Sometimes it’s the small changes that create a huge difference in our health and bodies. One of the biggest things for me is hydration. If I don’t drink enough water, I get sluggish, tired, foggy in my brain, and hungry because I confuse thirst with hunger.
All it takes is hydration to make a big difference in your body and in the way you look. Interestingly, there’s an ongoing debate among dermatologists about whether water intake actually changes your complexion. I’ve heard both sides, but without having to listen to any skin experts, it’s evident that my diet and hydration have a direct impact on my skin. A few days of low veggie intake and my skin becomes dull looking. Too little water and it gets dry. Too much sugar and I break out.
My very first motivation to change my diet as a teenager was my skin. I went to the dermatologist when I was 14 because I hated my breakouts. He gave me a cream and a list of foods to avoid. Among them were tomatoes and chocolate, but I didn’t really know why or how they made a difference on my skin. I had no idea how sugar acts as an inflammatory agent and causes breakouts, headaches, accelerated aging, slows your digestion, contributes to mood swings, slows wound healing and exacerbates degenerative issues. Now I’m acutely aware of how my diet affects my skin and it is still a big motivator to keep my diet clean and my life low on stress.
When my participants start Slim & Strong, I take their ‘before’ pictures. A close-up of their faces is always included, and while everyone hates it, there’s a good reason for it. Your skin tells a lot about your health, your diet and hydration.
- Bloat, puffiness, round cheeks – too much salt, too many carbs from starches and sugar make you retain water
- Dark circles under your eyes often indicate liver issues, lack of sleep, dehydration
- Red blotchy skin – some underlying inflammation or digestive issues
- Dry skin, sunken eyes – too little good fat in your diet
- Even skin tone, blemish-free, plump and hydrated-looking: A clean diet rich in nutrients from veggies and a moderate amount of lean proteins.
Take a look at this woman’s very simple experiment over the course of a month. No need to say more about why hydration is key, right?
But, the good news is that it doesn’t take a month to see the difference. A clean diet helps clear up inflammation within just a few days. Regular exercise and sweating clear your skin. Hydration makes your skin naturally plump. Make sure that your food and drink choices are about more than just a number on the scale. When you’re truly healthy, it shows on the outside!
How much water is enough? Simple. Look at the color of your pee as it tells you all you need to know. If it’s clear or straw-like looking, you’re doing great. Anything that’s very yellow or dark yellow, even indicates you are very dehydrated. Chug it!
Make sure your water is high-quality. Our tap water gets disinfected with chlorine, which is a toxin for our bodies. They also add fluoride, but both substances remove iodine from the thyroid gland and impact its ability to function properly. Your thyroid regulates your metabolic function, your immune system and hormone systems. Purification doesn’t remove chlorine or fluoride or the medication and arsenic residues found in our municipal water supply, but distillation does. You already know I’m a huge fan of Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water, which is bottled right from the source, loaded with minerals that give your body what it needs. You can also buy bottled water, but be sure it’s not just “purified tap water”.