In most areas of the country and all across the Northern Hemisphere, July sends the mercury rising chasing every living thing to the watering hole. As the sun beats down, vegetables, animals and humans alike are challenged by the dehydrating effects of the heat. Here in Texas, as we face one of the longest drought periods in a long time, we are reminded everyday how the planet is losing its water to evaporation and lack of replenishment. However, in some areas of the world, they are getting too much water and rain!
When I take my puppy for a walk along the dried up creek beds, I am reminded of how our bodies like the earth’s surface are composed of 2/3 water. I think of how important it is to hydrate and replenish our own rivers flowing within our bodies.
Water is the most amazing substance on earth, providing the fluid of life in our body and the bathing solution for all cells to function as they should. It is becoming a commodity that is being called “blue gold” for its inevitable value that will soon supersede present market wars of the yellow precious metal. In some countries like Bangladesh and India, silent wars are being fought over ownership and rights to water – the only substance on the planet that, if unavailable, all life shall perish. Yet, even with the obvious preciousness of this life sustaining substance, we have arrived at a point where our water pollution situation in this country has been called a “ticking time bomb,” by the Environmental Protection Agency. We have used our rivers, lakes and oceans to dump unconscionable amounts of toxins and waste. The Potomac River, that travels through 3 states coming out in Washington D.C into the Atlantic Ocean, for example, is one of the most polluted bodies of water in America, filled with agricultural and pharmaceutical waste that the treatment plants are not yet equipped to remove before putting the “clean” water back into circulation.
Regardless of these battles, you still need to make sure you are getting enough clean water into your body for constant health, especially during these summer months when you are swimming, golfing, gardening or sailing.
The most economical way of providing yourself with cheap clean water is to buy a water filter system to have at home and use your own water bottles – stainless steel, glass or BPA free plastic. There are a million options out there for filtration systems and researching one that’s best for you and your budget is vital.
Buy yourself a good water filter system and install it on your kitchen tap or have a gravity filter system on your counter-top. Make sure it filters out the chlorine and heavy metals as well as micro bacteria and preferably fluoride. Install it at a kid friendly level so the little ones can help themselves without asking. They love using the little pull handle. Offer them their own colorful, small, light cup that they can keep beside the filter and use at will.
There is always the bottled water option, but lnow that it takes more energy and water to make a bottle of water than the water in the bottle, so the environmental impact may not be what you want.
Home Delivery Service
If you opt for a home delivery system also beware that some bottled water is merely bottled city tap water with sugar added to make it taste better and that some of the plastics that the water is contained in may leach Bisphenol A or BPA.
48 oz (1.5 ml) of H2O Per Day
Regardless of your choice, you need to feed your body at least 6-8 glasses (48oz or 1.5 ml ) of pure water each day and more if you are working out of doors.
How do you know if you’re getting enough water daily?
Drink enough water to dilute your urine so that it is nearly clear in color and inoffensive in odor. Also, if you are sweating, than you are losing water and may not be urinating as much as you usually do. This is when you really need to bump up your intake to flush your organs clean.
Here are some signs of chronic dehydration:
a) wrinkled skin
b) poor concentration
e) frequent infections
f) leg cramps at night
If you are thirsty, it’s too late! You’re already dehydrated. So, drink up even if you don’t “feel” thirsty.
A rule of thumb: 2 glasses of water upon getting out of bed (yes, before your coffee), one before each meal, one between meals and one two hours before bed. You’ll notice your skin will be more elastic, your joints more lubricated, your eyes brighter and your brain more focused.