First off I want to talk to you about how to calculate water then discuss what kind of water do we drink and why. How much water do I actually need you ask well here is the exact formula. Really it’s simple math, calculate and you’ll know for sure!
Your weight: The first step to knowing how much water to drink every day is to know your weight. The amount of water a person should drink varies on their weight, which makes sense because the more someone weighs the more water they need to drink. A two hundred pound man and 100 pound woman require different amounts of water every day.
Multiply by 2/3: Next you want to multiply your weight by 2/3 (or 67%) to determine how much water to drink daily. For example, if you weighed 175 pounds you would multiply that by 2/3 and learn you should be drinking about 117 ounces of water every day.
Activity Level: Finally you will want to adjust that number based on how often you work out since you are expelling water when you sweat. You should add 12 ounces of water to your daily total for every 30 minutes that you work out. So if you work out for 45 minutes daily, you would add 18 ounces of water to your daily intake.
Okay now that you know how much water you need daily let’s discuss what kind of water and why the hype. There are so many kinds of waters to choose from ‘now a days’ and with all the information floating around something like drinking water and the decisions about what to drink can bring unwanted stress. I’m going to simplify it for you and make is transparent as well, you know, a glass of water crystal clear. Let’s delve right in to the facts, break it right down and keep it simple. What is carbonated water?Carbonated water is water that has been infused with carbon dioxide gas under pressure.This produces a bubbly drink that’s also known as sparkling water, club soda, soda water, seltzer water, and fizzy water.Apart from seltzer water, carbonated waters usually have salt added to improve their taste. Sometimes small amounts of other minerals are included. Natural sparkling mineral waters, such as Perrier and San Pellegrino, are different.These waters are captured from a mineral spring and tend to contain minerals and sulfur compounds. They are often carbonated as well. Tonic water is a form of carbonated water that contains a bitter compound called quinine, along with sugar or high-fructose corn syrup. So is it good for you yes and no. Depends what kind and what kind of sugars or additives they have or do not have. I myself love the stuff and I go with a zero added sugar brand and can up my water intake all day on the stuff. If you have a little minerals in your water hey that is a good thing which brings me to my next point about water. High PH water is it good or bad for you and what is it? (this is the water at my office and ‘spout’ at home). The “alkaline” in alkaline water refers to its pH level. The pH level is a number that measures how acidic or alkaline a substance is on a scale of 0 to 14. For example, something with a pH of 1 would be very acidic and something with a pH of 13 would be very alkaline. Alkaline water has a higher pH level than regular drinking water. Because of this, some advocates of alkaline water believe it can neutralize the acid in your body. Normal drinking water generally has a neutral pH of 7. Alkaline water typically has a pH of 8 or 9. However, pH alone isn’t enough to impart substantial alkalinity to water. Alkaline water must also contain alkaline minerals and negative oxidation reduction potential (ORP). ORP is the ability of water to act as a pro- or antioxidant. The more negative the ORP value, the more antioxidizing it is. Keeping your Alkaline level good and balanced is a good way to fight off sickness. It’s also a good way to keep your homeostasis in line in my humble option. What about Distilled water? Distilled water may lack the minerals and nutrients of spring and mineral water, but the distilling process can be used to remove toxic metals and chemicals from the water. While there are home distillers, it is best to go with industrially distilled water instead. However, distilling water also removes healthy minerals the body needs, which means drinking it for any length of time can lead to mineral deficiencies. Also, once it comes in contact with the air, distilled water absorbs carbon dioxide, which makes it acidic. When it is ingested, that goes into the body and causes excess acid. With all of this in mind, it’s clear to see why distilled water is the last on the list of waters to drink. Distilled water would not be my first choice. What’s up with reverse osmosis? While not as beneficial for the body as live spring water, filtered water is better than none at all. Reverse osmosis water filters are excellent tools for purifying water, even after a carbon filter has already been used on it. They remove many contaminates that are still left behind by the carbon filters and create healthy, fresh water for drinking. Those who prefer spring water often do so because they like that it contains natural minerals. Not only does that make the water more healthful than it otherwise might be, but many think minerals improve flavor as well. On the other hand, those who prefer purified water really like the strict standards imposed on the quality of what they’re drinking. Purified water is often also cheaper and more readily available than spring water. After sharing the facts I’ll also share what I prefer or Even so, there’s an option that trumps any kind of bottled water, including spring and purified – home-filtered water. What bottled water companies don’t want you to know is that the bottles themselves contain hazardous chemicals that can leach their way into the water they contain. Such chemicals have been linked to serious health conditions like cancer, hormonal imbalance, and more. Okay now that you have the facts I’ll let you know what I think. Do not drink Tonic Water yuk High Fructose Corn Syrup is something I took out of my diet years ago (not to self, blog on sugars next!) Okay do not drink water from plastic bottles-got it get it good. I recommend getting a spout and just get your reverse osmosis or High PH from your local grocery. refill once a month and you are golden. Spring water can be a little pricey for everyday use. I myself love sparkling water I recommend whatever you can find that has no added sugars. If you have trouble getting your regular water intake because you do not like the flavor of water-this is a good option. Also infusing your water with juice, lemon or whatever your fancy, drink up! Hum another tip for a great water tonic add sparkling water with a 1/2 cup of your favorite 100% juice an one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. If you use the vinegar with the mother you actually make a Probiotic drink, add lemon to cut the flavor of the vinegar. Apple cider vinegar also helps keep your alkaline levels on track. Well there you have it. Please let me know if you have any questions about water. Remember to drink plenty of water before your massage. If you’ve not had massage and your water intake is low your muscles will dump toxins into your blood stream. However if you are getting regular massage and your water level is good you are completely fine. Your doctor checks your hydration level when they do a annual check up when they do a blood draw. Yet to be sure you are consistent with your water intake be sure to scroll back up and do your water formula to be sure of your daily intake!