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The health benefits of water

 

We all need water to survive, but how exactly does it help?

Did you know that your body weight is approximately 60 percent water? Your body uses water in all its cells, organs, and tissues to help regulate its temperature and maintain other bodily functions. Because your body loses water through breathing, sweating, and digestion, it’s important to rehydrate by drinking fluids and eating foods that contain water. The amount of water you need depends on a variety of factors, including the climate you live in, how physically active you are, and whether you’re experiencing an illness or have any other health problems.

 

Water protects your tissues, spinal cord, and joints

Water does more than just quench your thirst and regulate your body’s temperature; it also keeps the tissues in your body moist. You know how it feels when your eyes, nose, or mouth gets dry? Keeping your body hydrated helps it retain optimum levels of moisture in these sensitive areas, as well as in the blood, bones, and the brain. In addition, water helps protect the spinal cord, and it acts as a lubricant and cushion for your joints.

 

Water helps your body remove waste

Adequate water intake enables your body to excrete waste through perspiration, urination, and defecation. The kidneys and liver use it help flush out waste, as do your intestines. Water can also keep from getting constipated by softening your stools and helping move the food you’ve eaten through

Your intestinal tract. However, it should be noted that there is no evidence to prove that increasing your fluid will cure constipation.

 

Water aids in digestion digestion starts with saliva, the basis of which is water. Digestion relies on enzymes that are found in saliva to help break down food and liquid and to dissolve minerals and other nutrients. Proper digestion makes minerals and nutrients more accessible to the body. Water is also necessary to help you digest soluble fibre. With the help of water, this fibre dissolves easily and benefits your bowel health by making well-formed, soft stools that are easy to pass.

 

Water prevents you from becoming dehydrated

Your body loses fluids when you engage in vigorous exercise, sweat in high heat, or come down with a fever or contract an illness that causes vomiting or diarrhoea. If you’re losing fluids for any of these reasons, it’s important to increase your fluid intake so that you can restore your body’s natural hydration levels. Your doctor may also recommend that you drink more fluids to help treat other health conditions, like bladder infections and urinary tract stones. If you’re pregnant or nursing, you may want to consult with your physician about your fluid intake because your body will be using more fluids than usual, especially if you’re breastfeeding.

 

How much water do you need? There’s no hard and fast rule, and many individuals meet their daily hydration needs by simply drinking water when they’re thirsty, according to a report on nutrient recommendations from the institute of medicine of the national academies. In fact, most people who are in good physical health get enough fluids by drinking water and other and other beverages when they’re thirsty, and also by drinking a beverage with each of their meals, according to the centres for disease control and prevention. If you’re not sure about hydration level, look at your urine. If it’s clear, you’re good shape. If it’s dark, you’re probably dehydrated.

Water Is Your Body’s Fuel

It may not be particularly warm outside, but you know when you need a drink of water-and fast. You’re excessively thirsty, perhaps even feeling a bit dizzy or lightheaded. Even if you haven’t been exercising vigorously, your muscles may feel weak, your back may hurt and your joints and dependent it is water.

 

About 60 percent of your body consists of water, which may sound like a lot until u realize how far that water must travel and the functions it must perform- every single day. All of the organs, tissues and cells in your body require water for proper functioning. There are 11 organ systems in your body that function interdependently. They are:

Cardiovascular system-heart and blood vessels.

Digestive system –oesophagus, stomach, liver, large intestine, anus and rectum.

Endocrine system-glands that regulate growth and metabolism. Integumentary system hair, skin and nails. Lymphatic system- houses white blood cells vital to immunity to illness.

Muscular system-for movement and good posture.

Nervous system-brain, spinal cord and nerves.

Respiratory system-supplies blood with oxygen.

