You might have already heard that drinking plenty of water is essential to keep your skin healthy and glowing. The main reason is that skin cells contain a high percentage of water and need it to properly function, just like every other cell of our body. While water is the only essential one, there are other drinks that are beneficial to the skin. These healthy drinks provide not only a certain amount of water, but also other nutrients that support the skin cells' protective and repairing functions.
1. Coconut Water
An easy way to drink more of it? Swap your sports drink with coconut water.
Compared to sports drinks, coconut water is a healthier option because it is naturally sweet and does not contain artificial sweeteners. It is also a source of potassium, which most people are slightly deficient in due to the insufficient amount of fruit and vegetables in the their diet. However, what makes it so beneficial to the skin is that it contains high amounts of antioxidants, which combat free-radicals that are responsible for premature aging. Lastly, there are several nutrients in coconut water that are currently being researched for their medical benefits, such as phytohormones. In particular, one of the phytohormones contained in coconut water, called trans-zeatin, was found to have anti-aging and youth-preserving effects, according to a 2005 study.
2. Green Tea
An easy way to drink more of it? Limit your coffee intake and drink more green tea.
Due to its dehydrating effects, it is best to limit your coffee intake. Green tea does not have a dehydrating effect on the body and it contains powerful antioxidants called polyphenols that have anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties. A study has found evidence that one of these compounds, called EGCG, may help with the healing of several skin conditions, such as psoriasis, rosacea, wounds, and even wrinkles. Polyphenols are also photo-protective and photo-repairing; evidence suggests that drinking green tea can effectively prevent sun damage.
Although green tea is one of the few teas with sufficient evidence supporting the medical claims, there are a few more teas that are recommended for improving the skin, such as, black tea, dandelion tea, and nettle tea.
3. Cold-Pressed Juices
An easy way to drink more of it? Skip sugary fruit juices from concentrate and drink a cold-pressed juice.
Cold-pressed juices are an easy way to increase your intake of the nutrients that are in fruits and vegetables. What makes cold-pressed juice more beneficial than conventionally prepared fruit juice (aside from being free of added sugar) is that, without heating and over-processing the ingredients, more nutrients are left in the drink, such as vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. The nutritional value depends on the ingredients chosen, but most vegetables and fruits contain beneficial vitamins like vitamin C (which boosts collagen formation), and many other antioxidant-rich nutrients that support skin cells.