You might be surprised to know that one of the world's greatest beauty potions may be pouring from your kitchen faucet. Although some studies have shown that the skin's moisture is not directly affected by the amount of water a person drinks, it may affect your skin in another way. Your kidneys and liver screen toxins from the body, but they function most effectively when you keep yourself properly hydrated. As many beauty enthusiasts know, toxins are your skin's number one enemy. Toxic chemicals, allergens, and free radicals enter your body through the air, the skin, and through ingestion. In this day and age they can be found in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and ironically, even in the water we drink. If they are not flushed from the body, they can show themselves in some pretty inconvenient ways. Acne, over-sized moles, dry itchy patches, hives, and even cellulite are just some of the skin problems that can be related to contact with everyday toxins.
Other than drinking plenty of water, there are many other things you can do to try and eliminate toxins in your body. Thalassotherapy and body wraps are popular steps in detox and weight loss treatments. They work by drawing toxins out of the body through the skin. These kinds of treatments can be very expensive at spas and salons. Luckily, they can also be prepared at home with a small amount of research, some key ingredients, and a little peace and quiet. Raw food diets, specialty herbal teas, steam baths, and plain old exercise are other methods of detoxification. While researching any of these methods you will find one piece of advice consistently given: drink plenty of water.
The amount of water that we should be drinking each day has been in debate for some time. The classic advice is to drink eight glasses per day. Some doctors think this is too much, other studies claim it is too little. Some medical conditions, such as Diabetes, can actually be negatively affected by drinking too much water. Since every human being has a body that is as unique as their personality, there is probably no "golden rule" that will be perfect advice for everyone. If you want to know how much water is healthy for you, the best thing you can do is talk to your doctor, nutritionalist, or dietitian. Someone who knows your medical history and constitution will be able to give the best advice. Otherwise, you can do what most of us do: drink when you are thirsty!
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