MND Fitness

Core Principle 6

Drink plenty of clean water

As mentioned above, drinking lots of water is, like breathing, a more important element of the nutrition mix than your choice of food. Water quality does matter, but quantity matters too. First of all, I think we should all strive to drink plenty of water every day, adjusted for climate and activity levels obviously. If you live somewhere hot and do a lot of exercise, you will need more than if you live somewhere cold and sit on your butt all day. But we all need a couple of litres of water every day, minimum.

I exercise regularly, and I estimate that I drink between 2 and 4 litres per day, depending on how warm it is and how hard I exercise or how long I exercise for. I drink proper water, real pure water, not the fancy flavoured or fizzy stuff.

There has been plenty said over the years about plain old tap water. I drink plain tap water pretty much wherever I go, home and abroad. Generally, water is water and I am fine with tap water. However, it seems to be to be pretty inert stuff.

I see it this way. When we flush the toilet, or pour bleach down the sink to clean the plug hole, or when we dispose of everything from dead goldfish to used tampons to discarded condoms to cigarette butts, down the toilet, and flush it all away, it all goes to water treatment plants, and returns to our homes a few days or weeks or months later as drinking water.

In order for that water to be clean and safe for us to drink, the water utilities must have to treat it with a fairly potent cocktail of filters and chemicals in order to ensure it is cleansed of all that poop and junk and grease and nasty stuff that goes down our drains. I have actually toured a water treatment works (yay, party on, I KNOW how to live!!) and ‘the smelly end’ is not pretty. If the water is treated with whatever it takes to kill off all that nasty bacteria, the chances are it kills any good bacteria too. So to my mind, tap water is probably pretty inert – neither bad for you, but equally not in any way exceptionally good for you.

In Mother Nature’s grand design, water was purified through evaporation from the sea into the atmosphere, and mineralised in its passage through the earth, hence why natural spring water is still the best water source we can get, full of minerals from its long time passing through soil and rocks. Modern human activity has messed with our water supply – we hear of underground water courses polluted by chemical waste, rivers polluted by nitrogen fertilizer run-off and rain polluted by air-borne pollutants. We can buy spring water bottled at source, but then from 2007 to 2011 we read endless studies about plastic bottles leaching dangerous chemicals into our water – BPA, PET, PVC, HDPE and several others.

In all honesty, it is hard to know the best thing to do. Personally, I have an ionizer at home, which is where I drink the majority of my water, and this gadget ionizes and alkalizes my water. In theory this ‘puts the life’ back into the largely inert tap water, by ionizing it with a gentle negative charge and alkalizing it, to help our blood achieve the right healthy alkaline pH level. I’ve had this pretty expensive gadget for over 2 years and I use it every day…I can’t say I have noticed any sudden great improvement in my health since I invested over a thousand pounds in the device, but it is one more tool in my quest for supreme good health, and in the absence of a natural spring in my garden, I’ll keep ionizing my tap water in the hopes that it is doing me some good!
I try to drink my water at home from a glass. When I go out, I use metal bottles if possible, but sometimes BPA-free plastic bottles, and sometimes when I am out and about I just buy bottles of mineral water in the shop like everybody else. I do the best I can the majority of the time.

Summary

  • Simple: don’t over-think this one, just drink plenty of water
  • Tea and coffee, cola and fruit juice, these are NOT water
  • If you have a headache, drink – #1 cause of headaches is dehydration
  • If it’s hot, or you are sweating, drink more
  • Aim for 2 to 4 litres per day depending on sweating