Wednesday, March 9, 2011

"Moisture is the essence of wetness. Wetness is the essence of beauty."

Please, please, please, tell me you recognize the Zoolander quote above.


If you don't, it's ok. You're still awesome.
I think after working with six and seven-year-olds all day, I just start to feel a generation gap. Like a lot. They can't believe I have no bloody clue the importance of i-Carly, and I can't believe they don't know what a VCR is. Life's a funny thing.

Anywho . . . the point of this post is about . . . well . . . water.

The hubs recently brought home a book for me to read called What You Don't Know May Be KILLING YOU!  
 
Thank the good Lord in heaven he didn't bring it home to scare us into locking ourselves into an organic bomb shelter never to emerge into this world of revolting chemicals and death. I'll be frank, if books about the danger in the world around you make you want to be a hermit, don't pick this book up. If you want to educate yourself on some ways to make some wise, "simple" and healthier decisions, this seems, so far, to be a good choice. While seeming slightly paranoid, Dr. Colbert is very informative and practical--which I love. I don't want someone telling me all the world is filth and then giving me obscure, uber-expensive brands that are the only way to life. No, he gives you average brands in any grocery store or info on ingredients to watch for. Very helpful for the average shopper with a smaller bank account.

As my students say, "FOCUS!" so we're focusing. On water. Strap yourself in.

Did you know . . .
  • Your body in total is about 60% water
  • Your muscles and brain are roughly 75% water
  • Your blood is around 82% water--the shortage of water in your blood can affect all other parts and functions of your body
  • Your bones are approximately 25% water
  • The average human needs about 3 quarts of water a day
  • To discover how much water YOU as an individual needs, take your weight, divide it by 2, and that is the number of ounces you need to drink DAILY (i.e. If someone weighs 200 lbs, they would drink 100 oz of water a day)
  • Caffeinated beverages like coffee, soda, and tea do not count as water, even though they are liquid. They actually can cause you to lose water rather than restore it. 
Ok, so now that you have the statistics of the NEED for water, let's look at the benefits:
  • Drinking enough water can help with back and neck pain. How? Between your vertebra, there is a jelly-like substance to help cushion. If you're not drinking enough water, those lovely cushions become dehydrated and shrink, BUT if you're drinking plenty of H2O, they stay full and fluffy, giving your spine the support it needs. 
  • It can help prevent wrinkles and improve skin overall. What's this?! I don't need wrinkle cream?? Not as much as you think. :] If you have a fruit that is fully, ripe and juicy--aka full of water!--does it look dry and wrinkly like a raisin? No! If your skin cells are plump with plenty of water, they give your skin a fuller healthier glow. Will it kill all wrinkles? No, but it helps more than you realize. 
  • It can help prevent/reduce the affects of arthritis,  ulcers, asthma, Alzheimer's, hiatal hernias, and high blood pressure. Whew! All this just by keeping my body hydrated??? Oh yes, it's true! Just keep thinking of that juicy fruit vs raisin analogy. 
  • You will feel more awake and alert
So how on earth do I get enough water, now that I realize how simply fantastic it is??? Well, I'll tell you :]
  • Drink about 8 oz of water before and after breakfast. Yes, you can still have your juice (Yay!) but remember that juice, while lovely, does not make up for the glories of good ole H2O. 
  • Eat fresh fruits and veggies. "Wait a minute!" you say, "I thought this was about DRINKING! Not eating," Well, it is. Remember that juicy fruit? It's filled with--you guessed it--WATER!! If you eat your full amount of fruits and veggies in day, you will actually consume 1 of your 3 daily quarts of water. Phew! Sadly--but logically--processed foods, meats, and starches do not count. 
  • Have a glass or two before and after each meal. If you're drinking water beforehand, this will not only help your stomach feel slightly more full--so you consume less calories--but it will also aid in your digestion. Try to time it 30 minutes before and then 2 1/2 hours after. Unless you have an enlarged prostate, hiatal hernia, or acid reflux, have another 8 oz before bedtime. 
A couple of tips I did find helpful: to help prevent immediate exposure to some of the things floating around in even American water--or anywhere with great tap water:
  • Consider investing in a filter system to help get rid of chemicals and other unwanted items that could be in your water. 
  • Run the tap for a minute or two before filling your glass--this helps flush out some things that otherwise might be going directly into your tummy. 
  • Don't begin cooking or drink with hot water straight out of the tap. Hot tap water can leach metal from your pipes, and we don't want to be drinking metal. Yes, heating the water may kill bacteria, but the not chemicals or metal.

So see? It's not scary! It's not hard! In fact, it's pretty simple. You don't even have to give up your cup of tea or coffee (though moderation is encouraged ;]).

The benefits of adding water--this awesome beverage that is clean and available in our country--are outstanding. Don't give up or overlook it.

Your body will be singing your praises, promise! :]

2 comments:

  1. My mum has good skin. So I just briefly took one of her SKII(www.geocities.jp/hongkong_skii/index_e.htm) to use, which I assume is a moisturizer. It's good man I tell you! She gave me a small bottle of eye cream before but the effects weren't that great and I stopped using. But my mum's moisturizer is good! I can feel it reacting once I applied it

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  2. zoolander!! :) "Well I guess it all started the first time I went through the second grade. I caught my reflection in a spoon while I was eating my cereal, and I remember thinking "wow, you're ridiculously good looking, maybe you could do that for a career" Love it.

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