Water for a Beautiful Mind

I love water, I crave it, it is my best friend when I am hungover and jumping into azure sea just makes everything ok. As much as I adore it I have never given it too much consideration, just the pure fact that it makes me feel so good, until now ……….

According to the book Water Codes it is so much more.

In reality, we are primarily made of water. We are around 90% water at birth, declining to 50-70% by death. Because water molecules are so small, this weight mass average of 75% actually represents 99.9% of the molecules in the human body. It holds the structure of every cell, and and is in fact what determines its integrity and lifespan. Nothing happens in the body without it.

Life is water, dancing to the tune of molecules.

-Dr Albert Szent-Gyorgi

Nobel Prize for Physiology

But how could it help my quest on the prevention of Alzheimer’s & a Beautiful Mind?

Here is my glorious week on the wonders of water.

Day 1. Mineral Water

I went to the source of what I believe is one of the best waters in the world. Lemurian Springs water is not just your average H20, far from it. It has more in common with your cells than what you’ll find coming out of your tap. It is exactly the kind of water that your body spends hours converting regular tap water into! It is more viscous, more saline, more oxygenated, more structured and alkaline than any other mineral water on the planet. I was intrigued to discover it has very high pH and oxygen levels. Given that the brain is bathed in highly structured water, the more structured the water, the more healthy the brain function.

Many Mineral Waters also have high amounts of silica which not only can slow down cellular aging it could also help prevent Alzheimer’s & improve brain health. According to a study British researchers found drinking a litre of silicon-rich mineral water ‘significantly reduced’ the levels of neurotoxin aluminium in the body. Fountain of Youth here we come!

Photography by Jasmin Devereux

Day 2. Floatation

I have always been intrigued about floatation tanks, but after being temporarily suffocated in a sleeping bag by my brother Danvers at age 6 the thought of being confined in a small space was a bit terrifying. I headed to Float Culture where I was booked into the mountain room which had a gorgeous painted backdrop of a lake, mountains and trees plus great amenities. Tick! After having a soothing cup of herbal tea while watching a quick video on floatation, I instantly felt relaxed as I now had a better understanding of how this therapy worked. The tank water contains half a tonne of Epsom salts which is about twice as much as the Dead Sea. I tentatively lay back in the water and the sense of weightlessness was surreal. Once I felt calm I shut the lid, turned off the light and soft music began for the first 10 minutes to calm the mind. I was relieved to not feel even one hint of claustrophobia and once I really settled in the sense of relaxation in the womb like pod took me into another space. I did have a few moments of boredom but when I slipped back into the meditative state I had some little light bulb moments which is one of the many wonderful attributes that floating can unlock creativity. What my main interest however was the benefit of flotation for the brain. Floating helps to relieve stress, pain and depression –  one hour in a floatation tank is equivalent to 4 hours quality rest. I was so relaxed aftewards my night sleep following was amazing. All of this of course helps in the prevention of brain diseases like Alzheimer’s – healthier sleep healthier mind. The other interesting research I found was that magnesium could possibly help to prevent or reduce Alzheimer’s and there was plenty loaded in the Floatation Tank.

Day 3. Micellar Water

You are what you eat and it is the same with your skin.  What we put on it, is so imperative, making sure it does not contain nasty chemicals that are unfortunately found in so many cosmetics and skincare products still! Certain Parabens are deadly, never use sulfates and of course aluminum is known to cause Alzheimer’s.

Here I get to do a little plug on my skincare range Girl Undiscovered – that is 100% wild. Getting extra moisture into your skin can be achieved using my fav product (not that I am bias of course) The Crystal Cleansing Water is a 3 in 1 Micellar that will remove makeup and impurities, rebalancing and purifying your skin. It contains Pure Pouch Water from Matakana that is sourced at depths of 160 metres & pH perfect. It is infused with our super blend Thanaka 8 Extract, wild island kanuka honey and Balinese virgin coconut oil. The water contains rose quartz and citrine that can bring positive energy to you morning and night cleansing ritual and looks beautiful too! Plus it comes with the super handy gold bag. If you would like to try it please contact me for a special friends and family code charlotte@beautifulmindnz.com

Day 5. Swimming

Its no surprise aerobic exercise is not only good for the heart, but also good for the brain. It improves brain function, and also helps repair damaged brain cells. Swimming can provide additional brain benefits on a molecular and behavioral level by affecting neurotransmitters that influence mood and stress-reducing hormones and could also help to prevent the dreaded “A”.

I am a fish and any opportunity to get in the water I am there! The last day of my week I had a wonderful swim in the sea. Not only did I feel invigorated & calm, the sense of wellbeing was immense. To keep your brain in tip top condition, true happiness from simple things like swimming are imperative and I definitely found my happy place swimming in the sea.

My beautiful mother Colyn loved swimming. Infact she swam every day in summer and was known to plunge into the water well past the warmer months. Sadly this did not help to prevent her Alzheimers but I know swimming brought her a lot of joy! 

I love this photo of mum in a Tip Top Trumpet ad, rocking her bikini.

I am not sure if I imagined it but by the end of the week, drinking 2 litres of Lemurian Springs Water a day my mind felt a lot clearer and my skin glowed. The flotation helped with my sleeping and the swim kick started my tired brain.

So the next glass of water you drink – pause for a minute and give thanks for its amazing benefits for a Mind Beautiful.




Published by: Charlotte Devereux

As a child I was privileged growing up with an entrepreneurial mother, father & grandmother who’s incredible business acumen and innovative spirit passed onto me my love for creating. It’s in my blood. I embrace the power of possibility considering new ways to prevent Alzheimer's & depression as well as delving back in time to ancient rituals . I am in my happiest place when mixing up lotions and potions. I get to fulfil this with my product development role at Girl Undiscovered - 100% wild skincare which I founded with my business partner in 2015. I always try and get in a headstand in each morning for an instant face lift and endorphin rush. A 10 minute meditation helps me to keep calm and juggle a crazy beautiful 8 year old, India and two dynamiyc yet challenging teenagers, Jasmin and Sam as well as an energetic Labrador, August. My previous life as a pregnancy clothing designer for my business EGG has put me in touch with the magical way the body changes and sparked my interest in wellbeing. A natural progression for me in keeping skin healthy, body nurtured and mind supported through exercise, diet and wellbeing. Caring for my darling mother who has Alzheimer's and my journey on the prevention helps me to remember my inner girl as the curious, kind and creative one I continue to want to be.

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