If you haven’t read the last post please check that out before you carry on.
Drinking water is important for a healthy life. It helps to keep your kidneys healthy and hydrated and it helps to eliminate toxins. It keeps the body functioning properly, the blood thin and suppresses the appetite naturally. In addition, it helps the body metabolize fats (helps with weight loss).
So, from the previous post we have discovered that both tap water and bottled water can be harmful as they both contain many harmful chemicals and contaminants that are toxic to the body. So the first thing we will need to do is filter the water. There are many water filters on the market.
The simplest thing we can do is to get a filter system that filters all the contaminants from the tap water and then add minerals back in. Let’s start with the filtering:
The Three-Step Water Purification filter – This type of filter is very affordable. The first step is the sediment filtration. They are often used in the pre-treatment for other types of treatments. They only reduce particulates, not remove chemicals. The second step is the Kinetic Degradation Fluxion filtration. This filter removes the chlorine from the water. The final step is the Activated Carbon filtration. This filter is negatively charged and attracts the positively charged contaminants.
Distillation – This filtering process requires the water to be boiled. The water vapor is then condensed. This provides us with only water molecules and no contaminates. Although the water outputted from this filter is pure, the process removes minerals from the water as well. So, drinking distilled water for long periods of time can be harmful to your health as you will be losing electrolytes and minerals which you should be getting form water. On the other hand distilled water is very good for detoxing as it draws toxins and eliminates them from the body (for temporary use only).
Reverse Osmosis – This filter system works by forcing water through a fine membrane using high pressure. This process removes almost all of the contaminants including minerals. The same applies here as with the Distillation method. Other drawbacks to this method are that the water is acidic, the system is expensive and actually wastes a lot of water.
There are filtering systems that add certain minerals back in to the water. But a simple and very effective way to remineralize water is by mixing salt into it. Now, I’m not talking about table salt which is made up of sodium and iodine. The best salt to use is Pink Himalayan Mountain salt. This salt contains 84 minerals including trace minerals. I have listed all the minerals at the end of this post. You can also use sea salt. Sea salt can also contain up to 84 minerals. The amount of salt to add to water is important as adding too much can not only taste bad but can also be harmful.
You should add a quarter of a teaspoon of salt to a liter of water. The water shouldn’t taste salty, although you will notice a difference in the taste of the water. Personally I find it easier to drink the water with the added salt. Make sure that the salt you are purchasing has not been stripped of the minerals and that it does not have any additives or preservatives added to it.
You can find water filters on the market ranging from £20-1000’s. If you are not able to make a big investment into a water filter you can buy water filter jugs and then just add salt to the water. This would be a cheap and effective way of improving the water you drink.
Other things to do:
Drinking a liter of water on an empty stomach each morning is very good for flushing the digestive system. It will help to rehydrate you first thing in the morning. It is also helpful when trying to lose weight, drinking water first thing in the morning increases your calorie burning potential by kick starting your metabolism. Not to mention it is good for your overall health (especially for people suffering from constipation). After 15 to 45 minutes you can have breakfast. I usually just eat my breakfast straight after when I have work, but on the weekends I will give it some time. Personally I have noticed that it does help in flushing out the digestive system within an hour or so.
Besides drinking the required amount of water every day we should also consume a high amount of vegetables to keep us hydrated. Our diet should focus on consuming a lot of good quality organic vegetables. Fruits and Vegetables have a high water content compared to other food types, some even containing up to 95% water where as other food types range from as low as 5% to 50%. I will make posts elaborating on this further. But for now just incorporate more vegetables (preferably organic, if not avoid the dirty dozen) into each meal.
So this has been the basics of water and how we can improve the water we drink. I will make further posts on water but if you want you can look up alkaline water, structured water, antioxidant water and spring water and see where that takes you.
the topic for the next post will be Probiotics. So keep an eye out for that. If you want to get in touch please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure you comment, share and click that Subscribe button for all things Healthy.
[Note: This blog is only for informational purposes only. It is not medical advice or diagnosis. Please consult with a Health care practitioner before making any diet or nutrition changes.]
Pink Himalayan Mountain Salt mineral list:
Actinium, Aluminum, Antimony, Arsenic, Astatine, Barium, Beryllium, Bismuth, Boron, Bromine, Cadmium, Calcium, Carbon, Cerium, Cesium, Chloride , Chlorine, Chromium, Cobalt, Copper, Dysprosium, Erbium, Europium, Fluorine, Francium, Gadolinium, Gallium, Germanium, Gold, Hafnium, Holmium, Hydrogen, Indium, Iodine, Iridium, Iron, Lanthanum, Lead, Lithium, Lutetium, Magnesium, Manganese, Mercury, Molybdenum, Neodymium, Neptunium, Nickel, Niobium, Nitrogen, Osmium, Oxygen, Palladium, Phosphorus, Platinum, Plutonium, Polonium, Potassium, Praseodymium, Protactinium, Radium, Rhenium, Rhodium, Rubidium, Ruthenium, Samarium, Scandium, Selenium, Silicon, Silver, Sodium, Strontium, Sulfur, Tantalum, Tellurium, Terbium, Thallium, Thorium, Thulium, Tin, Titanium, Uranium, Vanadium, Wolfram, Yttrium, Ytterbium, Zinc And Zirconium.