Water! The Fountain of Youth?
By Donna&Danielle on April 18, 2016
In grade school we learned about Ponce de’ Leon and his search for the fountain of youth. Legends talk of the Fountain of Youth as a spring that restores the youth of anyone who drinks or bathes in its waters. If erasing the effects of aging was only i as easy as that, I would be bathing in that fountain on a regular basis! And wrinkles, joint pain, memory concerns and other health concerns related to aging would not exist!
However even though the Fountain of Youth remains a legend, WATER, pure clean water, DOES have POSITIVE IMPACT on our health and in battling the effects of aging. Here are a few of its contributions:
- Makes the skin smoother, firmer and reduces the effects of aging.
- Gives shine to your eyes.
- Decreases hot flashes
- Supports weight loss
- Flushes deposits of toxic sediments from your joints, kidneys, liver, brain and skin.
- Helps to keep your gut in working order.
- Helps reduce fatigue.
- Helps to prevent the loss of memory as you age
Those are enough reasons to encourage me to fill my water bottle and chug it down!
So how much water should you drink each day?
To determine how much water is best for you, use this formula:
body weight in pounds / 2 = number of ounces daily
So for example if you weigh 150 pounds: 150/2 = 75 ounces of water a day
If you are exercising, you should drink even more water: an additional 8 oz. for every 20 minutes of exercise.
Do other drinks count toward your water consumption?
I personally only count water as water. Some people count decaffeinated teas as water or watered down juices (2/3 water to 1/3 juice).
Definite NO’s are alcoholic beverages, caffeinated drinks, drinks with sugar or artificial sweeteners. They DO NOT count as water.
What if you really don’t like water or find it, well, boring?
I have never been a big water drinker but knowing the benefits I am really putting forth greater effort to do so.
If you have a difficult time drinking enough water and enjoy more flavor consider infusing your water with slices of fruits, herbs and or vegetables. My favorite combinations are cucumber and lime slices; watermelon and fresh mint; raspberries and a slice of lemon.
You can also make fruit ice cubes: simply place fruit such as strawberries or raspberries in an ice cube tray, fill it with water and freeze. Pop out the “fruit cubes” and drop them in your water. The 21 Day Fix Plan has a great “water bar” section. If you are following this plan make sure and look it over!
I also love interesting water bottles. It is a mind thing but I find that if I really like the water bottle I am using I drink more. Crazy, I know….
So grab a bottle of water and enjoy natures “Fountain of Youth”!