The only time we recognise the importance of water in our lives is either when it is not available, a time of drought , or when the forces of nature have conspired through the combination of tides and rainfall to flood the land. Then it fills the front pages and the news broadcasts.
Despite making up 70% of our bodies and being essential to our health and well being, water remains a most under rated commodity.
If we are to drink more water it should be described as “high quality water”. Even water supplied by your local council will contain chemical contaminants, such as chlorine, that present a long term health risk.
This water although it meets the existing water quality standards needs to be filtered using at least a simple filtration system, like a filter jug or in-line water filter.
1. Drinking water helps maintain the balance of body fluid, digestion, blood circulation, transportation of nutrients, and maintains body temperature.
2. Drinking water helps dieting and weight loss. A glass of water half an hour before a meal will reduce hunger pangs and reduce appetite. Substituting a glass ofwater for a high calorie drink will also help.
3. Drinking water helps energise the body by maintaining the balance of fluids and electrolytes, reducing fatigue.
4. Drinking water aids skin texture.
5. Drinking water helps to reduce disturbed sleep patterns especially in the elderly.
6. The human body has no stored water to draw on during dehydration, so regular intakes of quality water are essential throughout the day. Remember that other beverages, tea, coffee, soda, do not count as water.
Dehydration causes many ailments, many of which are preventable through increasing the quantity and quality of water that we consume each day. This is especially important for children whose bodies have a higher proportion of water compared to adults. Their water intake should be managed more effectively.