Do you ever let a self deprecating comment slip out of your mouth, or maybe you constantly “joke” about your perceived inadequacies? Example: “I’m so old, I’m fat, etc.?” I admit, when I am with my girlfriends I do poke fun at myself (as do they) and we get a good laugh about it.

But beyond a chuckle, are you consciously aware about how you talk about yourself to yourself (self talk)? The language you use to describe yourself can actually influence how you age. By constantly berating yourself about your looks, you are programing yourself to age faster.

I first became aware of this after watching the movie What the Bleep Do We Know. The work of Japanese doctor Masaru Emoto was featured and I was fascinated. He wrote the book The Hidden Message of Water. He observed that water crystals change form when spoken or imprinted with different words and intentions.

“Essentially, Dr. Emoto captured water’s ‘expressions.’ He developed a technique using a very powerful microscope in a very cold room along with high-speed photography, to photograph newly formed crystals of frozen water samples. Not all water samples crystallize however. Water samples from extremely polluted rivers directly seem to express the ‘state’ the water is in.
Dr. Masaru Emoto discovered that crystals formed in frozen water reveal changes when specific, concentrated thoughts are directed toward them. He found that water from clear springs and water that has been exposed to loving words shows brilliant, complex, and colorful snowflake patterns. In contrast, polluted water, or water exposed to negative thoughts, forms incomplete, asymmetrical patterns with dull colors.

The implications of this research create a new awareness of how we can positively impact the earth and our personal health. The success of his books outside Japan has been remarkable. Dr. Emoto has been called to lecture around the world as a result and has conducted live experiments both in Japan and Europe as well as in the US to show how indeed our thoughts, attitudes, and emotions as humans deeply impact the environment. Dr. Masaru Emoto’s stunning water-crystal photographs have enchanted millions of people in his many books.  His groundbreaking work has shown that thoughts and words have a direct effect on water-crystal formation, and since our bodies are mostly water, our thoughts and words certainly affect not only ourselves, but the world around us.” Source:

Our bodies are up to 75% water, which means there is a lot of water to be “programmed”. A simple exercise I practice is to write words such as “beauty, love, gratitude, youth, healthy” with a sharpie pen on my water bottle and on the gallon jugs I buy.

I encourage you to be mindful of the words you use to describe your body and health. For more information, visit Dr. Emoto’s website: