Water Confusion Dispelled - How Much and What Kind?
There are so many choices when it comes to a simple commodity - water! Are you confused about how much we should drink each day? You’re not alone! To top it off, which of the many water choices that are available to us are the best ones for our specific health goals?
We all have heard how important it is to stay hydrated and drink more water. What we also need to know is that by the time we feel “thirsty,” we are more than likely already dehydrated. When we lose water content, it leaves the brain first. This can cause “brain fog,” lethargy, sleeplessness, forgetfulness, unclear and “blah” feelings. Here are some tricks and tips to avoid these pitfalls and stay hydrated for optimal health benefits.
How Much Water Should I Drink?
- Drink at least 2 8-oz glasses of water upon awakening.
- Drink 1-2 glasses before each meal.
- A general rule of thumb is 2 quarts of H2O before 2pm.
What Kind of Water?
Generally speaking, most of us have the following choices of water available at our finger tips.
- Tap water - Tap water is treated with a large number of chemicals in order to kill bacteria and other microorganisms. Concerning contaminants that may be pouring out of your faucet: fluoride, chlorine, lead, mercury, PCBs (chemicals used for industrial purposes such as insulation, oil, paints, etc.), Arsenic, perchlorate (key ingredient in rocket fuel and explosives), dioxins, MtBE (gasoline additive), cancer drugs, pharmaceuticals such as anti-depressants, pesticides and many others. Whew…enough said!
- Filtered/purified water - This is as bogus of a term as “all natural.” It solely means this water has been minutely filtered tap water, possibly with a simple mesh filter for debris alone.
- Distilled water - This water has been boiled into steam and condensed back into liquid. It is filtered like the sun evaporates, leaving dissolved solids (chemicals, etc.) that bind with water. With this process it also filters out desirable minerals. One must take in additional minerals or add them to distilled water or it could possibly strip minerals from your body.
- Spring water - Water derived from an underground formation from which water flows naturally to the surface of the earth. It may contain a wide variety of trace minerals.
- When eating out, add lemon and/or lime to avoid bottled water costs and/or environmental impact or you may bring bottle or straw with a filter! Check out my World Ocean’s day Blog Post for more info on straws.
To sum it all up: My top 2 picks for water would be Spring water and distilled water with extra minerals. That being said, they both have their pitfalls...so as always, it is up to you, the consumer and commander of your own health to decide what best suits your lifestyle and body.
*Note: The downfall of most spring water is the plastic in which it travels and the myriad of dangerous chemicals in the plastic that seep into the water you eventually drink. Some would also argue that distilled water has just as many downfalls. For instance, if you’re filling up your own glass jugs at a Vitamin Cottage or Whole Foods, that can be a hassle. Another common argument against distilled water that we have yet to tackle is the “aliveness” of the water. Yes, it has been tampered with by man and yes, you will have to re-mineralize it (a simple and effective process) that doesn’t end up being the exact product nature makes. As for me and my family, it is the option we currently choose and it works for us! If you can live by a natural spring that isn’t polluted, of course that would be the best and most ideal option. However, in this day and age we have to do the best we can, and be grateful for so many options we still have available on this beautiful planet we call home!
Here are a few recommended home water filtration systems I would recommend:
Big water filter- stand alone
STAR OF THE SHOW ~ CITRUS!
So you are eating out at your favorite restaurant and a round of water is poured. You have the knowledge that water is a healthy beverage, although you also know what could be lurking in it, so what is one to do? Lemons and/or limes to the rescue! Of course they add flavor to your drink, but they also can purify your drinking water and add nutritional value.
Lemons are an incredibly alkaline food and an alkaline body is a key to good health. They aid in fighting hunger cravings, digestion, help flush out toxins, decrease wrinkles and blemishes, assist in hydration, and are also high in vitamin C and potassium.
Limes are an excellent source of antioxidants that protect your body by preventing or stopping free radicals, or chemicals that harm cells. They rejuvenate skin, improve digestion, fight infection, assist with weight loss, lowers blood sugar, reduces heart disease and inflammation.
*Tip - A GREAT way to start your day and assist in body alkalinity is a cup of warm water with a squeeze of lemon. A pinch of cayenne pepper is a bonus!
So kindly ask your waitstaff to bring sliced lemon or lime to the table and give it a squeeze and enjoy!