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When your skin takes this water from the body as it pushes its way up and out, you’re robbing your entire system of needed hydration.

Other factors that affect your need for water include:

l Your daily activity levels. When you sweat this water is coming from somewhere, and the more you sweat the less water you have in your body. If you are very active and exercise regularly then of course you need to replace that moisture as well.

l Your environment. Those who live in very hot climates or who work in hot areas are of course going to sweat more than most, so they too need to be mindful of how much water they’re losing every single day.

l Certain illnesses or physical conditions. Especially if a person is vomiting or has diarrhea or for some other reason is losing bodily fluids will he or she need to be mindful of replacing these fluids as quickly as possible.

When the body isn’t healthy it can show on the skin; a dry system will mean dry skin, and dry skin means dry skin flakes, wrinkles, lines, rashes, and itchiness. By not replacing this water in your body that your skin takes you are hurting not just your body but your skin as well.skin; a dry system will mean dry skin, and dry skin means dry skin flakes, wrinkles, lines, rashes, and itchiness.

By not replacing this water in your body that your skin takes you are hurting not just your body but your skin as well.DANGERS OF DEHYDRATION.Needing good amounts of hydration for your overall health is one thing but when you go without for so long that you become dehydrated, this can lead to very serious and even deadly health consequences, including:□ Heat injury is not just from when it gets hot outside but also results when you are vigorously active but do not hydrate yourself as well. Your muscles get w’arm when you’re active and hydration helps to cool them off; without adequate hydrationwhen exercising you can suffer from heat cramps and exhaustion

□ Swelling of the brain can happen when you lose sodium with the fluid you lose and your brain actually overreacts by pulling more water into the cells, causing those cells to swell and even rupture. The brain damage that results can be severe.□ Seizures can actually because without adequate hydration the electrical impulses and discharges in the brain become disorganized; these seizures can include involuntary muscle contraction and a loss of consciousness.l Your kidneys remove excessive fluid and some wastes from your body but they need adequate water levels to do this. When they don’t get enough hydration the kidneys can actually fail. When severe and not treated properly, dehydration can even lead to death.

WHAT TO EAT AND DRINK, AND WHAT TO AVOID.

Hopefully we haven’t scared you with all this information about hydration, and you may be asking just what this has to do with skincare.

Simply put, when the body is depleted of something as important as water or fluid it will reserve what it has for the most important muscles, tissues and organs and support those first before anything else. This means that when you’re even slightly dehydrated the body will support the brain and heart first, as well as the major systems of the body such as the respiratory or digestive system, and things such as your skin are taken care of last.

So when you get dehydrated your skin is likely to suffer the most. And when you hydrate yourself the body is going to use that moisture for those important elements and give the “leftovers” to your skin, so if you want beautiful and healthy skin you need to be hydrated enough to support your entire health and overall functions as your skin will be fed last.

So hydration from the inside is important; howto get it? Just drink water all the time? Certainly water is very important and crucial to health overall, but plain water is not the only way we get hydrated. And there are certain foods and elements we eat that are actually detrimental to adequate hydration as well.

What to eat and drink.

We actually get some hydration from the foods we eat, but only about 20%; the other 80% of our hydration comes from water and other beverages.

Many fruits and vegetables have a high water percentage in their content. As an example, most citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit), as well as tomatoes, watermelons and apples are anywhere from 75%-95% water. Obviously eating a lot of these fruits will mean that you’re getting a lot of hydration.

Green leafy vegetables also have high concentrations of water; be sure your diet includes lots of salads and fruits. Milk and fruit juices also have high concentrations of water, as do beer and wine.

If you really don’t care for water then you might consider sports drinks but do keep in mind that these typically have a lot of calories. Another good option is flavored water, many varieties of which are available in most supermarkets. You can also try sugarless drink mixes such as Crystal Light, or adding a little bit of fruit juice to some plain water to dress it up.

What to avoid.

There are some foods that not only don’t contribute to your hydration but also take hydration from you because of how the body digests these and the chemical reactions they cause.

As an example protein contains very high amounts of amino acids and these require quite a bit of moisture to break down in the system. If you eat a lot of meat you need to be mindful of replacing that fluid in your sysem.

Alcohol is a drying agent and this is true whether it’s on your skin or inside your system. When you drink alcohol it raises your blood pressure which causes heat and hydration to be lost in your system. While beer and wine aren’t typically a problem because they only contain a smaller percentage of alcohol, mixed drinks and cocktails or anything with a higher percentage of alcohol may cause you to be dehydrated.

People who follow diets that are high in protein and who do not replace the fluids they lose when digesting these items typically have very dry skin and usually look pallid and pale. While high-protein diets may be good for keeping excess body weight off, it’s very important to make adjustments in what you drink and how much if you’re following such a diet.

THE IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP.

Have you ever looked at someone and immediately realized that they haven’t had a good night’s sleep in some time? It’s amazing sometimes how easy it is to spot someone that hasn’t been sleeping well or that didn’t get a good night’s sleep the night before.

They usually look somewhat pale, clammy, and downright unhealthy.

Why is this? Why does a lack of sleep affect someone in this way?

Many people think that when we’re asleep our entire body is at rest but this just isn’t true. Our major systems need to work continuously for a human to survive; the heart needs to keep beating, the lungs continue breathing, the digestive system still breaks down and absorbs food, and so on, even when we sleep.

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