Water Guide

There is a lot of confusing information regarding water.  Is tap water safe?  Does bottled water negatively impact the environment?  Are the plastics that make up the bottles we drink from safe?  What is reverse osmosis?  And we haven’t even touched on the topic of how much water we should drink.  Just to prove the point about the confusion around water, even to professionals, keep in mind that the Institute of Medicine prior to 2004 stated that “ . . . it was impossible to set a water recommendation.” (Strength and Conditioning Journal, Vol 32, No.2, April 2010, page 56)  All the confusing information should not detract from what is most important, and that is that we must drink water to maintain a healthy body and mind.  Water accounts for a large amount of the human body’s volume, approximated anywhere from 60-75% .  Water is needed for every vital function the body performs. All of our cells need water to perform.   Water is crucial to  the elimination process.  Elimination is crucial to good health. If toxins and waste are allowed to remain in the body, it is the equivalent of not taking out your trash.

How much to drink?
 I use the guideline of half your body weight in ounces per day.  I weigh 180 lbs, so I should be consuming 90 oz of water daily.  Do I always consume that much water?  No, there are days that for one reason the full amount of water does not get consumed. But setting a goal, and planning your water intake is crucial to make drinking water part of what you do.

There are some other important pieces of information as it pertains to your water consumption.  You should drink a glass of water about 15 minutes before your meals to prep your stomach for the meal you are about to consume.  During your meal you should not drink water except to help you wash down your food.  Too much water during your meal dilutes the nutrients in your food.  After a meal, you should avoid drinking water for about 30 minutes to let you body absorb the nutrients.

What is the best water to drink? Water has turned into a commodity, sad but true.  The most cost effective way to get clean water is to buy a home filtration system.  Home filtration systems should include the water you bathe with also.  The skin is very absorbent, it will take all the chemicals that are in the water and bring them right into your system.

Lastly, I want to leave you with a little saying that pertains to whether you drank too much on night, or polluted your body with poor food choices.  “If you pollute, you must dilute!”  Dilution happens with water and nothing else.