- Weight Loss: Water helps to suppress your appetite and reduce your hunger so you will eat less. It has no calories, no fat, no carbs and no sugars. Replace your sodas and juices with filtered water and see how much better you feel – and how much better your waistline will begin to look!
- Healthier Skin: As one of our body’s biggest organs, our skin has many important functions. One of the main functions is eliminating surface toxins, which it can’t possibly do if your skin isn’t hydrated. When your skin is properly hydrated, your wrinkles plump up, surface impurities begin to vanish, and your skin is more supple.
- Flushes Toxins: Water is used by the body to help flush out impurities, toxins and unneeded waste products from the body. Getting rid of toxins in your body can make you less prone to illness – both in the short and long term.
- Helps to Prevent Headaches: Your brain consists of 90% of water. Your brain cannot function well if your body does not have enough water. Next time you have a headache or feel tired it may be the sign of dehydration.
What type of water should I be drinking – tap, bottled or filtered? Not all water is created equal, so in effort to make clean choices about what we put into our bodies, we recommend filtered*.
Tap water comes from your municipality and is treated and processed. Usually chlorine and fluoride have been added to it. There have also been extensive studies done showing the presence of waste, unregulated chemicals and other contaminants – run-off from factories, processing plants, and more, in most US tap water. The presence of certain contaminants can lead to various health issues.
Find out what’s in your city’s tap water: http://www.uc.edu/gissa/projects/drinkingwater/
Bottled Water: Be aware that some bottled water brands are really just local tap water without some essential minerals. Also, dangerous toxins from some plastic bottles can leak into your water and therefore be ingested when you drink them. Care about the environment? Keep in mind that non-recycled plastic bottles take a toll on our environment!
Filtered Water (recommended): A filter system or an inexpensive filtered water pitcher will take out chlorine, lead, arsenic, and other potential hazards in your water, will help leave minerals in place, and will improve water’s taste. If it tastes better, you will drink more!
Tired of plain water – there are lots of things you can add to make it better!
Lemons: When life gives you a bunch of lemons, make lemonade (minus the sugar). Lemon water when warm or hot can help digestion problems such as nausea, heartburn and constipation. Lemons contain potassium, calcium, phosphorous and magnesium, and Vitamin C. Drink this first thing when you wake up in the morning to get your digestive system ready for the day ahead!
Mint: Add some fresh mint leaves! To release the flavor, crush before putting them in your water. Mint will help with digestion, provides relief for congestion and may help relax your mind.
Cucumbers: are great to add to your water! Because they are made mostly of water they help to keep your skin hydrated. Keep the skins on the cucumbers as they contain fiber, which also benefits your digestive system.
Liquid Chlorophyll (incidentally, one of Ali’s favorite daily drinks): The pigment in chlorophyll has many SUPER health benefits! It does turn your water green, but it doesn’t change the taste too much, so give this healthy power punch a shot! The molecular make-up of chlorophyll is almost identical to that of the hemoglobin that makes up almost 75% of our blood! Adding liquid chlorophyll to your water each day helps detoxify your blood and organs by flushing out heavy metals and other toxins, and it can provide almost instantaneous energy to your body because it helps to replenish red blood cells. Chlorophyll is almost a magic potion that can help repair your body at the cellular level, helping with digestion, circulation, your immune system, detoxification of your organs and more. It is highly alkaline so it helps to rid acid from your body, and it also provides a high source of magnesium – a necessary mineral that helps with cardiovascular issues, diabetes prevention, and a number of issues like depression and insomnia.
Want to try some Chlorophyll water? You can buy it (like in the photo below) at your local Whole Foods Market or health food store.