Saturday, December 29, 2012

"Wow, I really regret that workout."

"Wow, I really regret that workout."


When you are consistent in your healthy habits, magic is happening in your body and mind, even if the scale isn't moving.


10 Natural Ways to Defy Your Age

Skip the Gimmicks to Look and Feel Younger Than Ever

Have you noticed that every magazine you pick up lately has advertisements for the many ways we can look younger than our chronological years?  There are ads for injections and creams to remove our wrinkles, surgery to zap away our fat, and hair dyes to cover every bit of gray.  It’s as if aging is something to be ashamed of; something we should hide—and fight—every step of the way.

But aging is inevitable!  The alternative isn’t one I would like to choose.  We should be proud of the years we accumulate. They are accompanied by wisdom, experience, and greater insight.  Growing old, I'm on board with.  But looking old? I'm not so hot on that idea yet.

Although anti-aging cosmetics and procedures may have a place in your overall routine, there are plenty of natural ways to slow the aging process.  We shouldn’t forget that the true key to looking younger is feeling younger.  There is nothing that ages an individual more quickly than illness, pain and stiffness, or chronic stress. Therefore, much of what we do to take care of ourselves on a daily basis will also help us keep a youthful appearance.

Here is a rundown of the many things you can do that won’t cost (or hurt) too much, but will make you feel vibrant and strong.  Let’s be proactive in our approach to aging and grow into our later years gracefully and beautifully!
Adjust Your Mindset: YOU Control How You Will Age 
Research has found that the most serious aging occurs at the cellular level.  Many of our lifestyle habits such as exercise, nutrition, stress management and sleep will enhance the body’s ability to repair the cellular damage that is inevitable as we get older. 

Traditional medicine focuses on treating illness to prolong life. But many healthcare professionals want to shift that focus to preventing disease in the first place.  We want to not only add years to our life, but life to our years.
Disease occurs when we fail to keep our bodies and minds active; it is not an unavoidable result of getting older. Arthritis, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease and even dementia often occur because of the accumulation of unhealthy lifestyle habits rather than as a result of years ticking by.

Much of what you decide to do on a daily basis will not only prolong the length of your life, but the quality of those years as well.

Exercise: The Fountain of Youth
When I visit my parents who live in a senior community in Florida, I can always tell who among their neighbors are lifelong exercisers: They stand taller, walk effortlessly, and easily look 10 years younger than their non-exercising contemporaries.  They exhibit a youthful demeanor that comes with feeling and looking well. Not to mention that a good workout gives us naturally-flushed cheeks and sense of well-being--just a few more bonus reasons to include regular exercise in our arsenal of natural age-defyers! There are three types of exercise that can keep you looking and feeling young.
  • Aerobic exercise increases circulation throughout the body and strengthens the heart and lungs.  It aids in digestion, helps us reduce anxiety and stress, and enhances the quality of our sleep. Weight-bearing aerobic exercise, such as walking, jogging, hiking or dancing, can even slow bone loss.
  • Strength training has been shown to build bone mass, which helps to prevent and slow down osteoporosis.  Building muscle mass keeps us strong and revs the metabolism, which helps to maintain a healthy body weight and youthful figure.  Strength training keeps us limber and improves balance, preventing debilitating falls and fractures. Ultimately, it keeps you independent and capable of more things even as you get older.
  • Lifestyle activities, such as golf, gardening, bowling, tennis and ballroom dancing involve both physical and mental stimulation, keeping both our bodies and minds young. In general, experts agree that the more you can move--even if it's not as intense as traditional forms of exercise--the better off your body and your mind will be as you age.
You Are What You Eat, So Feed Your Face
Much has been written about the power of nutrition to ward off illness, boost the immune system and enhance your complexion.

Real food tend is more beneficial to your body and skin than supplements are, and eating a wide variety of super foods increases your chances of absorbing the most nutrients possible.

