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    Water, Why and Which Kind? Bottle or Tap?

    September 24, 2012

September 24, 2012

Water, Why and Which Kind? Bottle or Tap?

One of the things you may be going through right now if you’re exercising at the gym or really pushing yourself with P90X or Insanity is dealing with your body’s hydration needs. Your body needs water as you do these programs, especially your muscles!

Nothing can be produced or even continue to exist without the aid of water. It’s the essence of life. Three-fourths of the Earth is covered with it and over sixty percent of our bodies are comprised of it. Water delivers nutrients and oxygen. It also hydrates and provides moisture.

In the human body water carries out multiple functions. Not only does water promote the already mentioned functions, but it also regulates body temperature, aids in metabolism, protects our joints and vital organism and it helps our bodies to absorb nutrients.  Our body’s require water to be able to perform every function. Even at a cellular level the body needs water. The cells inside the human body need water in order to dissolve different chemicals and hormones traveling throughout. If the body were not able to breakdown these substances our bodies would eventually shut down.

Moreover, muscles, blood, bones and your brain all consists of various levels of water. It is important that we keep our body’s supply of water at a consistent level so it can function properly. If any part of your body lacks water then you will feel certain side effects, some can be very dangerous. Take for instance your muscles. Without proper hydration your muscles can get easily fatigue. This is the reason why it’s suggested that people replenish their water levels after exercising.

Without water your body starts to dehydrate and your muscles begin to lose oxygen. As a result you will experience cramping, head aches, dizziness and unstable blood pressure. A steady decline in hydration can even cause death. Clear signs of dehydration includes tiredness, dark urine, hunger, excessive thirst and dry skin. A good rule of thumb is to never wait until the point that you are thirsty. If you are thirsty you are probably already dehydrated.

The benefits of consuming water are just as plentiful as the consequences of going without it. One of the best benefits of water is assessed through the digestion process. When you drink plenty of fluids you’re body is able to properly metabolize food and will not become constipated.

Water also helps you to think and stay focused. Being that your brain is ninety percent water good hydration is needed for a healthy mental state. On a physical level water promotes healthy luminous skin and helps you to lose weight by breaking up fats and suppressing your appetite.

Once you decide that you need to increase the amount of water in your diet you’re next consideration should be on what type of water you will consume. There are all kinds of water from purified to spring. But which type of water is the best? Is the source of one better than another? Bottle water, tap water, well water, etc? For the sake of strong debate lets consider the two main sources of water consumption. On one side you have bottle water, tap water is on the other side.

Tap water is basically any drinking what that comes out of an inside tap. The water itself is from rivers, lakes and underground wells. It is processed by municipal, city and other domestic water systems. Tap water itself is deemed very safe. The water that comes from these sources are filtered and treated according to pre-established guidelines. Every water system supplying water to a city or town goes through vigorous testing and must pass re-occurring safety inspections.

The rising concern that accompanies tap water is that some water purification systems have been proven insufficient in some areas. In some regions around the United States there are processing plants that have failed to provide safe levels of potable water. Meaning there was a overpopulation of bacteria and pathogens found at testing- usually it’s the result of run-offs, byproducts or chemicals. Unfortunately the public normally finds out about these contaminants after the fact.

The alternative to tap water is bottled water. Bottle water comes from different sources. Usually purified and drinking water comes from the same municipal sources as tap. The only difference is that it further goes through reverse osmosis, deionization and other types of treatments to “purify” the water. Natural and spring water on the other hand usually do come from mountains and springs you see advertised on the bottles. Natural sources keep their mineral and element compositions through treatment. They too go through vigorous testing and inspections. Bottled water manufacturers are held accountable by the FDA to provide safe, treated water to consumers.

Overall, bottle water, tap water… They’re pretty equal. It really comes down to taste and individual preference. Regardless of which you choose your body needs water to survive. The possibility of contaminates in no way foreshadow the body’s need for water. Whether bottle water, tap water your body needs approx. 8 glasses a day!

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