4 tips for drinking more water

As we bleary eyed Aussies step outside tentatively as the Winter chill starts to lift, the cold weather certainly doesn’t help remind us to be sipping on a glasses of water periodically throughout the day. Most of us won’t drink in colder weather because we’re simply not thirsty. But it’s important to drink water no matter what the temperature is.

There’s something oddly satisfying about relieving yourself of a full bladder. It’s not only the, “Oh my gosh I feel 10kg lighter!” but it’s the small thought in the back of your mind that you’re going so much and it’s flushing your system out. No? Just me?

So I remembered an older blogΒ post the other day and it got me thinking about how much water we should drink for health in general. No it won’t scientifically help with your skin woes apparently.

Damnit

Our bodies can become so dehydrated it actually turns off the thirsty signal in our brains which is even more alarming.

Why Water?

  • Helps restore fluid to organs
  • Helps with energy levels and brain function
  • Flushes our urinary system of nasties and stops the potential for kidney stones
  • Helps us lose weight

I usually get in about 1.8 litres on a good day. Other days, a 600mL bottle. Oh the shame! If it makes you feel better I know someone who’s daily water intake was the quarter cup of the mug they filled with hot water with their morning coffee.

Creating habits for change,Β 4 tips that worked for me

  • Sip water before and straight after you’re about to do a task
  • Always keep a drink bottle of water in your bag, preferably a thermos drink bottle you can refill and it keeps your water cool as a cucumber
  • Set a bottle of water on a table close by so it’s visible, this will encourage you to drink
  • Make water the only available option in your fridge. Boring but it works.

Okay and yes it’s annoying to be running to the bathroom every 30 minutes as well, so I try drink most of my water throughout the day so it doesn’t interrupt my sleep.

Summer will soon be upon us in the southern hemisphere. Now’s the perfect time to practice drinking more water habits I’ve shared with you today.

How much water do you drink in a day? Let me know below.

Love your health.

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Could Water Be Doing Your Face More Harm Than Good?

In my time browsing skincare forums and blogs alike, I’ve often seen people mention that water irritated their skin and caused breakouts, flare ups and even allergic contact dermatitis. Could this be the case for you too?

H20 is actually an irritant to the epidermis and although we use it everyday to bathe and wash in, it’s doing us more harm than we’d like to consider. Have you ever considered how after repeat hand washing (particularly if you work or have worked in the healthcare and food industry) creates dry, cracked and even bleeding hands? Not to mention when the cold comes around and the winter whips your exposed hands they turn to white, pale, crusty forms of what they once were. It works the same with our bodies and face.

Okay lets pull hard up on the reigns here, I’m not saying don’t use water to wash your face or bathe in ever again because then what other option would we have?

Hard water (from the tap or faucet) essentially is stripping the moisture from our skin the moment it makes contact and makes our skin do an, “oh no moment”. Typically it starts to put it’s self into produce oil gear and if you’re not right there to replenish the moisture back in. That’s why it’s so crucial to healthy and happy skin.

Number 1 Tip For Stopping Water From Irritating You

Use lukewarm water to rinse, wash and bathe in. It’s no use startling your skin with cold water that’ll have it thinking you fell into the North Atlantic Ocean that born the iceberg from Titanic. Nor will you do it any favours if you have a seething hot shower. Luke warm is just comfortable enough not to irritate your skin.

If you still find that water is irritating, then I’d suggest trying to use Micellar Water as it the next best option to filtered water. See your healthcare professional if nothing else seems to work to solve acne and other skin related issues.

Do you drink the recommended amount of water daily? I fail 😦

Remember as always, love your skin, love your health!

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