If maintaining healthy skin is your concern, foods containing vitamins A, C, and E, and polyphenols (antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory properties that protect and benefit the skin) should be part of your daily diet.  Here are some examples of deliciously colorful foods that provide these key nutrients:
  • Vitamin A: Sweet potatoes, broccoli, leafy greens (such as spinach and kale), red, yellow and orange produce (such as cantaloupe, carrots, bell peppers), and asparagus
  • Vitamin C: Red bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, strawberries, pineapple, kiwifruit, oranges, and cantaloupe
  • Vitamin E: Nuts and seeds, vegetable oils, tomato products, and spinach.
  • PolyphenolsGreen tea, cocoa and dark chocolate.
Most health professionals who study the effects of food on aging agree that a balanced diet made up of a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, low-fat dairy products, healthy monounsaturated fats, seeds and nuts, and whole grains is the way to go.  Minimize your intake of sugars and highly processed foods and drink plenty of purified water and green tea, and you’ll be doing your best to keep your body functioning well as you age.

Get Your Beauty Sleep.
Experience a night of insomnia or stay up into the wee hours for any reason, and you’ll probably notice signs of sleep deprivation in the mirror the next day.  Bags under the eyes and pallor to your skin can definitely make you look old and tired.  Repeat this night after night, and the chronic sleep deprivation will age your body from the inside out.

Most of us don’t get enough sleep, and that plays a significant role in our appearances.  Individuals who get less than 6 hours of sleep a night may be at an increased risk for viral infections, heart disease, obesity and stroke, with an associated decline in mental functioning to boot.

If your lack of sleep is due to your desire to get more done each day, think about the time you waste due to fatigue interfering with your efficiency.  Adjust your attitude and your habits, and begin working to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night.

If your lack of sleep is due to insomnia, a snoring partner or other nighttime disturbances, some simple lifestyle adjustments might help. Reduce afternoon caffeine, kick the dog out of your bed, or keep a pad by your bedside to write down things you need to remember in the morning.  If that doesn’t work, talk with your physician to rule out sleep apnea or other medical conditions that may be preventing you from getting the rest you need.

Calm the Years Away: Deep Breathing, Meditation and Yoga
Chronic unmanageable stress wreaks havoc on our bodies and makes us feel old before our time.  It’s been linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and skin inflammation.  Stress has also been shown to suppress our immune system, making us more prone to illness and disease.

Anything you do to manage and alleviate stress will have a positive impact on how you look and feel as you age. Setting aside a few minutes each day to be quiet, center yourself, and let your worries drift away is smart medicine. Make deep breathing exercises or meditation a part of your routine.  Yoga has the added benefit of not only calming the mind, but also keeping the body flexible and strong.

Take Care of Your Smile.
Most people don't take the time to connect the two, but the health of your mouth can also affect the health of your body.  Individuals with gum disease are more prone to heart disease and lung problems.  For people with diabetes, treatment of gum problems can also help control blood sugar levels. And nothing can make you look older than yellow, stained or missing teeth.

Make twice-a-day brushing and flossing a regular part of your daily routine.  There are excellent whitening toothpastes and strips available over the counter, too.  Schedule a professional cleaning with your dentist at least twice a year. And if you are already experiencing cavities, bleeding gums, or loose teeth, consider implants.  A periodontist (a dentist who specializes in the treatment of gum disease), can restore you with a younger smile, fresher breath, and overall health.

Protect Your Skin (and Eyes) from the Sun
Nothing ages the skin faster than sun overexposure. Collagen, the structural protein of our skin, breaks down in response to UV radiation.  The sun also increases the production of free radicals, which damage cells and break down collagen as well. Although sunscreen offers some protection, many people apply too little of it—and not nearly frequently enough.

