Drinking water is a requirement for our survival, but there are many other reasons it is important to consume adequate amounts of water every day. Health professionals recommend drinking at least 8 glasses of water per day and not just for the purpose of hydration.
Indeed, water helps to maintain the balance of bodily fluids and promote healthy digestion and circulation. Drinking enough water can help control food cravings and promote healthy weight management, while also improving your overall energy levels. In fact, body cells rely on water to maintain fluid and electrolyte levels – without enough water, muscles become fatigued, which can cause your skin to become dry and wrinkled. Drinking enough water also promotes healthy kidney and bowel function.
As you can see, there are many health reasons for drinking sufficient amounts of water, but it’s also important to know that some kinds of water are more beneficial than others. Different kinds of water, you ask? Technically, there is only one chemical compound for water (H20); but in reality, natural water differs with pH levels that range from 6.5 to 9. Most of the water that comes from our taps has a neutral pH of 7. However, recent research has suggested that alkaline water (water with a pH above 7) may offer even greater health benefits. Drinking and cooking with alkaline water has been associated with increased energy levels, improved detoxification, and even the improvement of symptoms of some illnesses.
Our bodies are 70% made of water – so, we should provide water that has the most beneficial effects for our bodies. What are some benefits of purified water?
Simply put, purified water tastes and smells better. Many people who try alkaline water report that it tastes cleaner and feels smoother than tap water. This is likely due to the fact that alkaline water molecules are more compact and hold a regular shape. Purified water even improves the taste of your favorite beverages including coffee and tea.
If you prefer to drink bottled water, you will find that home purification systems represent a significantly cheaper alternative. Water filters provide clean, healthy water that cost just a fraction of bottled water over the long term. Even though initial costs are greater, filtration systems pay for themselves very quickly. In addition, cost savings extend to the environmental impact of plastic bottles. Using a filter helps reduce the negative environmental effects of plastic bottles, but even with the best intentions, bottles may end up in the ocean or a landfill.
Alkaline water provides your body with more oxygen than regular tap water, which is a likely reason people feel increased energy and vitality when drinking purified water.
- Eliminate Contaminants
Every community differs in their water sources. How much do you know about your municipal water treatment?
Municipally-treated water normally contains trace amounts of bacteria, viruses, and other contaminants. Water is treated differently in different communities depending on the water that enters the treatment plant. In fact, tap water from some municipalities even contains small amounts of disinfection by-products and pharmaceuticals. By using a filtration system at home, you can remove harmful contaminants for healthier, safer water. You’ll also reduce chlorine levels which is associated with a better taste and smell of water. Water purification systems help remove heavy metals, industrial chemicals, and agricultural contaminants so you can rest easy knowing your water is safe for your whole family.
- Reduced Risk of Cancer
Recent research has suggested drinking purified water reduces your risk of several different types of cancer including rectal, colon, and bladder cancer, likely due to the removal of chlorine in your water.
One of the main drawbacks of purified water is accessibility. Carrying a full day’s supply of purified water is bulky and inconvenient. Filtration systems attached to faucets or refrigerators are as convenient in the home. However, stocking up on purified water throughout the day can be a challenge. One amazing, local British Columbian product is the Santevia Power Water Stick, which raises the pH of your tap water and reduces chlorine levels. Combine the water stick with a reusable bottle and you can have the benefits of purified water wherever you go.
Research shows that drinking alkaline water with a pH up to 9 is safe and healthy for everyone, regardless of age, health status, or gender. Check out the YesWellness water purification systems and start drinking purified water!