May 15 2019 – Tyra Johnson-Brown
We’ve all heard of the Fountain of Youth! You remember, this magical place where you could discover a flow of this mystical fountain giving you that forever youthful glow once you got a taste of it’s refreshing water.
Tales of such a fountain have been recounted across the world for thousands of years, appearing in writings by Herodotus (5th century BC), the Alexander romance (3rd century AD), and the stories of Prester John (early Crusades, 11th/12th centuries AD). Stories of similar waters were also evidently prominent among the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean during the Age of Exploration (early 16th century), who spoke of the restorative powers of the water in the mythical land of Bimini.
For thousands of years, people of all countries have been seeking a mythical fountain of youth. If someone told you that there is something that will give you beautiful glowing skin, diminish those fine lines and wrinkles, increase your energy level, and help your overall health, it’s a sure bet you would listen and be interested. All the time, this fountain of youth has been right here in our everyday life. Yes – Water is the fountain of youth!
You do not need fancy and expensive mineral waters or bottled waters, as good clear clean water is what your body needs. Although water contain no nutrients, it is essential to life and for the growth and maintenance of our bodies.
Why the Big Fuss Over Drinking Water?
Think about what happens when you forget to water your plants. The plants begin to droop and then become dry and brittle. Watering the plant may bring it back, but it will likely have some damaged leaves. Water works the same with people. The body uses water for every basic process from transporting nutrients throughout the body to maintaining body temperature. Water is vital for our bodies to keep functioning, as it lubricates your eyes and joints, flushes out toxins and waste, and keeps our skin healthy and beautiful. Our bodies can last weeks, even months without food but only several days without water.
Water is the best beauty treatment. By drinking water, you add moisture your skin from within (or the inside out). As our skin is composed of approximately 20% water, it will wrinkle faster without adequate moisture. Just like the plant, when skin loses moisture, it gets dry. Dry skin shows wrinkles more and causes skin to sag faster than it would normally. Skin that is becoming saggy, either due to aging or weight loss, will plump up nicely when the skin cells are hydrated. Hydrated skin looks younger as it is plumper. Also, spritzing your face with some water is great for a little pick me up.
How Much Water to Drink Daily
The Mayo Clinic suggests using “8×8” as a guideline (see guideline below):
8 glasses (8 ounces each) = a minimum of 64 ounces of fluid (water) daily
Drinking enough water during the day is very easy to do. Just make a few little changes in your habits, such as keeping a full bottle of water with you always, and substituted water for soda, coffee, or juice. always Make a conscious effort to always have water with you – in the car, at your desk, in your purse, etc.
Sip your water to allow your body to absorb it slowly. Gulping water will only make your feel bloated. Your water consumption should be spread out throughout the day.