While it’s obvious that water is necessary for your internal hydrating system, not many people know that once you go beyond a certain upper limit, which is individual for every person, the excess is excreted. Including fish in your diet, taking omega-3 fatty acids, and gamma linolenic acid supplements can help you solve this problem.
Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are vital for skin and body health. A lack of essential fatty acids may manifest as dry skin, cracked nails, and lifeless hair. Other health issues include digestive problems, lack of energy, and memory problems.
So why fatty acids are so important for skin? Fatty acids help keep your cell walls in good shape, and strong cell walls mean cells don’t lose water. You help your skin hold water by ensuring an adequate intake of EFAs along with supplemental lecithin, phosphatidylcholine, and choline.
Lecithin, phosphatidylcholine and choline are the building blocks of cell-membrane. Having them in abundance means to ensure that any damage to the cell wall or from free radicals can be quickly repaired (more on free radicals damage). Because it’s so vital, your body produces its own lecithin. You also get it from foods like egg yolk, soybeans, and cabbage. However, it is a good idea to ensure the abundant supply of lecithin by taking an additional supplement. Phosphatidylcholine and choline are components of lecithin.
Even if you drink eight to ten glasses of water per day, your skin won’t benefit as much. To ensure proper skin hydration you need to combine adequate water consumption with essential fatty acids and choline supplements. In addition, you need to keep in mind that coffee, tea, soda, milk, and juice are not taken into account when it comes to hydrating the skin. In fact, coffee and tea have a diuretic effect, causing you lose even more water. If you drink coffee, tea, or other caffeinated beverages, increase your daily water intake by the same amount to make up for increased water loss (also see Five Principles of Perfect Anti-Aging Programs).
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