We all hear the age old catch cry… ‘You need to drink more water’, ‘keep up your fluids’…
With World Water Day on Wednesday March 22nd, 2017 lets really dive into why we should up the h20, and what is adequate for our bodies.
Water, glorious water:
- Is the foundation of life.
- Generates life on the planet.
- Conventional medical professionals do not understand the vital role of water in the human body.
- Thirst should not be treated with medication.
- Experiment with water as a natural treatment for ailments.
- Understanding dehydration will empower you to be healthy.
- Take charge and become your own healer.
Did you know – our bodies are made up of between 60-75% water, with our brains alone being 85% water!?
It’s no surprise that how much you drink can affect your health. Too much water may lead to mineral imbalances, while too little could cause dehydration, headaches, or fatigue. Dehydration can also lead to backaches, headaches, and digestive problems. When we deprive body cells of water, they start to react differently.
So, how much should you drink? Bio-individuality applies not only to food, but also to the amount of water our bodies need to function properly. On average, men 3 liters (13 cups) and women about 2.2 liters (9 cups) daily.
In order to satisfy individual needs, various lifestyle factors need to be taken into consideration. For example, the water content in fresh fruits and green leafy vegetables may increase hydration in the body.
Up your intake in hotter climates, when exercising, sick, pregnant or drinking alcohol.
SO what should you drink? Tap, filtered, distilled, alkaline iodized?
Tap water is the most readily available, but may not always be the safest option. Some cities have very good purification systems, while others may leave traces of chlorination by-products, lead, and bacteria. Water filters can help remove contaminants when environmental toxins pose a threat to water systems.
It is important to know which contaminants are present in your water in order to choose the right filter.
- Distillation, or boiling water, has also been found to remove impurities and toxins. However, some believe the naturally occurring minerals in non-distilled water are beneficial to our health.
- Bottled water has become a popular option for individuals without access to safe tap water; however, there are growing concerns about chemicals from the plastic seeping into the water as well as the effects that the increasing number of bottles has on the environment.
- Water ionizers are gaining more recognition for their ability to create alkaline ionized water through electrolysis, which may have certain health benefits.
Coffee, tea, soft drink, alcohol, and energy drinks are not water. These drinks contain water, but also contain dehydrating agents. It is important not to treat dehydration with these drinks.
So leave your thoughts in the comments – are you drinking enough water? If not, how can you ensure you get enough. And what type of water are your drinking? Are you happy with this? If no how can you change it?
HAPPY WORLD WATER DAY, this and every other day 🙂