Monday, November 4, 2013

Drinking three litres of water a day took TEN YEARS off my face: Sarah, 42, was hoping to solve her headaches and poor digestion... just look what else happened Read more: Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook


You might think I'd have little in common with a camel, but we do share one useful skill: both of us can go for a very long time without water.
Usually I start my day with a cup of tea, then I might have a glass of water with my lunch and one with dinner - that's about a litre of liquid in 24 hours. It feels like plenty, but apparently it's not nearly enough.
After years of suffering headaches and poor digestion I spoke to a neurologist about my regular headaches and a nutritionist about my poor digestion, and both told me I should be drinking up to three litres of liquid a day for my body to function at its best.

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Then, when I read a recent survey suggesting that at least one in five women in the UK consumes less than the recommended daily intake of water, I decided to conduct an experiment. What would happen if I drank the recommended amount every day for a month?
The photograph of me taken the day I started this trial demonstrates perfectly - and rather frighteningly - what a lack of hydration does to a face.
I am 42, but have to admit I look more like 52 in this picture, which is shocking. There are dark shadows under and around my eyes, which make me look exhausted, a profusion of wrinkles and strange reddish blotches, and my skin lacks any lustre. It looks dead.

My daughters, Alice, eight, and Betty, four, tell me I look 'about 100 years old' in this photograph and I have to agree.
Even my lips look shrivelled. This is all classic evidence of poor hydration, apparently. Every system and function in our body depends on water.
It flushes toxins from the vital organs, carries nutrients to cells, provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues, and eliminates waste.
Not drinking enough means all these functions become impaired. So I decided to see how I would look and feel if I drank three litres of water every day for 28 days. The results were astonishing . . .

                                         Dehydration: One in five women consumes less than the recommended daily intake of water

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Week One

Weight: 8st 7lb
Waist: 28in
Three litres of water is just over five pints, which sounds like an awful lot. I visit my local GP in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire, to be sure there can be no adverse health implications to upping my water intake so dramatically.
He is very encouraging. 'I suggest you have a big jug of water in the morning, then another in the afternoon and another in the evening,' he says. 'Your kidneys, which filter waste products from the blood before turning it to urine, will quickly feel the benefit, as they will be getting a good flush through.'
I usually have a wee three times a day: when I get up, before I go to bed and at some point in the afternoon. By the end of my first day of drinking more water, I have had six and my usually sluggish bowels are much more lively.
I exfoliate my face every day to try to get rid of dry patches before I apply moisturiser, but suddenly I seem to be breaking out in spots. Maybe it's all the toxins coming out of my skin. A few days into the experiment I'm still urinating five or six times a day but it's clear now, rather than dark yellow.
I'm enjoying lots of cups of tea. My husband says that's cheating, but I tell him the British Nutritional Foundation says 'moderate amounts of caffeine do not cause dehydration, so they do count towards your fluid intake'.
I meet friends for a drink one night, remembering that alcohol is a diuretic (a substance which promotes the production of urine), acting on the kidneys. For every one alcoholic drink, your body can eliminate up to four times as much liquid.
I assume a white wine spritzer is a good option because the alcohol is diluted with soda water, and I sip water between alcoholic drinks throughout the evening.
Hangover headaches result from dehydration: the body's organs try to make up for a lack of water by stealing it from the brain, as a result of which it actually shrinks.
Headaches result from the pulling on the membranes that connect your brain to your skull. Ouch. Luckily, I escape all this and wake up hangover-free.
For years I've been doing ten minutes of yoga every morning straight after I get up, but I've been feeling stiffer over the past six months. Yet since I started drinking more water my flexibility has improved. Gemma Critchley, from the British Dietetic Association, confirms that water helps lubricate the joints.

