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Drinking Water DO’s and DON’Ts!

By Julie Fink
Posted On Mar 29, 2016
Drinking Water DO’s and DON’Ts!

Most of us are aware of the importance of drinking enough water. Getting our daily dose of water helps our organs perform their functions, keeps our skin clear and hydrated, and allows physical action in our bodies to flow smoothly. Even with this knowledge, it can still be challenging to drink all the water our bodies deserve daily. Just ask Jennifer Lawrence, for example, who tattooed the chemical symbol for water on her hand as a daily reminder, “I’m always going to need to be hydrated. So I guess I should just get ‘H2O’ on my hand.”

Those who are not drinking enough water may experience poor digestion, sluggish thinking, skin breakouts, headaches, bad breath, and general fatigue.

TRY: To start your day right, set a large glass of water by your bed each night and drink it when you wake up. Drinking water first thing in the morning pulls out toxins from the previous day and freshens your system for the day ahead. Keep a bottle of water accessible throughout the day, whether you are on the go or at a desk, having a bottle of water close by will remind you to take a sip when thirsty. The first sip will usually let you know how much more water you need. A sip or two may be enough, or you may need a big glass. If you drink most of your daily water before early evening, you most likely will not be thirsty before bed. This is good because drinking before bed and then waking to use the bathroom disturbs your peaceful night’s sleep.

What about quality?

Some people like bottled water while others prefer filtered water. The key is to like the taste of the water you are drinking, and the water should agree with your body. If the taste of plain water is unappealing, experiment to see how you can make it tasty and drinkable. Try adding a few mint leaves, a wedge of lemon, a sprig of parsley, slices of cucumber, a twist of lime, or a squeeze of orange to make water more tempting, or to jazz up your routine.

Water: it makes up almost 75% of your body, is absolutely necessary for life and you should consume 8 to 10 glasses of this life-giving liquid per day. Another way to calculate is to divide your body weight in half, and that is the amount in ounces of drinking water you should be taking in per day. Here are some tips on choosing your quality of water:

DON’T Drink: (or try to avoid)tap_water

  • Tap water is municipal water that comes out of the faucets and has been treated, processed, and disinfected. It is purified with chlorine and generally has added fluoride (side effects of using chlorine in our drinking water is linked to cancer).
  • Distilled water can be any kind of water that has been vaporized and collected, leaving behind any solid residues, including minerals. Distilled water has no minerals in it at all.
  • Reverse osmosis water has been forced through membranes that remove larger particles, pollutants, and minerals. Reverse osmosis water is usually acidic too.
  • Deionized water has had ionized impurities and minerals removed from it but not bacteria or pathogens.

All of the above waters lack essential minerals that are necessary for good health. Mineral deficiency can lead to insulin resistance, migraines, high blood pressure, constipation, and even heartbeat irregularities!

DO Drink:

The best water to drink is naturally clean, pure, and full of naturally occurring minerals:two_bottles

  • Well water comes from a hole drilled in the ground that taps into a water source. A pump brings it to the surface. If you do not have access to city water, then you would need a well.
  • Natural spring water flows up from a natural spring and is bottled at the source.
  • Artesian or spring waters come from a natural source but are bottled off-site and are processed and purified.
  • Mineral water could be natural spring water or artesian water, comes from an underground source, and contains at least 250 parts per million (ppm) of dissolved solids, including minerals and trace elements.

All of the types of water mentioned above have essential minerals and nutrients like magnesium, potassium, and sodium. Minerals are important for nearly every function in your body, especially your adrenals. Mineral-rich water can be one source of these nutrients, but if you can’t get these waters because of cost or your location, then home filters are an option.

Drink Up!

Resource: Living Naturally Newsletter and Body Ecology

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