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Water

The importance of water

The body is made of approximately 66% water.  Water is vital to the body because it is needed in every biological process, chemical reaction and mechanical action.  Our brains, muscles, organs and digestion are dependent on it.  It is essential for our health and we need to replenish supplies regularly.

Water requirements

Most people wait to feel thirsty before drinking water, but thirst lags behind the body’s actual needs for water.

Every-day the body loses approximately 2.8 litres of water through sweating, exhaling, passing urine and bowel movements.  For the body to function properly, this water needs to be replaced through water-containing drinks and foods.

Everyone’s body size and activity level is different so it is difficult to make precise recommendations.  Food usually provides the body with 20% of its fluid intake therefore consuming 2 litres of water with a normal diet will replace lost fluids.  A mug of hot water, with a slice of lemon and ginger, first thing in the morning helps the body remove the build up of toxins.  One glass before bed helps prevent dehydration throughout the night.  The rest should be sipped between meals, little and often.  This can be in the form of drinking water, herbal teas or fresh vegetable juices.

Drinks such as coffee, tea, alcohol, cola and concentrated juices contain substances which dehydrate the body.  This means not only do they get rid of the water they are dissolved in but also deplete the body of it’s own reserves.

Water quality in your home

Traces of chemicals such as chlorine, fluoride, pesticide and herbicide residues, and pharmaceutical drug residues are found in our tap water.  Although these levels of toxins are considered to be safe, experts argue that over the long term, these accumulate within the tissues of the body possibly causing long-term health problems.

Possible ways of purifying tap water within your home

  • Boiling – This reduces chlorine content but is not effective in reducing other toxic chemicals.
  • Carbon filtering – These are not very effective at removing toxic chemicals due to the small cartridge size.
  • Reverse osmosis – This is one of the most powerful methods for purifying water.  Virtually all chemicals are removed from the water, including all the minerals.  These are available as a table-top or a plumbed-in units costing about £200.00.  The disadvantage is that to treat an amount of water, it uses 3 times that amount.
  • Distillation – Distillation removes virtually all the chemicals and minerals from the water.  Distillation systems are available as table-top or plumbed-in units.
  • Bottled water – There are two types of bottled water:  spring and mineral water.  Spring water is collected directly from the spring where it arises from the ground and must be bottled at source.  UK sources of spring water must meet certain hygiene standards and therefore maybe treated in order to meet pollution limits
  • Mineral water – rises from under the ground, then flows over rocks before it is collected.  This results in a higher content of minerals.  It can not be treated except to remove grit and dirt.

Further information

www.thisiswater.co.uk

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