This is Highland Glen Park in my hometown. I have been going to this spot since I was a kid. It is so beautiful. The water is so clean and full of fish. There are always ducks to feed and tons of trails. Put me next to a body of water and I’m in heaven.

Water The Source of Life

Every living thing on this planet needs water to survive. 70% of the Earth itself is covered by water. On average our bodies are made up of 60% water. When you put that into perspective, I think we could all agree, the main thing we should be consuming in our diets is water.

PMGK’s “Tall glass of Water” at our favorite date night restaurant.

What kind of Water Should we Drink?

When you take a look at the options for buying water it can look very overwhelming. You may ask, why are there so many different kinds of water? The answer is simple. 97% of the Earths water is undrinkable. Every city has it’s process of filtering the water and making it ready for consumption. The fact that the water needs to be prepared for drinking makes for a really good selling market. So how do you choose what kind of water to drink? In my opinion it’s a matter of preference because the controversy of options is just too great. I personally recommend distilled or alkalized water above all others. I used to work for a nutrition company and I learned that all water is made up of dissolved solids. Distilled water has the least parts per million of those dissolved solids. Just to put that into a little perspective bottled water has about 25 parts per million and tap water has anywhere from 200-300. The benefits of having the water distilled is that the less dissolved solids it has the more of a negative charge it has. So when you drink it the positively charged minerals in your body get pulled out with the water. No other water does this. Add Alkalized water to the equation and you can balance your bodies pH levels. I could really go on about this forever. There is so much information to be learned but I hope this gives you an idea that not all water is made the same. You have to decide which kind is going to be best for you and your bodies needs.

Plastic or Glass

Plastic Water Bottles vs. Glass

For a while there we used to buy plastic water bottles. If you buy them by the case they are pretty cheep and they are so convenient to just drink and toss. I’ve noticed that my family will drink more water if I have the fridge stocked with water bottles. I really do prefer them, however, my conscience gets to me. I know I’m being wasteful. If it wasn’t for my yoga teacher who noticed my wastefulness, I’d probably still be carrying my plastic bottles around. She surprised me one day and bought me a reusable glass water bottle.

Shopping for our water system and reusable jugs.

The Water We Drink

We are always looking for ways to save money here in the PMGK and we decided it was time to buy a water system. I’m sure some of you are questioning why not tap water? I went over that a little bit before but the real reason is taste. The tap water in our city is horrible and the taste is not something we are willing to tolerate. So we researched a few different water systems and we decided on one that was cost effective and convenient for us. We can refill the water bottles for a fraction of the cost that we were paying before. Now if you want to take my advice and alkalize your water there are a few different ways you can do it. You can buy pH drops which can be a little pricey or you can make your own concoction. Add 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda to 8 ounces of water. That simple and it’s alkalized. I think the important thing to remember here is that you get enough water in your diet. My simple rule is drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day.