Hi Sweet Friends,
We’re into our third month of 2014 and I’m thrilled to announce March’s Crazy Sexy giveaway—the super sexy, sleek and sustainable Soma Water Filter! I have one on my desk right now. Having accessible, filtered water at arm’s length keeps this gal hydrated all day long. Three lucky readers will receive this oh-so-chic filtration system plus a free two-year supply of filters. Holy hydration! (Update: this contest is now closed)
If you’d like to check out Soma water filters directly, find out more here.
I want to take this opportunity to talk to you guys about hydration and water filtration because it’s such a simple and powerful way to support your health. I looked back at Crazy Sexy Diet to brush up on my water knowledge and added a whole lot of new information and resources. Let’s get started!
Why is staying hydrated so important?
Drinking purified water is like taking a dip in the fountain of youth. Not only do your insides get a refreshing bath, but water also helps flush toxins from your cells, regulates body temperature and replenishes nutrients to all your vital organs. Our bodies are made up of over 70 percent water and our brain is nearly 80 percent water. Remember, you’re electric—when your cells don’t have enough fluid they lose their conductivity!
Being fully hydrated also boosts to your metabolism, which means that people who drink enough nourishing water throughout the day burn more calories and have an easier time maintaining a healthy weight, not to mention they have more energy.
Sleep and mood are also greatly affected by how hydrated you are. Dehydration reduces melatonin, which means you’ll have a more difficult time falling asleep and staying asleep. So, if sleep is an issue for you, definitely drink up. (Just don’t drink your days-worth right before bed!)
What else does dehydration lead to? In a study of young women, mild dehydration led to a poor mood, less ability to concentrate, and increased task difficulty (meaning that these ladies were more bummed out, had trouble focusing, and everything seemed harder than it should have). Isn’t it amazing that just drinking more water can help prevent these things and improve your overall well-being?
How can you calculate your daily water needs?
Ideally, you should consume half your body weight in ounces of pure water per day. So for a 140 pound person that means 70 ounces (nearly nine 8-ounce glasses) in a 24 hour period. If you’re consuming lots of veggies and green juices you may not need as much. Just remember, it’s important to listen to your inner thirst goddess and obey her commands! (Hint: if you’re thirsty that means you are already dehydrated). Your pee is also a good measure of your hydration. It should be a pale yellow. You really have to squint your eyes to see fully hydrated pee in the toilet.
What’s up with tap water?
It takes some research to determine the quality of your local water. Luckily, organizations like the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and Food and Water Watch provide reports and guides to help consumers understand what’s in their water supply. Check out the Food and Water Watch’s Guide to Safe Tap Water to find out how to track down the most recent water report for your area. You can also use EWG’s National Tap Water database to learn more. The most common tap water contaminants include potentially DNA-damaging chloramines, pesticides, lead and other heavy metals, as well as pharmaceuticals. Hello, water filter!
What about well water?
To be safe, I recommend having your well water tested. Most times, well water is very similar to tap water minus the chlorine, so depending on how your water checks out, you may want to filter it. The lack of chlorine definitely helps well water taste better, but it still may contain undesirable contaminants.
Is bottled water a better option?
Probably not. Increasing reports are coming back showing bottled water is often sourced from tap water and that most bottled water contains a variety of pollutants we’re trying to avoid in the first place. Bottom line: Don’t believe what the labels are telling you. According to the Environmental Working Group’s survey of 173 bottled water brands, “18 percent of bottled waters fail to list the source, and 32 percent disclose nothing about the treatment or purity of the water.” In addition, chemicals lurking in plastic, such as BPA, can leach into bottled water. No thanks! Lastly, I think we can all agree that plastic water bottles aren’t doing our planet any favors. One simple solution is buying a BPA-free reusable water bottle and filling it with filtered water from home. Voila!
What makes Soma water filters so smart?
Soma’s genius lies in its award-winning filter, which reduces chlorine, lead, selenium and arsenic. Plus, its filtration formula produces a crisp, clean taste. To top it off, Soma filters are made from all-natural coconut shells, four layers of fine silk and plant-based materials (jackpot!) to keep your filtration system sustainable and stylish.
Learn more about Soma’s filters in this quick video:
There are a lot of water filters out there, so if you want to check out how yours stacks up, use EWG’s Water Filter Guide.
Is filtered water really that big of a deal?
Hands down, yes! Here are just a few of the benefits filtered water provides:
- Removes contaminants that compromise your immune system
- Reduces the amount of chlorine in the water (which may reduce your risk of colon, rectal and bladder cancers)
- Works as a barrier between you and those nasty disease-causing agents
- Decreases your exposure to chemicals and other man-made toxins
- It usually tastes better so you’re likely to drink more and stay hydrated more easily!