We can only live 3 days without water. Are you getting enough? (Tweet This!)
How does it benefit us?
Water regulates body temperature, protects body organs, lubricates joints, prevents constipation, helps dissolve minerals and other nutrients to make them accessibly to the body, carries oxygen to cells, to name a few.
If we do not get enough we then get dehydrated, which can make a mess of our bodies. Health issues such as adult-onset diabetes, arthritis, asthma, back pain, cataracts, chronic fatigue syndrome, colitis, depression, heartburn, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, kidney stones, lupus, migraines, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and more are linked to not getting enough water in our bodies.
I hope by now you are picking up a glass and drinking as you are reading this, but if not here are a few more interesting facts about water.
- About 71 percent of the Earth’s surface is water-covered
- The oceans make up about 96.5 percent of all Earth’s water.
- Our body is at least 60% water and is involved in almost every bodily function
- Our bloodstream is made up of 81% of water
- Urine is made up of 95% water
- Sweat is made up of 99% water
- Water accelerates skin regeneration for wounds
- Water is one of the major components of the cerebrospinal fluid
An individuals’ water needs vary based on their age, physical activity level, geographic location and dietary consumption. With that said on average, you could take your weight and divide it by 2. That’s approximately how many ounces of water you should drink daily.
There are many sources and types of water. If you are thinking about a water filter, the two most common are a reverse osmosis and carbon filters. There are pros and cons to each filter, but ultimately the best source is from a natural spring. For most people, it’s hard to go outside and get spring water straight from the source. This website can provide locations of the nearest spring so you can go and bottle your own. However, that’s not necessarily the easiest solution.
Another alternative is bottled water. It’s important to do your research to know where it comes from and how it’s sourced. It’s better if the water is bottled at the source instead of transported and processed elsewhere. You may also find that water in glass bottles will minimize BPA exposure and environmental impact.
Everyone has personal opinions and preferences when it comes to this liquid wonder. All I will say is do your research and chose what works best for you, but avoid tap water. Tap can include pathogens, arsenic, lead, and remnants from prescription medicines. All of these additives can have serious impacts on our health. Check out studies like this one from the National Resource Defense Council for more details.
Now, if it turns out that you do not like the taste of plan ole’ water then try flavoring it naturally with lemon or lime. You can also diffuse water with your favorite fruits to make it more flavorful. Avoid the store bought flavored waters or the add-ins that are loaded with sugar.
No matter your preference in flavor, source or type of water the most important thing to remember is that drinking water is a key ingredient to your health and vitality. Drink up!
Water.USGS.gov | MayoClinic.org | Medical-Dictionary.com | LiveScience.com | NRDC.org
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