We tend to lead such busy lives that we often forget to drink enough throughout the day. If you’ve experienced dry skin recently among other symptoms, it might be your body’s way of telling you you’ve drunk too little. Here are some useful tips on how to stay well hydrated no matter what time of the year or what you are doing.
As most of us are aware, our bodies are largely made up of water and drinking enough each day is important to overall, good health. But we tend to lead such busy lives that it is easy to forget to drink enough. Drinking sufficient amounts of water is not only essential for our cells to function properly but more specifically, it may also help improve skin hydration.(1) So, how much water is enough?
While there is no magic number, drinking anywhere between two and three litres a day is what you should be aiming for. One thing’s for sure, the majority of us are more likely to be dehydrated rather than over hydrated. In fact a recent study showed that: “Dehydration is found among people with psoriasis, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, take medication Humira and have psoriatic arthropathy.”(2) So, with this in mind, what are some common signs of dehydration to look out for?
Here are a few indicators: (3)
- Dry or sticky mouth
- Not urinating much
- Darker yellow urine
- Dry, cool skin
- Muscle cramps
Good tip: You may sometimes also feel hungry when in fact you are just dehydrated. Next time you get peckish, drink a glass of water and wait a little bit before eating something, the chances are you won’t need to.
You know you should be drinking more – but what of?
Making sure you drink enough isn’t the only thing you should be keeping an eye on. It’s also just as important to consume the right kind of drinks, as some beverages can even make you more dehydrated. Of course, pure, filtered water is the best and you should try avoiding sugary drinks as these types of drinks have a lower net hydration benefit.(4)
Good tip: If you’re not so keen on drinking fluids to stay hydrated, keep in mind there are a number of foods that have a high water content such as watermelons, tomatoes and cucumbers. So try quenching your thirst with some of these instead!
As most of us know after a big night out, alcohol can be a main factor for dehydration and not only does it draw water from your body, it can also trigger flare ups, especially among men. (5) Of course, this depends on the type of alcohol you drink and how sensitively your skin reacts to it.
Tired of plain old boring water? Here’s how you can sprucen it up!
If you find water boring, then be a bit creative with it. Try infusing your water with some new flavours by adding strawberries, lemons, mint or cucumber to it and letting it soak for 30 minutes or so. That should liven things up a bit for your taste buds! Another healthy fluid choice known to be a holistic healing practice for psoriasis is warm lemon water. (6)
Simply squeeze a full-sized lemon into about half to one litre of warm water and consume first thing in the morning. Warm lemon water is a cheap, homemade example of alkaline water. Some of its health benefits include: (7)
- Immune system boost
- Digestion aid
- Natural diuretic
- Reduces pain and swelling
- Improves function of blood vessels
Keep forgetting to drink? Here’s how you can change that:
- Always keep a bottle of water right in front of you where it’s clearly visible
- Don’t leave the house without taking fluid with you
- Mark your bottles with times throughout the day to help keep track
- Drink still water, because you can drink more of it, and it’s less likely to make you feel bloated
And here are even some handy apps you can download.
You’ve not reached your target? No biggie, there’s always tomorrow!
You’ve had a stressful day at work and realise you’ve forgotten to drink all day. Don’t go crazy and gulp down the three litres you’ve not managed to consume as this can have a negative effect. Just start again properly the next day and before long you’ll get into the swing of things.
With a small change in habits and a little discipline you can go a long way to helping your body stay well hydrated all year round. With all the fun and activity going on, don’t let a small detail like not drinking enough get the better of you — your body, mind and psoriasis-plagued skin will thank you for it!