That's some high quality H20...

By now we all know that we need to keep hydrated.But what you may not consider, is the importance of the QUALITY of the water you're drinking. I assure you – not all water is created equal.

The human body is 75% water and 25% solid matter. To nourish, eliminate waste, and perform all the trillions of activities the body needs to do, we simply NEED water. You can go around 30 days without food, yet only three days without water.It is that essential. It keeps us going.It never ceases to amaze me when people don't drink much water. And then wonder why they have headaches, or feel tired, or lack energy, or drink loads of other beverages convincing themselves they're getting water through these like tea, coffee, alcohol, soft drinks, 'sport' drinks and juices. Some of these contain strong dehydrating agents which leave you even more dehydrated than before! True story, I worked with a guy who would only drink coffee and V energy drinks, but would complain of headaches all the time and was always tired.We all egged him on to do a water challenge where he had to drink just one litre a day for a week, and he was amazed at the difference, he felt like he had a new lease on life!

So many people are suffering from 'thirst disease', a progressive form of dehydration. Some areas of the body may be more hydrated than others, and the body may struggle to remove toxins from these parts due to insufficient water reserves. Then what you're met with is states of dis-ease, when in reality the body is unable to rid itself of waste materials and toxins and is screaming out for help!

If you've gone years without hydrating yourself probably, you are very likely to be suffering from some form of chronic illness, or dis-ease. The longer someone lives on a low ratio of water, the more intense and severe the toxicity crisis will be. How much do we need? You've probably heard the 2 L a day thing, more accurately you need around 30ml for every kilo that you weigh. So for example, a person weighing 60kg would need 60 x 30 ml = 1800 ml a day. If you're exercising, or breastfeeding or it's warmer weather then chances are you'll need more than that. A good way to tell is to check the colour of your urine, it should be clear, and not smell. Some supplements, foods or medications can alter the colour, so do keep that in mind.

I could go on all day about this, I'm so passionate about body drought, but my focus for this is not so much about the amount of water that you drink, because we all know this, but the QUALITY of the water you drink.

As you're already aware the water is essential, and is simply the best natural beverage for your body, but are you drinking a source that is not going to make you sick? In most municipal areas, water is treated, this is not unusual. However, this varies from area to area and certainly some areas have better quality water than others. Chlorine in your water can certainly make you sick, according to a huge Finnish study of 621,431 individuals living in 56 towns. The results showed that women who were exposed to chlorinated water had a 48% increased risk of bladder cancer, a 38% increased risk of rectal cancer, a 90% increased risk of esophageal cancer and an 11% risk of breast cancer. Men were not affected as much as the women. Safe to say, chlorine is a concern! You could think of it like this, you go swimming in a public pool, and afterwards you notice that your skin is dry, your hair is brittle, and you can't seem to get rid of the smell. Yet instead of swimming in it you are drinking it.Certainly on a much lesser scale but if this is across your entire life span, it's naive to think you're not going accumulate some damage from this over time.

There has been some research undertaken by the National Institute of Health Sciences and Shizuoa Prefectural University in Japan which has discovered that disease preventive phytochemical nutrients, commonly found in natural foods, actually form deadly cancer causing substances when consumed or combined with chlorinated tap water. What's also concerning, is that these substances then get infiltrated into waste water and water recycling systems. I have read many articles about people drinking city water supplies and suffering chronic illnesses, who have become well again simply by changing the quality of their water. You may not be able to get your government to switch over to a healthier and more effective water system, but you can certainly do this for yourself.

I guess what I'm saying is, there's a good chance you're getting more than you bargained for in your tap water. While this may vary from town to town, country to country, it's not uncommon for water to be recycled in places – and with that comes concerns about what is getting redistributed, medications, chemicals, all sorts of things that you probably wouldn't choose to ingest if you were to read on a label what they were.

There are many filtration systems available, which cater to all sorts of budgets, which can make a huge difference to your health. Just doing the basics like chlorine and other standard contaminants is of tremendous benefit.

The most standard filter, which is a carbon filter designed to take out chlorine, other heavy metals and contaminants such as pesticides etc. These can be fitted easily to your kitchen faucet and need replacing annually.

Fluoride filters are also relatively easily available – designed specially to remove fluoride from your water supply. This is a whole extra article all on its own. But approximately 50% of New Zealand is un-fluoridated. 97% of western Europe is un-fluoridated, and councils throughout Australia and the United States are having fluoride removed from their water supply. This is something you should investigate for yourself. Personally I do not want my pineal gland calcified, nor do I believe in the fundamentals of mass medication, especially without consent, so I choose to have a fluoride filter for my drinking water. I'd do my entire house if I could afford it.

There are many more filters available, designed to suit every price range, from the most basic of charcoal sticks in your drink bottle, reverse osmosis ones, through to the house water ioniser.I'd encourage you to investigate for yourself, and a quick call to your local water filtration specialist will see you right.

To your hydration – and vitality!

The HH x


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