Hydration is such an important topic when it comes to your overall health and beauty – it is often a subject that does not get enough attention! Dehydration can lead to dry skin, wrinkles, skin problems, brittle hair, lack of energy and can lead to our organs not working efficiently.
We lose water from our bodies through surface evaporation, sweat and when we perspire. When our bodies become dehydrated, the body prioritizes its use. Priority is given to your vital organs (i.e. lungs, liver and brain). If your body does not have enough water to replace the water that is lost, you become dehydrated.
When our cells become dehydrated, this can become apparent through wrinkles, dry and flaky skin. You would be surprised how many woman I have worked with that have complained about wrinkles, when actually a large proportion have been dehydration wrinkles! The primary connective tissue of skin is collagen which is mostly water. When our collagen becomes dehydrated, their strands crack and join together – the result? Wrinkles!
Water is the obvious source of hydration but there are also lots of foods listed below that can help to keep you hydrated…
Cucumbers contain mostly water, as well as plenty of other nutrients that hydrate and support the body. They also contain vitamin C and caffeic acid- both help to soothe skin irritations and reduce any swelling (often why they are used for swollen eyes!). The more you work them into your diet, the better your skin will look andfeel. A great way is to eat them is on their own, in salads or add a few slices into your water.
One of the most amazing hydrating foods there is and can prevent harmful fluid imbalances– watermelon is made from mostly water as well as essential nutrients such as magnesium, potassium and calcium. Best way to eat watermelon (and any fruit) is on an empty stomach so it doesn’t sit and ferment on top of all the other foods you have eaten. Why? Fruits digest super quickly and can cause bloating due to the nutrients not being absorbed quickly and efficiently enough.
Not only are they delicious and brimming with nutrients but are also super hydrating! Pineapples contain the enzyme bromelain which has potent anti-inflammatory and detoxifying effects and has also been linked to reducing pain, disease and the onset of ageing.
Made up of 91% water, grapefruit is full of electrolytes and is one of the most hydrating fruits (alongside watermelons!). It has tons of functions that keep us healthy such as preserving supple skin and building strong hair. Interestingly, half of a grapefruit includes 64% of our recommended daily intake of vitamin C and 28% vitamin A. It also is full of calcium, magnesium, vitamin E, B vitamins, manganese, zinc and copper. Researchers at Scripps Clinic in California found that their chemical properties can also lower insulin levels and help to control your appetite.
This leafy green contains over 94% water. Although iceberg lettuce contains the highest water content (>95%), romaine lettuce provides better nutrients in terms of folate, vitamin C and beta-carotene.
Colourful bell peppers contain 92% water as well as being rich in sources of vitamin C, vitamin B6, thiamine, carotenoids (contain over 30 different members of the carotenoid family) and folic acid and beneficial antioxidants – they will help to make your skin glow!
All of these foods can be incorporated into your diet easily to help keep you dehydrated. If you are feeling a bit low in energy and slow, make sure that you rehydrate for optimal health!