What is the difference between mineral water and tap water? How important are minerals to the body and in the hydration process?
Does tap water contain minerals?
In France, tap water is safe to drink. However, many received ideas still circulate about it, which pushes the population to buy bottled mineral water, which is more expensive and less ecological. First, remember that most tap water in France is free of any microbial contamination thanks to its chlorine content, in quantities that are not harmful to the human body. This chlorine treatment does not alter the mineral content of this type of water, which it has acquired through contact with soils and rocks throughout its natural course. It is therefore a very good source of potassium, magnesium, fluorine etc.
You can therefore consume this water without fear, especially since it is a very good gesture for the environment: France is among the first 5 countries in the world to generate plastic bottle waste, even that it has running drinking water in almost all of its municipalities. Especially since there are now many ways to improve the experience of drinking tap water! For example, you can use glass carafes in which you place ceramic pearls to sanitize your tap water and thus reduce the slight aftertaste it tends to have.
How important are minerals for metabolism?
Minerals are inorganic substances essential to the proper functioning of our body. Among the most important are sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, chlorine, phosphorus and sulfur. Their total mass thus represents more than 4% of the total weight of a person! Among other things, they play a role in the constitution of the organism, as well as in activating enzymatic reactions. For example, magnesium is involved in energy metabolism, but also in that of calcium and potassium, as well as in the functioning of the nervous and muscular system.
To properly cover your mineral salt needs, you must make sure you have a varied diet and stay well hydrated on a daily basis . Their homeostasis can however be unbalanced by intense diarrhea or vomiting (loss of minerals) or during excessive intake, two situations that can lead to significant health problems. In these cases, it is necessary to consult a doctor in order to remedy it as soon as possible.
What are the symptoms if you don't drink enough?
Water is an essential element for human survival. Indeed, our body is made up of 65% of it and our various organs and cells need it to be able to function properly. If you forget to drink, or don't take the time to do it properly, many symptoms will appear. At first, you will feel thirsty and dry in the mouth, sometimes accompanied by headaches, fatigue and cramps. Concentrated urine will then be observed, and the ability to concentrate will also be reduced. If more severe dehydration sets in, the symptoms will be much more serious: the kidneys will no longer have the ability to function properly and eliminate waste from the body. In the event of loss of the volume of water greater than 10% of an individual's weight, he risks seeing his vital organs fail and falling into a coma. It is therefore a vital emergency that must be treated intravenously in order to restore sufficient circulatory volume.
How can Hydratis help you?
In order to maintain good hydration on a daily basis , it is therefore necessary to ensure that you drink regularly, and in large quantities: the objective is to consume at least 1.5 liters of water per day! Note that this volume must systematically be increased in the event of high temperatures or moderate to intense sports practice. But that's not all, hydration is also provided by food! To optimize this part, consume fruits and vegetables at will, whose water content is very high, in addition to the benefits they bring in terms of vitamins and fibers.
Finally, if you feel dehydrated, or if you want to prevent dehydration caused by physical activity or alcoholic evenings, you can help yourself with commercial rehydration solutions, sold in pharmacies. Among the different options, you can opt for tablets from the different Hydratis ranges, which, added to your water bottle, will help you fill up with essential trace elements and significantly increase water absorption by the body. !
In 2022, we tend to forget to drink properly as our daily lives are hectic. However, good hydration is the basis of a healthy body, and of mental and physical well-being! Don't ignore it anymore!