A must for glowing skin and good digestion, we’ve all heard about the importance of drinking water and the requisite 8 glasses a day. You might remember learning that the body is made up of about 60% water, or that the body can only survive for a few days without water. From curing headaches and muscle cramps, to regulating body temperature through sweat, water is integral to our survival and important for looking and feeling our best.
Before you fill up your cup, let’s take a look at some potential barriers to staying hydrated and our tips:
Water quality: “Water, water everywhere. But not a drop to drink.” Samuel Taylor Coleridge might have been referring to being surrounded by salty, undrinkable sea water in “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” but considering the contaminants found in water today, we could well say the same thing about our own tap water. Most tap water in America is laced with chemicals and cancer causing agents. Here in Los Angeles, you can smell the chlorine in the water when you shower. Investing in a water purification system of some kind is a great way to reduce your exposure to any potential toxins in your water supply. Some SFT filter favorites include everything from Kishu charcoal sticks, Omica shower filter, Soma water filter, and AquaTru water filter. Filters are often neglected once they are placed on so be sure to replace as needed. The shower and sink filters can completely change the composition of your food when you wash it as well as your skin and hair. If you're not loving the texture of your skin or hair, it might be attributed to poor water quality.
Electrolyte balance: It is possible to over-hydrate. While not as common as dehydration, you may recognize the symptoms of over-hydration as feeling very thirsty and dry mouthed despite sipping on water all day everyday. Essentially, too much water can cause your electrolyte levels to become somewhat diluted, leaving your mouth dry and increasing the desire to drink more water. You can combat this with a pinch of good quality sea salt in your morning tea or coffee and in the odd cup of water through the day. In addition to sea salts we also really like to add Eidon Electrolyte drops to our daily water supply.
Enjoy your water: Some folks just don’t like the taste (or lack thereof) of water. It can be hard to sip on the sauce all day if you just don’t like it. Don’t be afraid to elevate your water with yummy additions like mint, lemon, cucumber, lime, or herbal teas.
Support global access to clean water: In many parts of the world, disease from unclean water sources is still a very common cause of death. Luckily, there are some great organizations working to dig wells and build sustainable infrastructures to bring clean water and better health to many communities around the globe. Reducing your overall water use can be easy if you set your mind to it. Simple ways include; turning off the water when brushing your teeth or shaving your legs in the shower or repurposing old drinking water to your house plants. If you’d like to support these efforts, check out come of the non-profits working to make clean water a global reality.
If you're curious about your local water quality, EWG.org has a list that can search by zip code and provide you with a more extensive guide to filtration. We know it can be overwhelming so just know that every little step counts. From avoiding waste to purifying your own water systems, adding in these extra steps can make a huge impact on your overall health. Often times, digestive or endocrine issues or skin conditions can be traced back to how your water quality is so we want to empower you with as much knowledge on the subject as possible.
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