The Skin Benefits of Drinking Water

Water and Your Skin

I’m sure that you’ve heard that water is important for your health and to have clear skin. But it can be confusing to know how much you need, and how to remember to drink it. 

If you are dehydrated, then your skin isn’t able to get the water it needs from your blood and can become dry. Dry skin can cause your skin to get oily, leading to acne.

Hydration has benefits beyond skin health though. Dehydration can impact your focus and cause fatigue and migraines.

Your body also needs water in order to digest food. Without enough, you might have constipation, gas, bloating, or heartburn. If you aren’t having at least one poop a day, increase your water!

Water also supports your detox systems in your liver and kidneys!

Sweat is another one of your detox pathways so if your liver and kidneys aren’t getting the water they need to run properly, your body needs to detox more through the skin. This can lead to clogged pores. Your skin will feel the effects down the line a few days or weeks later.

Increasing your water can also help you lose weight by helping you eat less calories and sugar. Having less sugar can also have its own benefits on reducing acne and improving your skin health!

 

Bonnie Campbell

How Much Water Do I Need?

In general - at least ⅓ of your body weight in ounces. Sometimes people will say ½ your weight - but that would also count water from food and that gets confusing to figure out.

If you weigh 150 lbs, for example, then you’ll want to get at least 50 ounces of water, or ~4, 12 ounce glasses

You should have an extra glass of water if you workout (or sweat in general) or have a high salt meal. You also will want an extra glass of water for each alcoholic drink or cup of coffee.

Flavored waters and herbal teas also count towards your total daily water amount.

Extra water beyond this isn’t going to get you more benefits - it also won’t hurt but it’s unlikely you need a gallon of water per day.

 Alright…How Can I Get More Water?

 Water Bottle

Keep water bottles everywhere!

  • Visual reminders help us drink more water!
  • Keep a water bottle by your bed and finish it each morning before you get out of bed.
  • Get a large water bottle - its large presence will help remind you to drink more and you won’t have to refill it very often
  • Make your water bottle more fun with stickers - maybe add a sticker each week you stick to your water target.

 Use technology

Apps to Help You Manage Water Intake

  • One favorite app is called “Plant Nanny”. As you water your plants, you grow a garden
  • WaterMinder is another app that will remind you to get more water
  • Get a “smart” water bottle like this one which lights up when you haven’t had enough.
  • Set alarms on your phone to make sure you’re drinking throughout the day.

 Flavor your water

  • I like True Lemon packets - dehydrated lemon juice powder is so convenient!
  • Make a pitcher of fruit-infused water
  • Mio and Crystal Light also can help you flavor your water.
  • Tea and iced tea are also good water enhancers! Be aware of added sugars in some iced teas.
  • Add diluted juice or freeze juice into ice cubes to flavor your water

 Make it fun!

 Ice Cube Tray

  • Use a straw! Most people will drink more water if they are using a straw
  • Make popsicles with a combo of fruit juice and water
  • Make ice cubes in fun shapes! There’s a reason the shaped mac n cheese is more fun

 Use transitions in your day to drink water

  • Drink water when you wait for your food to heat up.
  • Bring a bottle with you when you are going to get the mail.
  • Have a glass of water right when you sit down at a restaurant and then again before your food comes.
  • Have water between every glass of alcohol.

 Travel tips!

  • Bring a case of water with you.
  • Use a filtered water bottle like this one from LifeStraw - you can then refill anywhere, even a bathroom tap!
  • Bring an empty water bottle through security at the airport, and refill at the water bottle refill station.

When you land, refill your water before you leave the airport to help with dehydration from flying.

This guest post was contributed by Bonnie Campbell (Klauber) of the Nourished Path. Bonnie is a Registered Dietitian (RD), with a Master's in Nutrition from Bastyr University. She started working as an online nutrition coach for Stronger U Nutrition and eventually decided to spread her wings as an entrepreneur. She has a variety of workout interests, with punchcards at F45, Orangetheory, and yoga studios as well as a home gym with a squat rack and Peloton!

You can connect with her on her website at www.thenourishedpath.com or on social media at the links below.

Facebook: Bonnie RD

Instagram: @bonnie.rd

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