Water is an essential nutrient and ensuring proper intake can help you be healthier and happier! Water deficiency, known as dehydration, occurs faster than any other essential nutrient and can take away from your health and happiness. Without water, death can result within 3 to 4 days. And while water is critical to replenish in our body every single day, the quality of water we replenish with is of utmost importance.
Why Water & Its Quality Matter to You
The adult human body is composed of over 60% water, and not being properly hydrated can cause the loss of physiological functions in the body. While water is considered a macronutrient, it doesn’t necessarily provide your body directly with energy production like carbohydrates, fats or proteins. However, about 90% of your blood plasma is water, which helps to carry energy-producing nutrients to the cells for a healthy and happy you, so it’s still critical to make sure you’re meeting your water intake daily.
In addition to making sure you intake your water each day, it’s important to make sure the water you’re drinking is from a quality source. Currently, most tap water in our country is polluted with things like heavy metals, traces of pharmaceutical medications and substances like Chlorine & Fluoride, all of which can have detrimental effects on your physical body and your moods. Unfortunately, simple filtration devices like Brita filters and refrigerator filters do not have the ability to pull out these toxins from your water. And if you think just getting some bottled water will suffice, think again. While most bottled water is better than tap water, there are still some brands that offer no difference and you could be wasting your money. If you want more details on that, check out this article below from the Environmental Working Group on the topic:
Easy Ways to Improve Water Quality & Intake
First, you need to know the general rule for how much water you need. This is simply done by taking your weight in pounds, and dividing it by two, to get the number of ounces of water you need to drink daily. For example, if you weigh 160lbs, you’d want to take in 80 ounces of water daily. If you live in a drier climate, like we do here in Phoenix, increasing that by another 10-20% helps to combat the extra water loss. And, if you’re exerting yourself through cardiovascular exercise, you would also want to up your intake to compensate for water lost through sweating and increased respiration. Remember, getting enough water is critical to be healthier and happier!
Another important thing to note here when increasing your water intake is that you keep it away from your meals. Too much liquid at meal time can inhibit digestive functions, so make sure to drink no more than 8 ounces 30 minutes before and after meals. This means, drinking water and staying hydrated needs to be done in between meals for optimal digestion. (I teach this concept along with many others to eat healthier and be happier in my programs, which you can learn more about here)
Second, you need to know where to get quality water sources from. If you’re a fan of bottled waters, there are a few companies that have pretty good ratings on their water quality and are the brands I personally look for when I need a bottle of water. These brands are Arrowhead, Ice Age, Fiji, Smart Water, Hawaii, Naya & Evian. And, if you want to move away from bottled water like I did, I highly recommend looking into at home filtration systems. Reverse Osmosis systems are the best way to go, but can often be expensive. If you’re looking for a lower-cost option for at home filtered water, I highly recommend Berkey Filter systems (www.berkeyfilters.com). I’ve had a Berkey for over two years now and couldn’t be more happy with it! You can fill these up directly from your tap and clean out over 99% of impurities, and they even have added fluoride filters to get that out of your drinking water too. Simply add in a few glass or stainless steel water bottles, and you’re ready to take clean water with you from your Berkey too.
So how clean is your water? How close are you right now to meeting your daily water intake goal? If you’re finding yourself dehydrated or you’re taking in too much pollution from your water source, I hope you’ll find this helpful to make the changes needed to hydrate your body for a healthier, happier you!
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