Anti-aging Column

Published on April 7th, 2016 | by Ann Rickard


My Glass Often Half Empty

Here is some advice you have heard before … at least, oh, let’s say … about 75 times – every week.

Drink more water. Eight glasses every day keeps nasties away, we are told incessantly.

“Harder than remembering to drink water, is the constant need to pee.”

Water does wonders for our complexion, enhances our wellbeing, makes us smarter, brighter, sharper.

However, for a lot of us the problem with a big daily water intake lies in (a) the actual remembering to drink it and (b) the annoying and constant need to find a nearby loo.

I’ve been through all the various methods of remembering to drink water: filling up a jug and leaving it on my desk, taking a water bottle with me everywhere I go.

I’ve even tried setting the oven timer to come on at half-hourly intervals to remind me to drink a glass of water.

But then old lazy ways creep back and I forget to fill the jug or take the water bottle or set the oven timer.

“Will eight cups of tea do instead of eight glasses of water?” I have asked knowledgable types over the years.

I am perfectly capable of drinking eight cups of tea, without need of the oven timer – and that’s just before breakfast.

“Oh, no,” is the answer … something to do with the caffeine in the tea counteracting the goodness of the water. Blah. Blah. Blah.

“How about eight gin and tonics?” I’ve been tempted to ask, and like the tea, I reckon I could get through eight G&Ts (but not before breakfast).

Harder than remembering to drink water, is the constant need to pee.

It is at its most inconvenient on car journeys, for who among us enjoys using the toilets at petrol stations?

Drinking a great deal of water every day may be easy for some, but for this columnist, it is a bit like making my own health-giving muesli, or eating great big plates of raw kale, it’s something I’m just not capable of.


About the Author

is a Noosa (Australia) local and author of six successful books, all humorous travel narratives. In 2005 Ann won the prestigious ASTW’s Australian Travel Writer of the Year and in 2007 she won the ASTW Travel Book of the Year. Ann takes a culinary tour to the South of France in June every year . Ann writes travel, dining and columns for the Sunshine Coast Daily and is the Life editor of the Noosa News. Ann also maintains a well read and popular blog site. Ann’s travels have seen her explore cuisines all over the world.

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