*This article was written by guest contributor, Adrienne R. Subscribing to the Mercola natural health newsletter has helped Adrienne R. to discover and incorporate natural health strategies into her life. She is currently researching the benefits of having a KDF water filter, and also writing about nutrition and fitness tips during her free time.
What you drink is as important as what you eat. Your body is mostly comprised of water. Your body depends on pure water to go about its everyday functions, including temperature regulation, digestion, detoxification, respiration, and blood regulation.
Pure drinking water can help you:
- Maintain a healthy body weight
- Digest food and absorb its nutrients properly
- Support healthy skin
- Reduce joint and muscle inflammation
- Promote better circulation
- Detoxify naturally
You should not only focus on how much water you drink, but also consider the quality of the water you drink. Most of today’s water supplies are contaminated with impurities, such as chlorine and disinfection byproducts (DBPs), mercury and heavy metals, pesticides and herbicides, viruses, bacteria, and pharmaceuticals.
Investing in a high quality water filter can improve the quality of water that comes from your tap.
In addition to having a high-quality water filtration system at home, here are some other “beverages” you should be drinking.
The pH level of the water you drink is important. For instance, distilled water is too acidic, while alkaline water is too alkaline or ionized. It is best to stay within the neutral level, which is between 6.5 and 7.5. One such source of water is mountain spring water.
Referred to as “living water”, spring water is considered one of the healthiest types of drinking water on the planet because it is in its raw, natural state – just the way Mother Nature intended. It also contains biophotons, or small units of light stored by all organic organisms, such as algae.
To preserve the nutrients of spring water, avoid plastic containers, which can leach harmful chemicals, like phthalates and bisphenol-A, into the water you drink. Use glass containers instead.
For additional health benefits, try adding these awesome drinks to your diet:
Another nutritious beverage you can consume is vegetable juice. Not many people like to eat vegetables, regardless of the excellent nutrients they provide. Juicing is an excellent way for people to consume an optimal amount and variety of vegetables.
Juicing enables you to absorb all nutrients from vegetables. Juicing helps “pre-digest” vegetables for you, which can help improve nutrient absorption inside your body. This is especially helpful for people who have difficulty digesting vegetables.
You can enhance the flavor of vegetable juice by adding lemons and limes, cranberries, fresh ginger, or coconut oil.
People regularly consume coconut water as a sports drink. Coconut water is low in calories and sugar, but has a sweet taste. Its nutritional profile makes it an ideal beverage to consume on a regular basis. Coconut water is a great source of fresh, pure water, as well as:
- Nutrients, such as B vitamins, and trace minerals (zinc, selenium, sulfur, iodine, and manganese)
- Amino acids, enzymes, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and organic acids
- Electrolytes and natural salts, like potassium and magnesium
- Cytokinins or plant hormones
- Lauric acid, a rare type of fat, that possesses anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and antifungal properties
Green tea contains antioxidants and catechins, which have been highly researched because of their health benefits. Green tea specifically contains epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), the most powerful catechin.
Green tea contains caffeine, but in very small quantities, so it should not be a reason for concern. Avoid green teas that are oxidized, as the oxidation process takes away their nutrients. You can easily tell if a green tea is oxidized because it turns brown.