If you ever find yourself stuck in a period with lots of breakouts and skin unevenness, try amping up your water intake. It’s amazing how much drinking water instead of coffee, soda, etc. can make a difference. It turns out, however, that the old saying that we all need eight 8-ounce glasses of water is totally false. According to the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institutes of Medicine, an adequate intake for sedentary men is roughly about 13 cups (or 13 8-ounce glasses) and for sedentary women it’s about nine cups (or nine 8-ounce glasses). And that number can change drastically depending on how much you work out, the temperature of where you are, your diet (different foods have different amounts of water), and other environmental factors.
Most of us are too busy (too lazy…) to track if we’re getting enough, and by the time we notice we aren’t, our pee is dark yellow; we’re reaching for donuts because we mistake dehydration for hunger, and our skin is blotchy. It doesn’t have to be this way! Hidrate Me is a new “smart” water bottle that syncs to your smartphone, tracks your hydration, and alerts you when you need to drink more water based on your personal stats, location, and activity level. Basically it does all the work for you. They launched a Kickstarter campaign and the first 290 bottles are $39. Click here for more info!
To go one step further, we spoke with Dion Mortimer, the National Accounts Manager at 1907Water, to find out not only why water is important, but why it’s important to pay attention that you’re drinking quality water.
Can you explain what exactly alkaline is?
Alkaline refers to a number higher than 7 on the pH scale. Below 7 is considered acidic, above 7 is considered alkaline. The advantage of alkaline food and beverages is that they can assist in combating the body’s high acidity levels, which can be caused by lack of sleep, stress and poor diet. It can also help boost your metabolism and help your body absorb nutrients more effectively, which is why it’s beneficial to opt for alkaline water.
Is all water alkaline?
No, alkaline water has a higher pH level than tap water.
Why is it that not all water tastes the same?
The taste profile for waters change mainly due to their varying mineral contents, and this is a result of their source. Most high-quality waters are natural and therefore pick up traits of their surrounding environments whether they be from a spring or an artesian source.
What are important things to look for when deciding which water to opt for?
In our view it is important to first look at the source. Where does the water come from? Is it isolated and protected? Is the brand single-source or is it multi-source? Secondly, what is the profile of the water and what do I need from a bottled water (for example, high in silica or high in pH). And thirdly, but no less importantly, there’s the taste – you need to enjoy what you drink!
Is there such a thing as one water being healthier than another?
Water with a higher sodium content and alkalinity hydrate the body more quickly and naturally.