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Listen, we all know that water is a crucial part of our existence.

We try to drink enough, but nine times out of ten we’d rather chug a diet coke than a pint of aqua, right?

Anyway, have you ever genuinely looked into why we should drink water? Because holy shit, the benefits are endless.

Water is literally the elixir of life, adn we should really be getting a couple of litres a day (minimum)

Why though? Well allow me to hit you with some knowledge…

Energy levels

Have you ever found yourself absolutely exhausted in the afternoon, for literally no reason? Yes, same. WELL, you are probably dehydrated, and there is no tiredness quite like it. Our brains are made up of 90% water, so drinking it helps us think, focus and concentrate better and be more alert. As an added bonus, your energy levels are also boosted!

Prevents headaches 

So moving on from my point about our brains being made up of mostly water… a lack of H2O will probably result in a headache. Even if you are slightly dehydrated, your brain will start to get pissed off, and pain will ensue. Drink up, and avoid those headaches.

Clear skin

For fine young ladies like ourselves, this one will be particularly close to our hearts. It is a well known fact: clean drinking water will help improve your skin! Certain toxins in the body can cause the skin to inflame, which results in clogged pores and acne .Water does flush out these toxins and can reduce the risk of spots – magical news.

Hangover cure (yes, really)

We all know that hideous feeling when you wake up after a night out, and your mouth is so dry it almost hurts. Well, this is actually your body reacting the all the booze you drank the night before. When you eventually manage to haul your arse out of the bed, be sure to drink a few pints of water – your body will thank you!

Can aid weight loss

Honestly, I despise fad diets, and I just cannot get down with them at all! However, I can get down with the idea that water will aid weight loss, if you let it. Water can increase satiety and boost your metabolic rate, and ultimately water simply helps people feel full, and as a result consume fewer calories.

Needless to say, we should all drink up!

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After a stressful day there's nothing better than coming home to a nice, hot shower. 

But how hot is too hot?

The ideal shower temperarure for your skin doesn't move much above lukewarm, apparently. 

As soon as your shower starts scalding, it's bad business as you're at risk of harming your skin's health.

Women's Health spoke to Sejal Shah, M.D., a dermatologist from New York City, and she advises that even though there is no rule for how hot a should should be, you should keep the water below 43*C. 

“Hot water strips the skin of its natural oils leading to dry, itchy skin and eventually eczema."

“Similarly, hot water can strip the hair of its natural oils, causing it to be drier, and if you colour your hair, it can cause the colour to fade faster.”

And besides the obvious topical effects of heat, very hot water can also cause issues beneath the skin. Since it increases circulation, it can cause any inflammatory cells to further aggravate any dry or itchy skin you might be already battling. 

We'll stick to lukewarm then? 

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