Are You Experiencing the Benefits of Drinking Water?

by Karen Brooks on May 8, 2011

Our bodies cry for water. In these days, we have not been properly training to recognize the symptoms of dehydration. Are you drinking enough water? You may not even feel thirsty, but you could still be dehydrated. Are you experiencing any one the following symptoms?

Dry skin
Dark colored urine
Fatigue
Heartburn
Constipation
Urinary tract infection
Weight gain
Kidney stones
Allergies

If so, they can indicate you need for drinking more water. Personally, I found out the hard way that I was dehydrated.

Several years ago, I was attending a company function with about 300 other people. It was a hot day, but I stayed in the shade and was actually doing some putt-putt golf at a very slow pace. After about a half hour, I decided to walk over to the picnic buffet, again staying in the cool shade of the trees. When I sat down to eat, I became very light headed and felt horribly ill!! At the same time, a group of fellow attendees were playing basketball and someone had broken their leg. Paramedics were called to the scene, and when they arrived, they had them take a look at me. After about 10 minutes of questioning and taking my vital signs, they told me I had to go the hospital and get some IV’s and I was severally dehydrated! I never felt thirsty, and did not sweat.

Another instance happened when I went to my favorite cosmetic counter and asked for a skin moisturizer, as my skin felt so dry. The consultant looked at my skin through one of those large magnifiers and said that I was dehyrated. The best cure for that was drinking more water!!! She save me a fortune in expensive skin creams!

So how much water should you drink? Sit down, as I was shocked on this statistic. Drink one half of your body weight ( in ounces ) in good quality water per day. As an example if you weigh 120 lbs. drink 60 ounces of water daily.

Why do we say good quality water? All water is not created equal. There are choices and you need to make wise decisions on the most important thing you can do for your health.

Which water should you drink? The easiest is plain old tap water, but is it good for you?

Tap water is known to contain contaminants such as arsenic, lead, aluminum, chlorine, and traces of prescription drugs. Prescription drug traces may come as a shock to you. Researchers and water authorities are discovering combinations of drugs that were never meant to be in their studies. They do not understand
how these minute traces will effect human cells, especially in infants and children.

Bottled water is suppose to be good for you. Well, you are in for a surprise!

Over 40% of bottled water is actually tap water. It may or may not have received additional filtration. The plastic water bottles may contain a chemical called BPA which Is a synthetic hormone disruptor. It can cause additional health issues such as early puberty and an altered immune system.

Distilled water has been heated, so this is better. Not necessarily so.

When water is heated, it boils and evaporates away the dissolved minerals. This turns the water very acidic and that draws minerals right out of your body.Distilled water can be taken over short periods as a detox aid. For longer term use, consider adding liquid minerals back into the water, and use caution.

The new flavored and vitamin waters are becoming popular. Are they good for you?

My advice, read the label first. You will be surprised to find that many of
these waters contain artificial sweeteners, colorants or even high fructose corn
syrup.

Filtered tap water is easy, but does it work?

These are various home filtration systems available. They can range from reverse osmosis, ion exchange and carbon filtration. Do your homework. Check costs and ease of installation and operation. Many of these units include countertop and under the counter models. Look for a system that will remove as many
contaminants as possible. This includes chlorine, dissolved salts, organic and inorganic chemicals, metals and micro organisms.

Natural spring water. This is natures best choice!

This will be the most difficult to locate, as we are talking about taking right from natures mountain spring. Make sure that you use clean glass or poly containers.

What will drinking pure water do for you?

The health benefits are numerous. Water can be the cure for illness. It will help you:

Have a healthy natural glow to your skin
Detox your body naturally by keeping you regular
Decrease muscle and joint inflammation
Increase your bodies ability to absorb nutrients from food
Keep you energized and alert
Maintain your weight
Flush allergy causing histamines from your system

In summary, drinking water is one of the best, least expensive and healthiest beverages you can consume. Make a conscience effort today to increase your daily intake!

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Sharon O'Day May 8, 2011 at 8:59 pm

This is the toughest for me! We all KNOW we need to drink water, and we know all the benefits, yet this one is so hard to comply with … harder than dieting! Any suggestions?
Sharon O’Day recently posted..Mamas- Don’t Let Your Daughters Grow Up to Be Clueless

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