With so much information bombarding us about the benefits of drinking clean water, it’s challenging to navigate through all the information available to make correct choices regarding how we get clean water and how to properly use it to optimize our health.
My goal here is to provide five critical facts about water, in order to help you use it wisely.
1 Alkalize your water – If you have not familiarized yourself with acidic vs. alkaline, get started now! More and more research shows that an alkaline body can fight off toxins, reduce inflammation, provide more energy, increase your enzymatic production, increase digestion, and provide a vibrant blood supply. Water has a ph of 7.0, meaning it is neutral, neither acidic nor alkaline. There are many ways you can alkalize your water. Some of the more expensive options are to purchase a water alkalizing machine. They can range from several hundred to several thousand dollars. A less expensive, but just as effective option is to put lemon slices in your water. Although lemons are acidic, once you drink the acidic lemon water, it will become alkaline as your body reacts with the lemons’ anions during the digestive process.
2 Bottled water misconceptions – Many people drink bottled water for its convenience and purity. For many, they have decided that it is not convenient to carry around a water bottle from their home. Here’s the problem our society has inherited with the growth of the bottled water industry. Where do all these bottles go? The fact is, less than 25% of our population recycles, so that means all those bottles go into the landfill, where they will not biodegrade. The other misunderstanding is that many people who drink bottled water are under the impression that those bottles come from “pristine lakes, never touched by human hands”. That is usually not the case. The majority of bottled water manufacturers use municipal water supply and a variety of filtration systems. Some are better and more refined than others. I have certainly tasted some that taste pretty close to tap water. Bottom line, there are steps you can take to drink better quality water (Eldorado is excellent and a higher ph than 7.0), and takes steps to minimize landfill wastes.
3 Chemical components in your tap water – while we’re on the subject of tap water, let’s review some of the common components found in Colorado tap water. Most, if not all of these, will be found in every municipality’s water supply.
- Organic chemicals, such as herbicides, pesticides, petroleum products, and industrial solvents.
In addition, traces of 18 unregulated chemicals were found in drinking water from more than one-third of U.S. water utilities in a nationwide sampling, according to new, unpublished research by federal scientists.
Included are 11 perfluorinated compounds, an herbicide, two solvents, caffeine, an antibacterial compound, a metal and an antidepressant.
Bottom line, do your best to avoid drinking tap water, and minimize its overall usage such as brushing your teeth and showering. Note, when you boil water, you remove all chemical components and are ready to make your soups and pasta!
4 When should you drink water during the day? – We have a rule in my family – drink between meals, sip during meals. The way I’ve explained it to my kids is like this: You know how you go to the self serve car wash, and while your car is stopped, the soap stand come towards you, squirting out the soap? Well, that soap stand is your enzymes, which are responsible for breaking down your food as you eat. What would happen if your car drove out of the car wash while the soap stand was doing its job? Your car could not get clean. That’s the job of enzymes. They wait until the food comes down and they act like the “soap stand”, breaking down food into a digestible form. When you wash down what you just ate with a large glass of water, or whatever you drink, that food cannot be properly digested, and is forced through its maze of organs in an indigestible form. Drink the bulk of your water between meals, and sip during meals. Let the “car wash” do its job.
5 How much water should you drink each day? – You’ve all heard the adage, “8 glasses a day”; well that’s a start. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) established some general guidelines for water intake in 2004. Healthy adult women need around 91 ounces of total water and healthy adult men need about 125 ounces every day. There are 128 ounces in a gallon, so for the average size man that’s a gallon a day! Now add to that factors that would necessitate more water, like Colorado altitude, exercise, and variables such as pregnancy and illness, such as diarrhea and vomiting. Remember that fruits and vegetables contain a high degree of water, so keep eating your fruits and veggies.
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