Why is water so Important>

Why is water so Important>

Why is Water So Important, and Why Does Everyone Keep Telling Me I Need More?

 

Before we get started, I just want to make it clear that water is not soda, tea, coffee or a bubbly drink. Water is simply the clear stuff, with nothing in it.

 

Water helps regulate and balance EVERYTHING in your body: body temperature, transportation of nutrients, maintaining fluids for digestion, and the absorption and circulation of these fluids. Simple ailments you are experiencing may be easily fixed just by drinking more water.

 

Let’s go through some of the advantages of drinking ENOUGH water.

·        Not only does water keep you hydrated when working out, it also helps lubricate your joints, spinal cord and tissue, which will help you enjoy physical exercise.

·        Hydration also affects your strength, power, and endurance while exercising.

·        It helps eliminate waste through perspiration, and also helps you have healthy bowel movements and avoid constipation.

·        Staying hydrated helps your kidneys work efficiently to filter waste through urination.

·        Water can also boost your metabolism, which has a pivotal role in weight loss.

·        Feel like you can't focus, are not alert, or don't have good short-term memory? Try drinking more water - dehydration affects brain function.

·        Dehydration can also cause health problems, such as decreased blood pressure and hyperthermia.

·        Drinking water improves your circulation.

·        Extreme dehydration can cause seizures and even death.

·        Prevents kidney stones, exercise-induced asthma, and urinary tract infections

·        Adequate water intake will help keep your skin hydrated and may promote collagen production, which makes your skin more vibrant.

 

How Much Water Should I Drink?

            The general rule here is to drink half your body weight in ounces each day; so if you weigh 100 pounds, you would need to drink 50 ounces of water daily.

 

When Do I know I Am Drinking Enough Water?

           

            Your urine is on the light side color-wise.

            You have to empty your bladder about every two to three hours.

 

What If I Just Don’t Like It?

 

            Try adding lemon, lime, cucumber, watermelon, or orange slices to your water.

            Add mint leaves or thyme.

            Use a fun drinking glass or goblet.

            Heat your water and drink it with lemon.

 

 

Top Bottled Water Choices

 

Bottled water is easy and convenient, but there are many different kinds of water.

It's important to be informed about where your water comes from, as many companies have been found guilty of filling their brands with regular tap water to increase their profit margins. Make sure to do your research and buy brands you trust.

 

Mineral Water: This water comes from a mineral spring that contains various minerals, including salt and sulfur compounds. Example: Evian

Artesian Water: This groundwater is confined under pressure between layers of underground rock called a confined aquifer. Artesian water rises to the top of the aquifer when a well taps the confined aquifer. Example: Fiji

Spring Water: This water is derived from underground formations from which water flows naturally to the earth’s surface. It must be collected at the spring or underground through a borehole feeding the spring. Example: Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water

Purified Water: Water produced by distillation, deionization or reverse osmosis. Example: Aquafina

 

Other Factors to Consider When Choosing Bottled Water

Besides aesthetics, there are other factors to consider when choosing bottled water.

Bottled water usually comes in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) containers, which are generally considered safe. But when stored in warm temperatures, the plastic may leach chemicals into the water, which may lead to potential health risks.

In addition, plastic bottles are not healthy for the planet, due to the huge amounts of fossil fuels that are burned in order to fill and distribute them. It takes three times the amount of water to produce a bottle of water as it does to fill it. Plus, plastic bottles take about 500-1000 years to decompose and are among the worst-known ocean pollutants.

The best bottled water container is one that is not made from plastic, such as the reusable, stainless steel bottle that uses reverse osmosis technology  (ex: Hydro Flask or Klean Kanteen).

For times when bottled water on-the-go is an absolute must, look for brands with the NSF certification logo, such as Ozarka, Culligan, Niagara, or Saratoga, or choose a brand that uses glass bottles (ex: Eden Springs and Voss). While they may be pricier, you can wash and refill them at home for other uses, and they help save our planet!



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