I started drinking 10 glasses of water/day, for no reason other than I had started exercising regularly and I wanted to be healthy. About 3 weeks into this regime, I noticed my acne had completely disappeared, I had not been using anything topically for my acne at this time nor did I change my diet besides the drastic increase in water intake. Another bonus was, my regularly dry skin is now as soft as a baby's (even my hands!) and I don't have to use lotion at all--even after shaving my legs. When you first start drinking lots of water you are in the bathroom quite often--including in the middle of the night. This subsides after a week or two--your bladder becomes accustomed to the increase and adjusts. I learned the easiest way to drink 10 glasses of water/day is to drink out of two of the 1 liter water bottles or 4 of the smaller size (20 fl. oz.) bottles. For economy, I refill mine. I also try to drink 1 liter by noon and the second liter by 4 p.m. (So I'm not in the bathroom at 1 a.m.) I recently read an article by a doctor in Connecticut that said drinking that amount of water will reduce allergy symptoms, constipation and some other common ailments, (including acne and dry skin). Her article also mentioned that drinking juice takes away water from our bodies because the sugar level in the juice is higher than that of our blood so water is supplied from our body to our gut to dilute the juice. (In other words, it takes away water, rather than adds to it.) I regularly don't drink anything besides water --I'm never thirsty! Her article also said that you can count as one of your 10 glasses of water an herbal tea or a glass of 1/3 juice with 2/3 water.
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I suffered for years with sinus infections. My last sinus infection lasted an entire year. I read a book called: "Your Body's Many Cries for Water" written by a doctor. I began drinking at least 2 liters of water a day, and have not had ANY form of a cold or sinus infection since. An added bonus, I have lost weight without even counting calories.
How many people do you know who say that they do not want to drink water before going to bed because it will wake them up during the night? Everyone knows that you need to drink between one and a half and two liters of water a day. However, did you wonder what time it is necessary to drink water, and your body to have the maximum benefit?
Time when you drink water is very important. Doctors say to not avoid of drinking two glasses of water before bedtime. Gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright (legs swell). When you lie down and the lower part of the body is level with the kidneys, the kidneys then easily remove the water because their job easier.
Also, if you drink water at a certain time, you will increase its effectiveness in the body:
- two glasses of water after waking up - helps activate internal organs
- one glass of water 30 minutes before a meal - helps digestion
- one glass of water before a bath - helps lower blood pressure
- one glass of water before going to bed - reduces the chance of stroke or heart attack.
It is interesting to add that water can prevent leg cramps that occur at night.
Try my yogic water treatment. It will have you feeling better and looking rejuvenated in a matter of days.
When you wake up, try and drink at least a glass of water on an empty stomach. In a hot climate, you may try and work your way to two glasses of water. This is not as easy as it sounds. Don't worry if it takes a few days to get to your target amount of water.
Having finished drinking your water, stand up gently and stretch your hands above your head as far as they will go. Stand on your tiptoes to elongate the stretch. If you are feeling slightly sluggish (very possible since this is first thing in the morning), walk around the room on your tiptoes with your hands stretched in the air. Otherwise, you can just stretch up and then down again. Do this for a couple of minutes and then gently lower yourself to the floor, lowering your hands as well.
Then stand with your feet apart and stretch gently from side to side. Do this a couple of times but do so gently.
Last of all, with your feet slightly apart, stretch your hands to the side. Pretend you have a piece of cloth held tight in your hands and stretched behind you. Twist around to face backwards and try and keep this imaginary cloth as taut as possible. If you find this stretch too easy, then let go off the "cloth" at the end moment and grab one hand on one of your shoulders and the other on the side of the rib cage. Do this a couple of times each side.
This entire routine should take no longer than four or five minutes. The idea behind this is that the water that you drink hydrates and cleans out your internal organs, rejuvenating your body and bringing light and life to your face.