Water Wellness is my word for drinking water properly and adequately. Did you know that most people walk around dehydrated and do not drink enough water each day? According to herballegacy.com, “Sixty to seventy percent of the human body contains water.” The brain is composed of approximately 70% water, and the lungs are approximately 90% water. Contains 10% water and bone has 22% water. About 83% of our blood is water, which helps digest our food, transport waste, and control body temperature. the rest taken by the body from the foods we eat. The human body discharges at least a a gallon of fluid a day and this perpetual loss of liquid must be replenished. ” Did you also know that a 2% drop in body water can trigger: fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or a printed page? Caffeine has a diuretic effect, pulling water out of cells and the body, further promoting dehydration. According to pathmed.com, to replace the water lost from soft drinks, one needs to consume 8-12 glasses for every glass of soda consumed.

Not all toxins are filtered out of the water we drink every day. Using a water filter with your drinking water and shower may be essential to good health. Consider testing if you have concerns, because contaminates cause all kinds of health issues. Bacteria, Germs, Pathogens, Microbes, Viruses, Parasites and their eggs are all known as microorganisms. These minute living organisms, germs and viruses cause water borne diseases, and infection commonly results during bathing, washing, drinking, in the preparation of food, or the consumption of food from these microorganisms.

Health officials are also concerned with chlorinating by-products called “chlorinated hydrocarbons” or trihalomethanes (THM's). They say that most THM's are formed in drinking water when chlorine reacts with naturally occurring substances, such as decomposing plant and animal materials. They also believe risks for certain types of cancer are now being correlated to the consumption of chlorinated drinking water. The President's Council on Environmental Quality states that “there is increased evidence for an association between rectal, colon and bladder cancer and the consumption of chlorinated drinking water.” Suspected carcinogens make the human body more vulnerable through repeated ingestion and research indicates the incidence of cancer is 44% higher among those using chlorinated water. ”

Plastic water bottles use is another red flag because they are made from polyethylene terephthalate. When heated, the material releases the chemicals antimony, which is considered a carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, and bisphenol A which is commonly called a BPA. More attention should be given to any drinks packaged with polyethylene terephthalate plastic, such as milk, coffee and acidic juice because of this risk of cancer.

So what are some options then including re-filtering our own water?

Ionized water is drinking water that has undergone a process known as ionization. This process segregates the acid and alkaline content found in H2O. The water goes through the electrolysis process, taking advantage of the naturally occurring electric charge found within magnesium and calcium ions. When successfully ionized, it is said that this type of drinking water can help enhance the ability of the blood to carry oxygen and also assist in neutralizing free radicals in the bloodstream.

Distilled water is water that is purified of contaminants through the distillation process. Water is brought to a boil and converted to steam. The steam flows through cooling tubes and condenses back into pure water. This is different than filtering water. This process is supposedly to remove potential harmful organizations and chemicals.

You could also make your own alkaline water by squeezing an organic lemon or lime into your filtered water. The higher the alkaline in water, the better and lemon and limes are great for this. And one last option that I like is looking for a natural spring near you. Many people actually collect their free and natural spring water close to home. Fresh water may not always be what we are drinking, so remember to drink properly and adequately.