Gone are the days of drinking boiled and cooled water. What with life being stressful and chaotic with no time to devote to quality and healthy lifestyles, added work pressure, home and children to look after, more and more families resort to using bottled water to save time and fuel.
Not only is bottled water harmful to health, but it also is destructive to the environment. Over sixty seven million water bottles are discarded each day out of which only a mere ten percent is recycled. Recycling of water bottles is not good always since it is labor intensive, costly and only burns natural resources.
Avoid drinking bottled water
What the majority of us fail to realize is that, the bottled water is nothing more than just plain tap water. Hence, when we drink out of bottled water, we are ingesting ourselves into even more chemicals from these plastic bottles. The best container to drink out of is glass and when we choose water stored in plastic bottles, we are in fact ingesting these chemicals into our bodies- BPA or bisphenol is an estrogen mimicking chemical. It brings about health disorders like learning and behavioral problems, altered immune system function, fertility problems, and brings on early onset of puberty in girls, decreased sperm count, prostatic and breast cancer, diabetes and obesity are other disorders brought about by drinking from plastic bottles.
If you are a young mother or if you happen to be pregnant, your child can be even more at risk.
Do not feed your baby from plastic bottles, rather, switch to glass bottles.
Yet another chemical that is present in plastic bottles is the phthalates. These are endocrine disrupting in nature and are linked to a wide range of developmental and reproductive side effects such as reduced sperm count, testicular atrophy and liver cancer.
Apart from the chemicals that these bottles are made of, when we drink bottled water, we expose ourselves further to dangerous substances like fluoride, chlorine, arsenic, aluminium and so on, which are basically poisonous contaminants of water.
Several drugs are mixed together in the drinking water sold in bottles. Some can be allergic to drugs and it needs pondering on, to analyze whether the allergic symptoms you have been exhibiting are due to ingestion of small doses of these drugs.
Bottled drinking water is even more harmful when left strapped to your bike or car, or left exposed to hot sun. Ultra violet rays from the sun speeds up leaching of the plastic chemicals into the bottled water. Yet another toxin by the name dioxin is also released to the water when left in the sun. This dioxin accelerates breast cancer.
When on the move, take boiled and filtered water in glass or steel bottles or containers to minimize health hazards. Instead of vitamins and minerals being added to bottled water, it contains high fructose corn syrup, food dyes that can play havoc with your emotional and physical health.
Home water delivery of drinking water poses more risks than the smaller pint or quart water bottles. The home delivery bottles are made of denser plastic and they are reused multiple times. Silvery white metal antimony has been discovered in many branded bottles of water. The longer the bottle of water remains on the shelf of a super market, chances of antimony being leached into the water is greater. Studies over the past several years have revealed that bottled water contains arsenic, bromate, cleaning compounds, mold and bacteria.
It’s a gross misconception to assume that bottled water is cleaner and healthier. Even though all manufacturers of bottled water swear by the purity of their water, contrary is the case. The plastic material used is the PET or poly ethylene teraphthalate which is extracted from virgin petroleum. The chemical leaches into the water when the bottle becomes warm. The phthalates are known for disrupting endocrine functions and can harm both humans and animals.
Disposing of these bottles also poses a serious environmental hazard. While manufacturing these bottles, toxic emissions are emanated that are drastic in effect. While disposing of these, it clogs and clutters up beaches, roadsides, empty lots and land fills. These mounds of plastic accumulate for years without decomposing but strangling our planet earth.
To avoid a toxin over dose, educate yourself on the plastic used by manufacturers to bottle water. A glance at the bottom of the bottle can tell you what kind of plastic is being used. There is a resin code at the bottom of each bottle.
PET is the kind of plastic mostly used to bottle single-serve water. It is safe for single use but refilling increases the risk of chemicals leaching into the water.
HDPE is high density polyethylene and is used for making gallon jugs. This is not linked to any kind of leaching.
Polypropylene can be easily molded which means that it is made with fewer chemicals and does not promote leaching. Your best solution is to filter your own water. Be economical and environmental friendly and install a water filter cum purifier at home. The best water that can be drunk is clear spring water or water that has been filtered by reversed osmosis. Avoid bottled water in plastic such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polystyrene.
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Water Helps Keep Skin Looking Good
Your skin contains plenty of water, and functions as a protective barrier to prevent excess fluid loss. But don't expect over-hydration to erase wrinkles or fine lines.
Dehydration makes your skin look more dry and wrinkled, which can be improved with proper hydration," he says. "But once you are adequately hydrated, the kidneys take over and excrete excess fluids.
You can also help "lock" moisture into your skin by using moisturizer, which creates a physical barrier to keep moisture in.
Water Helps Your Kidneys
Body fluids transport waste products in and out of cells. The main toxin in the body is blood urea nitrogen, a water-soluble waste that is able to pass through the kidneys to be excreted in the urine, explains Guest. "Your kidneys do an amazing job of cleansing and ridding your body of toxins as long as your intake of fluids is adequate," he says.
