As the summer heat intensifies, staying hydrated becomes increasingly important. Water is essential for our bodies, comprising around 60% of the average adult’s composition. However, questions often arise regarding the best practices for drinking clean water. In this Q&A guide, we will address common inquiries and provide insights into maintaining optimal hydration.
Q: Do I need a reverse osmosis water filter?
A: No, the ideal solution is a Berkey Water Filter. This filter is highly effective in removing impurities from tap water. Follow the maintenance instructions provided by Berkey for proper upkeep of the filter unit. You can also purchase Berkey water filters for your showerhead to enhance your bathing water.
Q: Is it necessary to drink alkaline water?
A: No, the pH level of water primarily affects the mouth, esophagus, and stomach as we consume it. Our stomach has the most acidic pH in the body, and drinking alkaline water to reduce acidity is unnecessary. In fact, it can impair digestion and hinder mineral breakdown and absorption.
Q: How can I ensure I’m drinking the best water?
A: Here are a few steps to enhance the quality of your water:
Add minerals to your water:
- Include a pinch of Selena’s Naturally Vital Grey Mineral Blend Celtic Sea Salt in every glass of distilled water. This will replenish essential minerals without altering the taste significantly.
- Use Spectramin or Spectralyte, liquid mineral supplements, as directed by your practitioner.
Q: Why is adding minerals to water important?
A: Water can deplete our body of minerals, particularly when it is deficient in minerals itself. By adding minerals to your water, you help maintain proper mineral balance and promote optimal hydration.
Q: How much water should I drink daily?
A: The recommended intake varies from person to person. As an initial goal, aim to drink 50% of your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, consume 80 ounces of water per day.
Q: Do beverages like juice, tea, or coffee count toward my daily water intake?
A: No, these beverages have different effects on hydration and should not be considered as substitutes for water. Juice is often high in sugar, while coffee and tea, although steeped in water, do not hydrate the body in the same way as water with minerals.
Q: I dislike the taste of plain water. Are there any alternatives?
A: While it’s ideal to develop a taste for plain water, you can enhance its flavor by adding slices of orange, lemon, lime, strawberry, blueberry, or cucumber. These natural infusions can make water more appealing and easier to drink.
Q: Should I increase my water intake during exercise?
A: Yes, when you exercise and sweat, it’s crucial to replenish lost fluids. Remember to drink extra water to maintain proper hydration. Consult your practitioner to determine the appropriate amount based on your body size, type, exercise frequency, and duration.
Q: If I consume coffee or other caffeinated products, should I drink more water?
A: Absolutely. For example, if you have a 10-ounce cup of coffee in the morning, counteract its dehydrating effects by drinking a 20-ounce glass of water with minerals.
Q: I rarely feel thirsty. Does that mean I don’t need water?
A: Our bodies often confuse thirst with hunger, so you may not always feel thirsty despite needing hydration. Rehydrating your body with clean, mineralized water is essential for healthy cellular activity, elimination, and lymphatic cleansing.
Q: Can I drink all my daily water intake in one go?
A: It’s not advisable to consume large quantities of water all at once. Instead, aim to drink water regularly throughout the day. For example, if your goal is 80 ounces of water, use a 20-ounce water bottle and refill it four times, spacing out your intake in the morning, early afternoon, mid-day, and evening.
Q: Do I need to drink clean water during fasting or a low-carb or ketosis diet?
A: Yes! Insulin affects water retention, and when you change your diet to lower carbohydrates, you may experience increased urination. It’s crucial to replenish your water supply during this time.
If you require further guidance on replenishing minerals while drinking water, schedule a visit with your practitioner. They can provide personalized recommendations to support your hydration goals. Stay hydrated, stay healthy!