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Benefits of Drinking Water Every Day

Updated on February 9, 2013
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Benefits of Water

Two -thirds of the human body is comprised of water. Water has numerous beneficial functions to the human body, including transporting nutrients and oxygen into the cells, assisting with metabolism, and protecting and moisturizing our joints. Water is also vital to detoxification, which is the removal of wastes and toxins from our bloodstream. Detoxification is vital to building and maintaining a strong immune system. Without water flowing through our system, we would be filled with poisonous metabolic wastes - so drink up!

Drinking water makes your skin beautiful.
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Water Can Make You Beautiful

Skin is the largest organ in the body, so it is important to keep skin cells hydrated. Drinking water fills up your skin cells so they are firm and tight. Water also flushes out impurities that would otherwise contribute to skin issues such as pimples. Drinking enough water daily helps to keep your skin firm and clear, and minimizes wrinkles. I have to admit that avoiding wrinkles is a major bonus benefit that helps keep me motivated to continue with my daily water consumption.

Dangers of Dehydration

You begin to feel the effects of dehydration when your normal water level drops as little as 2%. In very extreme cases death or serious illness results. However, most people will experience only mild symptoms of dehydration such as thirst, fatigue, headaches, and dizziness. Not recognizing the cause, nany people instantly take a pill for the headache without even considering that they might be suffering from dehydration. Dehydration can also cause inflammation, which can be a contributory factor in cancer.

Why Do I begin my Day With a Liter of Water?

As discussed in other articles, my goal is to build and maintain a bionic immune system after a serious health issue. Water is a key component. I drink a liter of water immediately after waking up every single day. This assists my body in moving nutrients around as well as removing waste and bacteria. This is an easy step to add before you begin filling your body with daily nutrients. After that liter of water, I feel like I get an energy boost that probably results from no longer being dehydrated from the night. I also continue to drink water throughout the day, especially during summer heat waves,

Experts typically recommend drinking six to eight 8 oz glasses a day. However, many factors can increase the required water intake, such as exercise, health issues, weather, body weight, and pregnancy. On the other hand, fruits and vegetables also contain a significant amount of water, which can offset the requirements for drinking water.

Hyponatremia is a very rare condition that results from drinking too much water. This is typically associated with athletes and results when the electrolyte content in the blood becomes too diluted. Thus, if you have to drink a lot more water than normal due to excessive perspiration, make sure to supplement with electrolytes as well. Do your own research regarding the best daily water intake for you.

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How Safe is Your Drinking Water?

I decided that if I was going to drink a liter of water on a daily basis I should make sure my water is safe! Apparently there can be over 700 chemicals in our drinking water. Chlorine and flourine are intentionally added to our water supply - chlorine to minimize bacteria, and flourine to help prevent cavities. Excessive chlorine is linked to cancer and can damage the heart, lung, and kidneys, while fluoride is also linked to cancer and can cause damage to the brain and heart. Seriously?? I realized this was not at all consistent with building my bionic immune system. The ideal solution is to invest in a state of the art water filter, which purifies water down to almost the level of distilled water, then adds removed electrolytes and required minerals back in. However, this can be very expensive, so an affordable second choice is to have a bottled water system available for drinking water. Believe it or not, bottled water can be much safer than even the best public water, and a sufficient supply for a whole family is usually available for about $30/month. A great resource regarding the safety of your water is www.epa.gov.

Drinking a liter of water every day is an easy step to strengthen your immune system. Let me know if you notice improvements in the way you look and feel. Cheers to good health!!

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      Healthy Life 20 months ago from Connecticut, USA

      Hey Vocalcoach,

      I also drink Smart Water and enjoy the sleek looking bottle as well as the electrolytes. Drinking water daily helps with so many medical issues and helps to prevent others. I am so happy you are experiencing increased energy levels and feeling better! A liter is approximately 33 fluid ounces and you can full a pitcher up and drink it throughout the day or estimate.Thank for stopping by and I hope to see you again.

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      Audrey Hunt 20 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      I started drinking "Smart Water" which is vapor distilled with electrolytes. It's been a year now and I notice an improvement in my energy level besides feeling better over all.

      I still need to increase the amount of water I drink. How much is a liter?

      Thank you again for your hubs on health. My favorite!

      Audrey

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      Healthy Life 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Thank you for taking the time to visit and provide validation idigwebsites! It's amazing that such a simple concept as drinking enough water can have such a big impact on many illnesses. I'm glad that water therapy was successful with your migraines and that you no longer have to deal with them. When I am consistent with my water I also notice a big improvement in my skin which is a nice bonus. Hope to see you again:)

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      idigwebsites 3 years ago from United States

      I went through some water therapy when I was suffering a month-long bout with migraine. Not only did the migraine go away (and never returned), but I lost a significant amount of weight. My skin became clearer too.

