Water is an essential ingredient to a healthy lifestyle, and yet it is often the most neglected. Doctors recommend we drink 6-8 glasses of water per day for optimum health, but this is often difficult when you don't like the taste or odour of your water, or are concerned about the quality of your drinking water.
Next to air, water is the substance most necessary for human existence. Practically every living cell in the body depends on water to carry out essential functions. Sufficient amounts of water in the body can increase energy and endurance, help in body weight control, aid digestion and elimination, lubricate joints, and encourage a feeling of well being. It is not difficult to understand why drinking enough water is so extremely important when we realize that nearly 70% of the body's weight is made up of water.
Water is so important that a minute reduction of body water (4-5%) will result in a decline of 20-30% in work performance. Breathing, digestion, elimination, glandular activities and heat dissipation can be performed only in the presence of water. This, combined with the role of water in dissolving the body's waste products and flushing out toxins, explains why we cannot survive very long without adequate amounts of water.
It makes sense that with all the important functions that water has in the body, the quality of water you drink can radically affect your health and well being. That is why it is vitally important that you drink only pure water.
What is pure water? It is simply H20 -- two parts hydrogen, one part oxygen. That's it. Not H20 plus chemicals, metals, particulate, minerals, salts, bacteria or any other contaminants. Unfortunately, nowadays it is virtually impossible to find "pure" water in its natural state anywhere on our planet.