What's the Quality of Your Drinking Water?

What’s the Quality of Your Drinking Water?


Most of us know that drinking water is an essential aspect of health and healing, but few know about the quality of the water they drink.  Since drinking water is a vital part of living a healthy life, you should know more about the water you are consuming.

What’s in your bottle?  Here is a review of some common water sources to help you make better choices about the water you drink.

TAP WATER

Tap water typically comes to us from municipal reservoirs. This water type is readily available and for the most part seems to hydrate the body well. A disadvantage of this water source is that harmful chemicals, medication residues, fluoride, metals, and toxins can be found in this water.

DISTILLED & REVERSE OSMOSIS WATER

Distilled and Reverse Osmosis water are sometimes referred to as the “hungry” water, due to chelation that can occur when you drink it. Chelation occurs when you drink water types that lack minerals. As soon as this water source enters your body, it begins to grab and hold onto other minerals leaving you dehydrated. Because these water types are devoid of nutrients and minerals, they should be avoided.

ALKALINE WATER

Alkaline water sources add alkalinizing agents to water in order to move the blood away from a slightly acidic pH towards a slightly alkaline pH. Instead of spending thousands on a fancy home filtration system, I recommend you eat lots of vegetables, which will provide your body with a natural shift in your pH. Alkaline water machines have a stimulatory type effect that does not achieve the same results as proper dieting and healthy living.

SPRING WATER

Pure mountain spring water can’t be beaten. It’s packed with nutrients and minerals that help the body in so many ways. This water source is clean and healthy and has many invigorating properties due to its natural state.

When you go to the fridge and grab your next glass or bottle of water, remember that the type of water you consume will have an impact on your health. Do your due diligence and research the type of water you are consuming.

For more information on steps, you can take to develop a healthier lifestyle, contact Dr. Tony Ganem, D.C. Dr. Tony provides health coaching and services to thousands — in person, over the phone or via Skype.

Contact us today.

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Feeling Under the Weather?

Feeling Under the Weather?


Do you really get sick with weather changes?

Getting sick when the weather changes is something you’ve come to expect. Every fall, winter, and spring you stock up on cold and allergy medicine as well as your favorite teas and soups, preparing for a week in bed. Did you know, though, that the changes in weather aren’t the reason you get sick?

Sure, changes in barometric pressure can cause migraines, joint pain, headaches, and can worsen sleep apnea (amongst other things), but weather changes don’t actually cause you to catch a cold or the flu. While the cold virus is able to replicate more quickly at colder temperatures, making it easier for you to come in contact with and catch a strain, the weather changes don’t compromise your immune system.

Although the weather changes don’t compromise your immune system, that knowledge doesn’t keep you from getting sick. So, what can you do to avoid feeling under the weather with weather changes? Here are some simple tips to follow:

  • Do get to bed early. Your body needs a certain amount of rest each night, and if you’re sick or trying to fight off illness, getting as much sleep as possible is a good way to give your body the chance to rejuvenate and have more energy to defend against seasonal sickness.
  • Don’t overexert yourself. Working out too hard or expending too much energy can cause your body to run down and make it easier for you to catch a bug. Don’t just stop exercising during the times of year when people tend to get sick most, but do take it easy.
  • Do drink LOTS of water. When you’re sick, you can easily get dehydrated. Staying hydrated is extremely important no matter what time of year, but especially when you feel like you’re under the weather. Sleeping with a humidifier is also a good idea when feeling sick, because it can help keep your airways from getting too dry.
  • Do wash your hands often. You’ve been told to do this since you were a child, so be sure to wash your hands often, especially during “sick season.”
  • Don’t lose the layers. During the spring, it can be tempting to trade out your turtlenecks for tank tops, but don’t go tanning just yet. Although the weather feels warmer and the sun shines more, wearing long-sleeved shirts and light jackets can help protect your body temperature from being too low.  Having a low body temperature makes it easier to catch a cold.

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