 

The ‘’BIG three’’ Reasons

On a day-to-day basis, most people are unlikely to complain that their skeletal system or their ‘’urinary system’’ is giving them problems. A lack of water is likely to show up in three ways that can be cast in more relatable terms (that once again underscore how the 11 organ systems work together) water is vital to good health because it:

 

Keep you hydrated

Your body needs water to maintain a healthy internal temperature of 98.6 degrees. You’re likely to need more water to maintain this temperature, the canters for disease control and prevention says, if you:

  • Live in a warm climate are very active
  • Are sick with a fever suffer from about of diarrhea or vomiting

When your body is running low on water and the brain signals that you’re thirsty, by all means drink. Failing to do so can lead to dehydration, which in mind forms can lead to temporary disorientation and dizziness and in severe cases- kidney failure.

 

Keep you regular

Water is a simple remedy for people who suffer from constipation, and another look at the body’s interrelated parts helps explain why. Every day, the kidneys rely on water to filter between 120 and 150 quarts of blood and 1 to 2 quarts of urine. But if the kindly malfunction, excess fluid and should and wastes are flushed from the body.

 

Keep you limber

Cartilage in the body-the cushioning agent of joints and discs of the spine-consists of about 80 percent water. So when cartilage becomes dried out, it follows that the joints are less able to shrug off bumps and knocks. Instead, they can feel stiff or bristle with pain. The solution? As the arthritis foundation states, ‘’if there’s a magical elixir to drink, its water’’.

 

How much water?

Just as your appetite for food fluctuates, so does your thirst for water, and staying tuned to your body’s signal for water is the best way to ensure you drink enough, especially since the amount of water you lose every day pivots on how much you perspire and excrete through urine and bowel the mayo clinic and medical news today recommend a daily intake of:

91 ounces(or 2.7 litters) of water for women 125 ounces (3.7 litters) of water for men these recommendations can seem high, but remember that some of the water we get comes from our food. For example, certain vegetables

(like zucchini) and fruit (like watermelon) teem with water, which can help you meet your recommended daily intake.

When you find yourself craving sugary drinks, remember the empty calories they contain. Water may be bland, but its attributes can’t be denied. As the mayo clinic says. “Water is your best bet because it’s calorie-free, inexpensive and readily available.”

What’s the Healthiest Water You Can Drink?

That we should drink water throughout the day is a given, but with so many options, it can be difficult to know which is the best type.

Will plain old tap water suffice or should we opt for bottled, filtered, ionised or electrolyte-rich?

In this blog, we’ll educate you on the best hydration choices based on the purities and properties of various options.

Some swear by alkaline water, artesian water, glacial melt water or the sort passed at high pressure through a reverse osmosis system.

Stroll through any major health store and you’ll be taken aback by the sheer diversity of choice.

Is it a simple case of brands vying for market domination or does water, like food, depend on many factors to achieve true quality?

The Truth about Tap Water

In the western world, we’re fortunate to be able to turn on the tap and access unlimited water. However, many would question whether tap water is ultimately healthy.

It may be deemed safe to drink by the world health organisation and other professional authorities, but safe and healthy are two very different things.

Given that it is treated with a large number of chemicals to kill bacteria and other pesky microorganisms, water running off the mains supply is vastly different to the sort found in nature-the kind found in springs and mountain streams which is rich in naturally-occurring minerals.

Suffice to say that with over 300 man –made chemicals having at some point been detected in British tap water, better options are available. 

This is particularly the case if your tap water is fluoridated; about 10% of the UK population receive fluoridated water, including Cumbria,

Cheshire, Tyneside, Northumbria, Durham, the west midlands and most of Leland. Indeed, many people now use a filter to eliminate not only fluoride but hardness, chlorine and other potentially dangerous toxins.

Although we’d applaud such a move, many filters leave water deficient in beneficial trace minerals which, among other things, are vital to cellular metabolism, growth and vitality.

Clearly the question of which water is healthiest is more complex than most realise!

Healthy Water: Assessing the Options

*In our view water should be clean, free of toxins and particulates, and properly structured.

We’ll get on to our recommendations shortly, but for the moment let’s look at the main alternatives to tap water.

Whether due to cost, taste, environmental considerations or some other factor, people regularly choose to shun tap water a fondness for its crisper, cleaner flavour, bottled water is hugely popular.

