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We’ve all heard it, “your body is made of mostly water”. It’s true. The human body is made of 50-65% of water. Staying hydrated is part of a healthy lifestyle. It’s important for regulating body temperature as well as essential to the function of cells, tissues and organs. This becomes vital in the recovery process whether you’re having laser treatments, surgery or Coolsculpting.
Drinking the recommended amount of water following procedures can help boost your immune system and help promote a quicker recovery. Water is responsible for helping maintain a certain volume of liquid in the body needed to maintain good blood flow throughout the whole body. Good blood flow allows for good oxygenation thus giving the body the resources needed to heal.
There’s a bonus: drinking enough water can help in your journey to lose weight. With zero calories, water is a great substitute for sodas, alcohol or high sugar juices. It can also make you feel fuller longer, helping to cut down the urge to snack. Foods with a high-water content are beneficial because they may require more chewing (i.e. celery) and are absorbed more slowly, keeping your appetite suppressed. Must keep those Coolsculpting results after all!
Water is essential for great looking skin. A well hydrated body allows the skin to perform its main function: protecting you. It protects you from environmental insults and is your first line of defense against bacteria and viruses. The importance of being well hydrated is even more important after laser treatments, since the laser creates a superficial ‘burn’ to your skin, allowing water to evaporate more quickly. Post laser treatment requires an increase in hydration to promote healing and maintain long lasting laser results. When you are dehydrated, your skin can look drier and more wrinkled and nobody has time for that!
The optimal amount of water to drink can vary and is dependent on several factors. A patient’s health, gender, and activity level are just a few of the factors to understand replenishing water supply. Start with 2 liters a day and adjust as needed for your lifestyle. Don’t forget, even as we enter the cooler seasons, water continues to play an important role in our life. Afterall, it is VITAL.