Reduce Rosacea Redness with Water
A major factor in rosacea is dehydration. Not only is a lack of adequate water a cause of red skin, flushing, dryness and skin irritation but it is also a symptom trigger that triggers other symptom triggers.
Water has such an enormous impact on our body’s function and our health, yet we often overlook such a common factor in our health. The average adult body is composed of an average of 50 to 65% water. Women are on the lower end of that scale as they have more fatty tissue and therefore less water content and men in general will be at the higher end. Although gender is not the only factor that can influence this percentage – age, overall health and weight also affect the amount of water in the body. But one fact remains the same, regardless of all these factors a loss of as little as one and half percent of that water will result in mild dehydration. For someone who has rosacea, this can be the point at which rosacea symptoms intensify and worsen.
We lose water in the body throughout the day by the normal processes of sweating, breathing, exercise or activity – it doesn’t even need to be a strenuous activity for the body to lose water. Being out in the heat or sunshine will cause water absorption from the body as will less obvious factors such as the altitude where you live – when you change from a lower altitude to a higher altitude, even flying on a plane, your body adjusts for the change in oxygen in the air by speeding up your breathing, similar to an overweight person who with mild exertion will breathe more heavily or even pant thus expelling more water vapor from the body. Other health issues such as diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease and the flu can all cause the body to expel more water leading to dehydration.
Medications, particularly antibiotics, blood pressure medications, vitamin supplements and cancer treatment drugs are very dehydrating. These all require an adjustment and increases in water intake to maintain proper hydration.
The normal process of aging affects how well our body functions and as we age we become less aware of the sensation of thirst and thus become more prone drink less water.
We are what we eat and our body’s hydration levels prove this. We get about 20 percent of our daily supply of water from the foods we eat – if we eat the right ones. A low carb diet will reduce the amount of water we ingest from food. This is due to the fact that carbohydrates – and notice the word hydrate in that word – soak up or absorb water in the cooking process, supplying the body with much needed hydration. Alcohol is a diuretic as is coffee, soda and tea. While these are all liquid they have the effect of shrinking the cells causing the body to expel more water through urination. Eating fruits and vegetables will add water to the body as they contain a higher water content.
So how much is enough water? A basic method a determining your water needs is to take your weight in pounds and divide it half and that will give you a good baseline for how many ounces a water you need per day, keeping in mind that all these other factors will affect that base level and you may need to adjust higher based on your diet, health and level of activity. So for example if you weigh 200 pounds, you need a minimum of 100 ounces of water per day.
Use pH paper strips to measure your water at home or at the office. You may purchase pH paper at most pharmacies or drug stores and many health stores such as Whole Foods with the average cost of about US$12.00. The urine pH should be around 6.8 as an average ideal pH for normal body and brain function. Simply collect a small amount of urine twice per day at your leisure such as upon awakening and an hour or so before bedtime. You will find that urine is almost always acidic as urine is the waste product from the body, so obviously our foods and drinks need a much higher pH such as water to buffer or neutralize the acids of exercise (lactic acid) and stress (from adrenal hormones) and from the many acidic foods that we eat.
By the way: 1 gallon = 4 quarts = 8 pints = 128 ounces = 231 cubic inches equals 16 glasses of eight ounces or 4.2 liter (4.2272) 1 liter = 0.2642 gallons = 1.0568 quart = 61.02 cubic inches