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"Chronic dehydration can lead to a loss or decease in these functions and may ultimately result in disease or can exacerbate an existing condition."
"The body is composed of nearly 75% water, and water is required for many of its essential functions."
"Water is utilized as a solvent."
Transport: Nutrients, Hormones, etc.
"It also provides a means to transport nutrients, hormones and other elements."
"It is used to produce hydroelectric energy, especially in the brain."
"It is essential for maintaining cell structure [EFAs or a high body voltage may also affect cells]."
"Water is also necessary to maintain a lower serum viscosity that enables proteins and enzymes to function more efficiently."
"Our bodies require at least eight glasses of water per day, more during
· Illness, and
· Hot weather."
"Ideally, water should be taken
· 30 minutes before meals,
· During meals, and
· Again two hours after eating."
"The best times to drink water are:
· One glass 1/2-hour before eating (i.e., three meals per day), and
· Another glass about 2-1/2 hours after each meal, PLUS
· At least another 2 glasses during the day.
There is important additional information in the above-mentioned book [the book Your Body's Many Cries for Water, mentioned in the section: Other Suggestions: Dehydration: Resources], so I highly recommend that you purchase it or borrow it from your local library."
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"You’ve heard it repeatedly: make sure you drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. The key words are 'at least,' because, unless you are a child or the size of a child, you need more water than that. The rule of thumb is, for every 50 pounds of body weight you carry, drink one quart (four 8-ounce glasses or about 950ml) of bottled spring or filtered waterper day.
· The average person weighs 150lbs, so they should drink three quarts (twelve 8-ounce glasses) per day.
· A 200lb person should drink a full gallon (sixteen 8-ounce glasses) per day.
· Athletes should drink even more than that.
Follow these guidelines and you’ve adopted one of the most crucial health habits."
"Some commonly accepted formulas include
· Drinking 1 quart of water for each 50 pounds of body weight. If you weighted 150 pounds you would need to drink 3 quarts of water each day.
· Another formula is to drink 8 glasses of 8 ounces of water ( 2 quarts) each day.
These formulas seem reasonable for after all, our bodies are about 66% water or about 12 gallons. So how much should we really be drinking each day?
There is logical and easy to understand answer that will make us more knowledgeable about the fluid needs and dynamics of our body. The answer is based on scientific data on the human physiology and its fluid systems:"
"Things get a bit more complicated in what type of water to drink.
· Bottled spring water and filtered water are both good options.
· Do not drink tap water or distilled water."
"The spring (not 'drinking') water should be bottled in clear polyethylene or glass containers, not the one-gallon plastic (PVC) containers that transfer far too many chemicals into the water."
"Tap water should be avoided because it contains chlorine [sometimes] and may contain fluoride, toxic substances that, with ongoing consumption, can have dire consequences for the body."
"Distilled water should also be avoided [sometimes--please read excerpts below] because it has the wrong ionization, pH, polarization and oxidation potentials, and can drain your body of necessary minerals. It has been tied to hair loss, which is often associated with certain mineral deficiencies."
"Darius Bikoff of Whitestone, N.Y.-based Glaceau believes that his process of vapor distillation, which removes all minerals and dissolved solids from the water, is better than plain spring water. Glaceau has developed a line of water called "Smart Water" that originates from a spring source in Watertown, Conn., but is then vapor distilled to zero parts per million of dissolved solids and re-supplemented with calcium, magnesium and potassium."
We feel it's biologically smarter than spring water because the purest water that exists is distilled water and we make it even better with a perfect pH and electrolyte balance."
"Drinking tap water is better than not drinking any water, but a good quality water filter is preferable. Filtering your drinking water is both efficient and economical. Filtered water will only cost pennies per gallon and there are no heavy cases of bottles to carry and store. A good quality filter will remove
· Contaminants as well as
· Bacteria and parasites."
"In my opinion, one of the best water filters on the market is manufactured by MULTI-PURE [drinking water systems]. It's the only water filter I trust in my home. Just re-fill your own water bottle and keep a container of fresh water chilled in your refrigerator."
"Filtered water can be obtained through low-cost filters, such as those provided by Brita or PUR brands. Another recommendation of mine is the GE Smart Water [water filter], which was top rated in Consumer Reports December 2002."
Note: Not all tap water contains fluoride.
