Have you ever felt the Thirst Reflex?
If you are concerned about the quality of your tap water, you may want to investigate getting a water filter. In general, the best water filters involve blocks of carbon (rather than granulated carbon) and are often combined with reverse osmosis filters. The under-sink types of filters are typically more effective than the type that attach at the faucet. I recommend carbon block or reverse osmosis filters over distilled water because I believe that too many desirable minerals are lost during the process of distillation. Many natural foods supermarkets offer good quality water filtration systems where you can refill your own jugs. For some this is a convenient option, yet for others having a home filtration system is more convenient.
The quality of bottled water also varies greatly. Some water is good quality and other water is simply repackaged tap water. Bottled water can also be expensive, unless purchased in large amounts in the type of 5-gallon containers used with water coolers often found in office settings. Always read the label carefully when buying bottled water and look for the following information:
Check to see where the water originated. High quality waters either name their source (which is typically a natural spring) or they list their primary ingredient as "filtered water" and also present information about how the water was purified and tested. Consider natural mineral water as a particularly good option. You can get a surprising amount of your day's calcium and magnesium and other key minerals from most high-quality mineral waters.
You can also try drinking bottled distilled water. It's water that has been turned into steam so its impurities are left behind. The steam is then condensed to make pure water. The process of distillation kills and removes virtually all bacteria, viruses, heavy metals, and other organic and inorganic contaminants. Once distilled, the water is as pure as water can reasonably be. While it's true that distillation removes minerals as it eliminates various other contaminants from water,
The natural pH of water is close to neutral-a measurement of 7 on the pH scale. One of the unique features of water is its neutral pH-this neutral level allows the body to easily shift the pH either up or down, depending on the moment-by-moment metabolic circumstances. In most circumstances, the optimal step is to support the body's ability to carry out metabolic activities by consuming adequate amounts of clean, neutral pH water, and leaving the acid-base balance up to the body and its complex buffering systems. Read more about pH of water
Whatever option you use for guaranteeing high quality water, you also need to make sure that you consume enough water during the course of the day. Water is usually best consumed between meals if you are drinking a 8 ounces or more. As for intake goals, the National Academy of Sciences recommends (in its Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) recommendations) about 13 cups of water each day for men and 9 cups for women.
If you have a hard time drink water because of the taste, try one of the following to add flavor without the sugar to your water:
- Lemon, Orange or Lime Slices
- Cucumber Slices
- Kiwi Slices
- Melon Slice
- Fresh Mint
- Crushed Strawberries
- Mashed Blueberries