A word about water…
“Drink your 8-12 glasses a day, or half your bodyweight in ounces”. Pretty standard advice, right?
The problem with that general advice is that it fails to discuss details about your water intake that are incredibly important.
First of all, water should always be FILTERED, in the very least. Most filters don’t cut the mustard, especially the popular ones who spend more on marketing than research which leaves you with things like fluoride poisoning over time. RO and distilled water will filter well, BUT you have to keep mineralization in mind if you choose these methods.
Secondly, you should NEVER or RARELY drink water from one use plastic bottles. Not only are they swimming with toxic, estrogen disrupting molecules called xenoestrogens, they are also a nightmare for the environment. Choose GLASS only when buying in store, or choose nothing at all.
Thirdly, your NUTRITION should serve up much of your water needs. Fresh fruits, vegetables, smoothies, salads, soups, etc will fill much of your water intake, with a heavy dose of vitamins and minerals to boot. If your diet is more than half flours, meats, grains, nuts/seeds, coffee, and alcohol, then you will be largely dehydrated (which is why the general recommendation of 8-12 glasses of water makes sense, as most people are consuming this type of diet).
Lastly, unscrupulous drinking of straight water can and will dilute stomach acid over time. This is why getting a lot of water from your diet is important as the vitamins, minerals, and acids will help keep stomach acid on the acidic side (as it should be) but also keep you hydrated as well.
There are many tripwires when it comes to hydration. You’re largely made up of water. It helps make important chemical reactions happen, keeps the bowels moving, and greases the body to keep things loose.
Get it right, and you’ve aligned with 1 of the 3 major components to good health.