Dryness and Dehydration

With over half of the nation stuck in severe drought, the US population is literally drying up.

In the current climate, whether you’re outside or in, your body is subject to varying degrees of dehydration. Stand outside and the sun’s rays bake you like Desert Storm. Take refuge indoors and the cranked up air conditioning cools you off, but at the price of reducing humidity by up to 50 percent. And don’t think the winter will bail you out…with the furnace blasting 24/7 for months on end, humidity levels cut to as low as 10 percent!

“The ideal humidity comfort level for humans appears to be between 40 and 60 percent,” says Steve Anton, PhD, from the Institute on Aging at the University of Florida. “Americans spend most of their time in the home, office, or car with the AC or heat blasting. With punishing low humidity levels, we’re constantly sucking vital nutrients out of the skin, which can lead to a variety of undesirable conditions from wrinkles to acne breakouts to itchy dry patches, not to mention feeling like your body’s running a quart low all the time.”

To deal with the humidity conundrum—which is a year-round challenge for the skin—Anton recommends an “inside-out” approach that incorporates the following tips:

1. First and foremost stay hydrated—drink at least half your body’s weight in ounces of water or low-sugar juices every day.

2. Go heavy on antioxidants like high potency organic resveratrol to counter damage caused by free radicals.

3. Add cocoa to your diet, especially in the form of a potent supplement rich in flavanols. Research has shown that cocoa protects the skin from wrinkles and collagen damage caused by sun exposure.

4. Take a supplement with monolauric acid and vitamin D3 to give your immune system a leg up.

5. Use skin, hair, and nail protective collagen booster and keratin booster supplements to restore good cellular health to the outermost tissues that maintain the integrity of everything inside.