      I wasn't aware how much water can improve my health until that moment. Thanks for sharing your informative hub. :)

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I'm so impressed that you already drink that much water Thelma! I have to make a conscious effort although I do drink a lot in the Summer. Drinking that much water can help you to avoid many health issues. Thanks so much for the vote and comment:)

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      I´m a water drinker, too. I drink more than a liter a day besides drinking my regular 3 cups of tea specially when I´m in my hot home country. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and informative;-)

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Thank you rebeccamealey! A gallon a water a day makes such an improvement and doesn't cost a penny. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks for the reminders of the importance of drinking water. Well done!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I'm glad the information was useful thost! A gallon a day is a good goal and make sure to use a good water filter. Thanks for the visit and nice comment!

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      thost 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Very good information here, I must increase my water intake. Thank you.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @L.L. Woodard..I always feel dehydrated when I wake up and much better after the water so for me it's easy to drink first thing in the morning. Avoiding a heart attack is another very good reason to start the day with water.Thanks for adding that information! I really appreciate the vote and share!!

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      L.L. Woodard 4 years ago from Oklahoma City

      Healthylife2, you are right on target with drinking water first thing in the morning. Most of us do wake up at least partially dehydrated after sleeping so many hours and not having any fluid intake. The slight dehydration makes blood a bit thicker, making a heart attack a possibility. Drink up!

      Voted up and Shared.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @Lizam...Thanks for that validation! I love to hear from people that actually implemented these changes especially when they derive a health benefit.This is such an easy one to add. Thanks so much for the comment and vote!

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      Lizam1 4 years ago from Victoria BC

      Absolutely and voted up. This so simple idea that water is good for me took me 50 years to learn:-) Now I drink more water than tea or coffee I have really noticed a huge difference in my health.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @sdstone1972...Drinking water daily is a goal but even making the effort as often as possible is a significant improvement! It's great you have a water filter for the sink because not drinking all the chemicals dumped in water is vital to good health. Thank you so much for your visit and comment. I hope to see you again!

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      Scott Stone 4 years ago from Massachusetts,USA

      I totally agree water is key, I find it tough to drink enough every day however I try real hard.The point you make about the quality is very true I would never drink tap water we have a Pur filter on our sink.

      Thanks for the great info.

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @TycoonSam...This one is so easy to add into your daily routine. It's a small change that makes a big difference. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment. Hope to see you again!

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      TycoonSam 5 years ago from Washington, MI

      Who knew it could be so simple. I will start right now.

      Thank you.

      Voted up and useful

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @rajan jolly...I definitely notice a burst of energy after drinking water in the morning after a night without water. Eliminating toxins is extremely important for health. Thanks so much for the vote and I really appreciate the share!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      healthylife, the importance of drinking enough water cannot be over emphazised. Most of us do not drink enough water and fatigue is the first sign of water deprivation, being caused by non elimination of toxic wastes.

      That is why when we start really drinking water, fatigue is the first to go and we feel energetic.

      Wonderful reminder. Voting up, useful and sharing.

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @Angela Kane...It's amazing how many benefits water has and it's so easy to add to your routine. I really do notice an improvement in my skin and it does help with the weight control although I do feel hungry once the water has gone through my system. It's great that you drink a lot of water daily.Thanks so much for the visit and the comment!

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      Angela Kane 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Great hub. Water seems to have numerous benefits to keeping you skin healthy to helping to keep your weight under control. I try to drink a good amount of water everyday.

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @Cathy Fidelibus...That's so great that you were able to learn about the benefit of water from your mother. Beautiful skin is one of many amazing benefits of water. Thanks for adding the useful information about the reverse osmosis filter. I have one for the drinking water but would like to invest in one for the whole house. Thanks so much for the helpful comment and the visit!

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      Ms. Immortal 5 years ago from NJ

      Thanks for all the great information. I learned about water from my mother, she would always say how water makes your skin supple and smooth. She was the living proof at 70 she looked twenty years younger. I have invested in a reverse osmosis water filter. They can be rented or paid off in installments and I feel it was worth the investment.

      Thanks again, Ms. Immortal

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      barbergirl28..

      It's awesome that you drink a lot of water. Thanks for adding the weight loss benefit. I drink a lot of water in the morning and am not that hungry for a long time. People definitely eat less when they consume more water. Thank you so much for your visit and comment!

