imyeyes-banner-sqIn My EyesBy Edward B. Antonio

A septuagenarian’s secret

Most of my media friends are SCs, fellas.

In fact, I’m one of the youngest among them.

I prefer senior citizens as my friends because they are more experienced than me in the media and literary world. I learn more from them than the younger ones. It’s really birds with the same feather flock together. Every time we meet, we talk of various things including about health which will be my topic today.

One of them is already a septuagenarian, but his mind is still sharp. He can still write books. In fact, his books are a hot item among budding professionals attempting to break through in the world of media. You see, he writes for passion and to exercise his brain.

“Thinking what to write and how to write what I think keeps me away from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease,” he said.

“What else is your health practice?”

“Everytime I wake up in the morning, I drink two glasses of hot water on an empty stomach, then eat my breakfast an hour later,” he said.

“Why so?”

“So that my body is cleansed first before I take in something again,” he said.

“I agree,” I said.

In fact I have a lot of readings about it that since then, I do the same. I even tried it with a little ACD (Apple Cider Vinegar) for its health benefits. I think I hit the mark. Last time I was hospitalized for a lower right abdomen pain that extends to the back, I thought I had a prostate problem or even kidney trouble.

Prior to my ultrasound in September 2019, my doctor, Diocaesar Suero, presumed I had prostate infection or UTI. My inner brain protested because I had been drinking almost a liter of hot water every time I wake up in the morning and another half-liter before going to bed at night. True to my thoughts, my ultrasound said my prostate is normal, my kidneys are healthy and I did not have any trace of UTI, gallstone or urinary bladder infection.

The ultrasound results said the pain I was suffering stemmed out of my practice of carrying heavy things that it affected my lower back spine. It’s called lumbar spondylosis, a degenerative disease we suffer at the lower back spine as we age. It may or may not show symptoms, so since then, I avoided carrying heavy objects or stooping for a long time. I also religiously take in my daily intake of calcium to strengthen my spine vertebrae.

Did you know that drinking water on an empty stomach is beneficial? Drinking water on an empty stomach is a tradition followed by the Japanese. Here are the reasons why:

1. Cleanses your bowels

Drinking water on an empty stomach helps in cleansing your bowels. It creates an urge to move the bowel and therefore helps to regulate your digestive tract. If you experience difficulty while passing motion or if you feel constipated, drink plenty of water as it helps in clearing the waste from your body.

2. Flushes toxins from the body

Drinking water helps in flushing out all the toxins from the body. It helps in detoxifying yourself. It eliminates all the toxins from the body and cleanses the system. Elimination of toxins improves the quality of the skin and brings a glow on the face.

3. Prevents headaches

One of the main reasons for headache is the lack regular water intake. Dehydration leads to headache. Drinking water not only prevents headache but also arrests bad odor and other dental problems.

4. Suppresses hunger

One study found that drinking water before breakfast reduced calorie intake at the next meal by 13%.

5. Increases energy

Drinking water on empty stomach stimulates the red blood cells to populate at a faster rate, which in turn boosts the energy levels of the body.

6. Speeds up your metabolism

A person on a diet should drink plenty of water for an increased metabolism rate. The metabolic rate increases about 25 percent by drinking water on an empty stomach. Faster digestion also results in healthy weight loss.

7. Helps in reducing weight

Water has no calories and so drinking plenty of water when on diet is essential as it helps in losing weight. As water increases metabolism, your body also tends to burn calories faster. This is one of the best strategies to reduce weight.

8. Improves your skin

Dehydration causes a number of problems of which skin problem is one. Dehydration causes premature wrinkles and makes the skin porous. Drinking water on an empty stomach regulates blood flow and improves the quality of the skin by making it radiant.

9. Promotes healthy hair

Drinking plenty of water also promotes healthy and shiny hair. Water makes up to 1/4 of the hair and therefore insufficient intake of water can make the hair strand brittle and weak. Regular intake of water improves and enhances the quality of hair.

10. Prevents kidney stones

Drinking water on empty stomach prevents the formation of kidney stones. It also prevents bladder infections. Water dilutes the acids and prevents the formation of stones in the kidney.

11. Strengthens immune system

Drinking plenty of water flushes out all the toxins and prevents infections from spreading through the body. This ultimately strengthens the immune system and keeps the body away from various kinds of infections.

Very soon, we will be septuagenarians, fellas, that is, if we live a healthy life – with plenty of water.

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