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:
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.
First of all, these are the 10 most common answers we received:
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:
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:
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).
Again, first the most common answers given:
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.
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.
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.