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Very interesting hub you have hear. I am a big water drinker. What I find is the more water I drink, the easier it is for me to lose weight. In addition, it also helps a person to feel full. I heard that drinking an 8 oz. glass of water before eating a meal will decrease the likelihood of a person overeating. Great job!

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Thanks for adding the information about blood pressure unknown spy. I appreciate your visit and comment!

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      water is indeed very essential to our body.. they can lower blood pressure in the morning before taking a bath. Interesting topic.

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @rajan jolly... Many health issues are resolved or improved by consuming enough water. I start my day with a liter of water so I don't forget to at least have the minimum. Thanks so much for stopping by and the vote!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      A very interesting and useful hub. Most people do not understand the importance of drinking enough of pure water regularly. And drinking it first thing in the morning causes all the accumulated toxins to get moving out of the system.

      Wonderful hub. Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @stessily...Water is vital and so easy to add into a daily routine because there is no specific time frame to drink water as long as it happens every day. Thanks for stopping by and for your support!

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      stessily 5 years ago

      healthylife2, Staying hydrated, I have found, is essential to living a healthy life, so I am pleased to read your well-presented hub on this topic!

      Appreciatively, Stessily

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      jainismus..You are right about the filtered requirement so as not to negate the numerous health benefits of water. Thanks for the visit and the comment!

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 5 years ago from Pune, India

      Interesting Hub. We should drink a lot of water every day, but it must be filtered, and if possible cooled after boiling. This will prevent many diseases.

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      remaniki...It'a amazing that sometimes you have to think out of the box. What a big difference something so simple as drinking a liter of water can do. I love when people share a personal experience because that is probably the most validating. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment and for sharing!

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi healthylife,

      There can't be a person better than me who understands the importance of water. I remember that with a day job, I never used to consume enough water as the job was very stressful. I am sure it could have been one of the main reasons for my rheumatoid arthritis that I suffered from for seventeen long years.

      In fact I got a lot of relief from pain after practicing water therapy for a month and a half. Just like you I drink a little more than a liter of water every morning and I just can't express how good I feel day in and day out. I go for a walk also, so this is also helping me to keep my arthritis away. Of course, water enhances the quality of the skin, that is for sure.

      Great hub here. Sharing it with the idea of letting more people know about it. Cheers, Rema.

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Moonlake..I grew up with well water and I now realize that it was a good thing my parents tested it every now and then. Glad your water tastes good! Thanks for the comment and stopping by!

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Very interesting. We get our water from a artesian well. It has a great taste. Voted up.

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      mary615...Preventing kidney stones is another great reason to do something as simple as drinking water. Thank you for sharing your story as personal stories have the most powerful impact. Of course you can link this to your hub. Thank you so much for adding this useful comment!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I don't understand why we don't drink enough water! I lost a kidney and the Dr. said right away if I had drunk enough water, I would not have gotten stones (the stones killed my kidney). So, now I drink water all day to try to save my one kidney.

      I wrote a Hub about drinking water to save your kidneys. Read it when you have some time.

      May I link this Hub into mine? Thanks in advance. I voted this Hub UP, etc.etc.

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Hi Sunshine625...Drinking water is great for you and doing it your way rocks! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      An excellent shout-out to water and how beneficial it is to our bodies. I drink plenty of it...from my tap to fridge. I like the taste of my tap water much better than bottled. My family differs. To each his own :)

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      dinkan53...It's such an easy way to remove the toxins. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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      dinkan53 5 years ago from India

      Glad to read about a natural way to fine tune your body- the immune system. Having enough amount of water will eliminate the stored toxins in our body. Great, voted up and useful.

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @dwachira...You need to remember to get extra water in the heat before you get thirsty. Thanks so much for the comment!

      @ignugent17...It's amazing that you feel more energized with that liter of water. Other liquids like juice also count towards hydration but don't forget coffee dehydrates you. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment!

      @editorsupremo...I have to admit the great skin is also a big motivator. Thanks for stopping by!

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      editorsupremo 5 years ago from London, England

      Brilliant hub. Not that I'm vain or anything but I drink water to help keep my skin looking fresh and young and of course keep wrinkles at bay!

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      ignugent17 5 years ago

      I will try to do what you suggest 1 liter a day. I love to drink juice and coffee and I was thinking that is enough for the day. voted up, useful and more.

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      In one day i try to take enough water especially if the day is all sunny. It helps to keep my body hydrated. Great article and voted up.

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      KenWu...That's awesome that you drink that much water! Many people don't realize how beneficial it is. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!!