The UK bottled water market is worth 2.4 billion and has grown year-on-year since 2012. Total bottled water production stood at over 2,700 million litres last year. It’s no different in America, where consumers shell out billion annually.

It’s difficult to make a sweeping judgement about bottled water, since there are many different kinds: mineral, spring, artesian, well water etc.

Well water and artesian water originate underground, spring water comes from surface water and mineral water-which accounts for the lion’s share (45%) of the UK market-comes from natural springs rich in minerals like salt and sulphur compounds.

If    you’re opting for bottled water, always check the label to find the source and scrutinise the mineral content. Don’t be duped by buzzwords like ‘mountain’ and ‘glacier’ as these are often little more than marketing ploys.

Some bottle water actually derives from tap water which is treated/filtered prior to packaging.

Of course, there’s more to water than mineral content. Some studies have shown that plastic bottles leach chemicals into the water, and that the longer water sits inside a bottle, the higher the concentration of particular chemicals.

The WWF goes so far as to insist that ‘there are more standards regulating tap water than those applied to the bottled water industry.

The environmental impact, meanwhile, is huge; as well being resource= intensive plastic bottles take over 1000 to biodegrade and, if incinerated, produce toxic fumes.

We can’t with any good faith, say that bottle water is advisable although if you’re still bound and determined, go with glass, not plastic.

 

 

Distilled Water

So vigorous is its filtration process that distilled water is stripped not only of impurities but also any natural minerals and electrolytes it contains.

Distilled water is made from the steam of boiling water. The process of boiling and evaporation produces water which has a cleaner, though also flatter, taste-similar, really, to which undergoes the process of reverse osmosis or deionisation.

Distillation is a somewhat outdated method of water purification, as better systems have come into being over the last 10-15 years.

Since it is devoid of minerals, distilled water cannot replace those lost through sweat.it also has a more acidic pH(around 7.0) which is definitely not optimal the body.

In spite of this, some people still claim distilled water is pure and has a cleansing effect. Certainly it’s one way of avoiding harmful environmental chemicals and waterborne pathogens.

*Alkaline Water

The popularity of alkaline water has soared in recent years, though it’s been in vogue throughout Asia for a lot longer.

Alkaline water is engineered to have a higher pH than tap or bottled water, sitting anywhere between 7.5 and 10 (7 is neutral)

It’s also a fertile source of potassium, calcium, magnesium, silica and bicarbonate.

Drinking water with an alkaline pH has been variously shown to relieve acid and pepsin-related conditions

Improve mineral retention and optimize post-exercise hydration

 

Most of the goodness stems from the water’s acid-buffering capacity, although it also has powerful antioxidant properties which help counteract oxidative stress.

There are a few ways of procuring alkaline water; you can buy it pre-bottled from a health store ((the least environmentally-friendly option) or use a filter device such as the broker alkaline antioxidant jug.

The jug uses combinations of natural bioceramis minerals to alkalise water added to it, elevating the pH from 7.5 to 9.5

A measure of filtration is also achieved, as the bio ceramics help to reduce chlorine and heavy metals.

*Reverse Osmosis Water

Like distilled water, reverse osmosis water is usually referred to as purified: it is forced through membranes which remove particulates and pollutants. However, in our view it is little more than pure, dead water

One problem with this type of water, aside from the fact that it’s demineralised (which leads to increased elimination of minerals from the body) is that it doesn’t hydrate as well as others.

Since we ostensibly drink water to hydrate our cells, it begs the question: why would you choose RO water over other kinds?

Another note to add to the cons column: water’s usually acidic.

Drinking acidic water will hamper our ability to maintain a healthy pH. balance in the blood.

Lastly RO systems can be expensive to install. Again, you can get far better water than the kind that runs through a costly reverse osmosis machine.

*Hydrogen Water

We’ve saved the best till last. Hydrogen water, or hydrogen-rich water, is in our view the best drinking water in the world. But what the hell is hydrogen water, we hear you ask.

