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- Can 8 Cups of Water Actually Prevent Acne Breakouts?
When you’re trying to prevent acne breakouts, water is something that usually never comes to mind. But a lot of skin experts say that having 8 cups of water per day is needed for optimal health and clear skin.
But the sad truth is most don’t even drink half of that much water. It is quite understandable too. After all, our body composition is unique and having 8 cups of water a day is not a hard and fast rule. Some people need to drink more than that, while others may not need that much.
So how much water do you actually need to drink to prevent acne breakouts? Let’s find out.
Optimal Water Consumption to Prevent Acne Breakouts
In order to find out how much water your body actually needs, you’re going to need to take out your calculator and work with some numbers. You need to understand how the water formula works.
The Water Formula
To find out how much water your body actually needs to maintain perfect health and prevent acne breakouts, use this formula.
- Calculate your weight in KGs
- Divide the number by 30
The answer is how much water you actually need to stay healthy and have the clearest skin.
For example, 45 kg/30 = 1.5L water (6 250ml cups of water)
Water Consumption for Active People
The water formula does not apply the same way it does for a sedentary lifestyle if you’re an active person. You’ll probably need to add in a few more cups considering you lose a lot of water as sweat when working out, especially if you work out in the sun.
For optimal results, try and drink at least 350ml cup of water after every 30 minutes of working out.
But that’s not all, working out hard can deplete electrolytes and minerals like sodium and potassium from the body. Try and replenish these with special electrolyte replenishing drinks.
Don’t Drink Water in Plastic
It’s very easy to grab a plastic bottle of water from a grocery store and gulp down the water in a few goes. Although it is a good practice to drink water on the go, it is recommended that you avoid using plastic bottled water.
Plastic, when exposed to direct sunlight, can contain something called xenoestrogens that can impact your hormones in a negative way. So if you’re to prevent acne breakouts, try and avoid plastic bottled water.
Having Problem Meeting Water Goals?
If you’re having problem’s meeting your daily water goals, don’t forget there are other sources of water too - namely food. There are tons of vegetables and fruits that are made up of 80% water. Eat a lot of these fruits and veggies and you’ll never have a problem meeting water goals for the day.
And even if that doesn’t work for you, you can always drink water in the form of tea. Make your favorite herbal tea and drink it up. It’s 98% water so you’ll be meeting your goal anyway. But try and stay away from soda drinks. I know soda drinks are made up of water too but they have too much sugar content that can mess with your hormones.
Water for Skin Hydration
Did you know that the cells in our bodies are mostly made of water? They can easily become dehydrated. And when they do actually become dehydrated, it starts to show on your skin. You’ll not only see frequent acne breakouts, but your skin will appear dry, dull and will form wrinkles and fine lines.
Water helps in hydrating your colon which is very important if you want the waste to keep moving out of your body. If your intestine becomes dry, you are going to get constipated and it will result in toxin surplus.
So again, if you have problems with digestive systems, meeting your water intake goals can really help. It is one of the best ways to prevent acne breakouts.
If you’re done reading this, get up from your table and grab yourself a cup of water!