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Drinking fluids is fundamental in maintaining your health as it supports proper function of the heart, brain, and muscles. Fluids have the rather important job of carrying nutrients to your cells, flushing toxins from your bladder, and regulating your bowel movements. Think of water as a nutrient that your body needs to survive, because that is the truth!
Water is present within foods, various liquids, and of course as “plain” water. All of these are essential to incorporate on daily basis and can help to replace significant amounts of water lost each day. When your water intake does not equal your output, you can become dehydrated. During dehydration, the blood sodium concentration drops so low that it can cause severe brain dysfunction, including seizures, coma, and even death. Keep in mind that fluid loss is more likely to occur in warmer climates, during strenuous exercise, at high altitudes, and in the elderly.
How Much Water Should You Drink Each Day?
Over the years, studies have produced varying amounts in regards to daily water consumption recommendations. For example, the Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly about 13 cups (3 liters) of total fluid beverages a day. The AI for women is about 9 cups (2.2 liters) of total beverages a day. We will emphasize the word fluid, versus the popular belief that we should have 8 glasses of water a day. This will constitute our healthy recommendations of berry, fruit, herb infused water, herbal teas, cold pressed juices and electrolyte-rich coconut water.
It is also important to note that your water needs depend on many factors, including but not limited to: your current overall health, activity level, your living/work environment, and the weather outside (especially if your day involves strenuous activity outdoors!)
Knowing more about your body’s need for fluids will help you estimate how much water to drink each day. Moreover, a good rule of thumb to determine if you drinking enough water is the color of your urine. You should be drinking enough water to turn your urine a light-colored yellow.
What type of water do I choose?
Nowadays, there are more choices of drinking water beyond tap or bottled. To be a conscious consumer we must understand the product that is being offered to us and the process that is involved of us obtaining it. In choosing the right type of water for you and your family, you want to aim for pH balance.
The ideal pH of your water should be between 6.5 to 8.5, which is neutral on the scale of 0 to 14. If you do choose to drink alkaline water, please be sure to check that it is derived by a natural process. Below we have listed common water processes and types.
⇒ Bottled Water that is used for drinking and cooking only. Bottled water can be delivered to homes and businesses in five-gallon containers, purchased from vending machines, or in prepackaged gallon containers at most grocery stores. 40% of bottled water is tap water or well water that is treated by reverse osmosis and/or carbon filtration. The law requires “spring” water to be water from a natural spring.
⇒ Spring Water is what you often find in bottled water. It’s from an underground source and may or may not have been treated and purified. Though spring water sounds more appealing, for those reasons, the bottled version is not necessarily the best water for drinking, especially if you have other options. However, there are still some companies like Mountain Spring who can still provide some of the healthiest bottled water on the planet because it is “living water” sold in glass bottles.
Gravity-fed spring water is charged with energy, and we intake this vital life-force throughout our bodies. The only challenge is that this water is not found in a bottle from your local supermarket, we are talking about naturally-occurring water. To get started on your journey for spring water, we recommend utilizing www.FindaSpring.com to locate a spring near you!
|RAW TIP: It is important to bring either BPA-free or glass containers on your trip to collect the water so no unsafe chemicals can contaminate your pure drinking water.|
⇒ Carbon Filtration improves the taste, odor, and clarity of drinking water. It is also used to absorb chlorine and chloramines from city water. Carbon is a recognized treatment technique for removal of certain organic contaminants such as trihalomethanes, trichlorethylene, paradichlorobenzene and others. However, carbon will not remove total dissolved mineral salts (TDS) from water.
⇒ Reverse Osmosis systems utilize a sediment filter, a semi-permeable membrane, and a carbon filter to produce a low-mineral, low-sodium, good tasting drinking water. Reverse Osmosis is used by many bottled water companies to produce their high-quality product.
⇒ Distillation utilizes heat to evaporate water, whereas any impurities that are left behind are flushed to drain. The steam is condensed back into liquid form and is cooled to become distilled water.
⇒ Ion Exchange Filters are designed to remove dissolved salts in the water, such as calcium. This system actually softens the water or exchanges natural-forming mineral ions in the water with its own ions, thereby neutralizing their harmful effect of creating scale build-up.
⇒ Ionizers are a home appliance which claims to raise the pH of drinking water by using electrolysis to separate the incoming water stream into acidic and alkaline components. In nature, water flows down mountain streams and picks up alkaline minerals from rocks in the stream. Water systems that create naturally alkaline water work the same way. The water flows around a gravel bed to naturally pick up alkaline minerals. Naturally alkaline water systems are typically much larger than the artificial variety and they do not use electricity.
What is the best hydrating source that is fueled with electrolytes?
Electrolytes regulate our nerve and muscle function, blood pH, blood pressure, and aid in the rebuilding of damaged tissue. Various mechanisms exist in our body that keep the concentrations of electrolytes under strict control so we can remain hydrated and healthy.
Insufficient electrolyte levels can lead to either weak muscles, or muscles that contract too severely. Therefore, it is essential to consider the source of where our electrolytes come from!
One of our top recommendations from the Raw Republic menu would be Coco Loco. Unpasteurized coconut water contains five key electrolytes: sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. It is an excellent source of electrolytes that does not have any artificial coloring, flavors, or other harmful agents found in electrolyte infused sports drinks.
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