The benefits of drinking water and your facial beauty

As a Certified Face Yoga teacher I often coach people on the benefits of drinking enough water. I already blogged about this in the past and I think it is a recurring theme I think that needs to be emphasized. You often hear on the news how important it is for us to find water on Mars. Water means life; isn't it strange that we forget then to drink enough water?

Sarah Smith of the Daily Mail also wondered about this and embarked on an experiment. She started drinking three liters of water every day in addition to what she was already drinking. The results were amazing, not only did she feel better but she also started to look TEN YEARS younger in her face. Down below you can find an excerpt of the article with a link to the original article.

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

  • One in five women drinks less than the recommended daily intake of water
  • Every system and function in our body depends on water...
  • Especially because the liquid flushes toxins from vital organs

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.

©WARRENSMITH2013. shows SARAH SMITH 'BEFORE' shot Water Feature

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.

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Health Benefits of Face Yoga

Often, those that choose to engage in facial exercise, are looking for a more youthful appearance. The orofacial myofunctional therapies do much more than that. Orofacial myofunctional therapy is, in a sense "neuromuscular re-education" or " re-patterning of the oral and facial muscles. Facial and tongue exercises, combined with behavior-modification techniques help to promote a proper tongue position, improve breathing, chewing and swallowing. It also addresses proper head and neck postures, and peer-reviewed studies show a positive benefit in working to resolve jaw problems and orthodontic relapses when applying the therapy with a multi-disciplinary team. Face (Facial) Yoga does the same since the exercises have the same effect on your face and facial muscles. It is a viable alternative or even adjunctive treatment to facial plastic surgery without the dramatic surgery. It helps to get rid of lines and saggy facial muscles on a natural way by simply exercising. Face Yoga, on that, doesn't just address your oral cavity and tongue but also all your facial muscles and adjoined head and neck muscles. The exercises of Face Yoga also teach you to breathe properly through your nose and makes you rest your tongue against the roof of your mouth. By doing Face Yoga you exercise all your facial muscles and you work on functional posturing and chewing.  
Face Yoga helps in resolving problems with:
  • Orthodontic relapse,
  • Bottle feeding,
  • Teeth grinding,
  • Speech problems,
  • Bloating due to air swallowing,
  • Thumb sucking, nail or lip biting or other oral habits,
  • Allergies,
  • Mild to moderate sleep apnea,
  • Snoring,
  • Food texture sensitivities,
  • Frequent headaches,
  • Neck pain,
  • Long Face Syndrome,
  • TMJ problems,
  • Developmental delays, such as low muscle tone,
  • Frequent choking, gagging or trouble swallowing,
  If you have any of these issues, I would urge you to find a trained and certified therapist who can customize the exercises based on your specific anatomy and needs, and enter into a long-term coaching relationship. There are hundreds of exercises, and each individual is unique. It's a grave mistake to think that you can just do a few basic exercises from a book for a few weeks and be done. In order to really re-pattern all the muscles involved, you need to do it slowly, over time, in order to reprogram your muscle memory. To get all your oral-facial and neck muscles working correctly can make a huge difference in your health, well-being, and appearance. It can even change the way your face looks, as it actually may change the facial structure. Your skull bones may shift in a slow, comfortable manner. Just as a trained athlete you can reap more benefits from regular and consistent exercise and you may come to discover the following Face Yoga benefits:
Face Yoga health benefits:
  • Reduces asymmetry of the eyes,
  • Reduces the asymmetry of the mouth,
  • Improved vision,
  • Improved breathing through the nose,
  • Alleviate sinus problems,
  • Lessen visible effects of light strokes,
  • Assists with speech-languagepathology,,

Before – After pictures

Before and After Pictures

[caption id="attachment_104" align="alignleft" width="300"] Before Mouth[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_105" align="alignleft" width="300"] After mouth[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_106" align="alignleft" width="300"] Before Eyes[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_107" align="alignnone" width="300"] After Eyes[/caption]

 

[caption id="attachment_103" align="alignleft" width="300"] January 2018 (left) & April 2018 (right)[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_102" align="alignleft" width="300"] January 2018 (left) & April 2018 (right)[/caption]

 

 

Here is one of the great examples of amazing changes I saw on Ann-Marie from France. She is 56 years old and she noticed her wrinkles became more visible last few years. She is very conscious about foods and she eats very healthily. She has a very natural and healthy lifestyle so she decided to join the Face Yoga Method membership. She is a very dedicated Face Yoga Method practitioner and she did the poses 5 times a day for about 8 weeks. Here is the Before/After photos of her. I simply love these photos. Her face line is much more defined and lifted. Her forehead area, especially above the eyebrow, has much fewer wrinkles.

 

 

These pictures are provided by the courtesy of Face Yoga Method by Fumiko Takatsu and myself and may not be reproduced without our written permission.

Face Yoga and rehabilitation

Face Yoga has many benefits besides just the beauty benefits. Did you know that you can use Face Yoga techniques in a rehabilitation therapy?  Down below you can find information from a real-life case in which Face Yoga helped a women get control over her facial muscles. A women was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy. (Bell's Palsy is a type of facial paralysis that results in an ability to control facial muscles on the affected side. The cause is unknown. It results from a dysfunctional of the facial nerve) Symptoms can vary from mild to severe. Some of the symptoms she experienced were: ❌Couldn’t blow out my cheeks ❌ Couldn’t pronounce words that required to close the mouth ❌ The half tongue was numb ❌ Couldn’t close mouth entirely ❌ Couldn’t suck on a straw ❌ Constantly dry mouth ❌ The right eye couldn’t close tight ❌ Couldn’t raise eyebrows ❌ Couldn’t flare the right nostril ❌ Eyeballs feel insecure, tired eyes constantly She took on treatment in medication form to reduce nerve inflammations, acupuncture 3 times a week, daily face yoga, acupressure massages, along with a clean diet and yoga practice. The first Face Yoga lesson started on the 2nd week after she was diagnosed. Week 1 (Warm-ups on torso, shoulders, chest, and neck) ✅ Big O ✅ WOW ✅ Tapping ✅ Eye flex *Class focused mainly on receiving sensations through activating face muscles, building heat, stimulating blood flow and creating a sense of awareness between breaths and facial movements. Throughout the week she's advised to practice these 4 poses. Week 2 (Warm-ups on torso, shoulders, chest, and neck) *she was able to flex her eyes but was having difficulty squinting, so we worked on eye area poses : ✅ Big O ✅ WOW ✅ Binocular eye ✅ Eye flex Week 3 (Along with warming up torso, shoulders, chest, and neck, Big O and WOW became part of warm-up poses as she became familiar with the poses) *Class focused on the mouth area ✅ Smackeroo ✅ Bumblebee ✅ Symmetrical mouth with the hand ✅ Yummy face Just after 2 days of practicing these poses diligently, she was able to whistle and close her mouth almost entirely ✨ Week 4 (She gained almost 90% of her facial muscle movements by week 4, but it was still tricky to squint the eyes and eyeballs still feel loose) *Class focused on the eye area ✅ Eye flex ✅ Eye push ups ✅ No more tired eyes Week 5 (She was having difficulty to blow up her cheeks with air) *Class focused on cheek, mouth and jawline muscles ✅ Nasolabial Smoother ✅ Rolly Polly ✅ Swan Neck Each week we go through the poses we learned the week before and there were tremendous improvements in the control of muscle engagements and movements. I shall let the attached photo speak for itself. The Key to recovery ✨ Breathing into poses ✨ Consistent and Diligent Practice ✨ Positive Spirit from teacher and student