One of the most common beauty tips you’ve come across must be to drink eight glasses of water each day. While some experts have established that we don’t need to drink that much water to have healthy, glowing skin, the fact remains that we need to drink enough water to prevent cell dehydration that can contribute to skin wrinkling. Personally, I know that my skin becomes dry when I don’t drink sufficient water but I also know my skin doesn’t look any better when I drink lots of water. So my call is to drink a balanced amount according to what you need, and more importantly, to drink quality water for the sake of our wellness and beauty. But what exactly is quality water? Is the water you are consuming considered a quality water supply?
If you’re consuming mostly boiled tap water
For most of us, tap water is our first source of supply. Although I’ve drunk filtered water for some years, the water I’ve been drinking for most part of my life is actually boiled tap water. Although it is said that the water quality in Singapore is well within the guidelines set by WHO, is it really clean? Clean just means “the absence of pathogenic (illness causing) microorganisms or harmful levels of poisonous chemicals or radiation but our tap water still contains chlorine, fluoride, traces of heavy metals, and contaminants especially since our water supply still has to pass through public pipes to reach our homes. Personally, I think our tap water is safe to drink but it is not the best quality water.
If you’re consuming mostly distilled water
I had thought all along that bottled water is cleaner than tap water. Well, that is true but what I didn’t know was that bottled water, especially those that are distilled or purified via reverse osmosis, offers no benefits to the body because such purification filter strips the water of important trace minerals such as calcium and magnesium and potassium. Nutritionists have said that reverse osmosis and distilled water leach minerals from bones and so long-term consumption of such de-mineralized water tends to depletes calcium and other minerals from our bones and body – what medical specialist terms as “ash out our body”. I can’t say for certain if this is indeed true because there have been differing theories on the topic but what I do know is that de-mineralized water has a lower pH and is therefore slightly more acidic (source) and this can cause the production of more free radicals in our bodies in the long run and we know that isn’t a good thing at all.
If you’re consuming mostly mineral water
Mineral water is water that has had minerals dissolved into it as a result of being stored underground. Spring water is mineral water for example. However, in today’s context, mineral water are all bottled and hence, we don’t really know the real source and if the minerals are indeed safe or edible, do we? Plus, I don’t know if you’ve heard of this but I was always told not to drink too much mineral water because it can result in the development of kidney stones although I’ve read that mineral water containing calcium and magnesium is a possible therapeutic or prophylactic agent in calcium oxalate kidney stone disease (source). Personally, I do drink mineral water but moderately. In addition, a bottle of mineral water isn’t exactly cheap and so even if mineral water is very beneficial, the cost of drinking them just doesn’t add up in the long run. Not to mention that plastic bottles aren’t environmentally friendly at all.
What is quality water?
So what constitutes quality water that is beneficial to our bodies? First, it should be non-carbonated, clean and uncontaminated – without chlorine, bacteria, or heavy metals. Next, it should be pH neutral with good ionic mineral & trace mineral balance, has active hydrogen properties that will help neutralize free radicals in your body. The water should also be of smaller water molecule cluster size as that will enable easily absorption, thereby helping to keep your body properly hydrated. Finally, it should also be soft and refreshing to your taste buds. Such quality water will be able permeate into your cell membrances to carry nutrients and oxygen in, flush waste and toxins out, thereby helping to promote pH balance in your body.
How can drinking quality water help your beauty & wellness?
By neutralizing free radicals that cause premature ageing, drinking quality water provides many health benefits. Overtime, one can feel more energy and vigor with increased blood circulation and enhance body metabolism too. And because quality water is able to actively transport minerals in ionic form to organs in our body, this will help to replenish and rejuvenate cells in our organs to function better. In addition, the smaller water clusters provide better oxygenation and increase permeability to effectively penetrate cell and tissue membrane to provide better hydration as well as flush out toxic wastes from our bodies. This antioxidant and detox abilities mean that our skin will become better hydrated, clearer and healthier!