In simple terms, it is water which contains dissolved hydrogen gas (molecular hydrogen)

Hydrogen water has been subject to plenty of research in the Far East (indeed, it has been drunk in japan since the ‘60s) and the result are frankly incredible

Not only can hydrogen- rich water increase energy and improve recovery but it can combat inflammation and neutralize oxygen free radicals.

While more human trials are needed by the science is Dr. Nicholas periscope, a world-renowned healthy aging expert, who goes as to say he believe “we’ll reduce health-care costs by a third when people start drinking hydrogen water.”

A bold claim, to be sure, but one which doesn’t seem quite so surprising when you start digging into the literature.

One 2010 study in particular showed that when 20 overweight subjects with signs of metabolic syndrome drank 2 litters of hydrogen water per day for a period of eight they  experienced a 39% increase in an enzyme that protects the body against free radicals.

They also enjoyed a 43% reduction in thiobarbituric acid (an organic compound linked to oxidative damage) and a 13% drop in total cholesterol.

A fascinating 2018 study
nlm,nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5806445/),meanwhile,showed that “Hydrogen-rich water administration for 4 weeks improved mood, anxiety and autonomic nerve function, suggesting that it may offer an effective method to reinforce  quality of life and maintain good health.”

Who would’ve thought drinking two litres of hydrogen-rich water could do so much? You can buy this new –age wellness water ready-to-drink in cans or pouches, purchase a hydrogen water machine (warning: you’ll need deep pockets) or source a filter which stimulates the release of H2.

    *Introducing the Energy plus Water Filter

One such device is the Energy Plus. The four-stage under sink filter gives water which can be classed as:

Purified water

Alkaline antioxidant water

Mineral-rich water

Hydrogen water

The Energy Plus water filter Water its neatly under your sink, letting you obtain water straight from the faucet.

As well as being able to remove fluoride, heavy metals and organic contaminants, the advanced filter infuses the water with calcium, magnesium and potassium.

It has been extensively tested by the University of Edinburgh’s

Engineering Department, who confirmed its ability to elevate water pH to between 8.5 and 9.5 and remove a number of common contaminates, including oestradiol.

The water also benefit it’s from antioxidant properties thanks to the biocerramic mineral balls used in the third filter cartridge. It is these bio ceramics which stimulate the release of molecular hydrogen.

The water produced by the energy plus fulfills all the criteria, then, of good water free of impurities, alkaline, rich in beneficial minerals and molecular hydrogen. The perfect way to hydrate.

Conclusion

The water produced by the energy plus fulfills all the criteria of ‘good’ water: free of impurities, alkaline, rich in beneficial minerals and molecular hydrogen.

Hopefully this article has given you a better idea about the kind of drinking water available to you. Certainly there are many options over and above tap water, and multiple valid reasons for making the switch.

As demonstrated it needn’t be an expensive process either: yes, there are several eye-popping expensive systems on the market but you can just as easily drink better water for a modest fee.

Of course, whatever water you choose to drink, the worst outcome is dehydration: make sure you imbibe 8-10 glasses per day, and always limit your consumption of carbonated beverages. Water is essential to a healthy lifestyle, after all.

 

Since it is devoid of minerals, distilled water cannot replace those lost through sweat. It also has a more acidic pH (around7.0), which is definitely not optimal for the body.

 

Many People these days use Epsom salt to relive muscle and joint pain. But, are you familiar with other uses of this miraculous salt?

What Is Epsom Salt?

If you are one of those people who choose to’’ go green’’ and use chemical-free products, you don’t have to worry about Epsom salt as it is a naturally occurring mineral. It is a great source of magnesium and sulfates with ability to be absorbed topically.

8 Surprising Benefits of Epsom Salt

1.Ease Joint Pain

This is the most common use of Epsom salt! As mentioned above, it consists of magnesium and sulfates, both of which are critical to overall health.

Supplements can be hard on the digestive system because the body cannot effectively absorb it. Therefore, the trick is to prepare and Epsom salt bath which will break down into the water, allowing the magnesium and sulfates to be absorbed effectively

  1. Forget About Muscle Pain

Curing muscle pain is yet another benefit of Epsom salt baths. If you are not into it,

You can spray on sore magnesium oil after taking a shower instead.

