The Importance of Good Quality Water for Healthy Families


While more and more Americans are looking to lead healthier lives, the choices for this improved lifestyle are not limited to simply reducing junk food in ones diet. evening-walk-1433446

Diet and Exercise… a good place to start

Increasing exercise or daily activity and making positive changes to your diet are considered the basis of a balanced lifestyle. While this may be a little daunting for some, it need not be stressful or expensive. Eliminating or even just reducing junk food from your diet, could actually improve your health and save you money. Basic healthy foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables can be fairly inexpensive, especially if you buy produce locally and in season.

With regards to exercise, it is possible to increase your activity levels without disrupting your usual routine or spending hours at the gym.  For example, parking your vehicle a few blocks from work, will allow you to add twenty minutes exercise each day as you walk to and from your vehicle. You can also encourage your children to join in family fun outdoor activities rather than just playing video games or sitting in front of their computer or tablet.

Why Good Quality Water Matters

Hydration is a vital component of a fit lifestyle.  The importance of good quality water in a healthy family is often overlooked.  Since the human body consists of over 50% fluid, hydration is essential for keeping every cell, tissue and muscle functioning properly. Hydration also assists the body in regulating temperature and flushing out waste and toxins, through urination, bowel movements and perspiration.

It is estimated that 75% of the American population is suffering from chronic dehydration according to recent research. With even mild dehydration causing headaches, affecting energy levels and leading to constipation and joint pain, it is important to recognize the critical role that hydration plays in keeping us healthy. Severe dehydration can present a real danger, especially in infants and small children. Symptoms can include fever, dizziness, lethargy and drops in blood pressure.

While most will consider consuming more water when the temperatures are high or during and after exercise, this is not sufficient. In fact, thirst is usually a sign that the body is already dehydrated, so it is a good idea to maintain a proper hydration routine regardless of temperature or activity. The Institute of Medicine recommends that total water consumption for women be at least 91 ounces each day and 125 ounces for men. These levels include the 20% of water derived from food consumed.

Proper hydration also assists with weight management, especially if you switch to good quality water from soda or sugary drinks. While tap water can contain contaminants and store bought bottled water can be costly, there are a great number of water treatment options available for homeowners. Water filtration systems are available as under-counter devices (Reverse Osmosis) and whole home systems. A good quality water treatment system, installed by a professional, will allow you and your family to enjoy great quality water without breaking the bank, while ensuring that you lead a balanced healthy lifestyle.

About The Author, Terry Reeh, Partner EcoWater Systems of Nebraska:

With more than 25 years experience in the residential and commercial water treatment space , Terry is a WQA (Water Quality Association) certified water specialist, LEVEL 3, as well as a WQA certified sales representative.  In addition to running the day-to-day operations of EcoWater Systems of Nebraska, one of the biggest water treatment and water delivery enterprises in the state, Terry currently sits on EcoWater Systems (a Berkshire Hathaway Company) national Peers committee, as a water treatment expert advising other water professionals with less experience on best trade and technology practices.

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