Drinking Water. You may recall from your days in school that your body is comprised mainly of water, roughly about 80% to be exact. This is why it is so important to replenish its stores regularly.
The Importance of Drinking Water
Every function in your body’s numerous systems rely on this liquid, from the blood circulating through your veins to your digestive system being able to properly eliminate waste. Therefore, if you don’t get enough water, you’re going to feel it.
In fact, being dehydrated can be make you feel tired all of the time, it puts you at risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs), and it can even cause dizziness or give you frequent headaches. So, if you don’t usually drink a lot of water, you probably suffer from some, if not all, of these symptoms which can be rectified fairly easily simply by increasing your water production.
If, however, you are conscientious of your water intake and always get your recommended 6-8 glasses a day, then good for you. Your body is likely hydrated enough to function efficiently and you probably have fewer of the issues I’ve just mentioned.
But, there is something additional to consider when drinking water and that is the quality of it. Not all water is the same as some water sources can be helpful to your health, while others can actually harm it. Which is which?
Before we even get into the water itself, you must first consider what type of container you drink your water from. More specifically, if you tend to drink from plastic glasses and containers, then you may also be drinking chemicals emitted from the plastic, thereby contaminating your water, no matter how good it was to begin with.
To keep this from happening, use stainless steel or glass containers instead. There are several options from which to choose and they are available at most any sporting goods or retail stores at a fairly decent in price.
Not only is this better for your health, but it is also more fun to drink water from a specialty bottle or glass. One look at it reminds you that you’re doing something good for your body, which is a positive way to go about your day.
So, what kind of water should you put into your steel or glass container? Water that has run through a water filtration system to remove any potentially dangerous chemicals, metals, or pesticides.
Some of the most common unhealthy substances found in unfiltered drinking water include:
- Mercury – This particular heavy metal has been linked to kidney issues, cardiovascular disease, autism, and even Alzheimer’s.
- Arsenic – According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), arsenic exposure over a long period of time can result in circulatory issues, skin damage, and “an increased risk of getting cancer.”
- Pesticides and herbicides – The pesticides and herbicides used on our landscaping and in our gardens and fields have the ability to seep into the ground, contaminating the water we drink. Depending on which ones they are, they can elevate your risk of organ damage and various cancers, amongst other serious medical conditions.
- Chlorine – Although chlorine is intended to remove damaging ingredients from drinking water, this particular substance can do some damage itself by bringing on cause stomach issues, irritating effects to your eyes and nose, and even damage to your nervous system, depending on what type and how much chlorine is used.
Because all of these have the ability of residing in your tap water, installing a water filtration system is a must for maximum health. Some even attach right to the head of your faucet, making getting clean tap water a breeze every time you want a drink.
Other Water Cleaning Options
If you are somewhere where filtered tap water isn’t an option, such as when you are visiting family or traveling, there are some things you can do to help ensure that the water is of higher quality. For example, if you have access to a stove or microwave, you can boil any bacteria out of it.
Additionally, when traveling or spending the weekend outdoors, you may wish to purchase water purification tablets to take with you. These can be found at most any sporting goods stores and cost roughly $10 a bottle. Just be sure you strain the water first if you are outdoors to remove any large particles from it prior to using the tablets.
No matter where you are, clean water is accessible and it is a must if you want it to help you instead of harm you!