WAter - the fountain of youth

Step seven

Medical science hasn't yet found the "fountain of youth", but should it do so, water will almost certainly be one of the essential ingredients.

Not only can our intake of water promote and prolong a youthful complexion; it also is essential for our survival. If you lose water, your kidney, bladder, bowel and lung functions are disturbed first. The perspiration system, which regulates body temperature, is also directly connected to the fluid stored in our bodies.


Water is present in and around our entire cellular system. The bigger part of water in our bodies is intra-cellular - that is, it comprises a portion of each individual cell. This percentage remains fairly constant through our entire lifespan. The rest of our water content is extra-cellular - that is, around the cells. The normal daily loss of this water (up to five liters), through perspiration, the kidneys and the lymphatic system, helps to detoxify the body.


The loss of extra-cellular water increases with age. As this happens, dehydration sets in and you age more quickly. If you lose extra-cellular water early in life, through ill health or climate, this will also speed up the ageing process. The major loss of extra-cellular water is through the kidneys and perspiration. This is why you should drink between three to five liters of water daily to replace the loss, especially in humid and hot climates.


The body fluid we lose contains minerals and salts which are needed for vital bodily functions and that loss diminishes the organs' ability to interact effectively.


Whether you believe in the rejuvenating powers of cosmetics or not, it is a scientific fact that the outer horny layer of the skin is capable of absorbing water from creams to keep the skin elastic. Indeed, demineralised water is a predominant ingredient in the production of cosmetics. Ipso facto, quality cosmetics made with this fact considert and chosen to suit your particular skin type really do make a difference.


R. Kanitz- Birnbaum