As most of you know, we need water to live. Some experts say that our bodies are 70% water and others say as much as 75%. I say it doesn’t really matter, but I do know we need it. Depending on a lot of conditions, we can live without water from 2 to 22 days, taking into account all the variables. Let’s average it out and say we can live for 8-10 days without water. You can see now how important it is. If we don’t get it, we die. Mild dehydration will decrease your energy by 30%, and most people are more than mildly dehydrated. Water gives us more than just H2O. it is also supposed to give us essential trace minerals that are vital for our body to function optimally.

Here is the problem: we have no idea how much water we need. How do we know if we are dehydrated? I learned in school that we need 64 ounce of water per day. I found out later this was just made up. Think about it. A 90 pounds person needs the same amount of water as a 250 pound person. I don’t think so. Here is problem #2: where should we be getting our water from? Should we trust our local government with the safely of the tap water? I know I sure don’t. Not only do they not filter out many terrifying substance like pharmaceuticals and viruses, but they also add chemicals that are very harmful to the body. What about bottled water? What companies should we trust and is it giving us all what we need from our water? A lot of people now days have some sort of filtration system and they get there water from, but not all are created equal. Which one should you get? (http://www.ewg.org/tap-water/home)

For thousands of years, humans have consumed water from mother earth.  Water has been one of the most, if not the most import single entity, in deciding where we were going to live. Hunters and gathers made sure they had a water source close to them. Farmers would settle based on the availability of water. When traveling, fresh water was the number one concern for any ancient human. With modern technology we are able to get water anywhere in the world with little thought, and here lies the problem. The water that our ancestors drank is not the same as water have today. They primarily drank from springs, rivers and lakes with little pollution. Their water was being replenished by mother nature to give them all the nutrients they needed.  I am afraid to drink and sometimes even swim in the springs, rivers or lakes now days. I glad we have the ability to clean our water up to drink, but let’s be clear: it’s just not as good as what most of our ancestors drank.

After doing years of reading and talking to the leading researchers on water, I am going to break this down very simple for you. I have two ways to determine if you are dehydrated, and one is a sitting vein test. Sit in a chair place your hands on your knees, lift your arm straight out and up over your head. If your views disappear before you reach eye level then you need more water (click here for demonstration). The second method is to increase your water intake by one glass or bottle for three days and see if you have increased energy. If not, add another glass or bottle for three days. Continue this process until you feel more energy, but keep in mind to drink your water early in the day. I don’t want you getting hydrated and then getting up all night to go pee. I want you to also keep in mind that you can overdose on water. I was working with a young lady that was drinking two gallons of water each day. I asked why she drank so much and she told me her nutrients told her to pound a lot of water. Be smart and take it slow. Every three days, add more water into your day and find that amount gives you the best energy.

Based on the leading researchers that I trust, we should filter our water. Like I said, do you really trust our government to provide the best water for your health? Now what type of filters should you get, and should you add essential trace minerals to your water? I have listed 3 filters and how to use them, starting with the ideal choice first. Of course, the ideal choice will cost a little more and requires more work but it is by far the best choice.
Drinking Water Filters

Aquasana Home Water Filters
The Aquasana water filters, featuring NSF-certified Claryum™ three-stage filtration, is ultimate convenience — always available, healthy water, right from your tap.
Remove pollutants, maintain healthy minerals
There unique twin cartridge, three-stage filtration system uses a combination of carbon filtration, ion exchange, and sub-micron filtration. Your tap water is forced under pressure over filtration material covering more than two million square feet of surface area. So it reduces over three times more contaminants than leading pitcher filter brands.

Bottle Water Choice:

#1 Refill bottles of water from your filtration system
You know know what you are getting and it will be the most cost effective. This will also help out mother nature and keep our planet cleaner. I highly recommend using glass bottles to drink from, glass is safest material we can drink from. If you are not into the glass bottles then choice a stainless steel or BPA free plastic water bottle. If your plastic bottle is soft and pliable I would question it. Another note about plastic never freeze it, leave it in the hot car or put hot liquids in it. New alert, when your bottle taste and smells like plastic you are ingesting small fragments of plastic. I wont get into what it does to your body but besides when we have a choice do we really want to make our body try to detox another chemical.

Store bought bottled water should be purchased sparingly. There is a lot of research that shows that bottled water is no better than tap water and a lot of it is just filtered tap water. So save yourself the money and help the environment; just filter your own tap water and refill your own high quality water bottles.

Here is the grades tested by Environmental Working Group:
Brand                                                                                                     Grade
Gerber Pure Purified Water                                                              B
Nestle Pure Life Purified Water                                                       B
Penta Ultra Purified Water                                                               B
Nestle’s Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water                                D
Pepsi’s Aquafina PurAified Drinking Water                                  D
Coca-Cola’s Daani Purified Water                                                   D
Nestle’s Deer Park Narural Spring Water                                      D
Nestle’s Ice Mountain Natural Spring Water                                D
CG Roxane’s Crystal Geyser Natural Alpine Spring Water         F

Keep in mind not every bottled water company was tested and they also didn’t test for how much trace minerals were in the water. I personally look for water that has the mineral content on the label, tastes good and the bottle itself is a stiffer plastic.