Soak Your Cells, Clear Your Mind
Increase your water intake and practice "emotional self-care"
to live a longer, healthier life
WE'RE ALL TRYING TO FIND that "magic" remedy
that erases wrinkles and slows down the aging process. The good
news is that the answer to looking and feeling younger is much
simpler than scary surgeries or dangerous pharmaceuticals.
Howard Murad, M.D., founder of Murad Skincare Inc., divulges his
anti-aging answer in
The Water Secret: The Cellular Breakthrough to Look and Feel
10 Years Younger (Wiley, 2010). His approach was developed
with more than three decades of research, which shows that the
secret to maintaining a youthful glow and overall health may be as
simple as cellular hydration. In simpler terms: Stay youthful by
drinking more water-and eating more raw fruits and vegetables.
Make the Connection
"The overall philosophy of The Water Secret is a new
way of looking at overall health, which I call inclusive health,"
Dr. Murad says. "Every cell in your body is connected and if we can
improve cellular health, we can make dramatic changes in our lives
and our looks, and even slow the aging process," he says.
Here's Dr. Murad's three-pronged approach to help you gain
energy, lose weight and improve your skin.
Eat Your Water
You may be thinking, "I already guzzle water, and the only
difference is I have to run to the bathroom more often." Dr. Murad
says The Water Secret is about more than downing eight
glasses of water each day. You need to "eat" your water.
"The best source of hydration is the water built into the
structure of the foods we eat, especially raw fruits and
vegetables," he says. The water in these fresh foods doesn't get
flushed through like drinking water does; the water is
more slowly. Therefore, Dr. Murad suggests eating more fresh
foods, such as watermelon or cucumbers. His book includes a 10-day
meal plan and easy-to-follow recipes, which show you how to begin
to regularly incorporate these water-rich
Cleanse, Moisturize and Treat
As Dr. Murad says, "Skincare is healthcare. Your skin is
connected to every part of your body, and as your body's largest
organ, it's a mirror to your inner health." Regardless of your skin
type, a daily regimen is one important piece to the entire
inclusive health puzzle.
Your skincare routine needs to be quick and simple but should
incorporate the following steps: cleanse, treat with anti-aging
products, moisturize and protect with sunscreen. Dr. Murad
pinpoints some powerhouse ingredients you should look for in your
skincare products, such as mushrooms, licorice and pomegranate
extract, among others.
The third component to inclusive health is emotional self-care,
which might be the most difficult component to put into action. Dr.
Murad says that despite whatever product or supplements he
suggests, you must also learn to manage your stress and emotions.
He says a new stress, "cultural" stress, is infiltrating our lives
like never before.
"From the advent of the digital revolution in the 1980s, to
increased population and affluence … many of life's stressors have
taken a more prominent and invasive position in our daily lives,"
Discovering how to manage this stress can help you age better
and feel better, and it may be as simple as slowing down and
disconnecting. By giving yourself permission to turn off the phone,
schedule a massage
or sleep in, you can begin to see positive effects from the inside
-By Julie Wlodychak