Say Agua! Is water the secret to great skin care and a better body?

Benefits of Drinking Water for Healthy Skin
Skin cells are made up of water. Without water, our organs (including your skin) cannot function properly. When your skin is not getting sufficient amount of water, it will turn dry, flaky, and dull.
Unfortunately, we are not plants and do not revive almost instantly when drinking water. Water is ingested and will reach all the other organs before it reaches the skin. Therefore, it is important to make sure you are drinking enough water to satisfy your body’s needs. Dr. Susan Stuart is a board certified La Jolla, California dermatologist who tells us what drinking water can do for our skin:
Make You Look Younger
Drinking water is a natural, simple and cheap anti-aging secret. Dr. Stuart says, “Water replenishes skin tissue, which keeps it from drying out. Dry skin causes less elasticity, making the skin more prone to wrinkles. A lack of hydration in skin will also result in more redness and dark spots. So remember to stay hydrated to keep those wrinkles from appearing sooner than later.”
Reduce Acne & Breakouts
A major benefit of drinking water is that it flushes out toxins from the body. Toxins in our bodies can cause our pores to clog and our skin to become dull and oily. This can lead to a breakout of pimples, white and black heads, and blemishes. Dr. Stuart adds that, “While water is not the cure to all acne problems, it can sure help. The elimination of toxins and waste products can in fact result in healthier clearer skin.”
Drinking Water: The Aid to a Better Workout and Building Muscle
Franci Cohen is a Manhattan certified trainer and nutritionist. She always encourages her clients to drink more water.
As Franci Cohen explains, it is important to stay hydrated before, during and after your workout for many reasons.  When you exercise, you can lose a significant amount of fluid from increased perspiration and respiration, which can greatly compromise you body's electrolyte balance. It is important that you drink enough water to replace that lost fluid, so that your body can continue to function at its best. Being properly hydrated can also result in a better workout. It will help avoid muscle cramps, nausea and dizziness.”
Water Builds Stronger Muscles and Joints
Water acts as a lubricant for your muscles, joints and vital organs. When exercising, you are adding weight and stress to your body. Without the proper fluid intake, you can really harm your joints. Water gives this protective fluid your joints need for optimum performance and added life.
Cohen points out that,   “Water is the healthiest and cheapest energy drink out there.”
How Much Water Should You Be Drinking?
The amount of water you should drink before and during your workout varies depending on your weight, the type of workout you are doing and the climate. Franci recommends starting with 8 to 16 ounces of water before your workout. Then consume a glass of water for each 20 to 30 minutes during your workout.

If you are working out in a mild climate, you can lose about 4 to 8 cups of water through sweating depending on the intensity of your workout.
If you are working out in a hotter and humid climate, you can sweat a lot more and therefore dehydrate quicker. The loss of fluid during exercise will result in fatigue as well a decrease in your performance. Franci stresses that,  “ Also, if you do not drink water after exercise, your performance the following days will suffer.” 
About Franci Cohen:
Franci Cohen is a personal trainer, exercise physiologist, and certified nutritionist with a double master’s degree in nutrition and exercise physiology. She is the CEO of Fuel Fitness NY, and the creator of SPIDERBANDS®. Centered around suspension and aerial concepts, this unique hybrid fitness modality is a total-body cardio resistance workout that leverages gravity and your bodyweight with other intense exercise modules such as rebounding, kickboxing and indoor cycling. 
With over 18 years of experience, Franci has been a mainstay in the fitness and nutrition industries. Franci believes in a tough love approach to fitness and health.  “We all have our fitness wake-up call at some point in our lives and it can be a powerful catalyst for change,” says Franci. “Unfortunately, many people overcompensate and try to change everything at once, which is a disaster. Making lasting change involves going through stages that aren't necessarily linear.  People fluctuate and transition between the stages. Knowing how to move through them can get you where you want to be.”
-       Triple Bachelors Degree
-       Masters in Nutrition
-       Masters in Exercise Physiology
-       Nutritionist
-       Group Exercise Instructor
-       Group Fitness Specialist
-       Personal Trainer
-       Lifeguard/Professional Rescuer
-       Indoor Cycling Instructor
Certifying Institutions
-       Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (A.N.D.)
-       American College of Sports Medicine
-       National Academy of Sports Medicine
-       American Council on Exercise (ACE)
-       American Fitness Association of American (AFAA)
-       Mad Dog Athletics
-       American Red Cross
About Susan Stuart-
Dr. Stuart  is co-founder of La Jolla Plastic Surgery Dermatology.
Susan Stuart, M.D. received her Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. She completed a highly competitive one year internship at Mercy Hospital Medical Center in San Diego followed by a residency at Emory University, one of the most highly respected dermatology training programs in the U.S. She also completed a one year postgraduate dermatology fellowship in pediatric dermatology at Stanford University Medical Center.
Dr. Stuart's career began with her undergraduate education where she received her B.A. degree from Duke University and was elected into Phi Beta Kappa, an elite academic honor bestowed upon a small percentage of undergraduates who have achieved the highest standards of scholarship in the U.S. In addition, Dr. Stuart is the founder and past president of a nationally recognized organization for children with physical and emotional disorders at Duke University.
After completing 8 years of postgraduate medical education, Dr. Stuart began offering San Diego skin care services and has remained in the area ever since. She has worked with several internationally respected dermatologists and laser experts while continuing her academic endeavors as a faculty member at UCSD Medical Center, where she has instructed interns and residents. She maintains active staff privileges at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla.
Dr. Stuart is considered one of San Diego's leading experts in dermatology and lasers and has been selected as one of American's top physicians in dermatology. She has been featured regularly on news shows including NBC, ABC, and KUSI for her expertise on a variety of dermatology topics and procedures, including San Diego Fraxel® laser skin rejuvenation and BOTOX® Cosmetic.


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