From increasing energy to regulating body temperature, water is known for its umpteen benefits. It improves digestion, circulation, aids in weight loss, and prevents muscle aches. Moreover, it can prevent kidney infections, keeps our skin cells strong, and supports our immune system.
Research shows that dehydration takes a toll on our mood, concentration, attention, memory and motor coordination, and daily routine. Although, water is equally necessary for everyone we are focusing on why women should drink more water. The answer is simply because it not only maintains their health by ensuring a smooth balance of hormones in their body, safeguarding against various infections during pregnancy. It also ensures inner beauty which results in maintaining the elasticity of the skin, reducing wrinkles and fine lines. This week You! takes a look at all the benefits of water and how it promotes better health especially for women…
Water for Skin
To begin with, water can do amazing things for our skin. Water is the simplest recipe for inner beauty marked by glowing skin. Drinking more water is the most natural way to get that beaming, glowing and healthy skin we all want. Drinking water will flush out the harmful toxins from our bodies that can take a toll on our overall health. By increasing our water intake, we can improve the health of our skin and our body. Many women go on juice diets in order to flush out toxins, but maintaining a healthy diet and drinking water will help flush out toxins just the same. In juices, there is a good amount of sugar which is bad for the skin, so instead of opting for juices, you should opt for raw fruits.
Reduces Wrinkles: Water keeps our body hydrated and refreshed and helps maintain the skin’s elasticity. People who drink large amounts of water are less likely to suffer from scars, wrinkles, and soft lines and they won’t show as many signs of aging as those who drink little amounts of water. As you grow older, it is tougher for your body to retain water, so by inputting more water into your system, you are helping your body and your skin stay hydrated.
Prevents Pimples and Acne: As we know different kinds of toxins clog our small pores on the skin’s epidermis and can cause issues like acne and pimples. By drinking more water, you ensure that you won’t suffer from severe pimples and acne. The more hydrated your skin, the less your pores will clog.
Moisturise: We should not only drink a lot of water, eight glasses a day to be exact, but we should also use it to clean our skin thoroughly. It must be a routine to cleanse our body with water to clear and unclog pores to keep our skin moist and healthy.
Expecting mothers need stay hydrated
Expecting mothers are advised to take more water in order to form amniotic fluid, produce extra blood, build new tissue, carry nutrients, enhance digestion, and flush out wastes and toxins. Some of the benefits of staying hydrated during your pregnancy include: decrease in constipation/haemorrhoids, reduces swelling, increase in energy, keeps you cool, decreases risk of urinary tract infections and decreases the risk of preterm labour and preterm birth. It’s recommended that expecting mothers should drink 8-12 glasses of water a day, or 2-3 litres a minimum.
Water and Hormonal Balance in Women
According to the research, mild changes in the tissue hydration status can significantly influence the integrity of biological systems by affecting hormonal balance, serum osmolality, concentration of toxins or uptake of nutrients. Long term disturbances in the tissue hydration can result in oxidative stress that can further lead to DNA damage, permanent cellular dysfunction and end-organ failure.
With low intake of water, overall circulatory pressure decreases. This can affect the perfusion (or blood supply) of several major organs like kidneys and liver. There could be high concentration of hormonal breakdown. Majority of glands are really sensitive to the concentration of toxins in the blood, so poor tissue hydration can affect the detoxification of tissues and leads to glandular dysfunction.
Lubricant for the Joints
Water keeps our joints lubricated and hence flexible to keep the pain at bay; the Synovial fluid that directly lubricates your joints consists primarily of water. To be very specific, Synovial fluid reduces the friction between joints and helps to maintain healthy tissue and joints. In order to maintain those joints hydrated by drinking plenty of water, especially if we suffer from arthritis, gout and joint injury etc.
How much water during a day?
The amount of water you should drink in a day depends on metabolism, weight, height and your daily routine. Generally, adults should drink between 7 and 8 glasses of water every day, and even more if needed.
Along with water intake, here are a few tips to help prevent dehydration:
* Add fruits such as lemons, limes, and frozen raspberries to your water.
* Increase your fruit and vegetable intake (they have water, too!).
* Milk, juice, sparkling water, tea, and soups all count as water or fluid intake. But the best way is take pure water
* Increase your fluid intake when you increase your activity level.
* Water puts you in a better mood. Mildly dehydrated young women experienced headaches, fatigue, worsened mood, and difficulty concentrating.