Week Two: The blotches on my face are diminishing and the shadows around my eyes less pronounced

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Week Two

Weight: 8st 6lb (lost a pound)
Waist: 28in
My complexion is improving and my skin tone is more even. I still have wrinkles under my eyes, but they look less crepey and shadowy than before.
The blotches on my face are diminishing, and the shadows around my eyes are less pronounced.
I feel pleased when my sister-in-law tells me my skin looks clearer than it did a week ago. I have a busy week with lots of time away from home, so I stock up on half-litre bottles of mineral water I can carry around in my bag. A week's worth costs just over £8. If I spread my water intake over the day, that's half a litre when I wake up, another with breakfast, one with lunch, one in the afternoon, one with my evening meal then another before bed. It sounds like a lot, but I'm finding it manageable.
Today, I've noticed my breath smells less 'breathy', maybe because I've ditched tea - I decided water was better for me. I'm certainly not missing the sweet, milky taste it left in my mouth.
Gemma Critchley says: 'Water is obviously the best choice since it has no calories and will hydrate you efficiently.' I say I might try juice instead of water sometimes, just for the taste and variety, but she warns me not to.
'If you drink a large glass of juice, you could be consuming more energy than you need,' she says, which would mean weight gain.
I haven't had a headache for over a week now, which is unusual for me, and I'm delighted that my bowels are working so much better. Result!
I went shopping this afternoon in Leeds, but having to find a lavatory three times in five hours was irritating - they always seem to be in the most hidden corner of every shop.
I'd expected my stomach to feel bloated with all the extra water but it's actually flatter than usual. And my husband says the cellulite on my bottom and thighs has vanished.
Surely this is too good to be true?

Week Three

Weight: 8st 6lb
Waist: 27.5in (lost half an inch)
The dark rings and wrinkles under my eyes have virtually disappeared, and my skin looks plumper and more nourished. My friend, who is a beauty therapist, says this is because the water is helping my skin cells regenerate more efficiently.
I've noticed I've stopped rubbing my eyes when I wake up in the morning. They used to be dry and full of sleep, but not now. All this extra water must be keeping them moist.
I'm feeling guilty about all the plastic bottles I've been using so I'm back on Yorkshire tap water, which I carry around in a re-usable water bottle.
I have to take a long train journey and I realise afterwards how productive I felt and how easy I found it to concentrate, rather than having my customary snooze.
Dr Emma Derbyshire, senior lecturer in nutritional physiology at Manchester Metropolitan University and adviser to the Natural Hydration Council, says: 'Our brain is 73 per cent water, so poor hydration can affect how it functions. Dehydration can reduce our ability to concentrate as well as our cognitive performance.'
The downside was having to use train toilets. Dreadful.
I'm eating less because drinking water with meals makes me feel fuller quicker. I used to snack, but I was reaching for food when I was actually thirsty. Studies show 37 per cent of people mistake thirst for hunger.
When I put on eye make-up, my eyes seem less wrinkled. When I rubbed an eye-shadow applicator over my eyelid, it used to drag the skin with it, too, but now my skin seems to have more elasticity.

Week Four

Weight: 8st 5lb (lost another 1lb)
Waist: 27in (another half an inch)
I genuinely can't believe the difference in my face. I look like a different woman. The dark shadows around my eyes have all but disappeared and the blotches have gone. My skin is almost as dewy as it was when I was a child. The transformation is nothing short of remarkable.
I'm feeling leaner and fitter, too, which is amazing, since the only thing I've changed is the amount of water I drink. My best friend says she's worried about how much water I'm consuming - she's heard rumours about Nigella Lawson being an 'aquaholic' who drinks three litres before bed.
But I am following safe guidelines under the supervision of my GP, so I am able to reassure her.
I even enjoy another boozy night out but drink lots of water along the way and wake up feeling fresh as a daisy. Whatever happens, I am going to keep on drinking three litres of water a day - and would advise every woman to do the same (after checking with her doctor, of course).
I feel fitter, leaner and healthier, and my husband and friends tell me I look ten years younger. Who in their right mind would not want to try something which gets such incredible results?


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Cari haluan baru

Misi aku skang,keje,kumpul duit,settle semua hutang dan blah dr sini.nyampah plak tgk muke ko..

Wednesday, September 4, 2013


Bosan btol dgn sikap ko yg sentiase rase btol,emo,dan kedekut nk mampos.aku berdoa ko diberi pelajaran.mmg ko dpt ko masih x sedar lagi...

Aku x tau ape nk buat lg.aku cume dpt berdoa supaya aku bebas dr ko.bebas dr perangai manusia yg ntah hape hape nth ni...

Monday, September 2, 2013

2 September 2013


Aku da pandai bawak keta sikit sikit.Tapi keta aku adela calar sikit sikit.Dan bumper belah kiri da longgar sebb langgar tembok kecik depan rumah mase nk reverse hahaha...


