H20: Water for Health and Beauty
Did you know that our bodies are made up of 45-60% water? Ample hydration is essential for our organs and essential bodily functions to work properly. When so much of our survival depends on water, it’s important to examine the quality of our water intake. After all, using poor quality water can be detrimental to our health. For instance, in some places, access to good quality drinking water might be difficult, and diseases spread as a result, such as dysentery.
Is Our Tap Water Safe for Drinking?
Luckily, in Singapore, we have access to good quality water – even tap water is safe to drink. According to the PUB, water in Singapore comes from four sources: Water from Local Catchment, Imported Water, NEWater and Desalinated Water. If you are curious as to what is in our water, take a look at this document from PUB on Singapore’s drinking water quality. For those of you curious about how tap water in Singapore is produced, PUB also has another educational video.
If you have concerns about how clean the waters are after running through the pipes, rest assured. The PUB says that our HDB water tanks are checked once a year to ensure their quality is maintained and all of our water sources are monitored and treated for safety reasons.
While our water is safe to drink without further filtration, there are still impurities naturally present in tap water such as Chlorine and Flouride. The WHO (World Health Organisation) recommended amount for fluoride in water is 1.5 mg per litre, and the amount of fluoride present in our tap waters is about 0.6mg per litre, so it’s still safe for consumption.
The chlorine present in our waters is to get rid of any microorganism and bacteria. Nonetheless, although the amount of chlorine and fluoride present in our waters do not present a problem, we may still want to avoid drinking too much of it in excess if we drink tap water every day. After all, there are side effects to when we consume too much of either product.
Excess Chlorine consumption may cause:
- Eye and Skin Irritation
- Acid reflux
- May produce trihalomethane byproducts
Excess Fluoride consumption may cause:
- Mild dental fluorosis
- May disrupt the production of collagen
- Depletion of calcium in the body
What About Alkaline water?
Yes, this miracle water seems to be all the rage these days. But what exactly is Alkaline water? Alkaline water, unlike regular water, is less acidic, having a pH of over seven. This means that alkaline water is rich in minerals such as calcium, silica, potassium, magnesium, and bicarbonate.
For those who are prone to Gastroesophageal reflux disease and other health problems caused by high acidity such as uric acid, drinking alkaline water can help the body to recover to its original state and maintain the balance between acidity and alkalinity.
Purported benefits of Alkaline water include:
- Better hydration as alkaline water has lower surface tension and hence, allows for better absorption.
- Soothes acid reflux
- Contains more hydrogen molecules and acts as an antioxidant. Also aids in skin rejuvenation.
- Source of minerals
- Boosts immune system due to neutralization of free radicals.
You can also try making your own alkaline water with these simple steps.
- Alkaline water may not be suitable for you if you have low stomach acid
- Make sure the alkaline water does not have a pH higher than 11 or it may cause irritation
- As most alkaline water only contains a small percentage of alkalinity, becoming too alkaline is rare. The symptoms of Metabolic alkalosis are confusion, nausea, vomiting, hand tremors, muscle twitching, and tingling in the face, hands or feet.
Is alkaline water better for skin?
- Alkaline water is more easily absorbed by the body and contains antioxidants. Hence, as we are more hydrated, we look more radiant. We can use alkaline water instead of regular water to cleanse our skin. As alkaline water has anti-inflammatory effects, it can help to reduce acne.
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