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The Importance of Drinking Water

drinkingwaterWe hear that drinking more plain water is good for us but how many of us actually drink enough, or drink the best quality of water? Some of us are lucky to grab a glass of tap water since we are on the go.

In order to calculate the amount of water you should drink per day, divide your body weight in half and divide that number by 8. For instance a 160lb man should be drinking 10 glasses of water per day (160/2 = 80, 80/8 = 10).

Research is clear – this could be the simplest fix to indigestion – ever! Despite legal standards for clean water in North America, and innovative programs at some treatment plants, tap water often leaves a lot to be desired. Plastic water bottles are no solution, for our bodies or the environment. Filtering has brought so many products and claims to our attention, it can be hard to know what to drink.

Good quality water has common impurities filtered out and has a pH that is alkaline. This is easy to remember: polluted acid rain is harsh and acidic. Good water is alkaline. Not all natural acids are bad. We love lemon juice. Apple cider vinegar has its place in healing. But the net effect from eating foods rich in citric acid and other natural sour foods, from vinegar to sauerkraut, is the right pH in the stomach for healthy gut flora. The reason we want to drink alkaline water is to hydrate the cells, oxygenate the bloodstream, and optimize the self-cleansing our bodies are designed to perform. The range from acidic (0) to alkaline (14) hits the midpoint at 7. Different tissues and body organs “like” their own pH, just as some people mainly like sunny beaches while others love snowy mountaintops.

Water is the best fluid to give each person’s tissues, organs, and body systems their best shot at making the pH right for them. For instance, Artesian well water, buffered with minerals that make it more alkaline, have been suggested as a treatment for people with digestive problems such as reflux (GERD) (Koufman JA, Johnston N. Potential benefits of pH 8.8 alkaline drinking water as an adjunct in the treatment of reflux disease. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2012 Jul;121(7):431-4)

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