Terus terang aku cakap ak mmg x puas hati dengan kewangan aku.Tahun ni mmg last aku keje dgn kakak aku.Lepas settle hutang aku nak keje tmpat lain.Lantaksla kalo mak aku nak bising ke,nak tarik keta ke.aku x kisah.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

3 March 2013

Pada 1 March 2013,aku telah mendapat sebuah kereta baru.Hehehe...tapi sayangnya aku masih x pandai bawak lagi.So terpakselah aku bawak abang ipar dan kakak aku untuk mengambil kereta itu untuk dibawak balik.Tapi beberapa jam selepas tu mase tengah belajar memandu seorang diri,kereta aku tergesek kereta lain.Adoiyai....rase nak nangis pun ade.Nak tak nak,terpaksa aku bgtau family aku tentang kejadian yang menyedihkan tu.

Apalagi,lepas bagitau,kene semburlah aku,sebab tak reti drive,dah memandai nak test kereta baru,Perghh memang sadis sungguh.Keesokan harinya,dengan bantuan abang ipar aku,die polish balik keta aku.Hilang semua kesan kesan gesekan,namun aku masih bersedih.Takut la plak nak drive.Takut pape jadi lagi.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

25-10-2012 Khamis


Sekarang ni aku kerja ngan kakak aku kat restoran.Keje kat restoren sangat penat,tapi aku akan kerja bersungguh sungguh untuk habiskan hutang serta kumpul duit supaya aku boleh beralih ke bidang lain.Bile aku fikirkan tentang masa depan,aku rasa sangat sangat bimbang.Apa yang akan terjadi pada aku 5 atau 10 tahun akan datang?Aku langsung takde idea,ape yang akan jadi pada aku.Adakah aku akan terus begini atau lebih teruk lagi?Sesungguhnya perkara ini memang sangat membimbangkan aku


Bile fikir fikir balik,rupenya beli kereta ni agak merugikan sebenarnya.Memang kereta ni untuk kemudahan nak pergi kemana-mana,tapi bile fikirkan balik duit bulanan untuk bayar kereta sampai 4-5 ratus,aku rasa kereta ni akan lebih banyak membuang duit aku.Tu belum masuk duit minyak,duit tol.maintenance lagi.Dahla aku buat mase ni belum menyimpan,lepas beli kereta lagi parahla kot.Konfirm tak boleh nak menyimpan langsung.Memang memeningkan.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Bukan Doa Kamu Yang Tak Makbul Sebenarnya

Bercakap tentang doa, saya teringat satu kisah yang sangat-sangat memberikan kesan dalam kehidupan saya. Guru-guru saya di sekolah, semenjak sekolah rendah, sangat menerapkan doa. Jadi, saya sudah dibiasakan dengan Solat Hajat, Solat Dhuha, Qiamullail, waktu-waktu doa yang mustajab seperti ketika hujan dan sebagainya agar saya rajin berdoa, dan agar doa saya makbul. Jadi, bila Allah anugerahkan saya kejayaan, saya sentiasa rasa, itu sebab saya doa dengan bersungguh-sungguh. Namun satu cerita mengubah persepsi saya.

Cerita yang saya dengar itu begini:

Kisah berkenaan seorang abang dan seorang adik.

Kedua-duanya adalah anak yatim lagi miskin. Mereka tinggal di rumah pusaka tinggalan ibu bapa mereka. Kedua ibu bapa mereka adalah hamba ALLAH yang soleh. Kedua-dua anak dididik untuk bergantung harap dengan Allah SWT.

Si abang, saban hari berdoa agar ALLAH mengubah nasib hidupnya. Dia meminta kepada ALLAH agar dipertemukan dengan isteri yang cantik lagi kaya. Dia meminta kepada ALLAH agar dirinya kaya raya.

Si Adik pula, seorang yang buta huruf. Tidak seperti abangnya, dia membaca doa pun dengan melihat kertas. Sebelum bapanya mati, dia pernah meminta bapanya menulis sesuatu di atas kertas, dan kertas itu sering dipegangnya setiap kali berdoa.

Akhirnya, Allah mempertemukan seorang perempuan yang cantik lagi kaya dengannya. Perempuan itu jatuh hati kepadanya, lantas berkahwin. Si Abang seperti mendapat durian runtuh dan kehidupannya terus berubah. Dia keluar dari rumah pusaka, dan meninggalkan adiknya.

