Did you know that once you feel thirst you are already dehydrated? As
we age, our thirst urge lessens. Approximately 37% of people have a
weak enough thirst urge that they misread it as hunger!
is no Recommended Daily Intake for water because it varies with
weight, height and activity level, the standard recommendation for the
most sedentary of us is 64 ounces daily.
Go waterless for three days and you will die. Even a 1% loss in body
weight due to water loss can cause fatigue. At a 3% loss of body
weight due to water loss, performance and coordination suffer
significantly and the chance of heat related injury skyrockets.
bodily functions like digestion, metabolism, and temperature
regulation require water. The skin requires it for elasticity and to
Caffeinated and alcoholic beverages act as diuretics in the body and
actually have an inverse effect on hydration. Foods and juices do
contain water, but pure water is still the best way to hydrate on a
But these days, finding pure water is not so easy. The EPA estimates
that 40 million Americans drink water with excess lead. Many people
turn to bottled water for safety and taste.
The outstanding reputation
many water bottle companies have in both these areas was tarnished in
1999 when the National Resources Defense Council released a report
that six supermarket brand waters and four mineral water brands tested
too high in contaminants.
Now, Companies that belong to the
International Bottled Water Association open their plants to
unannounced inspections and all rated fine. So look for this
association on labels.
Types of bottled water: The NRDC (National Resources Defense Council)
is now pushing for more stringent labeling laws to inform consumers of
what's inside the bottles we are buying. The FDA has made no changes
so far. Whether or not we're in store for label changes, it's
important to read the ones that already exist.
Types of waters also
can be confusing.
The FDA defines "spring water" as any water found in an underground
formation that flows naturally to the surface. Examples of spring
water brands include Evian and Calistoga.
"Natural sparkling water" is
spring water that contains natural carbon dioxide, but tonic, seltzer
and soda water are not classified as bottled water at all since their
carbonated fizz is manmade, not natural.
"Artesian water" is collected from naturally occurring underground
springs by pumps forcing it to the surface. These brands include Fiji
"Mineral water" is defined as bottled water containing not less than
250 parts per million of total dissolved solids. It can be
either spring or artesian and the minerals, such as calcium, iron,
zinc and potassium, must be naturally occurring. Well known examples
include Perrier, San Pellegrino and Gerolsteiner.
Lastly, "purified water" (distilled water is a subset of this) may
actually start out as tap water, but after undergoing distillation,
reverse osmosis or other processes, end up distinctly different from
tap water and definitely "cleaner". Dasani and Aquafina are examples
of purified water.
Taste Matters: Bottled water brings added pleasure to meals and other
social occasions. A general survey by a website known as "Geiser",
while unscientific, does give some insights into what people like. The
top of the taste chart, Fiji, and artesian water often served in fine
hotels. The most popular waters available here in the US were Evian,
San Pellegrino, Poland Springs and Adobe Springs.
Best Water for Your Bones: A new study confirms that your body absorbs
calcium from mineral water as easily as it does from milk.
(Osteoporosis International, vol 11, 2000). But don't be fooled. Only
bottles labeled "mineral water"- not "spring" or "artesian" are
guaranteed to contain natural minerals. You get a lot more calcium
with some brands than others.
Best bet: Gerolsteiner-four glasses a
day is like drinking a glass of milk.
We close by leaving you with these hints for Good Water Habits:
*Drink water first thing in the morning
*Keep a water bottle with you all day
*Drink a glass of water 20 minutes before meals
*For exercise, experts recommend you drink 13-20 ounces before you
begin and 6-8 ounces every 15 minutes during your session or
*Keep water bottles sanitary by washing daily
* Information from a variety of sources including, Fitness Plus
magazine, November 2001, Alternative Medicine magazine, January 2002,
and Prevention Magazine, June 2001
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