Is water affecting your hormones?
Today we are talking water! Hydration! It is the beginning of summer after all ;)
Living in the San Francisco Bay area I am always hearing about how amazing our tap water is. While on some scales I am sure it excels, the truth of the matter is that the chemicals in all tap water can leave our bodies less than optimally hydrated.
I am not a head in the sand type gal, I know that our California water quality is a blessing, considering the atrocities that Michigan is facing. However, making good water choices can support your body in attaining and maintaining optimal health.
Here are some info bits that might help you to see my point of view:
In tap water we often see flouride and chlorine in our water. There are a lot of other chemicals in there but those elements are the ones that are consistently seen in tap water.
Chlorine and Fluorine are both things we really want to avoid drinking in our tap water. The reason why fluoride and chlorine are both a concern is that they are part of the halide family, which means that they have heavy potential to mess with thyroid balance.
The problem is that Fluoride and Chlorine are elements that can displace iodine in the thyroid.
What that means is that the presence of these elements over time can make it more difficult for the body to create adequate amounts of thyroid hormone!
The truth of the matter is that we have to have water. 70% of our blood is made out of water, it is literally a central element for our function and physiology. A human body can go weeks without food but we can only maintain a couple of days without water. So hydration is obviously key, but if you are really wanting to support your body, be sure to get your hands on some clean water.
Here are some really simple tips to keep in mind when choosing what type of water to drink.
Look for purified, reverse osmosis or distilled water.
Both purified and distilled water are heavily filtered. So much so, that the good natural minerals are also removed through the process. So, it’s ESSENTIAL that you re-mineralize the water when drinking either of these water types.
Personally, I always choose to avoid distilled water, because of its extreme lack of mineral content. You could think of it as “distilled = killed”. Unless you are going to add minerals back into it, you will want to avoid this type of water all together.
Reverse osmosis water has not been stripped as much as distilled water, but I would still recommend adding back in your own minerals before enjoying. For my household, we buy reverse osmosis water at whole foods. We only spend about $2.50 per 5 gallons! So it’s pretty cost effective. I keep a bottle of pink Himalayan sea salt on top of my water dispenser so it’s easy and seamless for me to add them back into my water before I enjoy.
How to remineralize your water?
Remineralizing is SO. EASY. Just add a pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt into your water before enjoying. Pink Himalayan sea salt has over 70 trace minerals in it. So it’s easy to get the benefit.
So get down to your local health food store and fill up on some reverse osmosis water and pink Himalayan sea salt to begin rehydrating your body clean and pure!