Guidance on the Dos & Don’ts of Every Day Drinking Water Health Benefits

When I first started my health journey, Everyday Drinking Water was on my list of better food choices. I wanted to make sure I was only putting the best food and water into my body!

As Jim Rohn said:

“Treat your body like a temple NOT a woodshed”!

I took these words to heart! I knew if I was going to improve my health and feel physically better that I needed to be mindful of everything that crossed my lips and ended up in my body!

So, I started to research water and found out; there are a lot of choices when it comes to everyday drinking water!

Here’s a quick list:

  • Alkaline Water
  • Bottled Water
  • Coconut Water
  • Distilled Water
  • Reverse Osmosis Water
  • Sparkling Water
  • Spring Water
  • Tap Water

Did you know there were so many choices? Me either! In choosing the right type of everyday drinking water, you want to aim for pH balance.

Distilled water is too acidic, and alkaline water is too alkaline. An ideal pH of your water should be between 6.5 to 7.5, which is neutral. (6)

Our Body of Water(1)

The majority of the body is made up of water, with up to 75% of the body’s weight due to H2O. Most of the water is found within the cells of the body (intracellular space). The rest is found in the extracellular space, which consists of the blood vessels (intravascular space) and the spaces between cells (interstitial space). (1)

Without water, we would not live for very long before dehydration would set in.

What is Dehydration? (2)

Dehydration occurs when the amount of water leaving the body is greater than the amount being taken in. The body is very dynamic and always changing. This is especially true with water levels in the body. We lose water routinely when we:

  • Breathe, and humidified air leaves the body
  • When we sweat to cool the body after exertion
  • Urinate or have a bowel movement to rid the body of waste products

On an average day, a person needs to drink a significant amount of water to replace this routine loss.

How much water should we drink in a day? (3)

At the end of the day, no one can tell you exactly how much water you need. This depends on the age, weight, and health of the individual.

Try experimenting to see what works best for you. Some people may function better with more water than usual, while for others, it only results in more frequent trips to the bathroom.

If you want to keep things simple, these guidelines should apply to the majority of people:

  1. When you’re thirsty, drink water.
  2. Stop drinking water when you’re not thirsty anymore.
  3. During high heat, exercise, and illness make sure to drink enough to compensate for the lost fluids.
  4. There you go, easy right!

 

Health Benefits of Drinking Water (4)

  • Lubricates joints
  • Delivers oxygen throughout the body
  • Boosts skin health and beauty
  • Cushions the brain, spinal cord, and other sensitive tissues
  • The digestive system depends on it
  • Flushes body waste
  • Prevents kidney damage
  • Boosts performance during exercise
  • Good for Weight loss
  • Reduces the chance of a hangover – Bonus! 😉

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Everyday, Drinking Water Dos and Don’ts

Alkaline Water (2)

Normal drinking water generally has a neutral pH of 7. Alkaline water typically has a pH of 8 or 9.

Your body isn’t designed to drink alkaline water alone. If you drink too much, it can disrupt the acid production in your stomach. This can result in indigestion, GERD, or stomach ulcers.

Other risks include vulnerability to bacterial overgrowth and other germs, causing infection in your small intestine (SIBO). Your body may also have difficulty digesting and absorbing nutrients. (2)

~Don’t – drink alkaline water every day.


Bottled Water 

It is everywhere, and there are a lot of choices. There are different stories out there about some bottled water is just tap water???

Plus, most plastic bottles can leach into your water, and no one needs plastic in their diet, right?

I bought a glass water bottle and fill it with filtered water. That way, I always know what I’m drinking. Anyway, why pay for water when you can filter your own!

There are several affordable options when it comes to a home filtration system.

Sometimes our only option is bottled water in plastic, but there are some better choices than others. Go HERE for more information on bottled water. I like Fiji bottled water the best. (4)

+Do – Buy a glass water bottle and fill it with filtered water!


Coconut Water (2) 

Coconut water is slightly sweet with a subtle, nutty flavor. It’s also fairly low in calories and carbs.

It’s delicious, nutritious and a natural beverage that’s extremely good for you. It may benefit your heart, blood sugar, kidney health, and more.

The water is freshest when it comes directly from the coconut. Simply press a straw into the soft part of a green coconut and start drinking. Store the coconut in your refrigerator and consume it within two to three weeks of purchase.

You can also buy bottled coconut water at most health food stores. However, be sure to read the ingredients to verify you’re getting 100% coconut water. Some bottled brands contain added sugar or flavoring agents.

+Do – Drink Coconut water and enjoy every day!

