How did I improve my health? It seems there are not many certainties in life, but here is one surefire tip that works! It sounds simple, but I know from my own experience that it will take some personal commitment and discipline to accomplish. And it will be worth it.
I have a friend, Jess Maney, founder of Y-Fit Fitness Training, who has spent 20 years studying the science of the human body and formulating programs for his clients that get results. He is often asked by his clients, “How do I improve my health?” I was intrigued when Jess said that after he explains the strength training and nutrition aspects of his program for a new client, he then says, “Now what I am going to tell you to do next is so important that if you don’t do it, none of the rest of this is going to matter.” My first thought was, “Wow, this must be critical, what could it be?” His answer was to drink the amount of water he assigns you each and every day. His water assignment varies according to individual circumstances, but is typically about 60 percent of body weight in pounds converted to ounces. For a person weighing 180 lbs, that would translate into 108 ounces of water per day.
Medical and health professionals agree that the benefits of drinking enough water daily include:
- Increases Energy & Relieves Fatigue
- Promotes Weight Loss
- Flushes Out Toxins
- Improves Skin Complexion
- Maintains Regularity
- Boosts Immune System
- Acts as a Natural Headache Remedy
- Helps Prevent Cramps & Sprains
The end result of drinking enough water is that your body functions better, you feel great, and happiness increases. Your pocketbook will also benefit from consuming less high sugar, high cost beverages.
Jess tells this story of an experience he had after making a presentation to a group on health and fitness. A man came up afterwards and asked, “No way can I do all the things you suggested, so tell me just one thing I can do that will improve my health.” Jess did not even hesitate to say, “Drink enough water.” After a brief discussion, Jess gave this man his water assignment. Two months later, the man reported, “I have faithfully consumed my water assignment every day and I am down 12 pounds and I have tons more energy.”
So the obvious next question is: What is the best water to drink?
Any wholesome water consumed in enough quantity on a daily basis will produce the benefits listed above, but there are other health benefits that will accrue over time depending on the purity of the water you drink. Based on my 30 years of involvement as an environmental engineering consultant tasked with with providing and protecting our water supplies, I can say with a high degree of confidence that any source of naturally occurring water – whether from a spring high up in the mountains or a municipal water treatment plant in the valley – has the potential for producing negative health consequences over time. Further, any minerals contained in naturally occurring water that might be beneficial are more than overshadowed by the risks of unhealthful contamination. Bottom line is the cleaner and more pure the water, the better.
To keep it simple, I have listed different types of water below and varied the font size to indicate the degree of preference for healthy, pure water. The larger the font, the more pure and healthy the water:
(all dissolved constituents removed and sanitized through distillation and carbon filtration; bottled generic, Smartwater, Function Water, Vapor Water or from a steam distillation unit installed in your home)
Bottled Purified Water
(nearly all dissolved constituents removed and sanitized; typically performed with factory quality reverse osmosis and UV disinfectant equipment; bottled Pure Life, Aquafina, Dasani, etc., also available in bulk from water stores)
Reverse Osmosis at Home
(some dissolved constituents removed, combination of RO filters and carbon filters typically installed under the kitchen sink; no sanitizing unless UV light installed; performance degrades over time and lack of maintenance can produce a hazard)
Bottled Spring Water
(lower incidence of man-made contaminants; spring water or pumped groundwater; Arrowhead, Geyser, Fiji, Evian, Glacial, Volvic, etc.)
(filtered for particulates and sanitized with chemicals added for disinfection purposes; residual disinfectants and disinfection by-products can be harmful; subject to contamination from man-made chemicals and residual pharmaceuticals)
More questions? Give us a call at JB Water. Let us answer your questions and ask us how you can have an unlimited supply of absolutely pure water in your home forever.
Article written by Rich Randall, PE client relations manager at JB Water