Over the last two weeks, we have been discussing water. We have talked about how it can be a burden to our wellbeing, and the types of health problems that toxic water can cause. Today, in the last of our series on water, we will look at the changes we can make to reduce the amount of toxic water we consume and use in our lives.
In the first of our series on water we talked about how essential water is to every cell and function in the human body. Because of this, water is possibly the most important thing we need to change to improve our wellbeing.
Water filtration is the first step to improving water quality in our everyday lives.
There are many different filtration options on the market and it can be hard to differentiate between them.
The best option is a whole-house reverse osmosis system with remineralisation. A reverse osmosis system will remove everything, even the good minerals. This is why you need a remineralisation system attached.
A whole-house system covers all the water in your house, filtering the water used to shower, brush your teeth and wash your clothes.
For some people, such as those on a limited budget or those in rented accommodation, a whole house system may not be possible. If this is the case then there are still numerous options for you to choose from.
In the bathroom, a shower filter will remove chlorine and chloramines. These filters remove the toxins from the steam of a hot shower, as well as improving the quality of water you wash your body with.
Under-sink reverse osmosis filtration systems are great for those in rental accommodation. These systems are easy to install and can be moved with you when you move.
They remove heavy metals such as mercury and lead, fluoride, chlorine and chloramines, organic chemicals and chlorine resistant bacteria. This water can then be used for brushing the teeth, cooking, and drinking water.
No matter which system you choose, ensure that filters are changed regularly.
Now that the water you drink is nice and clean, you need to make sure you are getting enough. To maintain adequate hydration there are a number of things you need to keep in mind.
We should aim to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day. You can infuse fruit or herbs if you like to mix it up or find plain water boring.
Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink. Once your brain sends the chemical signal to say you are thirsty you are already dehydrated. And don’t just sip water all day. This confuses your chemical signalling and doesn’t hydrate you.
When you drink a full glass of water you also stimulate your vagus nerve. You may recall when we talked about the vagus nerve in the article about sound, but to refresh your memory, it activates the parasympathetic nervous system which makes us feel calm and relaxed.
What to avoid
Avoid storing water or drinking water from plastic bottles. Besides the burden on the environment, they are full of toxic chemicals. Always store your water in glass or ceramic jugs or bottles.
While it doesn’t matter if you prefer your water hot or cold if you like ice water make sure your ice uses filtered water too. If you are out, take your own water. In cafes or restaurants don’t have ice in your drinks. Chances are the ice cubes come from normal tap water.
Avoid commercial electrolyte, sports and flavoured waters. They are laden with artificial flavours and colours and don’t offer much in terms of real hydration for your cells. Plus, electrolyte drinks are easy enough to make at home. A simple recipe is filtered water, a squeeze of fresh lemon or orange, a drop of honey and a pinch of Himalayan salt.
Soak it in
Avoid swimming in chlorinated pools. Streams, lakes and oceans are great. Any moving body of water is naturally high in beneficial minerals.
By soaking in natural water sources you get the benefit of the minerals in the water. It also gets you out of the house and into the fresh air, and soaking up some sunshine is great for recharging the soul.
I hope you have enjoyed this series of articles. The number of toxins we are exposed to can be pretty scary, but the changes we’ve discussed are relatively easy to implement. Every change you make reduces the impact of the total toxic burden and puts you in a better position to deal with hormonal changes.
If you’d like any more advice or help on implementing these changes in your life then I’d love to hear from you. Together we can help you achieve optimal health and better deal with the challenges of menopause.