March 31, 2010

Benefits of Drinking Water

Posted in Health, Home tagged , , , , , at 8:55 am by Liliana

Benefits of Drinking Water

Have a glass of water!

Drinking water is critical for a healthy body and a healthy mind. Our bodies are more than 60% water, and unless we drink enough of it, our bloodstream cannot dissolve and transport nutrients effectively. Our kidneys need water to filter wastes. We cannot maintain our skin tone, digestive flow, or regulate body temperature without enough water.

It is not only important that we drink sufficient amounts of water, but also that the water is high quality. Depending on where we live and whether the water is provided from a municipal site or from one’s own well, the quality of water will vary. Contamination can occur – not only from the water source but also for other reasons. Plumbing, and the type of pipes we have, makes a difference; whether we use a well; and, whether there is contamination from agricultural chemicals seeping through the ground. If you have concerns about the quality of your water, it is a good idea to get it tested. In general, it is best to filter both city and well water before consumption.

The quality of bottled water varies greatly. Some water is good quality while other is simply repackaged tap water. Bottled water can also be expensive and the plastic water bottles are not good for our environment.

Whatever option you choose for drinking high quality water, make sure that you drink enough of it during the course of each day. National Academy of Sciences recommends (in its Dietary Reference Intake recommendations) about 13 cups of water each day for men and 9 cups for women.