Thursday, January 19, 2017

Mind Your Business and Drink Your Water: The Health and Beauty Benefits of Drinking Water

You guessed it, this post is all about that good ole H2O.  I refer to water as 'life juice." You need it for proper body functioning and you see the outward benefits in our hair, skin, and nails. I know, I know. You've been told to drink your water. You know you're supposed to drink water daily. However, how many of you actually drink your daily recommended 48-64 ounces?   

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Health Benefits

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), water regulates body temp, lubricates joints, protects your spinal cord, and helps get rid of bodily waste via urination, perspiration, and bowel movements. I mean, can I be real here? Being regular should be all you need to convince you to drink water. We're adults here, and regularity is really a thing.


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The CDC also recommends plain drinking water as it has no calories and can also help regulate weight. I, however, rotate plain drinking water with flavored sparkling waters with low or no calories such as the ones by the brand Sparkling ICE with my lunch at work when I want a sweeter beverage.

When it comes to water, pH is also something that you should consider. Water should have a neutral to more alkaline pH (7-14) based on the pH scale. You may have your favorite brands, but you need to know how they measure on the pH scale. Here are a few brands with a neutral to more alkaline reading.
  • Evian
  • Eternal
  • Volvic
  • Zephyrhills
  • Fiji
  • Super Chill
  • Essentia
You can check the pH of the water you drink by using at home pH strips or by checking the brand's website is drinking bottled water. 

Note: Many viruses thrive in an acidic environment. Our bodies need to lean more alkaline.



Beauty Benefits

We all want that glow-from-within look. Because water flushes out the toxins from your body, it leaves you with more supple radiant looking skin. Brittle nails can be an indicator of lack of fluid intake. Upping your water consumption can lead to stronger and healthier nails. Water can also clear skin related flares and strengthen hair.


No go on, drink that water!

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