Anne-France Rix, BSc, mBANT, Nutritional Therapist at The
Food Doctor Clinic in London’s prestigious Harley Street, writes about her first crucial tip for healthy
Now that summer has finally arrived, act now to avoid a bill for your summer suntan -
in the form of dry skin like a wrinkled Autumn leaf! It is easy for us to forget that we still need to drink
about 2 litres of water daily. Of course we can get water through hot drinks, but we need to be mindful to
minimise, or avoid caffeinated drinks - because the caffeine can cause more water to be lost from our bodies
than we obtained from the drink itself! The same applies to alcoholic and very sugary drinks like fizzy pop,
concentrated fruit juices and squash. The body has to use lots of water to process the alcohol and sugar in
the drink, which can rob the body of water needed for its organs, and this dehydration can underpin ALL
Research shows that you can be dehydrated for a long time before you become thirsty.
The first symptoms of dehydration tend to include tiredness, pain, headaches, mood swings, and lack of
concentration. For further info, check out the educational website (www.watercure.com) by Dr F.
Batmanghelidj, which covers all the scientific discussions from his acclaimed book ‘Your body’s many cries
Follow these tips to help your hydration:
- Aim for 2 litres (8 mugs) of plain water each day - or 3 litres on days that you do
sweaty exercise. Avoid very cold and very hot temperatures, as your body can use best water at its own
temperature - around 36 degrees Celsius.
- Avoid carbonated fizz – these bubbles contain the mineral phosphorus, which in excess can interfere with your
body’s mineral balance, and it is associated with Osteoporosis.
- If you need some flavour, add fruit / herbal teabags, or a little fruit juice –
ideally a dash of freshly-squeezed lemon. Choose unconcentrated juice brands rather than long-life
concentrates in cartons (which contains rehydrated powdered fruit – high in sugar and low in
- Glass bottled spring or mineral water is ideal, but filtered tap water will do as a
budget choice. There are many different filters on the market, so choose wisely – I recommend those costing
£90 upwards for best value and purest water.
- Keep a small fliptop lid bottle with you (on your desk, bag, car) in sight, to remind
you to take regular sips. Avoid drinking more than a mugful in one go, as it may just go straight through you
and be wasted.
- Avoid caffeine (tea, coffee, cola, etc). You should drink an extra glass of water in addition to the usual 2
litres, if you drink a mug of tea or coffee, to compensate for the dehydration caused by the
When you start drinking more water, you may urinate more frequently at first. Sorry for
this analogy, but imagine that your dehydrated body is like a dried-up plant – so the water goes straight
through the dehydrated soil! But within a few days of regular watering, your body will start efficiently
absorbing the water you drink, rather than excreting it.
Quench your thirsty skin with what it needs – water. Oily face and body lotions can be helpful, but they are
essentially designed to just trap in the skin’s moisture - and that won’t work if your skin is dehydrated from the
inside! So fill up your glass with Nature’s elixir and hydrate your way to healthy skin!
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