Sadly no, although it might make them less apparent through plumper looking skin. We’ll take that!
But seriously, good hydration is so important for many reasons when it comes to glowing healthy skin:
1. Overall Good health such as cardiac output and blood flow around your body. You want to keep that blood flowing!
2. It helps with liver detoxification. The liver is so important in removing toxins, breaking down alcohol, fats, sugars and hormones amongst many other substances. Water flushes out the liver, helping it function better, so that toxins are removed from the body (and not through your skin)
3. Improved Kidney function. The kidney filters waste from your blood, regulates your blood pressure, balances electrolytes in your body, and helps with red blood cell production. The more water you drink, the less energy they need to put into producing concentrated urine, resulting in less Kidney wear and tear. The more waste being filtered from your blood, the less likely you’ll see the effects on your skin.
4. Bowel and waste removal – again removing toxins and wastes from your body is the goal. Hydration helps to move the waste along with fibre, from your GI tract, stopping re absorption which can present in a build up of toxins, and unhealthy skin and acne.
5. Finally – skin hydration. The cells in your skin will appear more plump with hydration. However it takes more than water for your skin to appear plump. Eating lots of essential fatty acids will also help, as they help your skin cells retain water. So they go hand in hand.
Did you know that around 22% of your daily water intake actually comes from food? It can be even higher if you eat a lot of fruit and vegetables.
Good hydration tips:
1. Sip, don’t gulp water. It dehydrates you further by guzzling water
2. Sip water at room temperature. Cold water can lower blood flow to your stomach, which hampers digestion.
3. Drinking room temperature water with vitamin C (lemon juice) in the morning can
also help. It contains citric acid which encourages the breakdown of food and aids digestion. It also stimulates bile production, which helps in liver detoxification and digestion.
4. On hot days or when exercising, make sure that you hydrate and rehydrate properly.
5. Drink until your urine is light in colour. You heard me. There is NO magic number in regards to how many glasses of water
you should aim for per day.
6. Don’t drink water with your meals, it can prevent good digestion, just let your gastric
juices do their thing.
7. Thirst is often the last sign of dehydration.