Ann Ruthenburg Health & Beauty
…cont from last week
Hello everyone, hope you have been taking care of yourself this week, hope you have also been drinking enough water daily to stay healthy. As promised last week, herewith the continuation of the benefits of water:-
Some of the benefits of water for hair include:
Rinsing in cold water leaves the hair glossy and shiny. The cold temperature constricts the hair cuticles to make the strands smoother and more reflective. It also prevents dirt from accumulating on the scalp and makes hair stronger.
If you ever go to the ocean (Mozambique or South Africa), allow your hair to experience the ocean water. The nutrient-rich ocean water supports marine botanicals which repair, cleanse and detangle strands. Ocean water contains red algae and sea lettuce which cleanse the hair without drying it out. It also strengthens and adds shine to the hair.
Did you know some cities in Zimbabwe have what we call hard water? But others have soft water. Mutare has “soft water”. Soft water shower leaves the hair more manageable because of the presence of low mineral salt and molecules in it. If you get hard water supply at home, then install a water-softening shower filter.
If you love swimming, take heed of this. Chlorinated and salty water can make the hair frizzy. To prevent the damage, rinse your hair just before taking a plunge into the swimming pool. The strands will absorb the clean water so that it does not soak too much of chlorinated water. After the dip, coat your hair with conditioner for the extra protection.
Hot water benefits — Believe it or not, but water is the most natural setting lotion for hair. Each of the strands is made up of hydrogen bonds which separate when the hair is wet. If you style your hair while it’s wet, the hydrogen bond will reform to give a new shape.
Water is a natural miracle ingredient that supports vitamin consumption and assists in efficient and healthy hair growth. Water makes almost a quarter of the weight of a hair strand, thus, drink two litres of water everyday to get gleaming and healthy hair. Our hair thrives on moisture-rich environment and water is one of the best ways to quench its thirst. Just like our skin, hair also needs lubrication from inside out. Dehydration has a direct impact on the growth of hair. Lack of moisture results in dry and brittle hair. It may even stop growing at the maximum genetic rate if you don’t drink enough water to meet your daily needs. The roots of the hair are the means by which water is transported from the body. They soak up water and provide hydration to the rest of the hair strand.
Our scalp and roots have photosensitive and energy saving nerve endings which receive and transmit signals. Water energises the nerve endings to enhance the natural vitality of the skin and hair roots. Drinking water also helps to eliminate hair problems like dandruff and Dermatitis Seborrhea.
Health benefits of drinking water — our body is made up of 60 percent water. So, water plays a vital role in keeping our body fit. These bodily fluids consisting of water help in digestion, circulation, absorption, production of saliva and transportation of nutrients throughout the body. Also, water helps to maintain the body temperature at normal.
Intake of water helps your body to keep functioning well. Our brain is up to 90 percent water while our tissues and muscles are up to 75 percent water. So when our body lacks fluid, our brain stops working and we get migraines and headaches due to dehydration. So it’s better to keep a bottle of water around so that you may replenish the lost fluids. When we sweat we lose a lot of water content in the process but this is not without any cause. Sweat helps to lower the body temperature so that the body does not overheat. So when you are outside and sweating excessively, drink plenty of water to help keep dehydration away. Any type of drink would serve the purpose, tea, coffee, fruit juice anything but avoid alcohol as it further causes dehydration.
Muscles are made up of up to 75 percent water, so it is necessary to provide them enough water. Having enough water will help keep their contraction normal and prevent muscular cramps; It will help you to exercise more making you stronger and healthy.
Water keeps skin cells hydrated and working fine so drink water to keep wrinkles away. Water plumps the skin cells up making them look less wrinkled. Also it flushes impurities and toxins out of the system keeping your face fresh and clean thus reducing breakouts and acne.
When you drink less water, the brain takes it as a survival threat and starts to store more water in the body creating swollen feet, hands and legs. Drink more water so that your body gets back to normal.
Water helps in the digestive process as it helps to keep the kidney working normally. If there is a lack of water in the body, it will result in constipation. So those with constipation problems should drink lots of water to keep their digestive system fine.
When there is a loss of water, the kidney cannot function at its best making it shed excess burden on the liver. Liver helps to burn off the fat into energy but when it has to do the excess work of the kidney, it cannot burn as much fat into energy as it should, resulting in fat deposit. Take water in good quantity to prevent fat deposit and to keep yourself healthy. So you can say that losing weight is one of the advantages of drinking water.
Lastly did you know that, hot water when taken slowly will revive people as effectively as tea or coffee. Mmmmm interesting right?
Well that’s it from me this week folks. Stay refreshed and healthy by drinking pure water. God bless!
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