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How much do you spend on bottled water? If you buy certainbottledwaternamebrands brands thinking the water is cleaner or safer, experts say you may as well be pouring money down the drain. When it comes to some brands of bottled water versus tap—there may not be a sip of difference.

“There is no guarantee that bottled water is any better than tap water. Twenty-five percent of bottled water is actually just repackaged tap water,” says Jane Sadler, M.D., family medicine physician on the medical staff at Baylor Medical Center at Garland.

Bottled water is regulated by the FDA, but when it’s packaged and sold in the same state—which is the case with around 60 percent of bottled waters—it becomes exempt from FDA regulations.

“In fact, it’s been shown some bottled waters do not meet EPA standards so you really have to be careful in your selection of bottled waters. Make sure you know the company that’s producing it,” adds Dr. Sadler.

Dr. Sadler adds that it’s also important to pay attention to the how the water is processed.

“Be sure that you’re getting water that’s been distilled or that’s been processed through reverse osmosis.”

But experts say that filling your cup at the tap can be just as clean and healthy.
“We know that tap water is highly regulated by the EPA and we know that tap water is generally safe,” says Dr. Sadler.

Also, how you store your bottled water is critical. Water should not be kept at anything above room temperature. Leaving water for days in a hot car for instance can cause bacteria in the water to multiply.

About Water

Many people underestimate the importance of water to the body.There is a huge gap in knowledge regarding the understanding as to why proper hydration is important for health. Many people with ailments might find that they can be improved or even cured with proper water hydration.

The human brain is composed of 95% water; blood is 82% water; the lungs are nearly 90% water. As one can imagine water is also the single most critical nutrient for health, growth, and development. It is not only the most important nutrient in the body, but also the most abundant.

Water is critical to the balance of all the body's systems, including the brain, heart, lungs, kidneys and muscles.

Water is the medium for various enzymatic & chemical reactions in the body. It moves nutrients, hormones, antibodies, & oxygen through the blood stream & lymphatic system.

With dehydration, the level of energy generation in the brain is decreased. A 2% drop in body water can cause a small but critical shrinkage of the brain, which can impair neuromuscular coordination, decrease concentration, and slow thinking. Dehydration can also reduce endurance, decrease strength, cause cramping and slow muscular response.

Mild dehydration is also one of the most common causes of daytime fatigue.  How common a problem is this in the US? Estimates are that seventy-five percent of Americans have mild, chronic dehydration. This is alarming since proper hydration is required for maintaining healthy blood flow, proper sodium/potassium /electrolyte balance , proper digestive functions, and proper kidney function. The kidneys remove wastes such as uric aced, urea & lactic acid, all of which must be dissolved in water. When there isn't sufficient water, those wastes are not effectively removed, which may result in damage to the kidney. 

Water has many health benefits. Some of the key health benefits include:

