Inflammation is the body's natural response to irritants as it attempts to eliminate them. These irritants can be anything from pollens and other allergens to disease organisms. A healthy body can often successfully ward off many of these irritants, making inflammation a temporary and mild discomfort. Sometimes, though, inflammation can become a long-lasting and even debilitating condition that can have long term negative consequences.
Health professionals have always recommended a healthy diet rich in natural anti-oxidants and plenty of fresh drinking water as being good ways to help manage inflammation. Water in particular is recommended because it can flush toxins and other irritants out of the system.
Our bodies are comprised of 70% water. That water must be continuously replaced. What we replace it with makes a profound difference to our health. Unfortunately, in today's society, too many people replace their fluids by drinking soft drinks, coffee and other highly acidic fluids. This is why health professionals stress water as the best replacement fluid. While that has to be a step in the right direction, many researchers believe that in order to maintain optimum health and reduce the risk of inflammatory disorders such as arthritis from occurring, we need to do more.
What Is the Best Water to Drink?
Many researchers believe that acidosis, or an excess of acids in the body is endemic in society today and may be a direct cause of most unhealthy inflammatory conditions. Many go so far as to say that an acidic body predisposes us to most diseases, including life-threatening cardio-vascular disease. Ideally, our bodies' pH level should have an 80% alkaline, 20% acid balance. Because the pH balance of the water we drink can have a direct affect on our internal pH balance, these researchers believe we should choose our drinking water as carefully as we choose the foods we eat.
Most health conscious Australians now know that tap water is not ideal for drinking and are either buying their drinking water or having water purifiers installed in their homes. However, some of the filters used in making home and commercial drinking water may be better than others for managing inflammation. Some filters, while designed to remove impurities from the water, do nothing to improve its pH balance and may in fact also remove healthy minerals along with the unhealthy substances.
While the science behind water filtration systems is very complex, in a nutshell, it is the minerals in the water that are acid or alkaline, not the water itself. Acidic minerals are those that oxidise, or rust. Alkaline minerals, on the other hand, contain negative ions that energise the body and help fight inflammation. For this reason, the best water to drink is believed to be ionized water. According to ionized water filtration advocates, this type of filtration system has two advantages:
- It does not filter out healthy minerals.
- It gives the water a negative electrical charge, which has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
How Much Water Should I Drink per Day?
One prevailing opinion is that we should all drink at least 8 glasses of water per day in order to maintain optimum health. However, many health professionals dispute this claim and say we should focus more on drinking water instead of other beverages when we feel thirsty and not worry as much about the quantity of water we drink. They point out that we need far more water during the hot summer months and when we exercise than we need in cooler climates or when we are resting.
We all like to have a "cuppa" throughout the day and in the evening. This can be a great way to manage inflammation. Green tea is known to be high in anti-oxidants, which help reduce inflammation and fight disease. If you drink green tea made with ionized water regularly, it may be the best "medicine" you can take.