WATER is the major component of your body, so it's no surprise that it's extremely important for optimal health. For most of us, getting access to a quality water source isn't as simple as it used to be, and unfortunately, it's not as healthy either.
If you've experienced one of our Primal Junction consultations or events, you'll know that we prioritise water quality and encourage you to start asking questions about the water coming out of your kitchen sink and what it may (or may not) be doing for your body.
Here's a quick and easy list of 5 ways to drink water, better.
1. Find a clean, chemical free source
If water conveniently pours from your tap at home, chances are high that it has been heavily altered before it makes it's way into your drink bottle. It is argued that these alterations to our water are for the greater good and in particular, it's believed that fluoride is necessary for healthy, strong teeth. If we take a first principles approach, does it make sense that we need to add a chemical into our water source to protect our teeth? I don't think so. Does it seem logical to drink low doses of the chemical chlorine to kill living organisms in our water? I hope not. If you're interested in reading more about the long and short term side effects of fluoride, here's some more info from Underground Wellness. For me, the potential side effects of long term, low dosages of toxic chemicals is enough for me to spend $200 - $400 on a high quality water filter. In addition, once you taste the difference between tap and high quality filtered water, there's no going back. If you're interested in filtering your water at home, do your research, ask the right questions and make sure that the system removes fluoride and chlorine, as well as the other contaminants. These ceramic gravity filters are available in Australia, and we've had good success with Tru Water Filters as a counter-top option at the gym.
2. Add the natural salts back in
With high quality filtering comes very clean water. Possibly a little too clean. Different water sources contain varied amounts of mineral salts like calcium, magnesium and sodium. The highest levels of these minerals are found in mineral waters, followed by spring water, ground water sources and lastly treated tap water. Waterborne minerals are in a form that is easily absorbed by the gastrointestinal tract, and it has been suggested that drinking water may be an important source of mineral intake*. Although pretty much impossible to replicate natural mineral water, we may be able to add some minerals back in using a high quality salt like Celtic sea salt or Himalayan rock salt. I also like the idea of using natural, unrefined salts from your local area. We are lucky to have some amazing salt in Victoria, Australia. You can add a pinch of salt (you shouldn't taste it) to advantage from the trace minerals that it contains. Try mixing up your salts for mineral variety.
3. Go plastic free
Reduce your exposure to hormone-altering toxins like BPA, as well as other chemicals found in plastics by switching to a glass or stainless steel drink-bottle. My favourite way to collect a supply of glass containers and drinking vessels is to recycle old jars from food products. Simply soak them in warm, soapy water and the sticky labels will fall off. Keep your water out of direct sunlight and heat.
4. Get the right amount
The amount of water that you require will depend on your environment, nutrition and excretion. As a guideline, Paul Chek provides the following formula that considers body size:
Water intake = body mass (in Kg) divided by 0.024
For example, a 75 kg person would require approximately 3 litres of water per day, not including additional sweating!
5. Flavour naturally
Despite an abundance "healthy" beverages appearing on the market, one of the best drinking options is water. Plain and simple.
Pure, clean drinking water (with some added salts) is readily absorbed by the body and important for cellular function and optimal health.
For those of you who might find water boring, it's important to start to train sustainable and regular habits that leave you drinking more water and feeling better. Infused waters are a fantastic way to spice things up, and a variety of fruits, vegetables and spices can be added to an at home water jug, your glass drink bottle or to the centrepiece of your next dinner party.
Get the flavoured water combos in our latest recipe book!