One of the most important things you can do to achieve and maintain good health is very simple: Drink lots of water! Water revitalizes your body and flushes out toxins. In addition, people often think they’re hungry when in fact they’re only thirsty. Accordingly, drinking water can help you lose weight as well. The amount of water you need will vary, depending partly on your activity level. If you’re not active, you should drink a minimum of eight cups of water per day. If you’re working out regularly, you’ll probably need more to replace fluids lost during exercise. The following conditions may indicate that you’re not getting enough water:
- loss of appetite
- flushed skin
- heat intolerance
- dark urine with a strong odor
These days, you face a choice of spring water, mineral water, tap water, sparkling water, and various other options. Which one’s for you? The most convenient choice is water from your faucet. Tap water contains a variety of useful minerals. In many areas, however, it also contains contaminants such as pesticides, chlorine byproducts, and harmful microorganisms. If you’re concerned about contamination, bottled water is an option. Some bottled water is merely tap water, however, and many people argue that bottling and shipping water is bad for the environment. Accordingly, you might choose to drink tap water that has been run through a water purifier, which filters out some contaminants. No matter what kind of water you choose, the bottom line is to drink lots of it!