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Drink More Water To Help Acne? Here’s Our Take.

If you have a teen in the house, you may be working in all the ways to fight off the familiar acne years. Or maybe you, yourself are struggling with it. (Nope, it doesn’t always stay away as we transition to adulthood!)

Did you know… your skin is the largest organ you have! So of course you want to keep it clean and healthy.

Acne can pop up for many different reasons. For children going through growth spurts and puberty, it may simply be changing hormones. But air quality, allergies and other health conditions can also be culprits. Acne is a symptom of clogged pores, bacteria and inflammation.

Can water help? Well, drinking water is super important and beneficial for most functions that happen inside the body. While it’s not the end-all solution for acne, staying hydrated can be helpful for overall skin health and keeping skin healthy and clear.

How can water help with acne?

Like we said earlier, water may not be the only solution, but it can definitely help your body. Here are a few reasons we reference water as “liquid gold”.

It keeps you hydrated. Well, duh! This may be a no brainer, but water is hydrating! When you’re hydrated, so is your skin. Good hydration helps maintain the skin’s moisture balance, keeping it healthy and promoting a clear complexion. When you have improved skin hydration, your skin is less prone to dry patches, irritation and inflammation. A good skincare routine and a balanced diet will also go a long way to keeping your body in check. Eat hydrating foods and replenish electrolytes after heavy bouts of activity or exercise.

It helps eliminate toxins. Water boosts your immune system and helps flush out toxins and waste products in your body. This can indirectly benefit the skin. By getting rid of all the yucky toxins, you take some burden off the body which can help promote stronger skin. After removing toxins, the overall health of your skin may improve. This can help reduce the likelihood of breakouts in the future.

It just makes you healthy. Water is so critical for all bodily functions. That means it’s super important for maintaining your overall health! Drinking enough water supports how well your body absorbs nutrients that you eat. It also helps with circulation, temperature regulation and proper cell growth. A healthy body will get you one step closer to healthier skin. Staying hydrated will help promote a strong and healthy body.

How much water should you drink?

This is a great question. You’ve probably heard that you should have eight glasses of water per day. That’s a great start! But the amount of water you really need depends on, well…you! Age, weight, activity level, lifestyle and the climate where you live can all account for your water needs. In general, it’s probably a good idea to drink more water!

Yes, too much water can be a bad thing, but most people are not going to reach the amount of water intake it takes to cause a problem. With the availability of juices, sodas and yummy caffeinated beverages, a majority of people are actually walking around dehydrated. So drinking more water can only help.

The good news is you don’t have to guess! We have a great hydration calculator that can recommend how much water you should be drinking with just a few clicks. Answer a few questions and we’ll tell you what you should aim for each day.

Although water alone may not be a magical solution for acne, it definitely can’t hurt. It can only help with hydrating your skin. Be sure to eat a balanced diet, stay active and practice good hygiene to also prevent dry skin. And don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor or dermatologist if you need additional support.

How Can I Drink More Water?

There are so many ways you can work more water into your daily routine. These are some of our favorite go-to tips for increasing your water intake.

Make it the first thing you do! Drink a full glass of water first thing in the morning to help you rehydrate from the fluids you lose while you sleep.

Have a water snack between meals. Drink a full glass of water between your meals to keep you hydrated and energized. This may also indirectly help with weight! We tend to mistake thirst for hunger. So next time you think you’re hungry, try drinking some water first!

Eat more fruit and vegetables. A well-balanced diet with plenty of produce will help with your hydration goals. Fruits and veggies have a high water content, and it absolutely counts toward your daily intake!

Make it more delicious! Add a flavor enhancer, like a True Lemon Hydration Helper. These are made with only simple, non-GMO ingredients. They’ll help brighten up the taste of your water, so you’ll love filling up your bottle again and again!

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A 2019 study published by the National Institutes of Health found dehydration can hurt the brain. If you’re not getting enough water, you may be feeling some of these effects:

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1.  Short-Term Memory Loss

Feel like you keep forgetting things? Without water, your brain may have a hard time storing new information and keeping it readily available.

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2. Poor Judgment Calls

You may feel unsure when making necessary decisions about important things and could possibly end up making decisions you regret later.

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3. Lack of Alertness

If you’ve ever realized 30 minutes into a meeting you don’t know what’s going on, your brain might be thirsty. Dehydration makes it difficult to stay present in what’s happening around you, and in severe cases, may cause you to miss out on significant events in your life.

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4. Loss of Motor Coordination

Are you suddenly tripping over your own feet? Your friends may call you the clumsy one, but your brain could be calling out for a glass of water. Hydration helps your motor skills. Without it, you may start seeing the affects, like clumsiness (tripping, stumbling, or falling), decreased hand-eye coordination, or even something as simple as sloppier handwriting!

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5. Slow Reaction Time

It may take you longer to respond to what’s happening around you, which can be dangerous when quick decisions may be necessary, such as when you’re driving a car and need to break for road hazards.

When you don't get enough water, you’ll see immediate effects, and your body will tell you. You may experience surface-level problems like fatigue, headaches, and irritability that can be solved by downing a few glasses of water. However, since the brain is mostly made up of water, the negative effects of dehydration on brain functions stick around longer after you have rehydrated. Water gives the brain energy to function, so it’s essential that you continuously hydrate to replenish what you’ve lost throughout the day.

How You Can Stay Happily Hydrated

We have all heard about the importance of 8 glasses of water daily, but it is more complicated. Scientists urge us to acknowledge that hydration looks different for everyone. The climate you live in, your body weight, your age, and how much you exercise are all factors that could cause you to need more water than the average person. 

So to simplify things, we created this hydration calculator for you to find out how much water you should drink – quick and easy!

Just answer a few questions and let the calculator do the work. Get your recommended water intake and get to hydrating!

Now that you know how many glasses of water you need daily, how do you reach that goal? 

True Citrus makes the tedious nature of staying hydrated a lot easier. Drinking plain water can get boring or you might find yourself wanting to switch it up. True Citrus offers over 40 different ways to happily flavor your water. You are bound to find numerous flavors you’ll fall in love with. All of our products are made with only simple, clean Non-GMO ingredients and have no artificial sweeteners, flavors or preservatives.

We try hard to surprise and delight without compromising on taste in all our products, ranging from our tasty and hydrating low-calorie Drink Mixes, to our low calorie, super-charged/clean energy drink mixes, to our 0-calorie Unsweetened Water Enhancers.

Enjoy the  refreshing taste of delicious H2O just the way you like it, while maintaining your water intake to avoid dehydration's negative effects on your brain!

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