• Thais Tisatto

No water, No Life.

Since our bodies are made out of around 70% water, the intake of plenty amounts of water is mandatory to have a healthy body.

When the subject is health, is very common to hear people talking about food products, exercise, infra-red saunas, magnesium baths, supplements and the list goes on and on! However, very rarely we hear someone talking about the importance that water has to our bodies, I’m not talking about any water, but, good quality filtered water.

Did you know that a normal person can live ONLY 3 to 4 days without water? How much water do you drink every day?

To have an idea about how crucial water is, think about how long a person could live without food?

And the answer to that is around 3 weeks. And what about without water? Well, the numbers changes dramatically! A normal person can only live only 3 to 4 days without water. Based on that, you can quickly see the impact that good hydration has on our bodies. It is crucial for health and physiological functions that we get appropriate hydration from good quality filtered water, which is not contaminated with chemicals, heavy metals and other pollutants.

Since our bodies are made out of around 70% water, you can imagine how detrimental an inadequate amount of water consumption can be for our health. Pain, inflammation, inadequate detoxification and headaches are only small signs that your body is screaming for water. Constant dehydration can lead to a series of degenerative diseases.

But how much is really enough? Some people seem to get very overwhelmed with this question, but a general rule of thumb (backed by science, of course), is that we need on average 33ml of water per Kilogram (Kg) of body weight. For example, a 60Kg person will require 1,980 millilitres of water/day.

Of course this will depend on the person's activity level, weather conditions and occupation.

Plant foods that contain high amounts of water, herbal teas and soups add up to this total amount; meanwhile, caffeinated drinks, processed foods and alcohol draw water out of the body, which requires an extra amount of water consumption when these foods are prevalent in the diet.

Drinking enough water doesn’t necessarily mean that you are hydrated. In order for water to get inside our cells we need a number of other players to help in this process; these are called minerals, like calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium and chloride. Some of these minerals reside inside the cells while others on the outside and they work together deciding how much water goes in and out.If one or more minerals are missing in your diet or in the water you have been drinking, this balance might be affected, leading to dehydration even if drinking heaps of water.

When choosing your water filter is important to take into consideration to find a good filter that should not only remove toxins, pesticides, herbicides and heavy metals from the water but also replenish it with minerals removed in this process.

My advice is to research carefully when choosing yours. My favourite is the Alkaway UltraStream; it is the one I personally use. I love the fact that it removes a big part of the nasties from the water while replenishes with hydrogen molecules, magnesium and calcium and it is very cost effective when compared to other water filters on the market. Please note that this is not a sponsored post; this is truly my own opinion about the product.

Happy Hydration guys! ;)