 3.Epsom Salt Bath to Cure Headaches

Magnesium and sulfates are great at relaxing the body and relieving headaches.

Epsom salt baths are not used for joint and muscle pain relief only but will also ease debilitating te

 

4.Solve  the Problem for Greasy Hair

If your scalp is oily and you are having trouble with greasy hair, simply add a teaspoon of Epsom salt to your shampoo and let it do the trick.

  1. Face Scrub

Add a little bit Epsom salt to your face cream and apply onto the face, massing the face in circulation motions. When done, rinse it off with warm water

6.Foot Scrub

Mix Some Epsom Salt with olive oil and Castile soap to make your own foot scrub.

Use it a few times a week and say goodbye to cracked heels!

7.Fertilize Your Fruits

This use is probably the least known, mostly because Epsom salt isn’t often use in your home. But all you have to do is to add a teaspoon of it in the soil and watch your fruits grow higher and brighter.

8.Clean Your Bathroom

Low intake of some essential elements and microelements from low-mineral water

Although drinking water, with some rare exceptions, is not the major source of essential elements for humans, its contribution may be important for several reasons. The modern diet of many people may not be an adequate source of minerals and microelements. In the case of borderline deficiency of a given element, even the relatively low intake of the element with drinking water may play a relevant protective role. This is because the elements are usually present in water as free ions and therefore, are more readily absorbed from water compared to food where they are mostly bound to other substances.

Animal studies are also illustrative of the significance of micro quantities of some elements present in water. For instance, Kondratyuk (35) reported that a variation in the intake of microelements was associated with up to six-fold differences in their content in muscular tissue. These results were found in a 6-month experiment in which rats were randomized into 4 groups and given: a.) tap water, b.) low-mineral water, c.) low-mineral water supplemented with iodide, cobalt, copper, manganese, molybdenum, Zinc and fluoride in tap water, d.) low-mineral water supplemented with same elements but at ten times higher concentrations. Furthermore, a negative effect on the blood formation process was found to be associated with non-supplemented demineralized water. The mean hemoglobin content of red blood cells was as much as 19% lower in the animals is that received non-supplemented demineralized water compared to that in animals given tap water. The hemoglobin differences were even greater when compared with the animals given the mineral supplemented waters.

Recent epidemiological studies of an ecologic design Russian populations supplied with water varying in TDS suggest that low-mineral drinking water may be a risk factor for hypertension and coronary heart disease, gastric and duodenal ulcers, chronic gastritis, goiter, pregnancy complications and several complications in newborns and infants, including jaundice, anemia, fractures and growth desorders. However, it is not clear whether the effects observed in these studies are due to the low content of calcium and magnesium or other essential elements, or due to other factors.

Lutai conducted a large cohort epidemiological study in the Ust-Ilim region of Russia. The study focused on morbidity and physical development in adults, children and pregnant women and their newborns in two areas supplied with water different in TDS. One of  these area was supplied with water lower in minerals (mean values: TDS 134 mg/L, calcium 18.7 mg/L, magnesium 4.9 mg/L, bicarbonates 86.4 mg/L) and the other was supplied with water higher in minerals (mean values:TDS 385 mg/L, calcium 29.5 mg/L, magnesium 8.3 mg/L, bicarbonates 243.7 mg/L). Water levels of sulfate, chloride, sodium, potassium, copper, Zince, manganese and molybdenum were also determined. Area therespetive areas.  Populations of the two areas did not differ from each other in eating habits, air quality, social conditions and time of residence in the respective areas. The population of the area supplied with water lower in minerals showed higher incidence rates of goiter, hypertension, ischemic heart disease, gas tic and duodenal ulcers, chronic gastritis, cholecystitis and nephritis. Children living in this area exhibited slower physical development and more growth abnormalities, pregnant women suffered more frequently from edema and anemia. Newborns of this area showed higher morbidity. The lowest morbidity was associated with having calcium levels of 30-9- mg/L, magnesium levels of 17-35 mg/L, and water could be considered as physiologically optimum.