Hydration. Why is it so important?

This week’s topic is Hydration, so important to our health and yet so neglected. We either don’t drink enough or we drink water that is not contributing to our health in a positive way. In fact water is crucial in the daily detoxification of our bodies and disease prevention. I read somewhere the phrase “Water is, quite literally, the river on which our good health flows” and this is so true. The adult body is 60% water and it is unsurpassed in it’s ability to heal. On average we need 12 cups worth of water each day just to stay hydrated (includes water found in our food). This does not include additional fluids required based on increased activity, diet and exercise.
Are you drinking enough water?
The next question is where are you getting your water from? If you are drinking municipal water it may be a good idea to go online to check out the annual water quality reports for your area. I checked the report for Mount Albert, where I live, and found our water contained chlorine, lead and THM(these are used in industry as solvents or as refrigerants. They are environmental pollutants and many are considered carcinogenic). We know the contaminants in our tap water kill off the good bacteria in our microbiome which are key contributing factors to overall health.
Are you drinking good quality pure water? Do you use a home-filtration system, brita filter etc?

This barely covers the tip of the iceberg in terms of hydration knowledge but it will definitely start you off on the right foot.
Your challenge for this week: Increase your good quality water intake by 500ml each day for the next week and see how it makes you feel.

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