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      KenWu 5 years ago from Malaysia

      I love this article too .... 'm a heavy water drinker too... I drink between 6 to 10 liters of water per day.. depending on my need.

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      @CyberShelley...Thanks for taking the time to comment..it's always appreciated!!

      @MarleneB...I grew up with well water and don't even want to know what was in it. How great that you put in a house water system. I also use a water dispenser for bottled water and hope one day to get the house system since water used in a shower is absorbed by the skin. It's great you make sure to drink enough water. I'm now in the habit of drinking a liter in the morning because I have enough time to use the restroom before leaving for the day but also drink throughout the day. Thanks so much for taking the time to read this and comment!!

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      When my husband and I moved to the country, we received our water from a well. The well test reports allow for a certain level of toxin which is unacceptable to me. So, we put in a whole house water system and we have a water dispenser for bottled water. I can't say that I drink a liter of water immediately after waking up, but I try to drink the recommended amount throughout the day. This is a wonderful hub, by the way.

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      Voted up, interesting and useful. Thanks for the great information!

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      prasetio30....Water is so easy to add to the daily routine. Thanks so much for commenting and taking the time to read this

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Water is one of the best drink among healthy drink out there. I always fresh every time I drink water. Good topic selection, my friend. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!

      Best wishes, Prasetio

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      JayeWisdom...A water filter for the whole house would be amazing! People drink it,bathe in it, and brush there teeth with it so it is worth making it as safe as possible. I hope to have that some day and can only imagine how expensive it is. Good to know that Kentwood's artesian water is a good brand. Are you sure the container is not BPA free? Double check the recycling number on the plastic container.

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      Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      I'm hoping to install a whole-house water filter (which is fairly expensive), but in the interim, I have Kentwood artesian springs water delivered to my home for drinking, cooking, making coffee and tea, brushing teeth, etc.. It tastes great, and I grew up near the source at a time when residents of the area could fill jugs with the cool great-tasting water from a pipe at no cost! Once someone realized what a great source of revenue was being given away, of course they began bottling it.

      DS Waters is the company that distributes Kentwood artesian springs water, and their website is very transparent about the testing and purity of the water. You can also request more information from the company. I realize that bottled water on the whole gets a "bad rep" because of the numerous brands that are bottled straight from some municipality's water supply--chlorine, fluoride and all! I trust Kentwood's artesian water, but do hope they will find a BPA-free container in which to store it.

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Thank you RTalloni. I always appreciate your helpful comments!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      An interesting read with a lot of information to consider. Thanks for a springboard to researching more about the benefits of water intake.

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Hi Hyphenbird! I'm not surprised the water filter is black! There are so many chemicals in tap water. My oldest son doesn't like soda since he never had them when he was really young and since my husband gave my youngest a sip of coke he likes them but I don't keep it in the house. We drink mostly water. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I agree with you about water. Most people do not drink near enough. Soft drinks are killing people and increase thirst because they are so sweet. Making the change to water literally saves lives. My son and I drink lots of water; seldom anything else except for a glass of orange juice in the morning sometimes. i do not buy bottles water because of the environmental impact. We do have a filter on the main water line coming into the house and that makes me feel better. It is shocking how black that thing gets. Thanks for the inspiration!

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Patty Kenyon...thanks so much for the comment! Glad you found this useful.

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      Patty Kenyon 5 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Very Useful and Interesting Hub!!! I knew we had to drink a lot of water, but wow, I was unaware of the benefits other than avoiding dehydration!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      GClark I completely agree that the more you learn there is a constant need for further research and I discover new things to worry about and resolve. It can get crazy and overwhelming! It is a work in progress but it is reassuring to know that I am constantly making improvements. When using a plastic bottle always check the recycling symbol and make sure it is not the type of plastic that leaches chemicals into the water. Thanks for the comment!

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      GClark 5 years ago from United States

      Interesting and useful information. Also makes one question the safety of our drinking water. I do wonder, however, about the plastic containers used for bottled water as more details are made available as to just how safe any plastic container is. Almost seems like the more we know the more we have to question and worry about. Thanks for sharing.

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Mandeeadair thanks for stopping by! I was really surprised too and invested in a filter once I found out since water is now the only thing I drink except tea and I've been drinking lots of it with this heat wave! Really scary how many chemicals people ingest and absorb without even being aware. Fortunately this one is an easy fix.

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      Mandeeadair 5 years ago from California

      Wow, this is very informative...makes me wanna go drink some water. 700 chemicals in our drinking water?! Wow...I really need to get some filtered water in my house. I had no idea. Thanks for the information.