Healthy, well-hydrated cells are the building blocks of every system in the body, from our skin to our brains. Since cellular water, the water held within cells, is where the chemistry of life itself occurs, it should come as no surprise that hydration is essential to looking and feeling our best.
Those are the words of Howard Murad, M.D. who is a pioneer in skin research and innovation. Early on he focused on internal care for optimal health. He wrote a best seller book called “The Cellular Water Principle.” Dr. Murad discovered that the key to optimal hydration is maintaining higher concentrations of water within our cells where it does the most good.
Dr. Murad says that 20% of your skin is in the epidermis, reachable by topical products. 80% of the skin is the dermis, treatable by what you ingest. Eating water-rich foods like watermelon, cucumbers, and zucchini will help you hydrate your epidermis and build strong, water-tight cells. Not only will this strategy help you keep your body hydrated, but you’ll also move towards a healthier lifestyle without having to stick to a rigorous diet that you’ll want to abandon after a few weeks. Additionally, using products that contain Hyaluronic Acid and Glycolipids to attract moisture to the skin and Evening Primrose Oils to help skin retain vital moisture will help skin stay hydrated from the outside and protected from the environment.
As we age our cells tend to have weaker membranes that can’t optimally regulate the amount of water held inside each cell. When we are babies approximately 75 percent of our bodies are water. By the time we reach middle age our bodies’ water content can be as low as 50 percent.
Eating a healthy, largely plant-based diet is an easy way to create a nutrient-rich environment within the body. Eating well gives us the building blocks we need to create strong cells. We can take care of new cells by adding antioxidant-rich foods and supplements to our diets to help reduce the impact of cell-damaging free radicals. We can minimize exposure to things that we know can create cell-damaging free radicals: alcohol, cigarette smoke, pesticides, and pollutants.
Chronic stress is also very bad for health and that damage is visible on the skin. That damage goes all the way down to the cellular level, where stress-induced free radicals affect our cell membranes.
Dr. Murad recommends colorful raw fruits and vegetables. They are the best form of water for your cells since they provide structured water which stays in your system long enough for your body to put it to good use. As a bonus, these great sources of water are rich in cell-protecting antioxidants and health-enhancing fiber.
Dr. Murad also recommends getting deep sleep. It is one of the best things you can do for your skin and your health. Sleep isn’t just about waking well-rested, sleep has important therapeutic benefits. During your sleep cycle, your body repairs each of its systems, including your skin – the body’s largest organ and the one that displays the most dramatic signs of sleep deprivation and aging. Topically, look for a product that contains Hyaluronic Acid which helps bind water to the skin, creating a plumping effect and giving a more youthful appearance by helping reduce the appearance of expression lines and deep wrinkles.