So, first, how much water should you drink? For most individuals, the Institute of Medicine recommends 13 cups (3 liters) of total beverages a day for men and nine cups (2.2 liters) for women. Keep in mind that “beverages” don’t just pertain to water; juices, tea, coffee and the like count, too.
“In general, you should try to drink between half an ounce and an ounce of water for each pound you weigh, every day,” Trent Nessler, PT, DPT, MPT, managing director of Baptist Sports Medicine in Nashville, told WebMD.
In the Philippines, heat stroke and dehydration is a serious concern during the summer months. It’s especially a threat to young children and the elderly. Don’t forget to drink more water during the summer season and remind those around you to do so as well.
The recommendations above, however, are not set in stone. If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, for example, you may need to drink more. (Read about how much water you should be drinking here.)
Now, what is the "right kind of water" should you serve your family? Clean water is the best kind, of course, one that does not contain bacteria, viruses, chemicals and other waste particles. Consumption of contaminated water can lead to serious health issues that can be fatal.
The fear of contaminated water has made bottled water the popular choice for many families that inevitably leads to the following question: mineral, purified or distilled? It's entirely your choice for your family. The difference among the three is based on the level of the extensiveness of its cleaning process, bottled water brand Absolute Distilled Drinking Water tells us.
Mineral water comes unprocessed, which makes it filled with various minerals such as calcium and magnesium. It is bottled straight from the source and can be in the form of sparkling or still waters.
Purified water goes through additional processes, which is done to ensure other impurities are removed. Your purified drinking water may come from any source (including tap water) — it just goes through a purification system that functions properly, and the water will almost always be very fit for drinking.
Distilled water has the added step in water filtration that ensures that the water undergoes the most stringent distillation process. This additional process eliminates the minerals and all solid residues from the water source that may include toxic metals and chemicals. It is why bottled distilled water makers like Absolute can make a claim "it is the cleanest and purest water of choice."
Now, if you want to know which kind of bottled water to use for your child's formula or powdered milk, you can use any, but it is best to consult your pediatrician. One of the reasons doctors might recommend distilled or purified water is it is low in fluoride.
According to Mayo Clinic, "exposure to fluoride helps prevent tooth decay during infancy. However, regularly mixing powdered or liquid concentrate formula with fluoridated water might increase your child's risk of developing faint white lines or streaks on the teeth (fluorosis) if these kinds of formula are your child's main source of food."
If your doctor is concerned with fluorosis, then he might recommend distilled or purified water. Mayo Clinic adds this precaution: "However, if you feed your baby only ready-to-feed formula or concentrated formula mixed with low-fluoride water, your baby's doctor might recommend fluoride supplements beginning at 6 months."