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Archive for the ‘Water’ Category

Alkaline Water

Posted by terrepruitt on March 10, 2011

After my Nia Class earlier this week, two students and I were talking about water.  I was saying that I DO NOT like lemon in my water, but since water is a bit acidic, I had been drinking lemon in my water.  I don’t like the taste.  I don’t like lemon, but as I learned from the video in my Balance of Acid and Alkaline post, in the body it digests to alkaline.  Lemon helps the water be less acidic.  One of my students said that she had recently seen Alkaline Bottle Water.  She asked what it was.  I had no idea so I looked it up.  I thought I would share what I learned.

What I found was claims that ionized water is alkaline water.  Some information states that ionization is done via electrolysis and others say the it is done via adding minerals.  Wiki states, that a water ionizer separates water into alkaline and acid fractions using a process known as electrolysis.

The information that states ionized water is done via electrolysis states that it is best to drink it right away, when it is fresh.  The information states that the health benefits of the water do not last when the water is bottled.

I looked at a lot of sites that had the chemical make up of the water or something (such as – H2O → H+ + OH–) and what the chemical make up was before and after ionization.  I don’t know what all that means.  The more I looked for more information the more confusing it became to me.

I couldn’t actually find any information on what is done to bottle water claiming to be alkaline water.  Maybe it is run through an ionization system and then bottled.

As with everything (it seems) there was information stating that ionized water is great, it can all but cure diseases.  Then there was information that stated it was all a bunch of hooey.  So as with any thing and all things, I have to say that you just have to try it for yourself.  I have not yet done it myself, but I know you can purchase pH Test Strips from health food stores, so I would think that testing the water would be the best.  I guess it also depends on what you are drinking the water for.  If you are drinking the alkaline water because it is less acidic, then maybe any of the above would work.  But if you are drinking it because it is ionized and you are looking for all of the health benefits that are touted, then as with anything you would have to see how you feel when you drink it.

For now I will stick to putting lemon in my water.  How about you?  Are you a fan of ionized water?  Alkaline water?  Do you drink lemon in your water?

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Voss Water

Posted by terrepruitt on October 2, 2010

I really think water is a vital part of our diets.  I believe that people should drink water.  I believe that all water from bottled water, filter water, purified water, to tap water probably has some good things and bad things in them.  There are some waters that I think of as designer water.  So I would not ever really think to buy it.  Recently I was a guest at a party where they were serving Voss water.

I had seen it before because I have seen other people drinking it.  I thought it was a designer water.  Since it was there and it was the only water I was gonna drink it.  I don’t know what I was expecting, well, honestly I was expecting bubbles because someone had said, “be careful the water is carbonated”.  I took a sip and was thinking that it was very odd for carbonated.  I had grabbed a “still”.  There was “sparkling” and “still”.  Carbonation makes me burp and so I don’t tend to drink it, but I wanted to try that to.  As I am writing this I am laughing because I don’t know what I was expecting.

It tastes like water.  I can’t tell it from the other water I buy.  It is said to be from pure springs and be pure, but I really can’t TASTE a difference.  The bottle is nice.  I like it.  It is heavy though.  The information I am seeing stats that the company is committed to a reducing their carbon footprint.  The company wants to run as pure as the water. I am just saying I can’t taste a difference between this water and the other brand I buy.

Do you know about this water?  Have you tried it?  I just thought I would share my experience.

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Don’t Get Dehydrated

Posted by terrepruitt on August 26, 2010

As you know from my first post on water, the body is made up of a huge percentage of water.  As you probably also know, sweating is a process that the body utilizes to cool off.  I must always be hot.  🙂  Here in the California Bay Area we had record temperatures.  San Jose reached 102 and San Francisco reached 94.  For me, when it is that hot, it is easy for me to drink water.  I drank a bottle of water right after teaching Nia class today.

It is much easier to become dehydrated in the heat because your body might be sweating more in order to stay cool. Also, because air conditioning takes the moisture out of the air, drinking water even if you are not in the heat is a good thing to do.  Often times when the temperatures get high outside the air conditioner goes on or stays on longer, which seems like it would dry the air out more.  So even in the air conditioned office or home or mall, drink the water.

