Yes, we all know drinking water is good for us. Drinking water seems simple enough, but with all of the different choices, it seems to be actually complex these days. Here, I’ll answer some frequent questions I get about water!
Can I drink bottled water?
- Quality: It’s difficult to know what you’re getting with bottled water. Some comes from municipal water sources – in other words, it’s tap water. Other brands may contain fluoride, which has been shown to be toxic to the body. Bottom line – you just don’t know what you’re getting with bottled water.
- Packaging: While most plastic water bottles are recyclable, many people don’t bother to recycle them. One look at information on the Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch and you’ll see why plastics are an environmental problem. Producing them is also an issue, since they are petrochemical products that pollute the environment during production.
- Toxins: PET plastic water bottles may harbor toxins that are hormone disrupters. These toxins can leach into the water. Hard plastic bottles contain bisphenol-a, which is highly toxic, as well.
Instead: Consider a stainless steel water bottle, filled with water from a home filter for your best source of hydration.
What temperature should the water be when I drink it?
- For pure hydration, there’s nothing better than room temperature water, which is more hydrating than cold water. Why? Because your body has to spend energy to bring cold water to an absorbable temperature, which results in water loss.
- Cold water may cause the blood vessels around your stomach to shrink, slowing hydration.
- When you drink cold beverages, they tend to solidify the fats from the foods we eat as they pass through our systems. This makes those fats much more difficult to digest, and it makes it difficult to remove unwanted fats from the body. Room temperature water and warm herbal teas, on the other hand, keep the fats as liquids, easing digestion and helping move them through our bodies. This not only helps digestion, but can also reduce the risk of clogged arteries.
Can I drink carbonated water?
Yes, but in moderation. Better, not at all, but if you need those bubbles to kick a soda habit, then I’m all for it. Here’s the skinny on carbonated water.
- Carbonated water contains high levels of carbon dioxide and carbonic acid. Because of this, it is more acidifying than pure water and may contribute to certain health problems.
- Carbonated water may cause pressure in the kidneys, leading to more frequent urination. This can cause a diuretic effect that leads to dehydration.
- Some evidence suggests carbonated water promotes the growth of kidney stones. If you suffer from this condition, you need to stay away from it altogether.
- As with other acidic foods, carbonated water changes the body’s pH. In return, your body works to neutralize its pH to a less acidic level, often leaching calcium and other minerals from the bones to do so. This can lead to lowered bone density and osteoporosis.
- Your kidneys are designed to digest pure water, not carbonated water. Drinking carbonated water makes your kidneys have to work harder.
The bottom line: Pure water is better at beautifying and better for your health. It cleanses your system, digests easily, and supports detoxification.
Why do I need to avoid drinking water with meals?
I recommend that you drink water 30 minutes before a meal or 60 minutes after, but not during a meal (other than a few sips as needed.) This is because water dilutes your digestive juices, rendering the process less efficient. If you must drink a little while eating (or ate something super spicy!) sip no more than 1 cup of water during meals.
Do I really need to drink eight 8 oz. glasses of pure water each day?
You don’t necessarily need to drink a set number of glasses of water each day. If you are eating an excellent diet, the foods you eat contain plenty of water, particularly if you have a Glowing Green Smoothie each day or you eat plenty of raw fruits and vegetables. On the other hand, don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink. By then, you are already pretty dehydrated. Hydrate well between meals. Customize the levels of water you need based on your climate, activity levels and overall diet.