Agua, Voss, H2O or whatever you call it =) As one of the natural elements that makes up over half our bodies, water is vital to achieve optimal health. Though it is recommended by the Institute of Medicine that we drink about 9 to 13 cups daily, for women and men respectively, 75% of Americans fall short of meeting an average of 10 daily cups. Yup, ¾ of Americans are functioning in a chronic state of dehydration!
We are depriving every single one of our body systems of proper nourishment without water. By not being the 1 out of 4 that is at least meeting the recommended daily amount, we would be missing out on some serious health benefits, such as the following noted by the Mayo Clinic Staff (2011):
- Flushing toxins out of vital organs
- Carrying nutrients to cells
- Providing a moist environment for ears, nose and throat tissues
The effects of dehydration start off mildly with fatigue, lack of energy, weak feeling, or headaches and can progress to joint pain, weight gain, ulcers, high blood pressure and kidney disease (Ericson 2013). This is all because without quality water our bodies cannot digest and absorb the vitamins, minerals and nutrients from food and supplements. Growing up in New York I wouldn’t touch a glass of water – even filtered water. Actually, between my sisters and myself we would go through 2 liters of Pepsi like they were going out of style. But, my main beverage of choice was Ginger Ale (and a glass of OJ every morning) while most of my family would drink milk or coffee a lot.
Thank goodness after giving up soda during my undergrad for Lent, which was incredibly difficult at first, I no longer liked that carbonated and sweet taste of sodas! Fast forward and I drink nothing, but water all day and every day now. I usually take my 32 oz. BPA free water bottle full with me everywhere, so much so even my nephews started to do it! Too cute =)
Hands down, the most cost efficient and healthy for both you and the environment is always having your own filtered water on hand. I was excited to see that Dr. Jamie McManus put this as #1 in the Top 10 small steps you can do to save the environment article (2014). Water is a very vital component of our lives, but drinking all the bottles of water gets expensive – not to mention also puts a harsh dent in our environment with all that plastic and fossil fuels needed for production, manufacturing and transportation! Dr. McManus points out how “studies show bottled water is often no better than tap water” and “it is estimated that more than 75 percent of these bottles end up in landfills.”
Unfortunately, more than 300 pollutants have been found in our drinking water (Video 2005). But, fortunately Shaklee has the optimal option in the Get Clean Water Filter (& Pitcher). But, to give it a try I just bought the filter first and put it in the PUR pitcher to save money (it can go in a Brita pitcher, too!). And after one sip I could honestly taste a good, cleaner difference. So, of course, this is now one of my everyday staples, too.
This chart (below) really breaks down the contaminants being eliminated, including chlorine taste and odor, in comparison to the top options for me best, and this really short video details the difference. Show more love to yourself and water, by drinking up clean and environmentally considerate Get Clean® water 😉
Lead with love,