H2Oooooo, there’s so much conflicting information about this being the best water, or that being the best. What is the simple truth?
You know drinking plenty of water each day helps your body do everything it’s built to do. But did you realize your choice of water could be wrecking your hard work to be healthier?
Reviewing: Why the rave about drinking water?
If you’re still unsure why it’s so important to drink water, and mostly just water, let’s review. Water keeps your skin and hair healthy and the rest of your body, especially your digestive and immune systems, working properly. If you don’t drink enough water, you will get dehydrated, which can result in:
- weight gain
- sicknesses of all sorts
Also, hunger pains may actually be a symptom of thirst. So the next time you feel hungry, drink a glass of water, wait 10 minutes and see if you still feel hungry before you reach for that snack.
Why should you care about drinking the best water?
If water prevents all the symptoms above, why does it matter which type of water you drink?
Water, even bottled water, may have several contaminants in it, including but not limited to:
Atrazine is an herbicide that can increase estrogen levels. Imbalanced hormones can mess up your immune system, digestion, mental health and so much more. According to Dr. Axe, atrazine has been known to turn male frogs in to female frogs. Yikes, that’s scary!
Dr. Mercola warns that if pregnant, you should not drink unfiltered tap water because the prescription and over-the-counter drugs that seep into rivers from landfills could harm your unborn child.
Fluoride can lower your immune function and increase cavities.
These contaminants can do damage now and in the long run, from hyperactivity and gastrointestinal disorders to cancer and Parkinson’s disease.
What’s the best water to drink?
Well, not bottled water.
Way too many brands of bottled water are just bottled tap water, unfiltered.
Plus, the chemicals that seep into your water from bisphenol-A (BPA) containing plastic bottles can mimic hormones and get your body out of whack. Double whammy, friends!
Distilled water may have been boiled so that it’s evaporated away from the dissolved minerals, which can possibly result in a concentration that is even worse for you. Use distilled water for cleaning but not for drinking regularly.
Purified water has gone through some purification process but may still contain harmful elements or may have been distilled, leaving it as an unhealthy concentration for drinking long-term.
Spring water comes from a natural source and goes through minimal filtration, so it may not be that safe. Also, it may be transported and bottled in a way that adds contaminates.
Beware that the label “100% pure” only means the water comes from a natural source. But it says nothing about how safe that source’s water is. Water from natural sources can be contaminated by people directly or from contaminated water flowing into it.
Alkaline water may help with detoxification in the short-term, but can decrease your body’s acidity to a point that harms your digestive flora in the long-term.
Vitamin waters – not good! Most of these and other sports drinks contain additives, sugar or artificial sweeteners (even worse), corn syrup, artificial colors and/or caffeine. Skip these, save money, just drink water and stay healthier.
So if drinking bottled water, do it in moderation. Purified or spring water will be best. Use ewg.org to determine which brand is safest.
Shew. Then, what does that leave as the best water to drink?
Consider these options for filtered tap water.
Granular carbon filters remove chemicals, herbicides and pesticides but due to the way these particles channel together, some of the water escapes the filtering process. Carbon block filters will prevent this channeling so that more water is truly filtered.
Ion exchange filters remove salts, soften the water and exchange ions in the water which essentially neutralize the otherwise harmful effects of it.
Reverse osmosis filters out contaminants including chlorine, fluoride, lead, detergents, pesticides, nitrates and sulfates.
Use one of these 3 options to filter your tap water to get the best drinking water possible. If this isn’t feasible for you right now, at least look for a faucet or in-line fridge filter that removes as many contaminants as possible – metals, sediment, chemicals including pesticide, chlorine and fluoride. Also, refer to ewg.org for recommendations.
Dr. Axe recommends getting your share of “live” (aka spring) water too. But do your research regularly to make sure that the water from it has not become contaminated! Check out findaspring.com for spring water near you.
How much water should you drink?
As a reminder, you should ideally drink at least half your weight in ounces of water. So if you weigh 130 pounds, aim for 65 ounces of water each day.
On hot days, or if you’re extra active, drink even more!
Teach the kiddos around you that their pee will be light yellow in color when they are drinking enough water. Brighter yellow is a big sign to drink more.
Summing it up
If you live near a spring with healthy, clean water, consider yourself special! Spend some time and money on a good filtration system for the water you drink regularly. Use stainless steel or glass instead of plastic. When you do need to grab bottled water, look for purified water (that hasn’t been distilled) or spring water that you trust.
Once you have your hands on the best water possible, be sure to drink lots of it. Consider it your go-to, your medicine and your life-line!
*This blog is intended for use as a source of information and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care or advice.