Water and wellbeing

As subtle as they might be, water has many effects on the human body. Water has several health benefits that we often overlook. Sometimes by ingestion and sometimes by application, water helps the body maintain its external as well as internal health. Let’s learn a bit more about how water helps maintaining a healthy body.

SKIN

  • Water is essential to maintain the optimum skin moisture and deliver essential nutrients to the skin cells. It replenishes the skin tissue and increases its elasticity. This helps delay the appearance of signs of ageing like wrinkles and fine lines.

  • Water is a perfect replacement for your expensive anti-ageing treatments. It keeps the skin well hydrated and glistening, thereby, enhancing the complexion. For soft and supple skin, drinking an adequate amount of water is more important than applying topical creams.

  • Drinking enough water combats skin disorders like psoriasis, wrinkles and eczema. It increases the metabolic rate and improves digestive system to flush out toxins from the body, which in turn gives a healthy and glowing skin.

  • A nice cold shower and a relaxing bath calm the nerves and reduce the stress related damage to the skin. Soak your entire body in cold water for 2 to 3 minutes to rejuvenate the skin. Cold water bath eliminates redness of the skin and sets the skin for better makeup application. It tightens the pores and prevents them from getting clogged. It reduces the appearance of acne.

Health

  • Kidney stones are less likely to form in diluted urine, so reduce your risk with plenty of water! Good hydration enables mental alertness, weight loss (helps satisfy feelings of hunger) and a stronger immune system (as toxins are flushed out).

  • Water improves the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract. This helps in digestion and prevents constipation. Drinking sufficient water boosts your metabolism and helps the body properly break down food. This helps your digestive system work well and promotes regular bowel movements. Warm water, in particular, is good for digestive health.

  • Water is an excellent detoxifier as it helps flush out toxins from your body and get rid of waste primarily through sweat and urine. It also promotes kidney function and reduces kidney stones by diluting the salts and minerals in urine that cause kidney stones. It is recommended to drink the right amount of water that your body requires.

  • A cold water compress can also help to reduce under-eye inflammation. As the water evaporates from the skin, the surface becomes cooler. Splashing cold water on the eyes can also reduce eye puffiness.

DURING PREGNANCY

  • Water takes away feeling all the weight during pregnancy, making the body feel light and graceful. The extra weight impacting your bones and joints has places extra stress on your body. Swimming and water aerobics are excellent exercises, although only as per the doctor’s consultation. They provide a low-impact workout while offering resistance to help tone the body, working on the abdomen and lower back.

  • The body heats up quite drastically during pregnancy. Maintaining lower temperature is possible by drinking water regularly. It keeps body's cooling system running smoothly even when the body disperses excess heat (in the form of sweat), while keeping headaches away.

  • Drinking enough water combats dry skin by keeping you hydrated from the inside out, leaving the body soft and supple. It prevents any itchy or scratchy feelings and also gives a clearer complexion.

  • Paradoxically, drinking plenty of liquids can keep excessive water retention under control and prevents the body from becoming puffy. While a certain amount of pregnancy edema is to be expected, which represents a normal and necessary increase in body fluids, keeping the fluids flowing can keep too many from accumulating in unwanted places like ankles.