It’s easy to forget to drink enough water, but now that summer is approaching, it’s especially important that we keep our bodies hydrated. If there’s anything I hate, it’s feeling dehydrated especially in the summer. If you don’t drink enough, you can get headaches, feel nauseous, and find it hard to concentrate.
Even if you don’t necessarily feel parched, it’s important you keep on top of your water levels. Not only will it keep away the headaches, nausea and help concentration, it’s a big player in body transformation, helping you feel less hungry and ultimately boost your chances of weight loss.
The British health body, the NHS recommends six to eight glasses of water a day, but you may lose track with everything else that goes on in your life. Thanks to Medicine Plus, however, there is a simple skin test you can do to determine whether you’re hydrated enough.
It relies on “skin turgor,” which relates to your skin’s elasticity, or how easily it changes shape and returns to normal when pulled or pressed. Skin with normal turgor should be able to snap back very quickly.
The test is nothing fancy; you don’t need to be hooked up to any futuristic equipment, or wait a ridiculous amount of working days to find out the results. You can test your skin turgor if you pinch the skin on the back of your hand for a few seconds. If it immediately returns to normal, you are hydrated enough. If it doesn’t, you need to drink more water.
Ali Webster, a dietitian from the International Food Information Council Foundation, told the Business Insider in an article that you can get your six to eight glasses of water a day from tea and coffee if that’s what you drink – it won’t dehydrate you.
Caffeine does have a diuretic effect, meaning it’s the reason you’re running to and from the bathroom every half an hour – rousing the attention of fellow co-workers thinking there’s something seriously wrong with you – but it’s minimal in comparison to the benefits of hydration you’re getting by drinking the water in tea and coffee.
Juices, smoothies, and soda all contribute to your daily hydration too, but be wary as they contain a lot of sugar, particularly the store-bought versions. Fruit is a great natural way to keep your hydration levels up. Berries, watermelon and apples are awesome go-tos.
Meghan Markle, for example, is big into her skin maintenance regimes, eating the same thing for breakfast every day so hers can stay as regal as possible. She has manuka honey and bee pollen for breakfast every morning.
A New Zealand delicacy, manuka honey is famed for its antioxidant content, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Meghan has hers poured on top of steel-cut oats and sliced banana every morning, but you can also find it in the ingredients list of multiple skincare products – though they’re arguably are not as tasty there.
Talking to Women’s Heath UK, she said:
“I try to eat vegan during the week and then have a little bit more flexibility with what I dig into on the weekends. But at the same time, it’s all about balance … I don’t ever want to feel deprived. I feel that the second you do that is when you start to binge on things.”
Manuka honey is a little expensive (it only coming from one place and all) but it may be worth getting some if you want to have turgor as good as the princess-elect.