02 Sep Proper Hydration Isn’t Just Skin Deep, It Helps Prevent Infections
Proper hydration may be one of the best ways to improve your immunity- especially during the fall and winter when your body experiences increased dryness due to cold weather and dry air.
According to a recent article published by Harvard Health, your skin plays a critical role in keeping harmful infections, viruses and other substances from entering your body. Your skin is made up of several layers, including the epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous tissue. Your body’s outermost layer, the epidermis, plays a vital role in preventing infections. The epidermis keeps out harmful infection-causing bacteria and viruses while absorbing water and nutrients.
According to Dr. Kenneth Arndt, a dermatologist and former editor of the Harvard Special Health Report Skin Care and Repair, prolonged use of certain medications, including topical, oral, or inhaled steroids, can cause your skin to become thin. And if you suffer from inflammatory skin disorders, such as eczema and psoriasis, the reduced fat in your skin cells can cause your skin’s barrier to weaken over time. Your skin’s barrier also deteriorates as you age.
When your skin’s outer layer becomes dry, cracked and scaly, your skin’s barrier lipid becomes more permeable to invasion by viruses and bacteria. The skin’s lipid moisture barrier is responsible for locking in moisture and keeping your skin hydrated and healthy. But when it’s damaged or can’t hold on to water, it can cause serious hydration issues. Dryness or a lack of hydration can cause your skin’s barrier to crack and expose sensitive layers underneath to the air, causing them to dehydrate and prevent proper cellular functioning.
The good news is that damage to your skin’s moisture barrier can be reversed with proper hydration and healthy lifestyle and diet changes. While a lot of focus is placed on repairing the skin’s moisture barrier with topical treatments, the results are often short-lived. And even though the skin is made of 30% water, experts say that drinking excessive amounts of water alone isn’t going to do much for improving dryness in your skin’s barrier. That’s because proper hydration is not about how much water you drink; it’s about how much water your body and cells absorb. And electrolytes play a crucial role in how your body absorbs water and nutrients.
Electrolytes, sodium and potassium play essential roles in absorption and balancing water levels in your blood, urine, tissues, and other body fluids. They perform critical roles by helping your cells absorb nutrients and eliminate waste. Electrolytes’ primary function is to balance the amount of water available in your body’s cells, and they are contained in fluids throughout the body. They are chemicals that get their name because when they dissolve in water and produce charged ions. These ions enable the flow of electrical signals through the body.
When your body becomes depleted of essential electrolytes, your cells and organs cannot properly execute their immune fighting responses.
What is Whole-body Hydration?
Whole-body hydration is a new paradigm and different way of thinking about dehydration or the way our body absorbs and maintains water levels and electrolytes. Whole-body hydration is about providing the right balance of electrolytes and water to the cells throughout the body, rather than a specific organ such as your skin or eyes. Whole-body hydration alleviates common symptoms associated with dehydration such as: dry skin, dry eyes, dry mouth, dry nose, fatigue/ sleepiness, joint pain and muscle aches.
Whole-Body Hydration With Hydrus Is The Solution
So far, the overall approach has been to treat dehydration symptoms with topical treatments, but that’s not the most effective method of alleviating symptoms – and relief is often only temporary. Hydrus is formulated to deliver the electrolytes your body needs more effectively than drinking water alone. Unlike other hydration products, Hydrus contains NanosomesTM or tiny nano-scale hollow sphere-shaped molecules made of phospholipids similar to the lipids found inside our cells that encapsulate electrolytes and water.
Studies show that the science in Hydrus delivers about 50% greater water and electrolyte absorption than traditional sugar-electrolyte drinks. People who suffer from skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis have found relief after using Hydrus daily 2-3 times a day in less than a week.
This is what Hydrus user Alison from Houston Texas who suffers from severe dryness caused by Sjogren’s Syndrome says.
“After using Hydrus for a few weeks my mouth was relieved; my eyes and skin were better. And I had more energy. I tried all kinds of hydration and sports drinks, and even started drinking two gallons of water a day but felt very little difference.” After using Hydrus, Alison says she is finally back being herself. “We felt like we were dogs chasing its tail for a very very long time. This product has helped me a lot. After a very long time, I’m comfortable wearing shorts in the hot Houston Texas summer weather,” Alison said.
If you are experiencing symptoms of dryness and dehydration then adopting a proper hydration routine may help you feel better and alleviate symptoms.