Water is one of our most neglected (and taken for granted) ingredients when it comes to good health. I’m sure that most people have heard that everyone needs from 8-10 glasses of pure, clean water to be healthy. The latest thinking on water (this can tell you whether you’re more at the 8 glass/day level or 10 glass/day level) is that we need in ounces half the amount of water that we weigh in pounds.
To demonstrate this, let’s take a couple of examples:
- If Gina weighs 130 pounds she would need 130/2 = 65 ounces of water per day. There are 8 ounces of water in a glass, so Gina’s ideal water requirements is 8 glasses/day.
- If Tom weighs 210 pounds, he would need 210/2 = 105 ounces of water per day or 105/8 = 13 glasses/day. Since that amount of water is very difficult to drink in one day, the recommendation would be for Tom to go with the 10 glass/day level.
So, which type of water is the best to drink? Spring water or filtered water? The very best water is that which has been filtered by a system called reverse osmosis. Believe it or not, there are reverse osmosis filters that you can purchase for your home — or — you can get a filter that fits on your faucet. Reverse osmosis filters can be pricey; it’s more important that you get what works best for you in terms of price and comfort level. The MOST important thing is that you get the 8 to 10 glasses of water each day. Not only does it keep our body clean and hydrated, a lack of it can contribute to joint pain and a host of other maladies. Below is a list of how water contributes to your health:
- Weight Loss. Water helps to keep you satisfied between meals and can help you eat less if you drink a glass or two before you eat.
- It increases skin beauty and health. Water keeps those skin cells plumped up and hydrated. When you become dehydrated, wrinkles and skin problems can increase.
- Lubrication. Water lubricates your joints and is especially good for the spine. When you are dehydrated, your joints can become more painful due to a reduction in their shock-absorbing capability.
- Oxygen. Water brings life-giving oxygen everywhere in the body.
- Water flushes out waste. You are probably already familiar with this one, but helping keep your system flushed out properly helps the body to function more efficiently and reduces the stress on kidneys and other organs.
- Water regulates body temperature. During the summer as well as exercise, the body uses up water. If there is a lack of water in the body, it can inhibit the cooling process (sweating), potentially causing heat stress.
- It helps to maintain blood pressure. How important is that? Water actually thins out your blood, thereby reducing your blood pressure. When you are dehydrated, you have sluggish, thicker blood. This is any easy way to help your body stay healthy.
- Water can help allergies and asthma. When you are dehydrated, your body responds by constricting your airways, reducing the possibility of additional water loss.
- It makes nutrients and minerals more accessible to the body. Nutrients and minerals need water to move around in the bloodstream to various parts of the body since they dissolve in water.
- Water can prevent kidney damage. Insufficient water can overstress your kidneys.