Is drinking (a lot of) water (un)healthy?

Water, who hasn’t grown up with it 🙂

Of course it’s a bit to your age, but I remember that when we were kids we used to drink a lot more water than children do now. “When you’re thirsty, you drink water,” my mother used to say, just out of the tap. Or else a cup of tea at the kitchen table. Now my kids’ friends look at me strangely when I don’t add lemonade syrup to it, but it used to be quite normal in our house. Of course everyone “knows” that water is healthy, but how healthy is it really and is it really proof of that or is that just something you accept because your mother always said it?

I went to some research and ended up with an interesting experiment in a daily mail.

First some facts from their report:

  • 1 in 5 women drink less than the recommended amount of water per day
  • all our organs are dependent on water
  • Water is the liquid to remove toxins!
  • Water provides focus and a clear head
  • 37% of people confuse thirst with hunger, resulting in more snacking.
  • In short, water is healthy 🙂

The lady you see on the picture below ran into some physical problems like migraine and stomach problems. She went to several doctors and they all told her to drink more water, about 3 liters a day. She always drank a maximum of 1 liter so she took up the challenge for herself to try it for a month and (luckily for us) she captured it on screen.

She also kept a report of it and it sounds really inspiring, I have just poured myself a glass of water!

The result

Not only did she improve her appearance with less wrinkles, more softness and no more bags, but she also felt much more active and focused. Dr Emma Derbyshire from the University of Manchester explains why this is very true: “Our brains are made up of 73% water, so a supply of too little water can certainly affect your brain functions. Dehydration affects both your concentration and your cognitive functions (specific mental activities that are controlled by the brain, for example: memory, your ability to learn things, the use of language and the ability to understand and perform complex, daily actions)”.

Ha, I’m super inspired right away and I’m going to do such a test so I’ll take a picture of myself tomorrow morning, when the difference in a month’s time is also that big, I’ll post an update of my experience. Still worth a try!

I went a little further into the water story to go on with the experiment in a well-founded way.Facts I came across

Drinking a lot of water increases your metabolism

  • It prevents constipation
  • It helps detoxify your liver and kidneys
  • It can reduce the risk of bladder, breast and bowel cancer
  • It can prevent headaches
  • It can reduce the risk of heart disease
  • It lowers your weight (because your hunger is no longer confused with thirst and therefore you eat less).

Sounds great so far! No reason not to get started with the experiment, because water is healthy!
Will you join me? So take a picture before and after! I read under the pictures of this lady that some of them doubt whether a photo shop has been used. If we now have more than one experiment at the same time, then the proof is provided immediately (if it is visible of course).

I would like to make a comment about how to get 3 liters inside. Of course not clocking in at once, that is impossible to do but can even be dangerous. Take 500 ml divided over the day (when getting up, coffee time, lunchtime, coffee time, before dinner and before going to bed). This way you distribute it in a responsible way.

What is in tap water
Only now I have to look again at what kind of water is best, can I just keep drinking tap water or is spring water a better idea or maybe even a water filter?
The Netherlands is a country of many rules and laws, so it also has a drinking water decree, which states what our drinking water must comply with. In a nutshell, it states that it may contain a maximum percentage of chemical substances and bacteria, including lead, copper, fluoride and nitrite. In addition, it must look clean and have no unpleasant aftertaste, and it must not contain any harmful substances for the environment. All this is taken into account, so we can say that our tap water is pure. There is a difference in taste of the water in different parts of the country, but that is due to the hardness.

If you have a low resistance, if you are pregnant or ill, then it is best to use filtered water. But also of course if you want to keep an eye on what you get. Because it won’t be the first time that we don’t know exactly what’s going on and that after years you’ll be able to find out what’s going on.

Elmer A. Atkinson

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