hydration for health

Hydration for Health

Are you drinking enough water?

The body is composed of 75% water, thus for optimal health it is important to keep your body hydratied. Hydration can help prevent premature aging. It helps decrease pain, headaches and blood pressures. Hydration decreases cravings, increases energy and promotes weight loss.  It is recommended that you should be drinking about half of you body weight in water ounces on a daily basis.  That is if you weight 160 pounds you should drink 80 ounces of water a day.

Not all waters however are created equal. Many people believe that bottled water is the best way to get their daily water intake. Believe it or not but federal standards regulation for tap water is actually higher than that for bottle water and thus drinking tap water is actually better than bottle water. Also think of the plastic that bottles that can be saved by not drinking bottle water.

Distilled water is actually the purest water available. Unlike bottled and tap water, distilled water is stripped of everything except for its oxygen and hydrogen molecules. In order to get the minerals you need just add a pinch of Himalayan salt to your distilled water to supply you with the essential minerals and electrolytes your body needs for optimum health.

What? add salt to your water?!?! Yes you heard me, but Himalayan salt is not the same is the salt that most people have on the table. Table salt (sodium chloride), which is found in most homes, restaurants and in processed foods, contains none of the trace minerals that make salt good for us. Himalayan salt contains pure crystal salt that is minimally processed and contains up to 84 natural minerals and elements. These are the elements that the body needs to  regulate water content through the body and help support cellular function. I typically add half a teaspoon of Himalayan salt per gallon of distilled water, or a pinch (0.8 grams) to each 12 to 32 oz. glass of distilled water.

So to recap; for the best sources of water to drink:

  • First choice: distilled water with Himalayan salt added.
  • Second choice: tap water filtered through a reliable reverse osmosis or carbon filtration system.
  • Last choice: bottled water