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Love Water, Love Yourself

By: Jody Smith

Good old H2O.  Water makes up 60 to 70 percent of your body and is essential in controlling your temperature, moving the nutrients that nourish your tissues and your organs, and carrying needed oxygen to your cells.

Water is required to eliminate waste and keeps your organs and your joints in working order. You lose a lot of water every day of your life. Perspiration and going to the bathroom all use up water and if you're physically active, your water loss increases. If you drink caffeinated drinks or alcohol or if you take some kinds of medications, the amount of water your body loses escalates.

Some water comes from your food. But mostly you need to drink it. And your best and healthiest drink of choice is ... you guessed it ... water.

Sweet drinks contain sugar that doesn't do you any good. Even fruit or vegetable juices can contain sugars by other names, or sodium. And tea, coffee, or colas contribute caffeine and are diuretics, stealing back the water you're ingesting with them.

The Environmental Working Group recommends that you drink filtered tap water rather than bottled water. Though bottled water touts itself as being more pure and healthy, EWG encountered 38 contaminants in 10 brands that are among the most popular.

You can procure a list of water quality tests from tap water suppliers in your area. Once you know what contaminants may be in your local water, you'll know what kind of water filter to get. Carbon filters can take out lead and disinfection by products, as well as many other contaminants. 

A reverse osmosis filter is more expensive than a carbon filter but a reverse osmosis filter can take out more types of contaminants, like arsenic, chromium-6, and perchlorate which is rocket fuel, believe it or not. 

Keep your filters safe and efficient by changing them when it's time. The Environmental Working Group advocated that you use filtered tap water for drinking and for cooking.

When you need to take your drink with you, don't use hard plastic bottles. The EWG said that bisphenol A (BPA) can leak into your water and using water bottles more than once can expose you to bacteria, and contaminate your water with plastics chemicals. Bottles that are stainless steel, or otherwise free of BPA, are your better choice.

Your body and water were made for each other. So drink up and keep the love affair going.


Jody Smith is a freelance writer for EmpowHER.com.


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