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Thursday, June 19, 2014

What is Water?

We recently posted about The Greatness of Water. Drinking water is essential to health. We could all benefit from increasing our H2O intake. Our previous post talks about the quantity (amount) of water we should probably consume per day. Today let's talk about the quality. 

What makes up water? Most people think that because they drink liquid of some sort throughout the day that it will count. However, in our opinion, there is no replacement for the real thing! 

We can break down what constitutes water at the molecular lever, but let's save you the boring stuff and get to the point. Water is water is water. Here is why we prefer we don't drink anything else besides the real stuff:
  1. Adding sugar or artificial sweeteners to water may give you a better taste, however sometimes this can cause more harm than good. Aside from the increase in unnecessary calories, increasing your sugar intake can cause an increase in joint pain. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that sugars, processed sugars and other high-glycemic starches increase inflammation, which causes pain, overheating, redness and swelling. 
  2. Sodas are liquid and per volume they can rehydrate you to some extent. However, they have three important ingredients that can cause you some issues:
    1. Sugar (see above)
    2. Carbonation: The addition of "bubbles" can produce excess gas in the stomach and intestines giving you a false sense of being full. In turn, we want to drink less and may consume less liquid than we actually need to stay hydrated.
    3. Caffeine: Not only is caffeine a stimulate which can cause us to need more liquid to refuel, but it can also act as a diuretic. 
In our opinion there is no substitute for water! It is true, however, that liquid is liquid. Some of the research we have read has shown that as long as you are consuming liquid of any type you can stay hydrated. You can even get some of your recommended liquid intake from food sources (fruits and vegetables). 

The most important take home lesson: make sure that the liquids we consume are healthy for us. There is no substitute for health. 

So, ultimately why do we choose to drink water? Water is pure. It's (mostly, depending on purification processes ) free of harmful chemicals, free of sugars, fats and excess calories. There is no substitute for the health value of drinking the real stuff...pure H2O!

Christopher Chiropractic. Feel better. Enjoy life.            

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