Drinking Water

Why should I drink water?

60% to 70% of the human body is made up of water. Thus blood is mostly water, and our muscles, lungs, and brain all contain a lot of water. A lack of water has a direct impact on the functioning of these organs. This manifests as low energy level and listness. Lack of water is the main trigger of daytime fatigue.

Water intake also affects our body temperature as body needs water to regulate body temperature.

Does it impact my work performance?

A reduction of 4-5% in body water will result a decline of 20-30% in work performance. Most people need to drink more water not more soft drinks or more tea, it is much better to have too much water in the body than not enough

How much water should I drink?

The average person needs to drink six to eight cups of water daily just to keep functioning well

If you are ill or if you exercise a lot or live in a hot climate, you need more water. And over weight should drink an extra glass of pure water for very 25 pounds they exceed their ideal weight

What about nutrient rich drinks?

Drinks containing concentrated nutrients, such as milk, sugar-sweetened soft drinks, and salty tomato-based juices, count more as food than drink since they themselves increase your body's water needs

Does water have an impact on dieting?

One glass of water shuts down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters investigated in a University of Washington study. Moreover, if you are on a diet to lose weight it is more important to consume more and keep drinking water throughout the day, unless you one has a medical condition. Do check with the doctor then.

A good guide for daily intake is to drink 1 ounce of water for every 2 pounds of body weight. A 200 pound person should be drinking around 100 ounces (12.5 cups) of water in order the gain the benefits of increased energy and metabolism.

What is the impact of low water intake on our health?

Drinking large quantities of water helps release toxic waste products from the body. It also triggers less water retention in the body, alleviates some headaches, helps reduce blood pressure and high cholesterol levels and eases joint pain. Drinking a lot of water improves skin.

A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.

Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.

What are the contaminants that might be found in drinking water?

Contaminants this could be in your drinking water include lead, chlorine, disinfection byproducts, cryptosporidia, giardia, bacteria, endocrine disrupters, pesticides, fluoride, etc.)There are many types of poisonous substances found in the drinking water.

Can filtration remove these contaminants?

The water filtration and distribution system of most cities has not been designed to diagnose many of these. However, many of the regular water filters used at home cannot detect these. Its important to read the fine print of your water filtration system to know what it is protecting you against.

What about people who are not served drinking water through water distribution system?

People with private water supplies are responsible for the safety of their own drinking water. While all wells, springs, and surface water should be tested regularly, there are some situations where it is critical to know what is in your water. This includes situations where:

  • People use surface water or water from an unconfined water body and have sources of pollution such as a factory nearby.
  • People at higher risk of health problems from contaminants because of existing medical condition, should know what is in your water.
  • If the quality of r water suddenly changes and it tastes unfamiliar.

How effective is reverse osmosis system in removing contaminants?

Reverse osmosis filtration system is good at removing, foul tastes, smells and colors. It is very effective at removing dissolved minerals and heavy metals like aluminum, arsenic, chloride, chromium, copper, fluoride, magnesium, iron, lead, manganese, mercury, nitrate, silver, and sulfate.

However, this is ineffective at removing almost all synthetic chemicals (like herbicides and pesticides) since their molecules are smaller than water. It filters limited amounts of microbiological contaminants and membranes subject to serious bacterial attack

How effective are ultraviolet water purifiers?

Ultraviolet purifiers are effective in removing bacteria and parasites like cryptosporidium, giardia, molds, algae and yeast.

However, an ultraviolet water purifier has limited effectiveness in removing chemical contaminants like chlorine, heavy metals and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as UV light generally has no impact on chlorine, VOCs, heavy metals, and other chemical contaminants.