  • Healthier Skin. Ensuring that you are properly hydrated will prove to be a far better solution to preventing or decreasing wrinkles than the many expensive and in most cases barely effective products being marketing to the public.
  • Healthier Teeth & Bones. Water also makes teeth and bone stronger. The additional fluoride added to our water supplies provides extra strengths and bone density to our teeth and bones.
  • Healthier Joints. Water is extremely important to the joints. Because the synovial fluid contains water, if you become dehydrated less synovial fluid is available to protect the joints. This is very dangerous to a bodybuilder since bodybuilders are constantly sweating (losing fluids) and putting great stresses on their joints through intense workouts.
  • Healthier Mind & Body. Water is essential for nutrient absorption and many chemical reactions in the body for overall health, including proper brain function and improvements in memory.
  • Healthier Digestive System. Water also helps improve the digestive process and is imperative in maintaining a healthy urinary tract and digestive system. Water is also important to properly metabolize food and drinking sufficient amounts of water will help reduce constipation.Drinking sufficient amounts of water will help the body process and transport nutrients and excrete any waste products once they are metabolized.
  • Reduces Fatigue. Although water does not provide energy in the same way carbohydrates and fat do, it plays a very important role in energy transformation.Since water is the medium in which all energy reactions take place. If you become dehydrated you will become lethargic, can experience cramping and endurance and strength performance will suffer. In fact, athletes that do become dehydrated often find reduced performance in the days following.
  • Helps In Weight Loss. Water can suppress the appetite naturally and increases the body's ability to metabolize stored fat. Studies have shown that a decrease in water intake will cause fat deposits to increase, while an increase in water intake can actually reduce fat deposits. This is thought to occur because a reduction in water decreases the efficiency of the kidney's, which results in some of the kidney's functions being shunted to the liver. Since one of the liver's primary functions is to metabolize stored fat into usable energy for the body, it metabolizes less fat while performing functions normally performed by the kidney's. This results in less stored fat burned, and a reduction in weight loss.
  • Reduces Joint Pain. The spinal joints are dependent on different hydraulic properties of water which is stored in the disc core. Back pain is frequently alleviated with hydration. Water lubricates the joints. Cartilage tissues found at the ends of long bones & between the vertebrae of the spine hold a lot of water, which serves as a lubricant during the movement of the joint. Increasing water intake and properly hydrating yourself can help replenish the water in these tissues. When the cartilage is will hydrated, the two opposing surfaces glide freely, and  friction damage is reduced. Failure to do so will increase the rate of "abrasive" damage, resulting in joint deterioration & increased pain.
  • Helps In Weight Loss. Water can suppress the appetite naturally and increases the body's ability to metabolize stored fat. Studies have shown that a decrease in water intake will cause fat deposits to increase, while an increase in water intake can actually reduce fat deposits.This is thought to occur because a reduction in water decreases the efficiency of the kidney's, which results in some of the kidney's functions being shunted to the liver. Since one of the liver's primary functions is to metabolize stored fat into usable energy for the body, it metabolizes less fat while performing functions normally performed by the kidney's. This results in less stored fat burned, and a reduction in weight loss.
  • Reduces Fluid Retention. Drinking increased amounts of water is the best natural treatment for fluid retention. As many bodybuilders already know when the body gets less water, it perceives this as a threat to survival and begins to hold on to every drop. Water is stored in extracellular spaces (outside the cell) which can result in swollen extremities (feet, legs and hands). Diuretics offer a temporary solution, but can cause more harm than good if abused. Why? Because they will cause the elimination of the water, along with essential nutrients. Also the body will again perceives this conditioning as a threat and replace the lost water at the first opportunity, causing bloating and fluid retention once again. Drinking plenty of water will eliminate this problem.
  • Increases Energy. Although water does not provide energy in the same way carbohydrates and fat do, it plays a very important role in energy transformation. Since water is the medium in which all energy reactions take place. If you become dehydrated you will become lethargic, can experience cramping and endurance and strength performance will suffer. In fact, athletes that do become dehydrated often find reduced performance in the days following.
  • Helps Build Muscle. Water is needed to transport nutrients to your cells and transporting waste out of the body. Water helps form the structures of protein and glycogen. In order to move and flex your muscles, you need water. If your body is dehydrated, your muscles will be deprived of electrolytes and cramp. Since muscles are controlled by nerves, without the proper water and electrolyte balance muscle strength and control will also be impaired.
  • Increases Muscle Tone. Muscles are made primarily of water. Dehydration can prevent muscles from properly contracting, reducing muscle tone. Increasing water intake will help prevent muscle cramping, improve the strength of muscle contractions and quicken muscle response. Preventing dehydration will also help prevent sagging skin, since water will fill out the muscles, resulting in clear, healthy and resilient skin.
  • Reduces Risk Of Disease. Studies have shown that increasing daily water intake has shown to decrease the risk of colon cancer by 45%, reduce the risk of bladder cancer (by 50%) and it can potentially even reduce the risk of breast cancer. It is also believed that water may prevent kidney stones and urinary tract infections.
  • Other Known Benefits. Water also aids circulation, and helps regulate the body's cooling system.
  • "There is no guarantee that bottled water is any better than tap water. Twenty-five percent of bottled water is actually just repackaged tap water," says Jane Sadler, M.D., family medicine physician on the medical staff at Baylor Medical Center at Garland.

    Bottled water is regulated by the FDA, but when it's packaged and sold in the same state-which is the case with around 60 percent of bottled waters-it becomes exempt from FDA regulations.

    "In fact, it's been shown some bottled waters do not meet EPA standards so you really have to be careful in your selection of bottled waters. Make sure you know the company that's producing it," adds Dr. Sadler.

    Dr. Sadler adds that it's also important to pay attention to the how the water is processed.

    "Be sure that you're getting water that's been distilled or that's been processed through reverse osmosis."

    But experts say that filling your cup at the tap can be just as clean and healthy.
    "We know that tap water is highly regulated by the EPA and we know that tap water is generally safe," says Dr. Sadler.

    Also, how you store your bottled water is critical. Water should not be kept at anything above room temperature. Leaving water for days in a hot car for instance can cause bacteria in the water to multiply.

    About the Author

    Jeff BeharJeff Behar, MS, MBA is a well known author, champion natural bodybuilder, is a recognized health, fitness and nutrition expert, personal trainer, and life coach with over 30 years of experience in the health, fitness, bodybuilding, disease prevention, nutrition, and  anti aging fields.

    As a recognized health, fitness and nutrition expert, Jeff Behar has been featured on several radio shows, TV, and featured in popular bodybuilding publications such as Flex and Ironman. Jeff's work has appeared all across the web, in books, and in peer reviewed scientific journals.

    Jeff Behar is also the founder of the very popular www.MuscleMagFitness.com and www.MyBesthealthPortal.com health and wellness information websites; two of the largest 24/7 online web portals providing 24/7 news and information regarding top health, fitness disease prevention, diet, nutrition, natural healing, and  anti aging issues that are being discussed today.

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