Aside from being a fashion accessory, sunglasses will protect the health of your eyes and will help prevent the wrinkles that accompany squinting at the sun. Purchase sunglasses that provide 99-100% UV protection for both UVA & UVB rays. And protect your skin from exposure by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, longer sleeves and other sun-shielding apparel.

Don't Neglect Your Ears
Our ears contain tiny hairs that vibrate in response to noise. This then excites the auditory nerve, allowing us to hear and interpret sounds.  However, too much vibration due to excess exposure to very loud noises frays those hairs, and could lead to hearing loss over time.

By all means, enjoy listening to music--but turn down the volume. You should still be able to hear outside noises above the music in your ears.  Wireless headphones have saved my marriage, since my husband loves to stay up way later than I do watching movies.  But if I try to talk to him and he can’t hear me, I know they are too loud.

If you work in an environment that exposes you to constant loud noise, or you love a good rock concert, consider using earplugs or sound-reducing headphones to muffle the sound.  Nothing will make you feel old faster than not hearing the conversation around you!

Stop Smoking and Limit Alcohol. Smoking can accelerate the aging process and shorten your lifespan (and quality of life) considerably.  Decreased lung capacity, emphysema, and heart disease are all associated with smoking, not to mention the detrimental effect it has on your looks.  Smoking correlates to wrinkles around the lips, yellowing of the teeth, and aging skin.  If you want to look younger, feel younger and live longer, give up smoking!

Alcohol is another vice you should consider giving up to look and feel more youthful. One alcoholic drink a day for women and up to two daily for men (4 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer or 1.5 ounces of spirits) may have beneficial effects on the heart, but the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reminds us that chronic alcohol consumption can result in premature and exaggerated aging.  Over time, excessive alcohol consumption negatively impacts almost every physiological system in the human body.  So if you enjoy the occasional drink, go ahead and partake. But if you overindulge too often, cut back.Your Brain: Use It or Lose It
When we meet an elderly individual with mental acuity, we are inspired.  We say things like, ''Can you believe she’s 90? She seems so much younger!  Still sharp as a tack.''

Although dementia does have a genetic component, lifestyle has a tremendous impact on whether history will repeat itself.  Many habits, such as exercise and healthy eating, can keep our brain cells functioning well into our elderly years.  Some research even shows that seniors who keep their brains stimulated enjoy the same quality of life as younger people.

To keep your mind sharp, play games such as Scrabble, chess, and Sudoku, or do crossword puzzles.  Read, go to lectures, concerts and the theatre.  Learn to play a musical instrument, or study a foreign language. Anything that continually stimulates your mind and keeps you learning new things is helpful to your brain.

Most importantly, maintain friendships and social connections.   An Australian longitudinal study found that older adults with the strongest network of friends were 22% less likely to die during the study than those with weaker social networks.

Don't call a plastic surgeon to delay getting older! Grab a friend, go for a walk, or play a game of Scrabble. Do what you can to slow the aging process naturally, and enjoy all of your years to their fullest! 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Thursday, December 20, 2012

"Goodbye" Canon 7D short film test, Anthony Apel HD, Directed by Anthony...

Metabolism-boosting medicine ball blast workout

oh my sore in my waist....good reminder to feed my body non-toxic foods and empty calories during this cold season for prevention and energy to get through the chilly, stressful, and flurry season.....Don't foget to add a 'Belly Laugh" sprinkled in with all the 'self imposed' expectation!! lol

Metabolism-boosting medicine ball blast workout

Colbie Caillat 'Christmas In The Sand' [Lyric Video]


“…the man who works so moderately as to be able to work constantly, not only preserves his health the longest, but in the course of the year, executes the greatest quantity of works.”
-Adam Smith

Just a thought....

Let's have a HAPPY HOLIDAY and keeping this in mind may help you get through the rough patches...

If you are unable to "let go" of the uncontrollables and unchangeables in your life, you could become so obsessed with the need to solve everything on your own that you run the risk of physical and emotional exhaustion. In turn your health will follow.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Just a Thought.....

