For the last couple of years, magazines and TV news reports have quoted a few doctors saying that the one-and-a-half to two liters of water per day standard is, well, “ridiculous.”
Some experts claimed that we should drink water when we’re thirsty and that our bodies tell us when we need hydration. Forcing ourselves to glug down a daily quota might, they maintained, wash away all sorts of important electrolytes, vitamins and minerals and then we would be in big trouble.
Parallel to these opinions are the news stories counseling parents to make certain their children drink water throughout the day during these very hot summer months and reportages of nursing homes with bottles of water next to patients with attendants urging senior citizens to drink lustily morning ’til night.
Meanwhile, chez nous, My Reason For Living In France drinks, maximum, one glass of water daily. This weekend his gorgeous niece, a doctor, told him that the controversy was nonsense. “We need that water for our organs,” she said. “Particularly if one takes regular medication. You don’t want your kidneys doing their work without water to flush through the filtering system.”
Alexandra drinks two liters of water daily and if water contributes in any way to her looks and energy, it is truly a priceless secret.
Take a one-and-a-half liter bottle, fill it half and half with St. Pellegrino (or any bubbly water one prefers) and fresh, cool tap water. Squeeze a lemon or lime into the water and drink.
A few drops of agave can be added if you must. Alexandra never adds any type of sweetener.
So, this is my latest beauty secret.