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Today we are going to talk about all things water and the best forms of water. How water relates to beauty, health, and vitality. So I get a lot of questions about water. I have some of them listed here, so let’s dive right into water. Water is a gift of life and beauty…but unfortunately, there is so much confusion with water today. So today I’m answering some of the most common questions I see from you all coming in on a regular basis, regarding what water is best for beauty and health.
Q: I know why we should try to minimize using plastic but is the water inside the bottle okay to drink if that’s all I have access to?
There are all kinds of problems with bottled water – both from a health and an environmental standpoint. Here are a few of the problems.
Quality: It’s difficult to know what you’re getting with bottled water. Some come from municipal water sources – in other words, it’s tap water. Other brands may contain fluoride, which has been shown to be toxic to the body. Bottom line – you just don’t know what you’re getting with bottled water.
Packaging: While most plastic water bottles are recyclable, many people don’t bother to recycle them. One look at information on the Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch and you’ll see why plastics are an environmental problem. Producing them is also an issue since they are petrochemical products that pollute the environment during production.
Toxins: PET plastic water bottles may harbor toxins that are hormone interrupters. These toxins can leach into the water. Hard plastic bottles contain bisphenol-a, which is highly toxic, as well.
Q: What temperature should the water be when I drink it?
For pure hydration, there’s nothing better than room temperature water, which is more hydrating than cold water. Why? Because your body has to spend energy to bring cold water to a temperature it can absorb, which results in water loss.
Cold water may cause the blood vessels around your stomach to shrink, slowing hydration.
When you drink cold beverages, they tend to solidify the fats from the foods we eat as they pass through our systems. This makes those fats much more difficult to digest, and it makes it difficult to remove unwanted fats from the body. Room temperature water and warm herbal teas, on the other hand, keep the fats as liquids, easing digestion and helping move them through our bodies. This not only helps digestion but can also reduce the risk of clogged arteries.
Q: Do I have to avoid drinking water with meals?
I recommend that you drink water 30 minutes before a meal or 60 minutes after, but not during a meal (other than a few sips as needed.) So we don’t dilute the process of digestion, we let food get digested by digestive enzymes.
This is because water dilutes your digestive juices, rendering the process less efficient. If you must drink a little while eating (or ate something super spicy!) sip no more than 1 cup of water during meals.
Q: Carbonated water is really trending. Is it okay to drink?
Carbonated water contains high levels of carbon dioxide and carbonic acid. Because of this, it is more acidifying than pure water and may contribute to certain health problems.
Carbonated water may cause pressure in the kidneys, leading to more frequent urination. This can cause a diuretic effect that leads to dehydration.
Some evidence suggests carbonated water promotes the growth of kidney stones. If you suffer from this condition, you need to stay away from it altogether.
As with other acidic foods, carbonated water changes the body’s pH. In return, your body works to neutralize its pH to a less acidic level, often leaching calcium and other minerals from the bones to do so. This can lead to lowered bone density and osteoporosis.
Your kidneys are designed to digest pure water, not carbonated water. Drinking carbonated water makes your kidneys have to work harder.
Q: How much water do I really need to drink?
If you are eating an excellent diet, the foods you eat contain plenty of water, particularly if you have a Glowing Green Smoothie® each day or you eat plenty of raw fruits and vegetables.
Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink. By then, you are already pretty dehydrated. Hydrate well between meals, and consider doing a water cleanse every once in a while to revitalize yourself.
Customize the levels of water you need based on your climate, activity levels and overall diet
Q: What about water coming from my shower?
Many of us think to filter the water we drink and have become accustomed to being mindful of where our water is sourced from. The same should come to mind with our shower water.
Our skin is our bodies’ largest organ and when we take a hot shower, our pores open up. When this happens, we absorb heavy metals such as chlorine into your bloodstream and system.
I recommend getting a fantastic shower filter.
I hope these answers help you better understand what water is best for beauty and health.
Thank you so much for checking in. I will see you back here real soon. For more inspiration, you can follow me on my Instagram @_KimberlySnyder. And until next time Beauties!
Lots of Love,
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