What are we to believe? One person says one thing, another says something else, so it is hard to know what to believe! The internet is full of information; so many different opinions, so everything is complicated! Water use to be simple, but now we wonder: is tap water better than bottled? What about vitamin enhanced water? Is distilled better, or is spring water better? These are good questions since there are more types of water options to choose from than there has ever been.
What is distilled water? It is water which removes the mineral content such as iron. What is spring water?Spring water comes from a natural source, and it is rich in minerals. There is much controversy in the world of water about distilled water versus spring water. The proponents of Spring water claim it is a better because the minerals are good for you. The proponents of distilled say that we are to get our minerals from food, and our water should be pure.
Some say distilled water can strip your body of Calcium and magnesium causing high mineral deficiency, thus leading to osteoporosis, high blood pressure and hypothyroidism. Distilling water is not a natural process, and therefore was not available to our ancestors who drank water rich in minerals. This is a decision that you alone can make, but I lean towards mineral rich water because we know that minerals are beneficial for the human body.
Smartwater is tap water enhanced with electrolytes, but other than that the choice in bottled water is a matter of price, taste and convenience. Aquifina and Dasani is municipal tap water, Poland Spring comes from natural spring water, and Evian is imported from natural supplies of water. These water supplies will provide for your water needs, so just choose the one which is the most desirable for you.
One water myth is that your body has to work harder to absorb cold water, so it will speed up your metabolism. There is no evidence to back this statement, so if you like cold water drink it cold and if you like warm water, drink it warm. If you want to give your metabolism a boost go for a jog, a walk or a bike ride.
If you are going out for intense exercise that lasts an hour, or you anticipate sweating a lot then take along a Gatorade. You don’t need a sports drink if you are going out for a 30 minute walk or jog, unless it is hot out, or you think you might decide to make it a longer session than you had anticipated. Gatorade has about 100 calories for two cups, and a half an hour walk burns about 170 calories. So 60 percent of your exercise expenditure would be used during your work-out. Are you sure that is the best use of calories, when water would suffice?
If you hydrate yourself only when you are feeling thirsty, you are living in a state of semi-dehydration all of the time. You start feeling thirsty when you are about 1-2% dehydrated, and actual dehydration when you have lost about 2% of your body weight. When you begin to get an imbalance of sodium and over-all fluids your thirst mechanisms will hop into action and tell you its time to drink up, but why wait? If you hydrate yourself all day, you won’t come to the near dehydration state.
And yes folks, it is possible to drink TOO much water. I drink two to three quarts of water everyday and more when I exercise, especially in the summer. If you want to drink more water add it slowly over time because drinking water faster than your kidneys can process it can upset the balance of electrolytes in the blood.
In 2007, a California woman died after she drank two gallons of water after a radio contest to see who could drink the most water without urinating. Water over-hydration can cause nausea and headache but also has more dire possibilities such as swelling of the brain, seizures, coma and death. Keep in mind that the kidneys can process no more than about one liter per hour.
Your water needs fluctuate from day to day depending upon the foods you are eating, your activity level and what the weather is like. The 8 cups of water a day is not a hard and fast rule, but was given as a general idea. One reliable way to test whether you are getting enough water is to check the color of your urine. Is it dark yellow? It should be more like lemonade color. If you are getting enough hydration, you should be urinating every two to three hours.
In the past it was thought that coffee and other caffeinated beverages had a diuretic effect, however studies since then found that caffeine only causes you to urinate as much as drinking water does. So, 6 ounces of coffee is still only 6 ounces of fluid, and it all counts toward your fluid needs.
It is good to eat foods high in water content because:
*Food with high water content helps us lose weight, as it fills you up before it fills you out.
*Eating vegetables like broccoli in place of some of the more calorie-dense foods like meat and rice helps you to eat significantly less calories.
*Water-rich foods look bigger so they trick your mind into thinking you are eating more than you really are.
The following foods are high in water content (from the most to the least):
Some experts believe you are better off taking a multi-vitamin and eating more fruits and vegetables than by drinking vitamin water. Your body recognizes vitamin Water the same as it would a supplement, and vitamins are usually cheaper than drinking vitamin water.
The difference between sports drinks and energy drinks are:
*sports drinks offer energy via calories while keeping you hydrated
*Energy drink provides a stimulant
*If you are participating in athletics, drink a sports drink.
*Don’t drink energy drinks if you are thirsty, as they don’t provide hydration
*A little bit of energy drink when you need a lift is generally fine, but don’t drink too much or you might feel nauseous and anxious.
Other foods that are relatively high in water content:
Water has been proven to be one of the greatest pain relievers and preventative therapies known to man. Water is known for its curative powers, and is not only good for us physically, but is good for our mental abilities as well. A sufficient amount of water helps the children do better in school, helps us solve problems and helps us overcome depression and anxiety as well. And that is some pretty amazing things for a relatively small investment!
*This information is for educational purposes only. I am not a doctor.