Why Is Water Important?
Our bodies are made up of 75% water, so it makes sense that hydration is important to the proper function of our organs and other body systems. There is a very delicate water balance that can easily dip on the side of dehydration. Even slight dehydration will cause unpleasant symptoms. Headaches, irritability, dry mouth, muscle weakness, lack of energy, and dark yellow urine are some of the signs of dehydration. Severe dehydration can cause confusion, low blood pressure, sunken eyes, and even unconsciousness. Chronic dehydration will cause our skin to look older and become dry, and slow our metabolism, making weight loss more difficult. A lack of water causes the liver to be forced to take over some of the kidneys’ job of filtering out the blood’s impurities. This makes for a less effective liver. The liver is now not as efficient at metabolizing fat. Therefore, weight loss will slow down. Now that we know the importance of drinking water, let’s take a look at the benefits we enjoy when we get enough water each day.
The Good News
The good news is that drinking water is not only refreshing, but easy and cheap. The act of drinking water is probably the simplest road to better overall health. You’ll reap benefits from drinking water in every area of your body. Water lessens the appetite and helps flush out fat deposits, assisting in weight loss. It is the cheapest anti-aging treatment for the skin. Skin that is adequately hydrated retains a youthful glow, and is more elastic. Fine lines and wrinkles are less noticeable. Muscles and joints are less susceptible to cramping when they are hydrated. We think more clearly, are less irritable, and have fewer headaches. Chronic illnesses such as allergies, asthma, high blood pressure, and cholitis can be eased by drinking plenty of water. Now that the case has been made for drinking more water, what is the best source?
Bottled, Filtered, or Tap
What is the best source of water anyway? Tap water contains known carcinogens and groundwater is full of chemicals and animal byproducts. It’s purified with chlorine. Chlorine has been thought to react with fecal matter in tap water and creates chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). CFCs may be responsible for many different physical problems, including heart disease, autoimmune diseases, and certain cancers. This is a controversial school of thought, but if you would rather ere on the side of caution I would suggest drinking something other than water straight from the tap. To see exactly what is in your community tap water, call your local water company for the latest water report. It will list any contaminates found in the water system and if there were any violations, and how they were managed.
Bottled water is very popular. There are a couple of concerns with drinking bottled water. First, plastic bottles can contain carcinogens, and second, bottled water does not contain fluoride. Fluoride consumption is controversial in its own right, but if you choose to consume it for protection from cavities, know that most bottled waters have no fluoride. Otherwise, bottled water is a better choice than tap water.
Water filters can be a more expensive option initially, but over time will definitely be more cost effective than bottled water. Choose a high quality filter and don’t fill up old plastic bottles. Instead chill water in a pitcher, and drink in a glass when possible. The espring filter actually leaves fluoride in and filters out contaminates, while using an ultraviolet light to kill any microbes that might be present.
How Much Should I Drink?
There is a simple calculation on how much water each person should drink each day. Divide your body weight by 2. This will equal the number of ounces of water you should drink per day. For example, a 130 pound woman should drink 65 ounces of water per day. One suggestion is to fill a pitcher with the correct amount of water and place it in the fridge. Finish the pitcher of water by the end of the day. For the working person who drinks bottled water, just place the correct number of bottles in the fridge at work, and finish them off before the day ends.