Doctors and nutritionists recommend that we drink at least 8 glasses (64 ounces) of quality water per day! Many holistic health professionals (myself included) recommend even more. The formula is simple. Divide your body weight (in pounds) by half. The number you get is the number of ounces of water you should consume each day. And in hot weather and during exercise, you should plan on drinking even more!
Approximately 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated! What does this do to your body? It can cause high blood pressure, asthma, ulcers, digestive difficulties, arthritis and uncontrolled hunger (in fact, feeling hungry is often a sign of thirst). And if you feel thirsty and have a dry mouth, chances are you are already dehydrated.
Remember, every process in your body is governed by water. Water functions to improve oxygen delivery to the cells, transport nutrients, cushion bones and joints, regulate body temperature, remove wastes, flush toxins, and keep the immune system functioning efficiently.
So, what kind of water are you drinking? Although our municipal water is checked for certain substances, it is likely to contain higher levels that you would think totally safe. Substances such as: asbestos, bacteria, chlorine, fungicides, heavy metals, nitrates, parasites, viruses, pharmaceutical drugs (YES! that’s right..many people dump their unused pills and drugs down the toilet or drain and guess where it goes?) and so on. And don’t even get me started about our water being fluoridated! That’s another story!
Bottled water is often no better – a recent study indicated that some of the most popular brands of bottled water are actually just treated tap water! And think about the amount of waste generated by the plastic used to bottle water. And what about the plastic leaching into that water when it sits on delivery trucks in 90+ degree temps! Yikes!
What is the first thing people buy at the grocery store when they hear of a tropical storm approaching (I know this for a fact after living in Houston for over 27 years!)??? BOTTLED WATER! But what if you had your very own water filtration system in your home 24/7. That’s why I recommend Berkey Water filters. For less than 2 cents per gallon, you can have safe, clean and pure water every day. Please click on my Berkey Filter link and see for yourself. (I even take my “Travel Berkey” on my trips!)