How to Better Your Health with Drinking Water

Water is essential for life. About 75 per cent of your body is made of water. Without adequate water intake to replace what your body uses as it breathes, sweats and excretes, your cells and tissues will not be adequately hydrated and waste products won’t be properly eliminated.

  • Drink plenty of fresh, purified water. We recommend 8-12 glasses daily- Bottled (still; spring) water is another option, but it is not as reliably free of contaminants (as this depends on where it is collected) and will be more expensive in the long run. Instead, you may consider investing in drinking water systems.
  • A slice of lemon (or lime) in your glass of water will make it taste more interesting and make it more easily absorbed by your body.

  • Herb and green teas can be very helpful, but should not take the place of purified water. The water for your tea should also be purified, as boiling does not remove toxins, only bacteria. Toxins will be concentrated by boiling.
  • Green (unfermented) tea is particularly high in anti-oxidants (which protect against free radical damage). Black tea also contains anti-oxidants, though the advantage may be lost when milk is added, and caffeine content may be high as well.
  • Avoid drinking with meals, as this will dilute the digestive juices in your stomach.
  • Avoid mineral (sparkling) water, which may be high in sodium (salt) and should only be used occasionally.
  • Avoid soft drinks and coffee and teas which contain caffeine. Unfortunately decaffeinated tea and coffee are not a good alternative, as undesirable chemicals are used in the caffeine removal process. Although some coffees are decaffeinated using a water process, these are still better avoided, as caffeine is not the only harmful constituent in coffee. Some teas which are naturally low in caffeine may, however, be drunk in moderation (no more than 2 cups daily) and cereal or dandelion based coffee substitutes are fine as long as they don’t contain sugar.

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About the Author: Andrew Reinert is a health care professional who loves to share different tips on health and personal care. He is a regular contributor to MegaHowTo and lives in Canada.

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