God never allows pain without a purpose in the lives of His children. He never allows Satan, nor circumstances, nor any ill-intending person to afflict us unless He uses that affliction for our good. God never wastes pain. He always causes it to work together for our ultimate good, the good of conforming us more to the likeness of His Son (see Romans 8:28-29).  ~ Jerry Bridges

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Family, friends, memories you may not have seen.....

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Just a thought....

"Putting off an easy thing makes it hard. Putting off a hard thing makes it impossible."
Writer, George Lorimer


“Being in bed, having a shower, having breakfast in the kitchen, sitting in my study writing, walking in the garden, cooking and eating our common lunch at my office with my friends, going to the movies, taking my family to eat at a restaurant, going to bed again. There are a few more.
There are surprisingly few of these patterns of events in any one person’s way of life, perhaps no more than a dozen. Look at your own life and you will find the same. It is shocking at first, to see that there are so few patterns of events open to me.
Not that I want more of them. But when I see how very few of them there are, I begin to understand what huge effect these few patterns have on my life, on my capacity to live. If these few patterns are good for me, I can live well. If they are bad for me, I can’t.”
-Christopher Alexander

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A Pursuit of Happiness in the Madness....

As I gaze upon my crystal globe, what I see for 2013 is...
After a quarter of a century (or more) in the work force, I see clearly that there is a melding between work and life: we will hear less about work life balance as we realize that we only have one life). The definition of work is changing, life is becoming about the clarity of purpose.
The notion of "noble purpose" is becoming central to what we do. People will have top of mind the fundamental human question: "Why have I been put on the planet?" People will question more and more why they do what they do every day. Individuals will continue to review what is important to them and where they spend their time – and there will be a number of aspects to this.
Real Happiness. At the most basic human core is our search for happiness – and it will be central in our pursuit of purpose. I’m in the business of "good times" (RedBalloon will deliver its 2 millionth experience voucher in 2013), so I may have an unconscious bias in believing that more people are pursuing happiness on their journey to find meaning in what they do. But a happiness revolution has begun. We believe everyone deserves to have fun, feel good and be happy. We believe happiness starts with a drop, becomes a ripple and creates a wave. And we believe happiness is amplified when shared. Happy will be central to 2013.
Vivid Stories. As we search for meaning and worth, we will be engaged by vivid and real stories of human endeavour. We will be inspired to our own greatness through the power ofvivid storytelling. As we pursue the greater good, people are moving away from “stuff”. They want shared experiences, to create happy memories and to pass these memories on through storytelling. One of the keys to happiness is being able to relive and retell tales of experience. The power of language and storytelling are integral to the ‘doubling’ of the joy experienced.
Bite Size Learning. To discover what we want from life – and our place in it – we will continue to consume information at a greater speed than ever before in the history of the planet. People are reading and absorbing content on the run, contributing and listening to the conversation across multiple platforms and technologies. They’re liking, sharing, posting, commenting, tweeting and retweeting – never before have our conversations had such far-reaching impact, or the capacity to reach so many people and attract so many different voices. So we have a responsibility to get to the point, do it in an entertaining way, and encourage this sharing. I’ve found “list articles” a great way to grab peoples’ attention and inspire dialogue – Three things young women in business need to knowFive reasons why a coupon is not a gift.Eight reasons to celebrate work – and you can expect more of these in 2013.
Teamwork. We are all in this together – whatever "in this" means – whether it is community issues, tough times for business, family challenges. There will be a big focus on leadership, values and teamwork. As people begin to work for a living rather than live for work, they will ask the question over and over, "is this good for those people around me?" There will be a greater sense of connection and an emotional maturity will emerge where people learn to ask for help – and share the journey with others.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Interesting lenses into all humanity...the struggle continues....the mercy stays.....

