What is Good drinking water?
The adult body is 60% water. On a typical day, we use up to 8 to 12 cups (2.5 litres) of water via various bodily functions. We may use more when the temperature is high or when we exercise. It is very important that we keep drinking water to stay hydrated.
Generally, about 1.5 to 2 litres of water consumption a day is recommended. Drinking Good water is crucial for healthy living. Then, what is Good drinking water anyway? And how can you maximize the benefits of drinking water?
Here are five basic criteria for Good drinking water;
- Free from pollution and contaminants; such as rusty pipe lines, or agricultural/industrial contamination.
- Free from living organisms; such as algae, or bacteria that live in the water supply.
- Free from chlorine; this toxic chemical is added to kill off pathogens.
- Have a moderately high level of minerals and nutrients that are beneficial for good health (a balanced ratio of Calcium and Magnesium).
- Have an alkaline pH (above 7.0).
Personally, I like using a faucet filtration system. This way I can use filtered water for drinking and cooking, and unfiltered water for washing dishes. It takes away not only heavy metals and harmful chemicals, but also the unpleasant taste and odour of chlorine. However, it may also remove beneficial minerals; such as Calcium and Magnesium.
One day, I found a stainless stick called “alkaline water stick” at a local health food store. Adding this stick into a water bottle helps improve quality of drinking water (makes mineralized alkaline water).
So, my family and I drink filtered water which I stir with the stick for 30 seconds. In my case, it takes two steps to achieve five criteria for Good drinking water. I am sure there may be other ways to satisfy those requirements. What kind of water are You drinking?
How can you maximize the benefits of drinking water?
For health benefits, you should be drinking water throughout the day. If you are not regular water drinkers, then start slow and get accustomed to drinking water. The point here is to drink an adequate amount of water (a glass) at a time, several times a day to keep your body well-hydrated.
I drink a glass of water first thing in the morning. I have been doing this for over 20 years and this is how I wake my body and digestive system up. Some recommend to drink cold water to stimulate intestinal functions to lead elimination. However, I prefer room temperature water and it works well for regular elimination.
I don’t recommend drinking too much water (especially cold water) with meals. This will slow down or even shut down the digestion process. If you need it, having a glass of room temperature water ready and taking small sips during meal time is ideal.
Also, drinking water one hour prior to each meal is recommended. This will not hinder the digestion process, because water alone goes though the digestion system in approximately thirty minutes. This could also prevent overeating because one may feel less hungry.
So, bring your favourite reusable water bottle wherever you go. Make a habit of drinking water during the day for optimal digestive health and overall well been.
All is well and all the best!