Water. H20. Aqua.
Here are the most common questions when it comes to water:
What is it? Why do we need to drink it? How much do we need on a daily basis? Are there other ways to ingest it without drinking it? What are it’s benefits? Are there different types? What brand/type is safest?
Let’s take them one-by-one, shall we!
1)What is water and why do we need to drink water at all? What’s the big deal, anyway?
Well, for starters it is a substance that all living things need for survival. Without it, our bodies wouldn’t function properly and even for just a few days, we would probably die. Intense much, Cail? Yes, but it’s true. As humans, water makes up over half of our total body weight (almost 60%) and has many important functions. One of such being that there is water in our blood. It helps the blood carry oxygen to all the cells in our bodies. It is also a key part of your immune system, which aids in fighting off illness. It also aids in chewing, swallowing, digestion, and excretion. It cushions the joints, regulates body temperature, protects the nervous system, and even keeps our skin looking nice. Water is THE most important fluid in our bodies. Only to name a few of its functions…
2) How much water do we need on a daily basis?
Since water makes up such a large percentage of our body composition, it is crucial that we replace what is lost daily. We lose water through our breath, sweat, urine, and bowel movements. If you Google search how much water you should be drinking, daily most sources will tell you about eight 8-ounce glasses, right? Well, that could be right for you, but know that the amount consumed daily is different for everyone. One person may need more or less than the next. According to the Natural Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the daily fluid intake for women is ~2.7 Liters and ~3.7 Liters for men.
3) Are there other ways to ingest water without drinking it?
Of course! Our water intake doesn’t come solely from drinking beverages, we also have food sources as well. For example, watermelon and spinach are foods high in water content. Mostly all drinks contribute to your water intake, such as coffee, milk, energy drinks, juice, tea, and even sodas. BUT, rather than paying an arm and a leg for some of those (and ingesting added sugar), why not just drink the most inexpensive, pure form… which is good, old fashioned H2O!!!
4) How do I know if I need more or less water?
The answer is simple. 1) Follow the pee, 2) Ask yourself, how do you feel? Boom. Analyze both of these things and you’re golden. Speaking of golden, if your pee is that color, you probably need to drink more. If your pee is clear, you’re doing great, my friend. Also, if you’re feeling weak, thirsty, or tired, water is usually the cure! When you’re sick, drink water. When you’re hungover, drink water. When you’re working out, drink water. When you’re tired, drink water. Am I missing any? Just drink that H2O! Always carry a bottle around with you; it helps.
5) What type/brand of water is best to drink?
This is where I’m going to get deep with you… try not to freak out, okay? I hate to break it to you but not all water is good for your health. What did she say?!?! Yes, I’m serious. Here are a few that you should try to avoid:
- Tap water is disinfected, BUT is purified with added chlorine and fluoride, which is linked to some cancers.
- Distilled water has no minerals in it at all.
- Reverse osmosis water is acidic.
- Deionized water has the ionized impurities removed from it, but still contains bacteria and pathogens.
You’re probably thinking at this point, “Well then what the heck do I drink, Cail?” I have answers for you, my dear people. I wouldn’t leave you hanging like that, no way! Here ya go… The BEST water to drink is naturally clean, pure, and full of naturally occurring essential minerals. Types of this kind include:
- Well water, which comes from a hole in the ground that directly taps into a water source.
- Natural Spring Water, which flows up a natural spring and is bottled at the source.
- Artesian or Spring Waters, which come from a natural source but are purified and bottled off-site.
- Mineral Water, which is similar to natural or artesian spring waters but contain extra minerals and trace elements.
When buying water, look for these key terms. Living healthy and well is pretty tricky now-a-days because of all the added crap in our foods/beverages. Hopefully this can be one step in steering clear of the bad stuff.
I hope you leave my page with more knowledge than you arrived with! Now, go out there, workout, eat healthy, drink water, and get a good night’s rest. Deal?
Pictured is my Kablo water bottle, which I don’t go anywhere without. This company is amazing. They’re big believers in holistic wellness, sustainable living, and making an impact on the environment. Aside from this bottle looking chic and beautiful, it’s made of 100% Borosilicate Glass. Click here to read an article that explains more about what exactly Borosilicate Glass is and why it’s better. Give it a read! It’s very interesting.
Do a little dance… drink a little water… feel great tonight… feel great tonight!
(cheese ball central, but do you get it?)
Yours In Health,