your body needs it to survive and properly function. If you are not properly hydrated, your body will show symptoms of fatigue, memory loss, dry skin, brittle hair and nails, constipation, eczema, headaches, urinary tract infections, muscle pains, or cramps. Lack of hydration is literally draining your physical and mental health and increasing the ageing process. Possibly the best and cheapest anti-ageing skin tonic available, are you drinking enough water?
Here are six reasons why you should drink water and gain vitality through its youthful properties:
Spending a bit too much time waiting on the toilet? You might benefit from drinking a few glasses of pure water. Vital organs need more essential nutrients than the rest of your body. As a result, the body will take any available water from cells and blood to counter dehydration. Thus, constipation is often a sign of dehydration. Any water-depleted stools that have been sitting for too long will result in a bloated stomach from the overgrowth of fermenting bacteria and yeast. Dehydration also plays a factor in leaky gut syndrome, which increases toxin overload in the liver. Everything is connected throughout the body, so stay hydrated!
2. MENTAL FOCUS
Want to be upbeat, focused, and have a sharp memory? Feeling confused and forgetful? It might not be dementia, rather, you might just be really thirsty. Dehydration can trigger brain fog, so drink water to aid in clear thinking!
3. BE HAPPY WITH WHAT YOU SEE
Love what you see in the mirror every morning? Then, you are doing something right! A puffy face, sunken eyes, and dark circles are all signs of distressed kidneys. Responsible for filtering toxins, salts, and ingested water into the bloodstream, the kidneys help your body detoxify. If you are storing toxins in the body, from perhaps alcohol, salty snacks or sodium, you will see the signs written all over your face.
4. YOUTHFUL SKIN
Dry and wrinkled skin occurs for two major reasons: water retention and lack of subcutaneous fat. To boost your skin’s radiance and smooth appearance, I recommend doing the following three things:
- Splash ice cold water on your face several times in the morning
- Allow your skin to air or gently pat it dry
- Drink water first thing after you wake up
It is also important to consume lots of healthy fats! Healthy fats are pure and unprocessed plant oils, such as organic coconut oil or butter from grass-fed sources. Fat binds water to the dermis skin layer and functions as a natural filler. As a result, your skin will look plump and youthful, without botox! This is because healthy fats store in the fat layer of your skin, preventing the hollow look that can appear with age. The right diet can naturally slow down your ageing process.
5. LOWER BODY FAT
Did you know dehydration can make you overweight? Fat is typically converted into energy, but if the body is dehydrated, it will hold on to the fat because converting fat-to-energy requires water. Less water in the fat cells means the fat-to-energy conversion is compromised, thus increasing body fat. If you are working on decreasing body fat through eating healthy foods and exercise, you should never forget to drink water.
6. CURB YOUR APPETITE
Do you constantly feel hungry or crave sugar and wheat? Drink a glass of water next time before acting on that craving. Pure water naturally acts as an appetite suppressant. If you need some flavor, try adding a bit of lemon juice or a splash of acai or pomegranate juice (without any added sugar).
HOW MUCH WATER DO I NEED TO DRINK?
Generally, you need about two litres (65oz) of pure water each day. There is a chance you may need more in warmer or drier climates, if you exercise, or practice “Bikram” or hot yoga. You will also need more water if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. The same goes for if you consume coffee, tea, alcohol, sodas, or other salty foods.
Living in Iceland, I was privileged to have access to the purest water in the world, straight from my tap. Even so, when I lived in New York City, I did not stray from drinking tap water. However, I used charcoal filters in my bottles to help filter out any bad chemicals. If you live in an area where there are chemicals in the water, I suggest you do the same.