9 things to consider when drinking water

The what

At least half of your body is composed of water. At least 70 percent of the world is made of water. Without water, earth and everyone on it would..well…shrivel up!

The How

People who don’t drink enough water, beware.

Here is a few of the dozens of reasons how staying hydrated is crucial to your health:

  • Takes out toxins from the body: when you drink a sufficient amount of water, your kidneys work to dissolve and extract the toxins from your body through urine. Without water, your kidneys can’t do their job.
  • It decreases risk of cancer: Many studies have found that the more you drink, the less chances of getting cancer.Drinking water decreases how much carcinogens are in the body and lessens the amount of time those carcinogens make contact with our bodies.
  • Increased mental focus and happiness: Drinking water is a major component of the body’s ability to communicate and provide nutrients. Less than the recommended amount of water may lead to confusion, depression, sluggishness, and anxiety.
  • It helps maintain blood pressure: Water plays a role in regulating blood pressure. Your blood is made of mostly water. If there isn’t enough water to go around in heartbeat, the heart pumps hard and faster to compensate for that, and blood pressure rises.
  • It can prevent heart disease: When there’s no water, things aren’t as lubricated. Your mouth dries up, your joints dry up, and your arteries aren’t an exception. Dehydration over time leads to dry, hard, and inflexible arteries, making way to heart disease.

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00394-016-1170-8

The average American only drinks about 2 glasses per day, instead of the recommended four 16 ounces per day.

Now you know why it’s important to drink water.
 
But before you place your mouth under the faucet, read on.

The OMG

Before water pipes, open sewers were in our back yard, disease would spread, and everyone would be very, very smelly.

We started figuring out this idea of a water pipe system back around 3,000 B.C. in India, and with Egypt in 2,500 B.C.

But with great achievements, my friend, came many consequences.

Many of the pipes underneath us will turn 50 years old in a couple of years, and some other ones will be more than 100 years old. We used to make some of our pipes with lead, but are now mainly made with copper or PVC. Due to health concerns, Lead in pipes are banned, but alarmingly, there are millions of homes in the US still being serviced by lead pipes from back in the day. Toxins from the environment are also finding their way to our drinking water.

What you moms gave you

What ever you do, do not drink tap water.

Here are some reasons why:

  • Pesticides: Those pesticides that you’ve been avoiding by eating organic food might be getting picked up by your tap water. The study below discusses the relation between pesticides in water and preterm births.
  • Chlorine: The chlorine that we use to clean out our pools is also being used in our tap water to disinfect it from virus and bacteria. While its a good thing not have bacteria and virus, the chlorine and other disinfectants have been shown to be carcinogenic.
Can we please think of another way to disinfect? Please?
  • Lead: Lead that is leaching out of the corroded water pipes. Drinking lead can result in decreased IQ, decreased hearing, decreased kidney function brain damage, and death.
  • Hormones: So maybe you have minimized eating dairy and/ meat. Traces of what’s being pumped into these animals are in our water also! Synthetic versions of testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone are given to cows to increase their muscle mass, and increase milk production. These hormones bypass our water treatment filtration system, and viola, we are still having some connection with the meat and dairy we we trying to get away from. Damn.

Standards for what’s considered “drinking water” in the world are overdue for some revamping.

In the meanwhile,

There are two solutions:

Drink purified/spring water Or Get a good water filter in your house.

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