.“Anxiety and Ennui are the Scylla and Charybdis on which the bark of human happiness is most often wrecked.”
-The Map of Life, William Edward Hartpole Lecky

No creature so miserable as man, so generally molested, in miseries of body, in miseries of mind, miseries of heart, in miseries asleep, in miseries awake, in miseries wheresoever he turns, as Bernard found. A mere temptation is our life, on this earth, ever fettered of sorrow. Who can endure the miseries of it? In prosperity we are insolent and intolerable, dejected in adversity, in all fortunes foolish and miserable. In adversity I wish for prosperity, and in prosperity I am afraid of adversity. What mediocrity may be found? Where is no temptation? What condition of life is free? Wisdom has labour annexed to it. Glory & envy, riches & cares, children & encumbrances, pleasure & diseases, rest & beggary go together; as if a man were therefore born (as the Platonists hold), to be punished in this life for some precedent sins; or that, as Pliny complains, nature may be rather accounted a stepmother than a mother unto us, all things considered. No creature’s life so brittle, so full of fear, so mad, so furious; only man is plagued with envy, discontent, grief, covetousness, ambition, superstition. Our whole life is an Irish Sea, wherein there is naught to be expected but tempestuous storms and troublesome waves, and those infinite:
So great a sea of troubles do I see,
that to swim out from it does seem impossible. [1]
… no Halcyonian times, wherein a man can hold himself secure, or agree with his present estate: but, as Boethius infers, there is something in every one of us, which before trial we seek, and having tried abhor: we earnestly wish, and eagerly covet, and are oft soon weary of it. Thus betwixt hope and fear, suspicions, angers, betwixt falling in, falling out, etc., we bangle away our beat days, befool out our times, we lead a contentious, discontent, tumultuous, melancholic, miserable life; insomuch, that if we could foretell what was to come, and it put to our choice, we should rather refuse than accept of this painful life. In a word, the world itself is a maze, a labyrinth of errors, a desert, a wilderness, a den of thieves, cheaters etc., full of filthy puddles, horrid rocks, precipices, an ocean of adversity, a heavy yoke, wherein infirmities and calamities overtake and follow one another, as the sea waves; and if we escape Scylla, we fall foul on Charybdis, and so, in perpetual fear, labour, anguish, we run from one plague, one mischief, one burden, to another. Serving a hard servitude, and you may as well separate weight from lead, heat from fire, moistness from water, brightness from the sun, as misery, discontent, care, calamity, danger, from a man.”
—Robert Burton,
The Anatomy of Melancholy, 1621.

Just a thought...

“Anxiety and Ennui are the Scylla and Charybdis on which the bark of human happiness is most often wrecked.”
-The Map of Life, William Edward Hartpole Lecky
“A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within.”
-Eudora Welty

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Just a thought on a BROKEN HEART....AND LOVE..

Don't let anyone take your JOY.....
surround yourself with people that
IN YOU...and make you want to be better....
we can't 'ATONE' for the hurt
these people feel and the blame
and shame they try to
PLACE upon us in the
Some people can NEVER Fill their Cup...
and you may have to 'Pay the Debt" forever...
and then...before you know it...they have taken
YOUR JOY...because they continue to choose to
'Practice Pain'...and they will indeed...
'Make you Pay the Debt'
for their need for Pain IS
In never said it was easy....I only said it was WORTH IT.....HANG ON.....YOU ARE LOVED!

Get your 'SPARKLE ON'.....LOVE YOU!

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

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Even Santa needs a budget.

Before you start spending, do a little math and figure out how much you can afford, says Bill Losey, a certified financial planner based in Wilton, New York. Keep it simple: Take any money you've been saving for the holidays and add it to your discretionary cash (the dough you don't need to live on). Divvy up that budget among all expenses. If you don't know where to start, look back at how you allocated your money last year. While there's no rule for budgeting in general, if you splurge in one area, cut back in another. For example, hosting a lavish dinner means you'll probably need to dial down on, say, gift giving. And don't make the common mistake of forgetting to account for all expenses, including holiday cards, stamps and end-of-year gratuities. 

