Expert Roundup Lessons Learned

9 Important Lessons Learned from Our Hydration Expert Roundup

In September last year, we published an expert roundup on the benefits of proper hydration and how to get access to clean drinking water.

12 doctors, 7 nutritionists and 5 other health experts agreed to participate and sent us their answers to these two questions:

  1. “What are the top three health benefits of drinking enough water throughout the day?”
  2. “Do you have a tip for people to apply so they can make sure that their water is clean and safe?”

Due to our experts having diverse backgrounds, we received many different and interesting answers which I would like to discuss in greater detail in this follow-up post.

Question 1: The Top 3 Health Benefits of Proper Hydration

First of all, these are the 10 most common answers we received:

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As you can see, the top health benefits of drinking enough water throughout the day, according to our experts, are staying focused, detoxification and a healthy skin, followed by kidney protection, cardiovascular health and that it aids our digestion.

And there were many more benefits mentioned in the roundup – not because our experts didn’t know what they were talking about but because “there are just SO MANY benefits to drinking water”, as Dr. Taylor Arnold put it. Here is the full list:

  • It boosts our immune system.
  • It helps our digestion.
  • It helps with losing weight and not gaining some in the first place.
  • It helps us stay focused.
  • It’s essential for detoxification.
  • It improves the health of our skin (elasticity, firmness, younger and more radiant and supple complexion).
  • It lubricates our joints and spinal cord.
  • It plays a key role in body temperature regulation.
  • It’s essential for our cardiovascular health (blood volume, flow and pressure).
  • Chronic dehydration is likely to result in kidney disease (e.g. stones).
  • Hydration prevents headaches.
  • It helps with our emotional well-being.
  • You feel more energized when hydrated.

What’s interesting is that the doctors weighted the top three health benefits differently than the other experts, which is something we had already pointed out in the original roundup:

Question 1 Comparison

In the top three positions were staying focused, a healthy skin and kidney protection (doctors) vs. staying focused, cardiovascular health and weight loss/healthy skin (other experts).

Question 2: How People Can Make Sure Their Water Is Clean & Safe

Again, first the most common answers given:

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What we can tell right away is that the number one recommendation for getting access to clean and safe drinking water is using a water filter. Filter types that were mentioned are

Other answers included having your water tested and contacting your water utility/accessing the EWG tap water database for a water quality report which obviously entails using a water filter if need be. Above that, some experts explicitly advised against drinking unfiltered tap water.

And when you are on the go, sticking to glass or stainless steel bottles rather than plastic avoids chemical recontamination of your water.

Speaking of bottled water, the only type that came up in the roundup was bottled spring water (bottled in glass). Jerry Snider from All In Health and Wellness said that he personally stays away from bottled water due to the added sodium that many brands contain.

The second to last finding is that sugary beverages as well as tea and coffee containing caffeine might help to quench your thirst, but are not optimal for hydration as they might make you lose more water than you gain. The same goes for carbonated waters, although the problem here is that the bubbles may make you feel fuller or cause bloating that will prevent you from drinking enough. What you should try is filtered water infused with fresh fruit, vegetables or herbs. How much? At least eight 8-ounce glasses.

fruit infused water

And lastly, water is only one half of the hydration equation, said Tim Skwiat. Consuming enough electrolytes, for example sodium, potassium and magnesium, is equally important for optimal body water balance.

Furthermore, Tim advised to add ¼ teaspoon of sea salt, Celtic salt, or Himalayan salt to every quart of drinking water along with a teaspoon of magnesium citrate powder.

All 9 Lessons at a Glance

  1. The number one health benefit of proper hydration is that it allows us to stay focused.
  2. There are many, many benefits to drinking water.
  3. Health experts weight the benefits of drinking water differently, depending on their professional background and experience.
  4. Filtration is the best way to get access to clean and safe drinking water.
  5. A glass or stainless steel container is recommended to transport drinking water.
  6. Bottled water is not very popular among health experts.
  7. Water infused with fresh fruit, vegetables or herbs is preferable to sugary beverages, tea and coffee with caffeine, and carbonated drinks.
  8. Drinking at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water is recommended for healthy adults.
  9. Hydration is also about electrolytes. Add ¼ teaspoon of mineral-rich salt combined with a teaspoon of magnesium citrate powder to every quart you drink. This will ensure optimal electrolyte intake.

About the Author Gene

Gene has been with BOS since the very beginning. She is head of content creation and has fully immersed herself into the home water treatment industry only to become an expert herself. Outside of BOS, Gene loves to read books on philosophy & social issues, making music, and hiking.

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