Have you ever heard the rumor that we should consume eight cups of water per day? That may not be true. How much water we need to drinks depends on our diet, lifestyle and physical size. Some people have jobs that are more physically demanding and require more hydration. Also, did you know that fresh fruits and fresh veggies help keep you hydrated? That lunchtime salad is doing better than you realized.
I think many of us already understand the importance of hydration. Do you know the difference between the various types of what and what you should be drinking?
The easiest to find but, depending on where you live, it may not be the safest to drink. Flint Michigan made the news when their city leaders decided that cutting the budget was more important than public safety. Recently, a report outlined that as many as 5,300 water systems in the US the same issue with lead in the water.
To find out how safe the drinking water is in your city, view the Consumer Confidence Report from the EPA.
Depending on tap water quality, it may be necessary to use a water filter. Not all water filters filter the same type of bacteria and toxins. Reviewing your local Consumer Confidence Report from the EPA should tell you what is in the water or you can send your water off for analysis from a certified laboratory.
Once you know what is in your water and what should be filtered out, do your research to find the right filtration system. Mark your calendar so you remember to order and change out the filters! Neglecting to change out the filter is the same as having no filtration system at all.
Boiling your water can remove harmful bacteria, viruses and metals from your water. If you don’t want to break out the pots and heat up the stove every time you want a glass of water, you can always boil in bulk and keep in your refrigerator for later. You will have to boil 5 gallons of tap water just to get 1 gallon of drinking water.
Some studies have indicated that drinking distilled water over time can actually harm the body because the distillation process strips water of natural minerals that we need. Drinking distilled water is acceptable for short-term fixes, sometimes called Boil Alerts by your city but is probably not a good long-term solution.
Bottled water revolutionized drinking water. Bottled water is easily accessible and made it possible for us to consume the right amount of water and stay hydrated while on the go. As the bottled water industry continues to grow, there have been concerns over how many plastic bottles end up in the ocean. In March of 2016, a report was released stating that American consumers drink 8.6 billion gallons of bottled water annually and only 1 in 5 bottles are recycled.
Our bodies are made up of 60% to 75% water. How much and the type of water you drink can impact our health. Too much water can lead to diluting the sodium in your blood stream impacting your health. In 2007, a woman died during a radio contest, hold your wee for a Wii. This is an extreme case and most of us are not drinking a bottle of water every 15 minutes. It’s important to know what we are putting into our body and be tuned-in so we can hear what our bodies are telling us.