Distilled Water (2)  

Distilled water is a type of purified water that has had both contaminants and minerals removed.

Since distilled water doesn’t contain its own minerals, it has a tendency to pull them from whatever it touches to maintain a balance.

So when you drink distilled water, it may pull small amounts of minerals from your body, including from your teeth.

Depending on where you live, distilled water could be better for you than tap water. If your town’s water is tainted with harmful chemicals or pesticides, you’re safer drinking distilled.

I recommend using mineral drops in distilled water.

~Don’t – drink distilled water every day, unless you are using mineral drops.


Reverse Osmosis Water (RO)(5)

Reverse Osmosis it’s just a type of filtration process. The water machines in health food stores typically produce reverse osmosis water.

However, going to the store to buy your water can be, well a hassle right? I use and highly recommend a countertop unit called AquaTru! It filter’s your tap water into RO water and is sooo convenient!

Keep in mind, reverse osmosis systems have no way to differentiate between “bad” ingredients and good ones.

So while harmful contaminants are being removed, so are the trace minerals that our bodies need to perform properly, like iron and manganese.

The size of the membrane lets the water flow through the filter but leaves behind salt, chemicals, minerals, and impurities. The result is “pure” water that’s free from bacteria and minerals.

You will want to use mineral drops in reverse osmosis water.

+Do – re-mineral reverse osmosis water and drink every day.


Sparkling Water (2) 

Sparkling water is water that has been infused with carbon dioxide gas under pressure, also known as Carbonated water.

Carbonation produces a bubbly drink that’s also known as sparkling water, club soda, soda water, seltzer water, and fizzy water.

With the exception of seltzer water, carbonated waters usually have salt added to improve the taste. Sometimes small amounts of other minerals are included.

Natural sparkling mineral waters, such as Perrier and San Pellegrino, are different. These waters are captured from a mineral spring and tend to contain minerals and sulfur compounds. These waters are often carbonated as well.

+Do – Enjoy sparkling water.


Spring Water (6)  

Mountain spring water is some of the healthiest water on the planet because it is “living water.” Living water, like “living food is in its raw, natural state the way nature intended.

The best source of natural spring water is from a natural spring, but there are some good choices of spring water at your local health food store too.

+Do – Spring water is a great choice for everyday drinking water.

Tap Water (7)

The tap water we drink, cook with, and bathe in typically comes from either surface water sources like streams, rivers, lakes, and reservoirs, or from underground sources like aquifers, permeable rocks that can store and transmit water.

A range of dangerous pollutants has been found in this water, including bacteria like e. Coli, toxic algae, lead, sulfur, excess iron, and general dirt and grit, that are known to lead to a host of health issues from gastrointestinal problems to neurological disorders, as well as reproductive issues. (7)

Tap water contains, Fluoride and other chemicals we don’t want to be ingesting. Unlike other chemicals monitored by water systems, fluoride is intentionally added to drinking water, even though research clearly shows that fluoride is most effective when used topically in toothpaste and not ingested. (8)

In the U.S., keeping our drinking water safe from contaminants is largely the job of the Environmental Protection Agency. Luckily, the EPA has a variety of programs and searchable maps that make checking the contaminants in your water as simple as typing in your zip code or picking up the phone to dial their hotline. (7)

~DON’T drink tap water.


In Conclusion:

Everyday Drinking Water is very important to your health and well-being. So, be mindful of what type of water you are putting in your body!

 

Here’s is clean drinking water!

Susie ∞

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Resources

1 – On Health

https://www.onhealth.com/content/1/how_much_water_to_drink

https://www.onhealth.com/content/1/dehydration_staying_hydrated

2 – Healthline

 https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-much-water-should-you-drink-per-day#section6

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/8-coconut-water-benefits#section9

https://www.healthline.com/health/cancer/alkaline-water-cancer#risks-and-warnings

https://www.healthline.com/health/can-you-drink-distilled-water#side-effects

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/carbonated-water-good-or-bad#section1

3 – Medical News Today

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/290814.php

4 – Mr. Water Geek

https://www.mrwatergeek.com/best-bottled-water/

5 – Dr. Axe

https://draxe.com/health/article/reverse-osmosis-water/

6 – Dr. Mercola

https://www.mercola.com/article/water.htm

7 – Scientific America

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-do-i-know-if-my-tap-water-is-safe1/

8 – EWG

https://www.ewg.org/key-issues/water/fluoride

5 Replies to “Guidance on the Dos & Don’ts of Every Day Drinking Water Health Benefits”

  1. This was such a great post! I really liked how each water option was explained. Along with the pros and the cons. Thank you!!
    I will be sharing this with my friends.

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