Our entire lives, physicians and parents have told us ‘You are what you eat.’  But, what about what we drink?  Many are aware that up to 60% of an adult’s body is composed of water.  But, did you know that water makes up approximately 73% of your heart and brain, 79% of your muscles and kidneys, and 83% of your lungs?  Suffice it to say, water is a critical component for our health, particularly in fighting disease and infection.  But, what is the best water to drink?

Historically, we have been told that water is water.  However, with over thirty years as cancer prevention specialists and educators we at  BeatCancer.org would be remiss to ignore the fact that water quality is actually of critical importance.  Whether you are looking to combat disease, optimize sports programs, or striving a for balanced weight loss program, quality hydration is often an overlooked component.

There are four essential characteristics that influence the health of your water: purity, micro-clustering, alkalinity, and oxygenation / antioxidant potential.  Like raw foods, negative Oxidation-Reduction Potential (ORP) is characteristic of ionized water.  This alkaline-rich water has a greater oxygen to hydrogen ratio.  Coupled with increased electrons and free radical scavengers, such as natural antioxidant bubbles, ionized water combats aging and oxidation.  Additionally, the ionization process breaks down naturally occurring water clusters into six-cluster molecules, making them easily absorbable into our cells.  The result is greater detoxification and hydration, leaving bodies more equipped to combat disease and infection.

Assessing Your Options for Healthy Water

Science indicates that the best water to drink is properly structured, pure, and alkaline-rich.  With so many drinkable water options available today, many are left wondering which choice is the healthiest.

Tap Water

While tap water is generally safe for consumption, evidence indicates that it’s qualities increase oxidation.  Water out of your faucet has larger molecule clusters, forcing our bodies to work to maintain health.

Distilled Water

Distilled water, sometimes called deionized water, is water in its purest form.  While it contains no outside bacteria or contaminants, it is also free of nutrients and minerals.

Alkaline Water

Alkaline water has a pH level of 8 and above, making it the most robust for human consumption.  Its six-cluster molecules offer numerous health benefits, including: increased absorption up to 30%, reduced blood pressure, and 88% relief of upset stomach.

Inadequate hydration can negatively impact one’s health, causing fatigue, poor memory, and inattentiveness.  In fact, studies indicate a loss of just 1-2% of body water can impair cognitive performance. Water is our vital ingredient. Its quality is key to maximizing our bodies natural defenses and overall health.