"One important item to note is that if you drink filtered tap water, most filters do not remove fluoride, so please check with the manufacturer to see if yours does. Fluoride is something that you definitely do not want in your drinking water."
Note: Not all tap water contains chlorine.
"Shower filters offer softer, healthier skin and hair as well as many health benefits through the reduction of chlorine and THMs [trihalomethanes--toxic chemicals, commonly formed when chemicals in water combine with chlorine] that are absorbed through the skin and inhaled with steam. It's like showering in natural spring water! Shower filters offer great benefits for
· Asthma sufferers,
· Skin disorders and
· People who use hair coloring."
· "As with all things related to health, my strong advice to those whose water is provided by a municipal [city] source is to take charge of your own health -- and peace of mind -- and have your water tested on your own.
· Meanwhile, for that approximate 15% of U.S. households that obtain their water from a well, ensuring your water is safe through reliable testing should be absolutely mandatory."
"The sum of the concentration in milligrams per liter of the trihalomethane compounds
· Trichloromethane [chloroform],
· Bromodichloromethane and
· Tribromomethane [bromoform],
rounded to two significant figures."
Maximum Contaminant Goal Level:
"Although there is no collective MCLG [maximum contaminant goal level] for this contaminant group, there are individual MCLGs for some of the individual contaminants:
· "Dibromochloromethane is the most serious cancer risk, (0.6 ug/l to cause a 10-6 [one millionth] cancer risk increase) followed in order by
· Bromoform (4 ug/l), and
· Chloroform (6 ug/l).
Current regulations limit the concentration of these 4 chemicals added together (total trihalomethane or TTHM levels) to 100 ug/l."
"TTHM can be found in
· Chlorinated water supplies and
· In the air of buildings where running water and showers release the chemicals into the room,
however, the EPA has determined that this airborne exposure is minimal compared to that from consumption. "
"Lead levels in your home may be higher than in other homes because of materials used in your home’s plumbing.
If you are concerned about the possibility of high lead levels in your home’s water,
· Try flushing your tap for up to two minutes before using, especially after prolonged nonuse. And
· Use only cold water for cooking or infant formula preparation.
Additional information is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791."
· "Radon is a radioactive gas that you can't see, taste, or smell. It is found throughout the U.S. Radon can move up through the ground and into a home through cracks and holes in the foundation. Radon can build up to high levels in all types of homes.
· Radon can also get into indoor air when released from tap water through showering, washing dishes, and other household activities. In most cases, the amount of radon entering a home from tap water will be much less than the amount of radon entering the home through soil.
· Radon is a known human carcinogen. Breathing air containing radon can lead to lung cancer. Drinking water containing radon may also cause increased risk of stomach cancer.
· If you are concerned about radon in your home, test the air in your home. Testing is inexpensive and easy. Fix your home if the level of radon in your air is four picocuries [measurement of radioactivity] per liter of air (pCi/L) or higher. There are simple ways to fix a radon problem that aren't too costly. For additional information, call the California Air Resources Board (800) 272-4572 [if you live in California] or call the EPA's Radon Hotline (800) SOS-RADON."
"Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised persons such as
· Persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy,
· Persons who have undergone organ transplants,
· People with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders,
· Some elderly, and
can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers."
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· EPA: Local Drinking Water Information (USA & Territories)
"Another thing to keep in mind is that water is found in
· Milk and
Water from these sources [some fruits, vegetables and juices may have a diuretic effect] will go some way to meeting your daily requirements, so people do not need to drink a full eight glasses of water on top of this (see Table 1).
Gail Goldberg, senior nutrition scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation, says: 'There is a perception generated, for example by newspapers and magazine articles, that all our water requirement has to come from 'water'. My colleagues and I would never say that people should only drink water. It's a matter of individual choice and availability.'
Table 1: Examples of the water content of some foods according to the British NutritionFoundation
"People often think that even if they don't actually drink water, they are getting enough by drinking
· Soft drinks,
· Juice or
The truth is that many of these beverages have a diuretic effect, encouraging the body to excrete water through urination, rather than retaining it…"
"Finally, drink water at room temperature if possible, as ice-cold water can harm the delicate lining of your stomach."
"People with heart or kidney problems are warned to increase their water intake slowly, preferably under the supervision of a doctor."