Hydration & Eczema.
Are you dehydrated but you don’t know it? Dehydration is far more common than most people think, and it’s a lot more detrimental to your health than you may realize. Adequate hydration is critical to preventing eczema, and also to healing existing eczema breakouts.
Our bodies consist primarily of water. We are, in fact, about 75% water in total. Some parts of our bodies, however, contain even more blood than others. Ideally, our blood should be 92% water. Our brains ought to be 80% water. When you aren’t properly hydrated, the percentage of water in these important functioning parts of the body decreases and we perform at less than our optimal health.
Studies have found that by the time you start to feel thirsty, you are already at least 1% dehydrated. That might not sound like much, but by the time you hit 2% dehydration, you’ll start to have trouble functioning. You can begin to have trouble working, for example. 4% dehydration starts to interrupt your mental clarity and you can become very lethargic.
A lack of hydration slows down your metabolism and goes hand in hand with circulatory and digestive problems. You can start to experience weight gain, food cravings, muscle pain, and of course dehydration is a trigger for the dry itchiness of eczema.
While many doctors follow the old adage that 8 glasses of water a day is sufficient, there are far too many studies that disprove the old 8-glass rule to ignore. Coffee, caffeinated tea, and alcohol should not be counted towards your water total, as they are actually very dehydrating. Coffee and tea act as diuretics and flush the liquid out of your body. The problem is that your body needs to be able to absorb the water, not just eliminate it, or it isn’t doing any good. In order to pull the water into your cells, you need adequate levels of organic minerals. Fresh, natural plant-based foods are the best sources of these necessary minerals.
Vegetables and fruits are rich in water content, nutrients and minerals and should be part of your regular diet, along with at least 8 glasses of water each day. Remember that when you’re feeling thirsty, you’re already showing the signs of dehydration. Make drinking water part of your regular routine and be sure to drink your water throughout the day so that you have time to consume and absorb it all. And, as always, lock in your body’s hydration by moisturizing your skin several times a day, and particularly after bathing.
If you have eczema or your child suffers from eczema, keep water with you throughout the day. Avoid staying hydrated with juice, soda or energy drinks. If your child likes milk or juice, water it down. Your skin will love you for it.
Also, studies have found that infusing eczema and extremely dry skin with water through wet wrap therapy can decrease eczema by 75%. For more information on wet wrap therapy or wet wraps for eczema visit http://www.adrescuewear.com/effective-therapy-for-eczema-1/.