Succulent, juicy and plump. These are signs of both a healthy cactus as well as healthy hydrated skin.
To survive in harsh, dry conditions cacti have developed techniques to hold water within their fleshy folds and use of their spines to provide shade as well as reduce airflow creating a mini habitat within a habitat. We humans, however, whilst being incredibly amazing are not able to hold our water quite so well ☺️
We constantly need to take in fluids to hydrate and to stay alive. Our brain function, health, immunity, skin and eyes all suffer very quickly when we're dehydrated.
Pretty much every function and every cell in our body require H2O. Our trillions and trillions of cells require a certain volume of fluids to be healthy, vital and alive.
But we need a healthy level of fluid both inside our cells and out. Bathing our tissues, and creating a nice cushion-like effect to help hold and maintain an internal pressure that keeps everything in place.
Water helps your body to regulate your body temperature as well as eliminate waste when we perspire and essentially acting as a delivery service of vital nutrients through our lymph system. It's a spring cleaning as these vital fluids flush toxins and waste away to collecting points around the body.
Being hydrated even helps our appetite, stops a false sense of hunger and creates a feeling of being more satisfied when we eat.
Fill a BPA-free bottle with filtered clean water and take it with you wherever you go. When you get home, remember to give it a good soapy rinse and let it dry upside down to ensure your bottle doesn't start growing mould between uses.
For every cup of coffee you drink, your body generally requires 4 glasses of water to balance the hydration. So while you don't have to give up your coffee, just make sure you're drinking enough water to compensate. You could also try replacing one cup a day with another hot drink like a caffeine-free herbal tea - refreshing, remedial and hydrating.
Put a slice of lemon or fresh mint leaves in your bottle of water to help you enjoy drinking H2O. This also helps your kidneys to absorb the 2-3 litres you’re drinking so it makes it into your cells rather than you simply peeing it all out ☺️
A super-easy way to tell if your cells are dehydrated is to pinch the skin on the back of your hand gently. If the fold of skin stays up for a few seconds or longer, you are dehydrated. Drink up, sunshine!
A strong sign you're dehydrated is when your wee is dark and perhaps a bit strong smelling. Sip clean water steadily until your wee is clear and has no odour. You will feel a lot more energised too!
Invest in a good water filter or purifier to be sure you're drinking clean, healthy water. It makes it so much easier to drink as it tastes so good! Your body, skin, eyes, taste buds and brain will love you for it.
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