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October 2015

Alkaline Water

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BUILDING FOUNDATIONAL HEALTH SERIES:

ALKALINE WATER

 

“You’re not sick; you’re thirsty.  Don’t treat thirst with medication.”  … Dr. Batmanghelidj, M.D.


Water-in-human-body-chartWater is the basic component of ALL life, including your body.

  • Muscles 75% Water

  • Bloodstream 82% Water

  • Lungs 90% Water

  • Brain 76% Water

  • Bones 25% Water

 

We start our kids off drinking milk and juice, and then let them drink sodas.  Many children never develop the taste for WATER.  This is true as well for adults. I can’t tell you how many clients tell me they don’t like the taste of water.

Alkaline, chemical-free water is a fundamental component of good health.  Here are the most common questions and answers about water:

How much water should I drink?

  • 70-100 oz a day is a good goal for people who are at a healthy weight.
  • For weight loss, ½ oz for every pound is highly beneficial, and will speed up weight loss.  For example, 200 lbs, 100 oz water a day.
  • There are 128 oz in one gallon of water.

Are plastic water bottles safe?

Water is the most important nutrient of the body, so I would rather someone drink it out of plastic than buying sodas.  However, it isn’t ideal.  The plastic that water bottle companies use is very flexible (cheap) and can release chemicals into the water.  Especially if the water bottles have been exposed to heat.  I like Essentia because the bottles are BPA and phthalate free.  Click here for more information on the type of plastic Essentia uses.

How can I get cleaner, chemical-free water at home?

VivaH20  is a local San Antonio water company.  Their water is 100% chemical-free and has a pH of 9.4.  They deliver to your home and their prices are great.

Reverse osmosis systems are available for homes.  I personally have one of these at my house and I love it.  The water is delicious.

Is tap water OK to drink?

Tap water has fluoride and trace amounts of many chemicals.  It’s better than not drinking water at all, but investing in an RO system, or having clean water delivered to your home is best.

Are sodas OK to drink?  What about diet sodas?

No.  Soda has a pH of 2.5.  It takes 32 glasses of 9.5 pH water to neutralize one soda.  Diet sodas are just as acidic, and terrible for you.

What are the best brands of water I can buy?

  • Mountain Valley (all glass bottles)
  • Essentia (plastic bottles that are PET 1)

Drinking more chemical-free, alkaline water will help you lose weight faster, increase your energy, curb cravings, and get you on the fast track to better health.

If you have any questions about healthy water or any other health and nutrition questions, send me an email!  sarah@nutritionistsanantonio.com

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