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How to Drink Water For Optimum Health
Without water we have no life, deprived of water we cannot survive and yet many live a
partially, or seriously, dehydrated life and never feel the benefits of a fully hydrated body.
Do you know the benefits of drinking water, how much you should consume on a daily
basis or that the type of water you drink and when makes a significant difference?
Let’s take a look at the key things you need to know about drinking water so
that you can live a healthy balanced life full of energy.
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The general starting point for water intake is 2 litres
a day per adult person to account for water loss
through natural processes like urinating, perspiring
and sweating. However other factors need to be
taken into account as the ideal daily intake of water
is different for each individual.
Your ideal daily intake of water depends on:
• Activity level – active people lose more water;
• Body mass – the bigger you are the more water
you need to function at optimal level;
• Environment – if you work or live in a hot climate
you will lose more water through sweating that
needs to be topped up.
Remember: After only 1% reduction of hydration
your brain function is affected, imagine if you are
never fully hydrated how it is influencing you every
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Most of us know that our bodies lose more water
during exercise through sweat but it is not just
drinking more water after exercise that will keep you
hydrated. Try these tips:
1. Drink 2 glasses of water prior to working out;
2. Drink 1 glass 15 minutes before commencing
3. Drink the equivalent of a glass of water every
15 minutes during your workout.
Drink even more if you are in a hot environment.
Where possible, drink an alkaline water as
opposed to spring or tap water to help reduce the
effects of lactic acid build up after your workout.
Most spring water is acidic and tap water contains
chemicals that add a toxic burden on your body.
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There are times during each day where drinking
water will be better for you.
1. Drink at least 2-3 glasses when you wake up. It helps
flush toxins, wakes your organs and gets them ready to
take in food.
2. Culturally we drink with meals. It is better to drink a glass
of water before you eat to help you digest your food. If
you drink water with or straight after your meal you dilute
important digestive fluids. Wait until an hour after a meal
to drink water to help your body absorb nutrients.
3. We lose fluids when we sleep, drink one glass of water
before going to bed.
4. Drink water before, during and after exercise.
5. Drinking water before a massage or bath to help your
body release toxins and lower your blood pressure.
6. Drink sip water throughout the day to help you focus.
1. Drink during meals.
2. Wait until you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated if
you wait until you are thirsty to drink water.
When Is The
Best Time to
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Some of us struggle to drink enough water for
various reasons, use these handy tips to make sure
you are drinking enough water:
1. Always carry water with you wherever you go.
2. Make drinking water a conscious habit – post
reminders in obvious places.
3. Drink great tasting water with a mineral content
between 250 and 500mg per litre.
4. Dilute fruit juice using 50% water.
5. Continuous sips at home and work.
6. Consume fruit and vegetables with a high water
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Bad news for those that love their water icy cold.
Drinking cold water is not the quickest way to
hydrate your body because it shocks your body. The
reason it takes longer for your body to absorb cold
water is that it has to expend energy to adjust the
water to body temperature to be able to absorb it.
On the other hand drinking hot water has a
tendency to cause your pH levels to slightly drop
Ideally to maintain optimum pH levels in your body
and for quicker hydration it is best to drink alkaline
water at room temperature.
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The average human adult is approximately 70% water, with our
brain consisting of around 90% water. These water levels need to
be maintained for you to function at your best and feel well. Many
ailments that make us reach for medication can often be cured by
simply drinking water.
A few benefits of water are:
1. Assists overall health.
2. Increases energy.
3. Boosts mental focus and moods.
4. Maintain healthy weight.
5. Enhances immune system.
6. Helps digestion.
7. Relieves headaches.
8. Stops cramps and sprains.
9. Improves skin complexion.
10. Assists weight loss.
The Additional Benefits of Drinking Alkaline Water
There are added health benefits when you drink alkaline water
above simple hydration and they are:
1. Neutralises acidic waste and effectively flushes it out of your
2. Supplements your diet with vital alkaline minerals such as
calcium and bicarbonate.
3. Contains antioxidant properties for cleansing, fighting disease
and reducing the effects of aging.
The Benefits of
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Are you worried about the potential negative effects
from bottled Water? You are safe if the plastic
bottles of the water you buy are BPA and phthalate
free. If you want to be extra safe, store your water
away from sunlight.
Is Carbonated Water Okay to Drink?
Moderation is the key with carbonated water – it
is certainly a good step away from soft drinks and
sugary fruit juices but it has some negatives as well.
• Carbonated water contains high levels of carbon
dioxide and carbonic acid that make your
body more acidic. In the process of working to
neutralise acid, our body will leach calcium and
other necessary minerals from our bones. Long
term, this can mean a lower density which can
cause many health issues, especially when we
• Carbonated water is harder for our kidneys to
Is Bottled Water
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When you are ill, it is even more vital to drink plenty
of water. Drinking water will help you recover and
stop you from getting worse, especially if you have
excessive sweating, vomiting or diarrhoea.
When you are unwell, plenty of water can help you
1. Reducing fever – drink ample water if you have a
fever to prevent dehydration;
2. Reduces secretions – hydration stops secretions
becoming thick and make them easier to expel
such as when you have a cold;
3. Rehydrating – it is easy to become dehydrated
when you are ill especially when you are vomiting.
Tips for Drinking
You are Sick
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Drink water and stay hydrated.
Alkaline water is better for you because of its
alkaline and mineral content to balance your
body – and naturally pure alkaline water helps
neutralise acidity that can cause disease in
Ensure that you have enough water every day
for natural health and wellbeing, energy and
Wise for a
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As you can see there’s more to drinking water than
meets the eye.
Simply switching your drinking water can make a
huge difference to your long term health.
and find out how you and your family can benefit
from drinking alkaline water.
alkalife® is the leading brand of natural alkaline water
in Australia for over 12 years. Bottled at the source
in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, alkalife
is rich in alkaline forming minerals that help flush out
toxins, leaving you feeling revitalised and refreshed.
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