Water: it’s the liquid of life and the most vital part of staying healthy and losing weight. Unfortunately, it’s also the most overlooked.
It doesn’t matter what diet you’ve adopted or what exercise plan you’ve employed—water is the critical factor in determining whether or not you can lose weight.
Drinking more water isn’t the only concern, though. You need to make sure you’re drinking the right kind of water. Scientists around the world have proven again and again that pure water is the best option.
What is pure water, though? What makes it better than “regular” water? Why do you need to drink it?
To answer these questions, we conducted our own research. According to experts, there are essentially three different types of water. These are pure, distilled, and regular.
Pure water, or purified water, is any water that has been chemically treated or filtered to remove pollution, metal particles, and microbial beings. Unfortunately, purified water isn’t readily available in most countries. Recent studies suggest that at least 2 billion people around the world have no access to pure water.
There is also no global definition of what standards that pure water must meet. Government requirements for pure water in one country might not be the same as the requirements for another. For example, what Japan considers purified water may not even be deemed distilled in Australia.
Distilled water is extra-pure water. Surprisingly, it’s much easier to create than normal purified water. Instead of undergoing physical or chemical processing, the water in this method is boiled until it becomes steam. Then, the steam is collected and allowed to cool until it returns to a liquid state.
Doctors and other medical professionals usually prefer distilled water because it has no chemical additives. It’s also what we recommend you drink to live your happiest, healthiest life.
Regular water is everything else. The only trait that regular drinking water must have is that it is, in fact, drinkable. In other words, this category excludes salt-water and polluted water.
This broad definition is problematic because it creates significant gaps between cultures, both on a national and regional level. Is regular water tap water? Is it well water? Is it river water? It all depends on the focus area.
Pretty much everyone knows that water intake is vital for weight loss, but not everyone knows why. Fortunately, the science is relatively easy to explain.
Wash Away the Fat
First, the way water behaves in your body is the same way it acts in a cleaning apparatus. In other words, it flushes the junk away and leaves behind a cleaner surface. This doesn’t happen as effectively in the body as it does a washer—an extra glass of water won’t erase years of fatty buildup in the arteries—but the principle is the same.
Increase Your Energy
Second, hydration is correlated with energy and performance. Our bodies consist mainly of water, so it stands to reason that water is one of our primary energy sources.
Exertion can also make our bodies overheat, and water is a great way to cool down. Also, scientists have proven that dehydration can cause decreased focus, poor motivation, and memory loss. Staying hydrated helps avoid all of these problems.
Speed Up Your Metabolism
Drinking more water can also increase your metabolism. This is especially true for women in their 40s and older. As women age, their hormone levels naturally fluctuate. This results in decreased metabolism.
Your doctor may suggest medications or increased exercise to combat this issue, but drinking more water may be an easier solution.
Overall Health and Well-Being
Weight loss isn’t the only health benefit of drinking water, purified or otherwise.
Increased water intake flushes away the impurities in your skin that cause acne. Water also fights wrinkles and dark spots. Increased hydration means a more youthful appearance. Water doesn’t work as quickly or as drastically as collagen implants do, but it doesn’t require needles or surgery, either.
Water also regulates brain activity. Like every organ and muscle in the human body, the brain requires hydration to function properly.
In clinical studies, dehydration has been linked with multiple health conditions, including severe headaches and vision damage. These typically last only a short duration, but they are significant health issues nonetheless.
Finally, water helps to cleanse the digestive tract. We won’t go into great detail in this article—if you want to know the gross intricacies, you can find a thorough description here.
Potential Issues with Pure Water and Distilled Water
On our site, we advocate drinking pure water. Not everyone shares our opinion, though. In addition to issues with accessibility and definitions of “purity”, some people aren’t comfortable with purified water health.
Most of the world’s purified water becomes purified via chemical processing. The most common chemical added to purified water is fluoride.
Initially, we added fluoride to the purification process to improve dental health. Because toothpaste and toothbrushes were often luxuries, adding fluoride to water seemed the only probable way to fight poor dental hygiene.
Nowadays, though, most people, even in developing countries, have access to basic dental care. Many point to this as a reason to remove fluoride from water systems. New wave naturalists are especially convinced that added fluoride is problematic.
Money is the most significant issue with water purification.
Developing countries without a government-funded water purification system would have to invest millions (if not billions) of dollars in implementing such a program. Even if a developing country wanted to establish water purification at an individual level, it would cost hundreds of dollars per person. In most regions that don’t already have purified water, this is an impossible expense.
Other Influencing Factors
Weight loss and overall health both start with drinking pure water, but they don’t end there. Numerous other factors influence your ability to stay in shape.
One of these is maintaining a healthy immune system. This seems obvious—getting sick is the exact opposite condition of being healthy—but it’s still important to emphasise.
If you want to learn more about changes you can make to create a healthier life, contact us here. We are more than happy to help you find the right path.