Finally, if you need help sticking to your plan, use a smartphone app, such as Gift List Budget Shopper (iPhone, $1.99) or the Christmas Gift List Planner (Android, free). For extra motivation, check out's credit card payoff calculator to see how long it will take to reach a zero balance.
Present Value

Don't begin browsing until you've written down who you're shopping for and how much you want to spend on each of them. Remember, it doesn't have to be divided up equally, says Anna Post, an etiquette expert with the Emily Post Institute. Nor do you need to match other family members' price tags. Consider asking everyone to set a price limit, says Losey. Even better, agree to buy only for the kids and organize a gift exchange, such as a Secret Santa, for the adults ( can help). Stretch funds even further by buying presents with unused gift cards, airline miles (through an airline shopping portal) or points from another rewards program.
It's the Thought That Counts

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Alicia Keys - Girl On Fire

Alicia Keys - Girl On Fire

I wanted to say THANK YOU to my clients from the bottom of my HEART!! A TRUE FRIEND FROM THE START!!

Oceanside, CA
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Kathy is an exceptional instructor.  She is nurturing, encouraging, passionate about what she does and extremely  knowledgeable. I like how she tailors a workout to my needs/physical issues and keeps the workouts challenging.  I have never had a boring workout with Kathy, and I leave there energized and refreshed!
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I had a wonderful experience!  Kathy is the most inspiring and motivating fitness instructor I have worked with.  She has such a calming presence and genuinely cares about helping people achieve a higher state of health and fitness.  Her studio is so tranquil and peaceful and so beautifully decorated. You really sense an energy the minute you walk in.  Not only did I work hard to strengthen my core, I had a lot of fun as well. I highly recommend this studio!
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Fallbrook, CA
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Definately as good as it gets.  Very knowledgeable Pilates instructor with a special healing touch.  Kathy has a gift to not only help your body but also your soul.  I highly recommend her to everyone who is looking for a positive way to grow stronger and maximize your bodies potential.
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Vista, CA
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What a wonderful experience.  Kathy is extremely knowledgeable and professional.  I didn't quite know what to expect in her one-on-one Pilate's Class.  I can see that I will be making positive changes as I continue to strengthen my body through nutrition, walking daily,and working my abdominals and back and stretching with Kathy's expert training.  I would highly recommend her instruction.  She put me entirely at ease the minute I met her.  I am so thrilled to get healthy again.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Stretch and sculpt workout

Stretch and sculpt 

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012


“Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.”
-Marcus Aurelius

Monday, November 26, 2012

'Every Heart' .....HAS A STORY TO TELL.....Here is my Heart!

Sara Haze - Every Heart lyrics

A summer sunburn
The smile you earned
Stumbles and falls
The lessons you’ve learned
Choices you’ve made
Your first heartbreak
Getting too old for the batman cape
Simpler times
Wanting to fly
Mesmerized by Christmas lights
Holding out
Giving in
All the what ifs and might have beens

EVERY HEART has a story to tell
Some dreams have wings, some are torn at the seams
and just sit there on the shelf
If you were to walk in my shoes
You’d see we are all the same
So find the love inside yourself
Cause EVERY HEART has a story to tell

A starburst rush
Your first real crush
Your bit by a dog a yellow school bus
Sweet 16
That concert you missed
Your best friend and your first kiss
Learning to fall
Wanting it all
Believing in Santa Claus
A letter you wrote
A promise you broke
Knowing when to say yes and when to say no

EVERY HEART has a story to tell
Some dreams have wings, some are torn at the seams
and just sit there on the shelf
If you were to walk in my shoes
You’d see we are all the same
So find the love inside yourself
Cause EVERY HEART has a story to tell

