You've heard of the "fountain of youth" and probably dismissed it as a myth or wishful thinking, but I'm here to tell you there is an elixir. I'm not referring to a secret fountain in some hidden …
You've heard of the "fountain of youth" and probably dismissed it as a myth or wishful thinking, but I'm here to tell you there is an elixir. I'm not referring to a secret fountain in some hidden mountain range - this fountain of youth is as close as your kitchen. It's water. When you drink a sufficient amount of pure water every day your skin glows, those fine lines and wrinkles diminish, your energy increases and your overall health improves.
Another benefit: it doesn't cost an arm and a leg. When you drink the proper amount of pure water, you're moisturizing your skin from the inside. Your skin, which is your largest organ, is actually made up of about 20 percent water, in addition to protein, fat, chemicals and minerals. Skimp on the water and you're withholding a vital necessity for your skin's optimal health.
Wondering why you're feeling so tired? No energy? Dehydration is the main culprit of the afternoon dip in energy. Literally, when we don't consume enough water we are drained. Back and joints aching? It could be because you're dehydrated.
Ideally, you should drink half your body weight in ounces every day. If the weather is hot or very dry, you may need to drink more than half your body weight in ounces of water. You also may need to drink more if you're exercising or taking certain medications. Here are some tips for making it easy:
1. Weigh yourself and divide the number of pounds by two. That is the number of ounces of water to drink. If you weigh 160 pounds, you need to drink 80 ounces of water.
2. Even though there is water in other beverages and food, don't count that in your daily dose of water.
3. Measure the number of ounces in your glass water bottle to see how many times you need to refill it.
4. Thank the water. Even if you don't believe water receives it, research studies show that being grateful is good for your body and mind.
5. Clean your bottle with soap and water every day - don't just refill and repeat and repeat and repeat without washing it.
6. Keep that bottle with you - at your computer, in the car, on the kitchen counter - and drink often.
What about bottled water? Keep this statistic in mind: each hour of each day Americans empty 2.5 million plastic water bottles. Each one takes 500 years to decompose. Every choice you make has an impact, so be kind to the Earth and take your reusable water bottle with you.
Ellen Wood of Questa is an award-winning author of the series of books, "The Secret Method for Growing Younger." Her website is howtogrowyounger.com. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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