When it comes to water, there is more than meets the eye. Water is essential for every living organism on this planet. Without it we would all cease to exist. Our body is 60% water and keeping your body topped up to the right level will help the body function better.
So how much should we drink?
There is a formula used to calculate how much water our body requires daily. The same way protein, carbohydrate and fat intake varies from person to person, so does water. Now this formula is for an average person living in an average environment. If you are someone who is a lot more active or live in a hotter climate then you will need to increase your water intake. But do remember that it is best to drink plain water, not tea, coffee or fizzy drinks which are high in caffeine and/or sugars (high fructose corn syrup or aspartame).
Water to consume (Ounces) = Body weight (Pounds)/2
So a person weighing 150 pounds will need to consume 75 ounces of water, which is roughly 2 litres. Remember that it is not about how much water you drink but how much you absorb.
Quality of Water:
Okay, so the best water to drink would be from a spring or well (Natural living water). This water is natural and will contain minerals from the layers of earth e.g. calcium, magnesium, potassium etc. But I don’t think that is an option for many so the next best thing is to filter and re-mineralize tap water.
Tap water contains many chemicals that are harmful to our body. Two of the main chemicals that come to mind are chlorine and Fluoride. I want to keep this post basic, but I will go into a lot more detail in others posts. So chlorine is added to tap water as a disinfectant. Yes its sound good until you realize that when chlorine gets in contact with organic matter it forms by products. Like with any chemical reaction you will have by products. These by-products are very harmful. One of the most common by-products is Trihalomethane, a carcinogen (a substance capable of causing cancer in living tissue).
Fluoride (Sodium fluoride) is also harmful and it can be found in many products such as tooth paste. It is added to water for the sole reason that it helps prevent cavities. Not to mention that Fluoride is an industrial waste product. There are many studies that prove it does not really help in reducing cavities. Furthermore, studies have shown Fluoride to be very harmful when it is ingested. It can cause the following health problems:
- Skeletal fluorosis and bone fractures
- Muscle disorders
- Brain damage and low IQ
- Impaired thyroid function
- Bone cancer
- Genetic damage and cell death
- Increased lead absorption
- Poor thyroid function and thyroid disease
- Arthritis, bone fractures, and bone cancer (osteosarcoma)
- Hyperactivity or lethargy
- Inhibition of enzyme and antibody formation
- Immune system disruption
- Increased risk of cancer
There are many other contaminates in tap water including:
- Heavy metals (lead, aluminium)
- Drug (contraceptive drugs, antibiotics etc)
- Bromochloroacetic acid
- MTBE (methyl tert-butyl ether)
Bottled water goes through a treatment process where it is treated with a host of chemicals. Bottled water can still contain contaminants from bacteria to various industrial chemicals. The plastic bottles contain Bisphenaol A also known as PBA. PBA is an endocrine disruptor (a chemical that may interfere with the body’s endocrine system). PBA leaches into the water causing adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects. So it’s best to avoid plastic bottles and only drink from glass bottles.
Many people who try to improve their health by increasing their water consumption can be doing more harm than good, if they drink unfiltered tap water and/or bottled water. Originally this was supposed to be one post that was going to include solutions and ways of improving the quality of water to gain optimum benefits. But I have decided to split this post up into two. Also this post was supposed to be very basic, giving a quick overview. Hopefully I will go deeper into certain areas in further posts. But for now I think this is enough information to give you guys a starting point to carry out further research.
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Keep a look out for part 2.
[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.]