How To Choose & Use Water 1
Have you thought about water lately?
What does it do for you? Do you have to use it in a certain way? Can you ignore it and get all the benefits?
Is it polluted? Does it have fluoride in it? Drugs? Poisons? Bacteria?
How up to date is your local utility company on cleaning and testing your water?
The utility puts chlorine in the water to kill bacteria. Is it safe to drink the chlorine?
Should water be filtered? Does that remove necessary minerals? What about ph?
What about the water in soft drinks, tea, and coffee?
By Dr. Mercola
Throughout each day, your body loses water through your urine and sweat glands—even when you’re not purposely working up a sweat. As a result, you have to constantly replenish this fluid, and soft drinks do not count toward this requirement…
Both coffee and soda are high in caffeine, which acts as a diuretic that will dehydrate you. Worse yet, sodas, fruit juices, and other sweetened beverages are primary sources of fructose, which will only deteriorate your health.
Ditto for artificially sweetened beverages. So the key is to drink pure water.
But just how much water do you need each day? While an oft-repeated guideline says you should drink eight glasses of water a day, this may be too much for some, and not enough for others.
Your water requirement can also vary wildly from day to day depending on a number of factors, such as your activity level and weather conditions.
Fortunately, your body is equipped with a mechanism that tells you when you need to replenish your water supply. It’s called thirst.
And there’s also a simple way to gauge whether or not you need to drink more water even though you may not be feeling thirsty.
How to Read the Signs for Your Body’s Water Needs
Once your body has lost between one to two percent of its total water content, it will signal its needs by making you feel thirsty. Using thirst as a guide to how much water you need to drink is a good way to ensure your individual needs are met, day-by-day.
However, by the time your thirst mechanism kicks in you may already be a bit dehydrated. Most studies show that about 2/3 of us are dehydrated and need to drink more water.
This is particularly true for the elderly. Therefore, it’s also wise to learn some of the…
The above is #1 of 4 articles/posts we will publish today as we explore water.