Benefits of Water Part 2

In my last post, I wrote about the benefits of drinking water. Now, let’s talk about the way we get the water we drink. Water consumption is critical, but sometimes the vessels we use can negatively impact our health – especially if we are already sick or prone to certain illnesses.

Water straight from the tap can be so contaminated. It’s full of chemicals that we don’t even think of and sometimes the pipes or water systems are toxic, too.

Think about it: People who take medications for anything from a headache to cancer, when they go to the restroom, urinate a portion of those drugs out. And, where does it go? To our water supply. Factories, make various products using water, and then where does that unused dirty water go? To our water supply. Farming and gardening chemicals, like weed killers, soak into the ground or either run off when it rains into our water supply. These are just a few ways that our water gets contaminated. Then we put this water into plastic bottles and the contamination continues.

Even though plastic water bottles are a quick grab-and-go item, they’re problematic because they add toxins on top of the chemicals that are already in your water. PBA -(Bisphenol A) is found in many water bottles, baby bottles, plastic containers you put in your microwave, plastic bags etc. When heated or left sitting for a long period of time, especially in the radiating sun, harmful chemicals get into the contents. Also, a lot of bottled water is just tap water that has been filtered another time. 

So, how do we get healthy drinking water? First, get a good water purification system. There are different levels to this. My dream is to one day own a total house water purification system because water soaks into your body when you bathe, too

There are plenty of water purification systems on the market. Some of the best cost a bit more, but not as much as a whole house unit. Below is a partial comparison chart of some of the top rated water filter pitchers:

As you can see, all water filters are not equal. Many of the popular brands are not even listed. If you click on the link above, then you can get an in-depth review.

Fascinating, right? I’m a true believer in doing the most to achieve healthier water intake. But, a total house water purification system is not in my budget right now. So, I am addressing the water I use for cooking and drinking by filtering it manually.

The brand I currently use is the Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher. This filter was one of the top rated for getting out the most contaminants without taking out the necessary minerals that your body needs. Yes, it did cost a bit more than the average water pitchers you can purchase at the big box stores but there are discounts available. I posted a big one back on Black Friday. But there are plenty of coupons you can use to get a discount. Like I said, it’s a start and I’m really loving it – especially because they have additional incentives if you subscribe for their automatic filter renew. All you have to do is select how many months you want to go before you receive a new filter.

Let’s talk containers. Now you’ve got a good filtered water, what do you put it in? Well, a lot of companies are making PBA-free plastic water bottles now, which do help with those concerns. However, there still may be some issues about additional chemicals leaching from the plastics.

Another option is glass. Glass containers and bottles are probably one of the safest vessels for storing and drinking water. They are reusable You don’t have to worry about chemicals leaching into your water and they can easily be recycled. However, there is the breakage problem. A lot of companies are wrapping their bottles in silicone to help with this problem. 

A third option is stainless steel. These are reusable and you won’t have to worry about the PBA and other chemicals from plastic bottles. Plus, they are durable. You’d have a hard time trying to break one of these bottles. However, there are some concerns over some metals still being leached into the water.

So, now what? Because drinking water is essential to our overall health but chemicals in water can be detrimental to it, there are affordable ways to help alleviate this problem including… 

-Buying a good water filtering system for your home

-Purchasing water filters for the sink and filtering water pitchers

-Selecting a sustainable drinking vessel for on the go, like one made of glass or metal

Drink up!

Thanks for stopping by! be sure to look out for part 2 of this blog and  follow my journey on IG: @teatimewithmemaw!

Benefits of Water Part 1

Don’t fall for the thirst trap. Water is the most important thing that you’ll put in your body. Health is key to cellular and heart health, waste management, mental sharpness and pretty much every function in your body. 

If you exercise, then you lose water and need to drink more than the recommended half your body weight in ounces. Otherwise, this loss can lead to fatigue and really hinders you both physically and mentally.

Not only is drinking the proper amount important, but where your water is sourced and the container you use to drink it is, too. Spring water and alkaline water are better than water simply labeled as “purified.” Glass bottles are better because it yield colder and better tasting water, and the bottles are better for the environment because they can be used over and over again. 

So let’s dive into this infinite topic. There’s a lot to cover so this will be a two part blog.

First, let’s look at just what water does for the body… 

  1. Your body is made up of about 60% to 70% water (some say more). So when you drink water it helps your body function better: Blood flow, digestion, circulation, body temperature, joint comfort, and more is all impacted by water intake. Joint pain management was a huge benefit for me.Did you know water actually helps keep your cartilage hydrated and reduces joint pain? Think about like this: You have two pieces of paper. One is saturated with water and the other isn’t. The dry piece of paper is very brittle and easily ripped but the soaked paper is more agile. The body is the same way.
  2. H20 also does wonders for brain functioning. When you don’t drink enough water, your mood can be affected as well as the ability to concentrate. Also, headaches, memory loss and more can become more frequent when dehydrated. The brain is 75% water and even mild dehydration can be detrimental. 
  3. Drinking water can also help keep your kidneys healthy. The more you drink, the more toxins are flushed out of your body. 
  4. Water also helps your blood flow easier. Your blood is about 85% water. Drinking water helps your blood carry nutrients to your body.
  5. Another incredible benefit is skin health and the reduction of the appearance of wrinkles. Keeping hydrated helps skin glow from within and slows down the wrinkling process.
  6. Water can even help with weight loss. Drinking water before you eat can help you to feel full and helps with metabolizing your food.

Now these are just a few of the benefits. So how much water do we really need to drink everyday?

Well, I grew up thinking that I needed eight 8 oz. glasses of water every day. But I was wrong.

The amount of water you need is dependent on body weight, frequency and intensity of physical activity (or how much you are sweating) and the weather (hot weather is more dehydrating).

It’s a popular opinion that we should drink half my body weight in ounces to achieve maximum hydration. Now, in my mind, that looks like me living in the bathroom all day. Not doable. But I have learned that after a while your body adjusts and the bathroom breaks become less frequent.

The truth be told, there are so many different viewpoints on this subject that it’s hard to decide what’s right for you or know the truth. Seriously, though, most of us are not getting the proper hydration. So increasing water intake is probably going to benefit you regardless if it’s the eight, 8 oz. glasses or half your body weight.

The benefits of drinking water far outweigh the effects of being dehydrated. So we all should make sure we work on this area of our health.

Thanks for stopping by! be sure to look out for part 2 of this blog and  follow my journey on IG: @teatimewithmemaw!