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6 Facts about drinking water

Posted by Peter on 24 April 2017
6 Facts about drinking water

Drinking water is healthy, we all know. But does it help to lose weight? And you can drink too much water?


Fact. Actually I should drink more water. With peeing, sweating and breathing we consume about 2.5 liters of water a day. That amount must therefore be replenished daily. With the moisture in our food we get about a liter. The rest come from drinking. This does not just have to be water. All moisture counts, including coffee, tea, soda, fruit juice or beer.
The amount of moisture you need depends on how much you move, your eating habits and the climate in which you are located. For the average Dutchman, 1.5 liters of drinks per day are sufficient. If you spend an hour in it, you need half to a liter of extra water.
65 people have to drink a little more, about 1.7 liters a day. Generally, they generally eat less, so they get less moisture. Furthermore, the kidneys of the elderly often work a little less well. Therefore, they need more moisture to drain the waste from their bodies.
The color of your urine shows that you have been drinking enough. Dark urine means: too little moisture. In any case, it is important to prevent thirst as much as possible. Thirst only occurs when there is a shortage of 1.5 liters of moisture and the body begins to dry out. For your health it is better to stay that situation. Signs of dehydration include fatigue, headache and lack of appetite.


Filtered water or bottled water. The quality of tap water is one of the best in the world. The water is purified so that the taste is as neutral as possible. This happens with the most modern techniques. For example, there is no longer any chlorine to be used, a means that is still used in many other countries. That's why water is so healthy and so tasty. The choice between crane or bottle is simply a matter of personal preference.
By the way, tap water is a lot cheaper than bottled water. 1000 liters tap water costs about 1.50. There you can fill about 5,000 glasses. Alternatively, you can drink about 1500 liters of tap water for the price of one bottle of water or 2-liter water.
The taste of tap water can differ by region. This has to do with the "hardness" (the amount of calcium and magnesium) in the water. Hard water is not unhealthy. In fact, calcium and magnesium are important for strong bones. Hence, soft tap water is often made 'harder'.
Sparkling (carbonated) water is also as healthy as 'flat' water (without bubbles). If you drink a lot of carbonated water soon after wards, it may cause a bloated feeling. But a healthy farmer will solve that like that.


Fact. An important difference between mineral water and spring water is that source water must meet the same quality requirements as tap water. That means it is being purified. At mineral water, that does not happen. Therefore, other requirements apply. For example, mineral water may contain more or less of certain minerals than spring water. Those minerals provide a special taste or properties. In addition, mineral water must be bottled at the source, while source water - confusing enough - may still be transported before it goes into the bottle. The sources for mineral and spring water must be approved by the government.


There are plenty of stories to drink water and lose weight. Some people think that drinking a few gallons of extra water per day contributes to a quick weight loss. Others claim that you should not drink (or just) around the meal. Others say that drinking lukewarm or warm water speeds up digestion. But for none of these statements, scientific evidence has ever been found. In fact, Japanese research from 2008 has shown that drinking extra water does not make sense at all if you want to lose weight. Among the thousands of women followed for the investigation, there was no connection between their body weight or waist size and the amount of water they drank. Of course, water helps to lose weight if you drink instead of calorie drinks like soda, wine or beer. Drinking water and losing weight.
Another beauty claim is that drinking a lot of water gives a better skin. That's a fable too. Water does not hydrate the skin from the inside, as is often claimed. A good antifreeze cream helps much better to keep the skin young and healthy and prevent wrinkles.


Fact. If someone in a short period of time drinks a lot of water, the kidneys cannot handle it. Because the moisture has to stay somewhere, it flows to the body cells. They get crowded and swell up. That means they can no longer do their job or even break their work. There is then water poisoning. In the worst case, organs are so damaged that they stick to it and die of the person in question. Is water healthy?
How much water is too much differs from person to person. Every day, drink four liters or more, what people who do strictly once again are never wise. In any case, ensure that you spread your moisture intake well throughout the day. This also applies to 1.5 liters per day. Extra often pee when drinking a lot does not help, therefore the kidneys will not work faster.


Fable. 85% of women and 65% of men refill their water bottles, according to research by soda manufacturers. Half of the women do that even more than six times. It's very easy, cheap and also environmentally friendly. But is it healthy too? That researched microbiologist Rijkelt Beumer of Wageningen University for the television program Kassa. His judgment: reuse is not really fresh, but for health it's no harm. True, every time you take a sip of bacteria in the bottle, they are also between your teeth. Ultimately, it's your own bacteria, you're not sick of that. They can make sure that the water tastes less tasty. For that reason, it is nice to wash a used water bottle with a soup at least once a day.
If you leave water in the open air, it may even spoil it. That is, bacteria come from outside. The advice is therefore not to drink more than 12 hours old water.

Water body

The male body consists of 63% of water, a female body for 52%. The difference is that women have more fat, and fat does not hold moisture. Water is indispensable for a healthy body. It transports nutrients to all tissues and cells and carries out waste. It ensures good digestion and allows us to move well and think (75% of the muscles and 74% of the brain consist of water). Water also regulates body temperature. If it rises above 37.5 degrees Celsius, you will sweat more. Upon evaporation of the water, heat is extracted from the skin and cools the body. This keeps the temperature constant at the same level. Without water, a human can survive for up to four days.

Water test

In February 2010, the Kassa television program tested eight source and mineral waters and four tap water from different parts of the country by a panel of experts, consisting of experts from, among other things, top restaurants, the water museum and the RIVM. The winner was Spa's water with a 7.8. The testers praised the velvety structure and the freshness. The water of Sourcy was assessed low. Many testers found that it had a medicinal taste.


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