Summer is in full swing and in most of the country, including here in South Florida, it is plenty hot.
One of the best things you can do to stay healthy this time of year is to be sure you are drinking enough water. Actually, being well-hydrated is an important goal all year long, not just when the mercury is at or near triple digits. We have found that around 95% of our patients are dehydrated when they first start coming to see us, so it is definitely a common issue.
The different types of water
While you might think that the rest of this blog will be about the importance of drinking 8 glasses of water a day, this is actually not the case. Yes, you do need to drink an adequate amount of water to ward off dehydration. But interestingly, getting hydrated is not about chugging glass after glass of water.
Here’s the deal: bottled and filtered water is great for not containing impurities. But while the processing system was busy removing these contaminants from the water, it was also taking out valuable trace minerals that your body needs for good health, and for better hydration.
If you live in a rural area and get your water from a pump or well, you are probably still getting these trace minerals. But if you live in a big city and/or drink a lot of bottled water you get at the store, you are missing out on key trace minerals like copper, selenium, calcium, zinc and other nutrients.
Yes, you can drink too much water
This is why, if you drink a lot of water during the course of the day, you might wonder why your ankles look swollen. It’s because you are ingesting a lot of water, but with no trace minerals to help flush out the toxins from your body.
Actually, drinking tons of water can also cause the enzymes in your body – the ones you need for proper digestion and other processes to function properly – to be diluted and not work as they should. Excess water can also cause your cells to swell.
Trace minerals are key
In order to be sure the water you drink is assimilating properly into your body, and truly help you to rehydrate, you have to add trace minerals to your daily routine. In fact, we are not as concerned about the type of water you drink, be in pH balanced or filtered or the bottled variety from the store, as the need to add trace minerals.
While a high-quality multimineral complex will have trace minerals, we really like the liquid variety; they are easily absorbed in the body and you can add them directly to your water bottle – usually just a few drops or a capful is enough. Good State and Adya Water are both brands that we like, and they are available online.
So, this summer, and into the fall and winter and beyond, definitely be sure you are getting enough water. But also take that extra step to ensure the H2O you drink isn’t causing more harm than good, and add in those trace minerals – your body will definitely thank you.