Thursday, November 12, 2015

Why You Gotta Love Water

Wait -- is she really writing a blog post about drinking water? The world's blandest beverage? 

Yes, I am -- and I hope you'll hear me out -- because there does seem to be a connection between water and positive energy. 

But first, an example/reminder of why it is so good for you to drink enough water. The before and after photos above are of a British woman who made headlines in the UK a couple of years ago after she decided to significantly increase her daily intake of water. 

The photographic evidence, in my opinion, is pretty impressive. Drinking enough water has done a better job of improving her skin and facial features than plastic surgery or makeup. She was 42 when this story broke, and she does indeed look younger in the after photo. Her lines have faded, the dark shadows under her eyes are gone, her skin tone is vastly improved, and her face absolutely glows. 

She went from having a morning cup of tea and two glasses a water a day to consuming 3 litres (which is the equivalent of 3/4 of a gallon in the U.S., or 12 cups) daily. Of course, there is such a thing as drinking too much water; really overdoing it can be dangerous. She was under the supervision of her general physician, who recommended the increased intake.

I've tried to calculate in my head the amount of water I drink on a daily basis and I think I'm at about the usual recommended 8 cups a day. That usually includes the cup of coffee I have every morning when I wake up. Ever since my teens I've been a big water drinker. I get parched really easily after meals if I don't drink water in between them. I rarely drink soda these days; ginger ale maybe once every couple of weeks and I save the coca-cola for pizza dinners. Don't care for water? Try adding some fresh mint leaves and a slice of lime and/or cucumber to your glass like in this photo -- this is my favorite way to enjoy it in the summer. 

It goes without saying that water hydrates your body and helps flush toxins from your digestive system. I personally also think it helps keep your breath fresh in between brushing and flossing your teeth because it's washing bacteria off the back of your tongue and helps keep your mouth hydrated. 

Here's the other cool thing about water (and brace yourself because it's going to sound weird) but it seems it is affected by the positive (or negative) energy that we give out. A Japanese scientist named Masaru Emoto was known for the many experiments he conducted on how water and ice crystals and how thoughts and music affected the shapes of the crystals. He published his findings in a 1999 book called Messages From Water

It sounds a little "out there" to be sure, but Emoto had groups of people either "pray" or send loving thoughts to water (such as "I love you" and "you are beautiful") or hateful thoughts ("you're ugly and worthless.") The frozen water crystals that had "received" the positive thoughts were perfectly formed, beautiful snowflake shapes. The water crystals that were the brunt of the negative thoughts and energy were really unattractive; misshapen and had dark colors. 

Here's a video clip showing some of the photos resulting from Emoto's experiment.

Considering that the human body is comprised of at least 60% water, it makes sense to me to having more positive thoughts, feelings, and beliefs can have an adverse affect on our bodies. 

Something that I've recently started doing is -- even if it sounds silly or trivial -- is just thinking a few seconds of appreciation and thankfulness for the clean water I have before I drink it. I appreciate that it's been filtered and made safe for me to drink, that it nourishes my body, and that it tastes good. I'm thankful that I live in a country where we have plenty of access to clean, healthy drinking water. 

So drink up that water, and maybe send a few positive vibes to it while you're at it. It certainly can't hurt. 

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