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Water! Water! Everywhere…. and why you need to drink more

Questions around weight loss, clear skin or healthy hair, seem to all have water as the answer (Or at least one of the answers). Pure, clear water seems to be one of the best beauty elixirs.

For years there’s been the rumour that rinsing your hair with cool-water leave it full of lustre and shine. This is true! How? The cool temperature constricts the cuticle layer of your hair…. making it flatter, and thus making strands smoother and more reflective. Starting tomorrow I will brave washing my hair with cooler water…eeeek!

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Piling beauty products to the surface of your skin is one way to increase your skins hydration, but remember to hydrate from the inside with… you guessed it WATER! According to nutritionist Keri Glassman author of The O2 Diet “to see results drink eight glasses a day. It sounds like a lot but many women need that much to see a difference in their skin.” As of late I’ve been drinking a minimum of 1 – 2 litres of water a day, and I have noticed that my skin is actually clearer and healthier looking.  As ridiculous as it sounds keeping up with the water in take is much easier with a new drink bottle (I went with Camelbak) … and slightly chilled water.  http://www.nutritiouslife.com/the-o2-diet/

Water for weight loss isn’t a revolutionary fact, there’s a reason most diets or fitness programs ask you to drink a lot of water.  Water helps suppress your appetite and makes you feel full and therefore you don’t eat as much. Drinking plenty of water also helps alleviate fluid retention, your body won’t feel the need the retain water if it’s getting enough. The best part about for weight loss… it FREE and available at home, at the gym and at work. You don’t have to buy bottled water adding yet another cost to your weight loss regime.

Drinking water also aids your body in burning stored fat… hallelujah! It’s of course it’s not your only step towards weight loss, there’s a lot more to think of but it’s a good start. When  you’re not drinking enough water your  liver will be forced to help the kidneys detoxify your body, which you don’t want it to do, why? Because if you are getting enough water, then your kidney requires no extra help and your liver can focus on metabolising store fat more efficiently. Drinking water also flushes toxins from the body and helps prevent a back-up in the system i.e. constipation (eeeww!)

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Finally one of the more obscure water facts… drinking water is good for your joints. Water helps keep your joints strong and healthy by keeping them lubricated. Your joints need moisture in order to stay strong and flexible making your movements smooth and pain free.

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