Drinking water is often something that is overlooked by many people. We should be drinking around two litres of water every day, but how many of us actually consume that much? Water is regularly taken for granted, but it is one of the most essential parts of life. The only thing we need more than water is oxygen!
Why do we need water?
Our bodies use water to function every single day, and because we sweat out some of that water, it is vital to keep ourselves topped up. Water accounts for at least 60% of an adult body, and without it, we would not survive. Not only does it help us to maintain a healthy balance of bodily fluids, but it also helps with digestion, circulation, the transportation of fluids, and the general maintenance of your body.
What kind of water is best?
There are many people who will only drink bottled water and others that are quite happy with drinking it from the faucet. The quality of water from your faucet depends entirely on where you live, and the quality available. Some areas have clean and safe water, other areas do not, and drinking bad water can cause lots of problems.
Purified water is usually the best option as there are no chemicals or impurities. However some people confuse this with distilled water, and the two are very different. You shouldn’t be drinking distilled water as it lacks natural minerals such as calcium and magnesium. We need these minerals, so drinking distilled water is relatively pointless.
How do I purify my water?
Using a carbon filter is the most common and most inexpensive way to purify your water. These filters will remove any chlorine and also improve the taste and smell. You could also use a reverse osmosis system. You can install them underneath your sink, which is very handy, but they can be rather pricey. If you have hard water where you live, you will be best off using an ion-exchange filter. These use a chemical process to reduce the levels of magnesium and calcium.
If you train regularly, you may want to consider adding electrolytes to your water to make up for those lost through perspiration. We have a number of supplements available to help you with your workouts, but if you have any questions on what is best for you, please do get in touch, and RevLabs will point you in the right direction.