Since our bodies are mostly water, and water is essential for every bodily function, it is very crucial to replenish our systems often by drinking plenty of water. When we get enough water our bodies are much more likely to function at optimal levels. Without enough water we begin to feel the symptoms of dehydration very quickly.
Initially, these symptoms may appear as routine fatigue, dry skin, headaches and constipation. Over the longer term, every body function will degrade more quickly, leaving us prone to all sorts of degenerative conditions.
An adequate daily water intake:
- Is essential for digestion, nutrient absorption and elimination
- Aids circulation
- Helps regulate body temperature
- Lubricates and cushions joints
- Keeps the skin healthy
- Helps remove toxins from the body
We’ve all heard a million times how important it is to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. There are disparaging studies as to how much water one should intake. Some say that adults need more water and it should be ½ of our body weight in ounces. If someone weighed 180 lbs, they should drink 90 ounces of water a day. Others say, that the good old 8, 8-ounce glass rule is fine.
A good general rule is for every 50 pounds of body weight we should drink one quart of water per day.
A person weighing 150 lbs should drink three quarts per day. A 200lb person should drink a full gallon per day. Getting plenty of water each day is one of the most beneficial things we can do for our overall health.
What Type of Water Should We Drink?
BPA Free bottles to hold your spring water and/or filtered water are both good options.
Tap water or water from a softener should generally be avoided because it often contains chlorine and may contain fluoride, toxic substances that, with ongoing consumption, can have negative effects on the body.
Distilled water should also be avoided because it has the wrong ionization, pH, polarization and oxidation potentials, which can drain your body of necessary minerals. It has been tied to hair loss, which is often associated with certain mineral deficiencies.
Water with a higher pH is thought to be more hydrating and puts the body in a more alkaline state, thus reducing cancer risk.