So far away
Life can take you
Never forget
The hearts that shaped you

The love of your life
The fourth of July
The times that you laughed so hard you cried
The first day of ballet
Hardships you faced
All the memories along the way
It’s the love you lost
The love you made
Makes us who we are today

EVERY HEART has a story to tell
Some dreams have wings, some are torn at the seams
and just sit there on the shelf
If you were to walk in my shoes
You’d see we are all the same
So find the love inside yourself
Cause EVERY HEART has a story to tell
This is my heart
This is my story to tell
s a story to tell 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

I love WATER.........CHEERS

10 Myths and Facts About Water

We all need water to live, but how much do we really know about it? From the truth about drinking eight glasses of water per day to refilling plastic bottles, here's what you should know about water benefits.

Medically reviewed by Niya Jones MD, MPH
For something so seemingly simple and essential as drinking water, plenty of myths and misconceptions exist about possible water benefits and harms.
Learn how to separate the myths from the facts about drinking water.
1. Everyone needs to drink eight glasses of water a day.
Myth. Though water is the easiest and most economical fluid to keep you hydrated, the latest Institute of Medicine recommendation is that women should strive for about two liters or eight glasses a day and men should aim for three liters or 12 glasses a day of any fluid, not just water. “No one can figure out where this ‘eight glasses of water’ came from, but I believe it came from the old RDA [recommended daily allowance] for water that matched water requirements to calorie requirements,” notes Georgia Chavent, MS, RD, director of the Nutrition and Dietetics Program at the University of New Haven in West Haven, Conn. “The new requirement from the Institute of Medicine is much more generous and includes recommendations for total beverage consumption, not just water.”
2. Drinking water flushes toxins from your body.
Fact. Though water doesn’t necessarily neutralize toxins, the kidneys do use water to get rid of certain waste products. If you don’t drink enough water, your kidneys don’t have the amount of fluid they need to do their job properly. “If the body does not have sufficient water, then metabolic wastes will not be removed as efficiently as they should,” explains Amy Hess-Fischl, RD, CDE, of the University of Chicago Kovler Diabetes Center. “In essence, the body would be holding in toxins instead of expelling them, as is required for proper health.”
3. Bottled water can cause tooth decay.
Myth. Bottled water in and of itself doesn’t cause the teeth to decay, but it usually doesn’t contain any fluoride, which is added to tap water to help prevent tooth decay. “Fluoride is an important element in the mineralization of bone and teeth,” says Constance Brown-Riggs, RD, CDE, author of The African American Guide To Living Well With Diabetes and a nutritionist and certified diabetes educator in New York City. “With the increased consumption of bottled water, which is not fluoridated, there has been an increase in dental caries [cavities].”
4. Drinking water can help keep your skin moist.
Myth. While it used to be believed that staying properly hydrated led to youthful, vibrant skin, the reality is that the amount of water you drink probably has very little to do with what your skin looks like. “Unless the individual is severely dehydrated, drinking large quantities of water will not prevent dry skin,” Hess-Fischl says. “Basically, the moisture level of skin is not determined by internal factors. Instead, external factors such as skin cleansing, the environment, the number of oil glands, and the functioning of these oil-producing glands determine how dry the skin is or will become. The water that is consumed internally will not reach the epidermis [the top layer of the skin].”
5. Drinking water helps you lose weight.
Fact. Drinking water won’t specifically trigger weight loss, but it can aid in the process. Water replaces other calorie-laden beverages in the diet, causing you to reduce your overall number of calories. Plus, it can make you feel fuller, so you may eat less at each meal. Water, particularly cold water, may even play a role in increasing your metabolism. “A new study seems to indicate that drinking water actually speeds up weight loss,” says Tanya Zuckerbrot, MS, RD, owner of Tanya Zuckerbrot Nutrition, LLC, in New York City. “Researchers in Germany found that subjects of the study increased their metabolic rates [or the rate at which calories are burned] by 30 percent after drinking approximately 17 ounces of water.”