Water is life
Hydrate your body throughout the day and note how many litres you drink. Ideally, you should drink 1.5 to 2 litres every day, and more in hot weather.
When you feel hungry, you're actually thirsty. Drink a glass of water and see what happens to your appetite.
Avoid drinking during and after your meals, as water dilutes gastric juices. To give your organs some extra time to prepare for digestion, drink half an hour before your breakfast, lunch and dinner. After you finish eating, have a single sip to clean your mouth.
Have a glass of water first thing in the morning to help the body flush away toxins accumulated during the night. For the rest of the day, drink water in small sips.
Drink one glass of water before going to bed. This helps your metabolic processes and prevents dehydration during your sleep.
Keep water next to your bed, so when you wake up thirsty, you don't have to get up and disrupt regenerative processes in the body.
For every cup of coffee, drink two cups of water or more.
When you need a warm beverage, choose teas made of plants and herbs such as dandelion, burdock, camomile, liquorice or hibiscus.
''Hydrate your body throughout the day, and note how much water you drink''
Purify your water
It is time we start caring about the quality of water we consume! Tap water contains chlorine and many chemicals and pollutants, including pesticides and herbicides, that can damage our health. Bottled water contains phthalate chemicals, and is treated with chlorine and antibiotics; all of these can slowly damage our organs.
What can we do to drink the best quality water?
Filter your water to remove any additives and chemicals. You can buy an appliance for water purification, such as a water filter, distiller or ozoniser. This is one of the best investments for your entire household and your own health.
If you do buy plastic bottles, transfer your water into glass bottles.
Drink distilled water. Since fruits and vegetables already contain all the necessary minerals, scientists have identified distilled water as the safest type of water available for human consumption.
''Filter your water to remove any additives and chemicals''
Water is one of the most amazing resources our planet has to offer. Without water, there would be no vegetation, no aquatic organisms and no land animals. Our bodies are mostly made of water, and our organs and cells depend on molecular oxygen from water for their survival.Most scientists are aware that there is still a lot we don't know about this seemingly common substance.
We know that water is healing, transformative and unique. When we are sick, hydration speeds up our ability to eliminate viruses and bacteria. When we are tired, feel dizzy or faint, a splash of water can revive our sensory functions. And, when we get dirty or polluted from within, water can cleanse us on the outside as well as the inside.
Yet, many people don't drink enough, or pay little attention to the quality of their water. Some believe that water from vegetables, fruits, soft drinks, juices, tea, coffee and even alcohol can compensate for pure water. In reality, many foods and drinks found in the Western diet dehydrate our organism, and this may contribute to a number of physiological problems, including high blood pressure, arthritis, poor blood flow, slow metabolism, vertigo, headaches or obesity.
''Water is healing, transformative and unique''
So what should we do to make the best out of this precious resource?
Care about the environment
It is paradoxical that around 70% of the Earth's surface is made of water, and yet, humans are reducing the amount of usable water at an incredible speed. Gradual climate changes, industrial waste, agricultural land use, as well an unsustainable lifestyle of the Western world, all contribute to water scarcity and pollution.
You can make a difference by adopting a few simple habits:
Stop wasting water. Be economical when brushing your teeth or doing the dishes. Take short showers and only when you need them. Excessive showers waste water and compromise the immunity of your skin. You inhale chloroform during hot shower or bath.
Eat a plant-based diet. Don't support the meat and dairy industry, as they are the greatest contributors to environmental degradation and water pollution.
Don't pour fat from cooking or any other type of fat, oil or grease down the sink. Keep a 'fat jar' under the sink, and discard in the solid waste when full.
Use natural beauty products and cosmetics that are biodegradable.
Minimize the use of pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, detergents and bleaches. Those have a terrible impact on the quality of water, earth and your health.