As an integrative health coach, I begin new client assessments by delving into daily eating and drinking habits. Two questions all my clients ask me is, How much water should I drink every day? And I don’t like water, what are my alternatives? I’m going to dispel some water myths and let you know how much and what type of water you should be drinking.
Yes, it’s true, you can drink too much water. Since our bodies are made up of 60% to 75% water, it’s no surprise that how much water you drink can impact your health. Did you know that drinking too much water could result in mineral imbalances? It’s important to find the right hydration balance because not drinking enough water causes headaches, weakness and fatigue.
We all grew up with the general rule to drink 8 – 8-ounce glasses of water per day. I disregard this rule because we are all built differently and have different body types and therefore different needs. I like the follow the body weight rule:
Drink half your body weight in ounces every day
In certain situations, you should increase your water intake:
Tap water is the most readily available, but depending on where you live, it may not always be the safest option. Some cities have adequate purification systems, while others leave traces of chlorination by-products, lead and bacteria. In some cases, such as in Flint, Michigan the water is not being treated enough to stop pipes from corroding. If you are unsure about the quality of your city’s water, you can find more information at the Consumer Confidence Report.
Water filters can add an extra level of protection when it comes to removing contaminants. Have your water tested to find out what type of toxins are in your water to make sure you have a filtration system that is effective.
Bottled water is a popular option because it is easily portable and readily available for purchase when tap water is not readily available. However, a significant amount of waste is generated leading to concerns about the chemicals from the plastic seeping into the water; Not to mention the adverse environmental impact on the increasing number of bottles in landfills and our oceans.
Water ionizers are gaining more recognition because of their ability to create alkaline ionized water through electrolysis, which may offer certain health benefits. None of the health claims have been proven, but supporters of water ionizers claim improvements to your cardiovascular system, clears your skin and helps remove wrinkles and tastes better. If you are interested in getting an ionizer system, I recommend doing your research.
I think the jury is still out on the best type of water to consume. It still comes down to personal preference and location. For those of you that just don’t like water, I recommend infusing your water with some wonderful fruity flavors. Bored with Water? Add Some Flavor! is a blog post that provides you with some great recipes on how to infuse your water to get more flavor with added health benefits.
While you are pondering the best type of water to drink, here are a few foods you can eat to help keep you hydrated: