Water, Water, Everywhere
We are bombarded with reminders to drink more water, and for good reason. Most people are chronically dehydrated. I have to confess to being in that state more often than I’d like to admit. We get busy or distracted and we just plain forget to drink enough. As these waning days of summer are still hot and dry, we really need to remember to get extra fluid to counteract the effect of the heat.
There is some debate about how much we should drink in a day, but anywhere from 2-3 litres is the standard recommendation depending on water content in our food, weather/temperature, activity level and state of health.
Why do we need to drink enough water?
How to make sure we get enough water?
What’s the best type of water?
While there is some debate, in general filtered tap water is sufficient. Carbon filters usually will remove the chlorine and make the water taste better. You may need to have your tap water tested to know the best type of filter to use to improve your water to suit your needs. If your water is fluoridated, you will need to get a more advanced type of filter to remove it, as the more basic filters won’t do the job.
Avoid bottled water. The environmental impact of this petroleum-based product is immense, not to mention the waste of the leftover bottles that aren't adequately recycled and the contaminants that leach into the water from the plastic.
Watch your consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. It is very easy to eat a whole meal’s worth of calories in one large drink (soda-pop, flavoured coffees, slushies etc.). You won’t feel like you have consumed any nourishment and will need to still eat a meal. Don’t substitute sugar with toxic artificial sweeteners.
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It’s time to be mindfully aware of the state of our hydration and the state of our water sources. With the current weather challenges (droughts and floods), pollution (our waterways are bearing the scars of years of mindless pollution) and politics (please don’t ignore what is happening to our water and the “ownership” of what many know is a basic human right), water is more important then ever.
Pure water is the world’s first and foremost medicine. ~Slovakian Proverb
We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. ~Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732
Tanya Sullivan is a Holistic Nutrition Consultant with many opinions on the state of our food and health.
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