Being a nutritionist, I have heard ALL the excuses. I don’t like the taste, I don’t have time, it hurts my teeth (yes, I have heard this!) Throw this out the window! Learn to love it, make time for it and work it into your daily routine because water is the number 1 nutrient for optimal health!
Our bodies our made of 80% water, and we either use or lose it during every function the body carries out throughout each and every day. We use it in our bodies for digestion (hydrochloric acid production, bile, movement), circulation (blood), immune system (lymphatic fluid), structural system (lubricating joints) just to name a few. However, we lose alot of it during every day functions such as urination, perspiration and even breathing! Water also helps flush out toxins from the body that reside in fat cells and so drinking water circumstantially helps with weight loss as well! So just based on this you can see why it is so important to supply our bodies with ample amounts of this wonderful nectar.
There was a book written called “The Bodies Many Cries For Water” by Fereydoon Batmanghelidj and in this book the author covers all the ailments that are created or worsened by dehydration (which is pretty much every ailment). Have a headache? You’re dehydrated. Have digestive issues? You’re dehydrated. Low energy levels? You guessed it, you’re dehydrated. Many times people will be diagnosed with an ailment and are prescribed medicine or have a headache and take a pill when the cure is found in ample amounts and is free! The recommended daily intake of water is 2-3L. Don’t fret! Just start out drinking one more cup a day then the last! You will feel the positive effects immediately. Satisfaction guaranteed. A great motto is TWO BEFORE TWO, that’s 2L before 2pm!
Something that is important to pay attention to is the source of which you get your water. Tap water has been treated with chlorine and floride (in some areas) in order to kill harmful bacteria but can have very negative effects on our health over a long period of time. (If it’s between no water and tap water, however, opt for the tap water because being dehydrated is worse.) The best source of water on the planet is spring water. If you are fortunate enough to live close to a spring, do some research and see if this water is contaminated. If not, collect it in giant carboys. Spring water is full of minerals and the body requires minerals to properly absorb the water. Also, spring water carries a very high vibration. As it travels through the rocks and ground it collects tons of energy from the earth allowing us to vibrate at a higher frequency!
Next in line are higher end water filtration systems such as Santevia or Monashee found at your local health food store. The Santevia water filtration system uses a ceramic filter to remove harmful chemicals in the water and has a second layer that remineralizes the water (water has traditionally been a very good source of minerals but the urban water systems have taken that away) and alkalinizes the water to help create an alkaline environment in the body. Then you have your other filtration systems such as Brita, which do an alright job at removing the harmful substances, but lack in minerals. A great trick when drinking water is to add a pinch of sea salt or himalayan rock salts to remineralize it.
Helpful Hints to make it tasty so you drink more: Add fresh lemon slices (also detoxifying and a great early morning drink), strawberries, mint sprigs, melon or any other fruit to help the taste.
With Love and Health,