I often been told that by the time you are thirsty you are already mildly dehydrated.  I like the idea of drinking water throughout the day, but it is really important on the hotter days.  There are different stages of dehydration so when you get thirsty drink don’t wait for until you are lightheaded, or get muscles cramps.

Of course there are other more serious reasons people become dehydrated.  There are also other treatments when the dehydration is severe.  I am just addressing the normal everyday don’t-let-yourself-get-dehydrated-in-the-excessive-heat kind of thing.  Funny because my last post regarding water was because it was nice and cool and sometimes a challenge to drink water.  In the heat please remember to hydrate!

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Help With Drinking Water

Posted by terrepruitt on July 8, 2010

San Jose weather up until about June had been all over the place!  One day it would be cold, one day it would be windy, the next day it would be raining, then the next day there would be sun, then the next day it would cold, rainy, and windy.  Then—bam! HOT!  It was all over the place.  Honestly, I have a difficult time drinking water when the weather is cold.  When I am cold because the weather is cold drinking water makes me MORE cold.  So I had thought of coming up with things that help me when I have to work at getting “enough” water.

One thing I do is, I heat it up.  When the weather is chilly I just put it in the microwave for about 30 to 45 seconds.  I like it warmer than room temperature but not so hot that I feel as if I need to actually be drinking tea, coffee, or hot chocolate.

When the weather is warmer, but I am wanting something more than just plain water I put a cucumber in it.  I had seen this and wanted to try it, then a friend brought it over earlier this year and reminded me.  (Thanks, Friend!)  I am not a fan of lemons, but some people do that.  I like to put a few slices of cucumber in it.

Other things I do, I change what I am drinking the water from.  Sounds weird, I can imagine, but it works for me.  I pour it in a mug instead of drinking it out of my usual bottle.  Sometimes I drink out of different glass, just to have a different sensation.

I find that when the weather is hot I don’t even have to think, I just drink, but when the weather is cool or comfortable, I need a little more reminder.  I drink it when I am practicing a Nia routine or teaching a Nia class, but honestly, lately, just during the day I need to step up my water drinking, I have slacked off a bit and I am feeling it.

Do you drink water?  Do you add things to it?  Drink it plain?  Have a special glass you drink from?  Tell me, I love to hear different ideas.

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Water

Posted by terrepruitt on March 24, 2009

I want to share with you my feelings on water. You have probably heard all the hype about water. Some say to drink eight eight ounces each a day. Some say that if you drink that much you are washing vital nutrients out of your systems. Some say that coffee, tea, soda, or etc. qualify as water. Some say the more vegetables you eat the less water you need to drink. Blah, blah, blah, blah.

There are facts that we can look at:

  • Our weight is made up of between roughly 67% and 70% water.
  • Blood is 92% water.
  • The brain is 75% water.
  • Muscles are 75% water.
  • Water is the primary mode of transportation for all nutrients in the body and is essential for proper circulation.
  • Water serves more roles than any other single nutrient in the body.
  • Water helps nearly every part of the human body function efficiently.

I could talk about facts all day, but what I want to get to is, like I said, my feelings. I feel that water is important. I feel that water makes me FEEL good. What I recommend in regards to drinking water is—-try it, experiment. If you drink water keep doing it. If you don’t normally drink water, try this:   Check yourself, for three or four days, pay attention to how you feel. Pay attention to the way your body functions. In other words check yourself both PHYSICALLY and MENTALLY. Then, drink water for three or four days and see how you feel. If you are like me you might feel a little grumpy at first, but only because you have to go to the bathroom a bit more than usually. But getting over that, see how you feel. I drink water because I feel better when I do. When I am grumpy for no reason, the first thing I think of is, “How much water have I had today?” I really believe it helps me both physically and mentally. So, maybe you don’t want to participate in the aforementioned experiment, but at least try a glass/bottle of water the next time you are grumpy. Maybe it can wash that grump right out of you!

Experiment with how much water is good for YOU. Honestly try to see if it makes you FEEL different. Our bodies need water to function so it makes sense that if we are drinking enough we will FEEL good. Only you can really know how much water is enough for you.

Thanks  for checking this out.  Until next time Lovelies. . . . . .

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