With the summer season taking a toll on our skin and health, there’s one regimen you can add into your daily routine that helps your body to protect itself from dehydration and sun-related diseases. Health experts suggest we need about two and a half liters of water daily but with the hot weather or rigorous exercising its recommended to drink twice as much to hydrate the body. While the exact amount of water depends on your BMI and how much sweat you produce, it’s important to take into account the level of humidity and other factors. Here are some of the reasons why water has been called the elixir of life.

Staying Hydrated

Dehydration is the leading cause of unhealthy skin, drowsiness, constipation and headaches. The first sight of dehydration is a headache and darker color urine. If your urinating less frequently you should start drinking more to boost detoxifying your body. To prevent yourself from dehydration you need to drink at least 2 glasses of water right after you wake up. This is also an easy way to shed off any extra pounds by limiting what you eat and drinking water before any meal. During the summer season, keeping your body healthy during tough exercise routine is essential for a longer workout routine.

Fight Wrinkles

When we think about water helping to improve our skin, the foremost benefit is anti aging. Regularly consuming water is known to have a significant impact on our health and vitality. So how much water do we need to help reap the benefits of wrinkles and anti aging? Around eight full glasses (64 ounces) of water a day. If you’re highly physically active or under the hot sun you probably need to consume more.

Alternative to Pure Water?

If water makes you run to the bathroom far too often, a good alternative to pure water are fruits and juices. Consider how much water one 100 gram apple contains, with about 84 grams of water it is also one of the easiest sources of hydration if you skip out on drinking in the morning. Similarly beverages made with milk also comprises of water that our stomach can process. However during the process of digestion our body absorbs around 500 ml of liquid from food. After getting a large fraction of our water requirement from our food and drink, we need about 1 ½ to 2 liters of pure water for the entire body. Even though tea and coffee is a liquid, due to their diuretic effects your body will excrete more water than you intake. It also prevents the body from absorbing essential minerals from food.

Hence to maintain your health,  water is the most important tool. We need clean and pure water the way we require clean and pure air to breathe. Drink plenty of water on a day to day basis and you’ll notice an immediate change in your digestive system and skin.

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