When you're getting enough fluids, urine flows freely, is light in color and free of odor. When your body is not getting enough fluids, urine concentration, color, and odor increases because the kidneys trap extra fluid for bodily functions.
If you chronically drink too little, you may be at higher risk for kidney stones, especially in warm climates, Guest warns.
5 Tips to Help You Drink More
If you think you need to be drinking more, here are some tips to increase your fluid intake and reap the benefits of water:
Water is our body’s most essential and important nutrient. It is involved in every bodily function and constitute for 70-75% of human total body weight. The lack of water in the body in sufficient amount can make it stop working properly. It helps maintain body temperature, metabolize body fat, lubricates organs, aids in digestion, transports nutrients and flushes toxins away from your body. Water is a carrier and distributor of essential nutrients to cells, such as minerals, glucose and vitamins. It removes waste products such as toxins that the organs’ cell castoff and help body eliminate it through urines and fasces. It plays a vital part in the biochemical breakdown of our food. Water has a large heat capacity which enables it to restrict changes in body temperature in a warm or cold environment. Water allows the body to emit excess heat when the surrounding temperature is higher than body temperature as the body sweats and the evaporated water leaves the body cooler. Water is also an effective lubricant around the joints and act as shock absorber for eyes, brain, spinal cord and the fetus through amniotic fluid.
It is highly recommended that to drink 64 ounces of water per day at minimum. In case of exercising or being overweight, the water consumption should be more. The blood is approximately 90% water and, as aforementioned, is responsible for transporting nutrients and energy to muscles as well as removing waste from tissues.
If human body does not receive sufficient water, the body reacts by retrieving it from other places in our body including blood. The lack of water causes the capillaries to close which makes the blood thicker, hence harder to pump through the system and more prone to clotting. It can pose grave repercussions in form of hypertension, high cholesterol and heart disease. Research has also linked the lack of water to headaches, arthritis and heartburn.
Furthermore, water contributes increase of body fat as it helps with energy storage along with glycogen. In case of lack of sufficient water content, excess amounts of glucose remains in the bloodstream until it reaches the liver. The extra glucose is then converted and stored as fat. Human body retrieves water from inside cells into compensates for dehydration, including fat cells. Less water content in the fat cells means less mobilization of fat for energy.
What do you, the trees, and a hamster have in common? Give up? You all need water. All living things must have water to survive, whether they get it from a water fountain, a rain cloud, or a little bottle attached to the side of a hamster cage.
Without water, your body would stop working properly. Water makes up more than half of your body weight, and a person can't survive for more than a few days without it. Why? Your body has lots of important jobs and it needs water to do many of them. For instance, your blood, which contains a lot of water, carries oxygen to all the cells of your body. Without oxygen, those tiny cells would die and your body would stop working.
Water is also in lymph (say: limf), a fluid that is part of your immune system, which helps you fight off illness. You need water to digest your food and get rid of waste, too. Water is needed for digestive juices, urine (pee), and poop. And you can bet that water is the main ingredient in perspiration, also called sweat.
Besides being an important part of the fluids in your body, water is needed by each cell to
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How much water should you drink?
The recommended amount of water that should be drunk per day varies from person to person depending on factors such as how active they are and how much they sweat. There is no universally agreed upon threshold of water consumption that must be reached, but there is a general level of consensus as to what a healthy amount is.
According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), an adequate intake for men is approximately 13 cups (3 liters) a day. For women, an adequate intake is around 9 cups (2.2 liters).
Many people may have heard the phrase, "Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day," which works out at around 1.9 liters and is close to the IOM's recommendation for women. Drinking "8 by 8" is an easy-to-remember amount that can put people on the right track in terms of water consumption.
Water also helps dissolve minerals and nutrients so that they are more accessible to the body, as well as helping transport waste products out of the body. It is these two functions that make water so vital to the kidneys.
You can help your body by drinking when you're thirsty and drinking extra water when you exercise and when it's warm out. Your body will be able to do all of its wonderful, waterful jobs and you'll feel great!
Did you know?
A glass of water could prevent a heart attack! The benefit of drinking a glass of water an hour before bedtime is that the water helps your body remain hydrated while you sleep. If you become dehydrated when you sleep, your blood viscosity increases, and that makes your heart work harder. Drinking a glass of water an hour before bed is also associated with reduced risk of stroke as well.
Hydration and your Heart
When you lose just 1% of your body weight in water, you are dehydrated. Dehydration makes your heart work harder because it makes your blood thicker. Dehydration also reduces your body’s ability to regulate its temperature, which can make dehydration worse if you’re hot. Drinking water before bed, and throughout the day is essential for good heart health.
Bottled water is the worst way to get hydrated. Plastic bottles leech harmful BPA, and make water taste like plastic! Bottled water is terrible for the environment as well.
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