Si Abang akhirnya kaya raya, malah terus kaya apabila dia memasuki medan bisnes. Dia sudah mula alpa dengan ALLAH, melewat-lewatkan solah, jarang membaca Al-Quran, tapi tidak pernah lalai untuk meminta kekayaan daripada ALLAH. Kalau masuk dalam bab perniagaan, kekayaan dunia, maka berbondong-bondong doanya kepada ALLAH. Dan ajaibnya, Allah beri apa yang dia minta. Si abang rasa dia istimewa.

Si adik pula, hidupnya tidak berubah. Dia masih seorang sederhana, dengan kelemahannya sebagai seorang buta huruf, dia hannya mendapat kerjaya sederhana, terus menjaga rumah pusaka. Si adik, juga rajin berdoa. Si abang tahu, si adik rajin berdoa. Tapi Si Abang melihat, hidup adiknya tidak berubah-ubah. Lantas satu hari, ketika Si Abang menziarahi adiknya, Si Abang berkata dengan sombong:

“Kau kena berdoa kuat lagi. Tengok aku, berdoa je ALLAH makbulkan. Kau ni tak cukup hampir dengan Allah ni. Berdoa pun masih tengok-tengok kertas. Tak cukup hebat.”

Si Adik tersenyum sahaja. Suka abangnya menegur kerana padanya, teguran abang amat bermakna.
Si Adik terus hidup sederhana, di dalam rumah pusaka, dengan doa melihat kertas saban hari, dan kehidupannya tetap tidak berubah. Tidak menjadi kaya seperti abang.

Satu hari, Si Adik meninggal dunia. Ketika Si Abang mengemas-kemas rumah pusaka, dia berjumpa satu kertas. Kertas itu adalah kertas yang adiknya sering pegang ketika berdoa.

Si Abang menangis teresak-esak apabila membaca kertas kecil itu.

Kertas itu tertulis: “ Ya Allah, makbulkan lah segala doa abang aku”


Si Abang mula membandingkan dirinya dengan adiknya. Adiknya kekal taat kepada ALLAH dan tidak meringan-ringankan urusannya dengan ALLAH SWT. Adiknya, sedikit pun tidak meminta dunia kepada ALLAH, malah tidak meminta apa-apa untuk dirinya. Tetapi adiknya meminta agar segala doa Si Abang dimakbulkan. Si Abang, tidak pernah sedikit pun mendoakan Si Adik.

Si Abang mula nampak, rupanya, bukan doa dia yang makbul. Tetapi doa adiknya telah diterima oleh ALLAH SWT, lantas segala doanya menjadi makbul.

Cerita ini meruntun hati saya, dan buat saya sentiasa berfikir panjang. Kadang-kadang kita, bila Allah realisasikan hajat kita, kita suka mengimbau usaha-usaha kita.

“Aku buat beginilah yang jadi begini.”
“Doa aku makbul seh!”
“Aku ni memang Allah sayang. Tengok, semua benda Allah bagi. Aku minta je pun.”
Tanpa sedar kita bongkak. Takabbur.

Sedangkan, kita tak tahu, mungkin yang makbul itu adalah doa ibu bapa kita, doa adik beradik kita, doa sahabat-sahabat kita. Bukannya doa kita.

Cerita itu sangat menyentuh hati saya.

Membuatkan setiap kali saya berdoa, saya tidak lupa mendoakan ibu bapa saya, guru-guru saya, keluarga saya, adik beradik saya, sahabat-sahabat karib saya, yang teramat akrab saya sebutkan namanya agar lebih merasai bahawa saya memerlukan mereka mendoakan saya juga.Kita ini banyak dosa. Banyak hijab.

Mungkin doa orang lain yang lebih bersih hatinya, lebih suci jiwanya yang makbul, menyebabkan rahmat Allah tumpah pada diri kita. Sebab itu jangan berlagak. Jangan tinggi diri. Jangan rasa doa kitalah yang makbul. Pulangkan semuanya kepada Allah. Doa itu sebahagian daripada usaha sahaja sebenarnya.

Dan jangan rasa segan nak minta orang lain doakan kita.

Sebarkan jika anda rasa ada manfaatnya.
Semoga Allah redha dengan kita.