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you are drinking is uncontaminated the
best filtration system is reverse osmosis4.
Make sure you purchase this from a
reputable source. Many people choose to
have a reverse osmosis filtration system
installed under the sink.
There is some evidence to suggest that
choosing to add an alkaline filter to your
system replenishes essential minerals in
the body4. As an alternative to alkaline
filters you can add a few drops of
alkaline solution to each glass of water.
Alkaline solution can be bought from
most health food stores. Often bottled
water is actually tap water filtered in this
way and not ‘bottled at the source’ as
marketing would have you believe.
Chilled, Warm or Room
This is another common query. Should
our water be drunk at room temperature,
slightly warmed or drunk cold? The
theory behind drinking warm water or
room temperature over chilled is that
chilled water is too much of a ‘shock’ to
our body, which typically sits at around
37 degrees. To date, however, there is
no supporting evidence to suggest warm
is better than chilled. I n reality, most of
us are able to drink more water if it is at
room temperature simply because chilled
water is often too cold to drink at once.
Should You Wait Until You Are
By the time we actually feel thirsty we
are already dehydrated. This is due
to the delay in response from brain
osmoreceptors – an area of brain tissue
that literally detects when we are running
low on water. The best approach is to be
proactive about drinking water and to
drink it regularly throughout the day.
Drinking your entire water intake
at the end of the day because you have
realised you haven’t drunk enough
unfortunately won’t be of much benefit.
This is because the body filters water at
a certain rate, leading you to pass the
excess water as urine. Waiting till the
end of the day will most likely lead to
disturbed sleep when you have to keep
getting up to go to the bathroom! A
better approach is to pace yourself and
drink a glass or about 200 mL every
1.5 –2 hours. If you find that you have
to go to the bathroom more than once
throughout the night try limiting fluids
three hours before bed.
Lastly, an interesting phenomenon
occurs when we become dehydrated.
Our body confuses thirst with hunger. So
the next time you are feeling hungry try
drinking a glass of water to see if your
appetite can be curbed.
Strategies to Increase Your Water
Some ways to ensure adequate water
• Take a large 1 L water bottle to work
and ensure you refill it at least once.
• Keep a jug of water on your desk and
drink a glass every 1.5 –2 hours.
• Choose water over juice or soft drinks
• Choose sparkling mineral water at
restaurants rather than another glass
• Add a little lemon/lime juice and mint
to water for flavour.
Take Home Points
You need water to survive and thrive.
• You need on average 2–3 L of water a
day or about 1 L for every 25 kg that
• You know you have drunk enough
when your urine is straw-coloured or
• Dehydration can occur even when you
are not thirsty. The most common signs
and symptoms are fatigue, headaches,
muscle cramps, constipation and light-
• Only add electrolytes to your water if
you are undertaking heavy exercise for
at least an hour.
• Our body tends to want what we
normally give it. Over time, with
consistent water drinking, our bodies
will learn to love this vital liquid.
• If you choose to filter your water the
best water filtration system is reverse
osmosis with or without an alkaline
• You can often drink more water if it is
at room temperature.
• Try to drink consistently throughout
the day by always keeping a bottle or
jug filled with water near by.
Your Weekly Challenge...
This week your challenge is to increase
your water consumption to 6 –8 glasses
to drinking this much water, start by
adding one extra glass a day until you
build up to the recommended amount.
Remember to spread out your water
drinking throughout the day.
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