Key Factors for Drinking Water

Quality counts! Steer clear of tap water and aim for purified, alkaline, spring or reverse osmosis water. Dasani and Aquafina are companies owned by Cocacola and Pepsicola. These bottled waters are the purified byproduct of the soda-making process. This may or may not matter to you. Some bottled waters have added salt for taste, which is not my favorite. Spring waters like Evian contain naturally occurring essential minerals (something the skin loves.) I love these spring waters and also drink my fair share of reverse osmosis and alkaline water.

Make sure you are getting enough – It’s been my personal and professional experience that we always think we drink more water in a day than we really do. An easy equation for factoring in your water-drinking goal is this: Half your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weight 140 pounds, you should try to drink at least 70 ounces of water daily. This translates to roughly 2 liters. I say “at least” because if you are stressed, sweating, exercising, on medication, pregnant or nursing…you will need more.

Caffeine and Alcohol dehydrate – so you need to counterbalance. For every cup of caffeinated or alcoholic beverage daily – add two cups of water to the above tally.

The temperature of the water you drink can add benefits. Drinking warm water in the morning or before meals can aid in healthy digestion. Drinking cool water when you are over-heated can help reduce inflammation. Ice water can shock the system a bit, slowing absorption and impeding digestion – so try to skip the ice.

Timing is key – drinking water first thing in the morning will help get your body off to a clean start. If you are a morning coffee or tea drinker, be sure to have a tall glass of water first.

Following these simple factors will help your skin stay hydrated, clear and radiant.

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