Why Drinking More Water is so Important for Our Health
If there's one thing we need more of in our day to day lives, it's water! It may seem silly, but the truth is, most of us just aren't drinking enough of it!
A huge portion of Australians are dehydrated. I myself am often guilty of not drinking enough water sometimes, particularly when the weather cools down!
Why do we need to drink more water?
As a large portion of our bodies are made from water, it's important that we have enough of it to function at an optimal level. Our body uses water in so many ways! Water helps regulate our body temperature, remove toxins through perspiration and regulate bowel movements.1 Water is also vital for lubricating joints and protecting the brain.1 Drinking water plays an important role in our daily functioning. Keeping hydrated can relieve fatigue, naturally relieve headaches and improve the skin's complexion.2
As water is constantly circulating through our bodies, it supports the proteins, enzymes and cells, allowing them to function properly. Water also ensures that information is passed from tissue to tissue.5
What happens if we don't drink enough water?
It is believed that 75% of Australians are chronically dehydrated.3 That's crazy! You may even be dehydrated and not realise it, as the symptoms arrive a little later. Usually the first signs of dehydration are muscle fatigue, dizziness, headaches and nausea. You may also feel cramping, a rapid heart rate and decreased performance level.3
Different types of water
Mineral Water: Mineral water comes from a spring and contains many beneficial minerals including calcium and magnesium. Due to it's contained natural gases, mineral water may be effervescent.
Soda/ Sparkling Water: Soda and sparkling waters are regular water that has been infused with carbon dioxide. Carbonated water hydrates just as well as regular water, however those with irritable bowel syndrome may experience bloating or gas.4
Purified Water: The requirements for purified water is that all of it's impurities need to be reduced to no more than 10 parts per million. This is higher than the standard for tap water. Purified water removes chemicals and pathogens, but not microbes.4 While purified water doesn't contain common hidden nasties, it often lacks beneficial minerals our bodies need.
Spring Water: Spring water comes from an underground aquifer and is collected when it flows to the surface. It can be collected from a well or natural springs that form alongside hills and valleys.4 Like mineral water, spring water contains minerals but at a lesser concentration. This gives spring water a less intense taste.
The water filter I use!
When I'm working all day a drink bottle just isn't enough, so I like to use a water filter jug! My recommendation? The Waters Co Ace 1.5L Alkaline Water Filter. This is such a handy jug to keep around the office, or in your fridge at home. Unlike many other water filters and jugs on the market, this one does not use Aluminium Oxide to filter the water and it also removed up to 99% of fluoride and impurities from tap water, leaving you with alkaline water. I personally have not found another filter on the market to do this. It contains a multi filtered system with activated silver ionised carbon, alkaline minerals and magnets. These carbon style water filters can selectively remove dangerous contaminants from drinking water while retaining healthy mineral deposits that are beneficial to our bodies. This filtration system ionises tap water and removes bacteria and odours. Another plus? The filter in each jug lasts up to 24 months!
If you need a larger sized water filter for your home or workplace, Waters Co has two benchtop options; The Waters Co BMP 500 5.35L Bench Top Alkaline Water filter and the Waters Co BMP 400 Benchtop Alkaline Water filter. Both of these options are made from glass and have include filters with a 4 year life span!
Our largest benchtop water filter is the Southern Cross Pottery Large Water Purifier, a ceramic stand purifier which holds up to 12 Litres! This purifier uses the Fluoride Plus Filter, recommended to be replaced every 12 months, which removes Fluoride, toxins and contaminants in drinking water, leaving only beneficial minerals such as Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium. This ceramic purifier is great for large families and comes in a range of colours to match your kitchen!
Tip on staying hydrated
My number one tip to staying hydrated is to make sure that you always have water around. I find that we are much more inclined to drink water if it is sitting right in front of us! I fill up 3-4 large glass water bottles at a time with the above water filter and keep 1 on my desk and the others in the fridge and constantly drink and re-fill. I also add in the Beauty Chef's Hydration Inner Beauty Boost for extra hydration but mostly because it makes the water taste so delicious!
For more information of the benefits of alkaline water, I wrote a whole blog post on that here.
(sources: 1healthyeating.sfgate.com, 2mindbodygreen.com, 3nuun.com.au, 4livestrong.com, 5Waters Co, 6NBC News )