Go with the flow

Go with the flow

Thursday, March 17, 2022


Imagine it: A cool, zero-calorie refreshing drink that improves thinking, mood and digestive health. There’s no need to look far! This “wonder drink” is water – the most common fluid on Planet Earth.  

Check out more reasons to drink it up!  


Everyone should drink water everyday 


  • Daily fluid intake recommendations vary by several factors. 

  • Men should consume an average of about 3.7 liters (125 ounces) of water daily, or 15 cups. 

  • Women should consume about 2.7 liters (91 ounces) of water daily, or 11 cups. 

  • Women pregnant or breastfeeding should consume about 13 cups daily.  


Water is essential to our health 


  • Our bodies are made mostly of water. 

  • 83%of our lungs is water.  

  • 73% of our hearts and brains is water.  

  • 31% of bones is water. 

  • 76% of our kidneys and muscles is water. 


Drinking water doesn’t have to be dull  


  • Drinking more water can be easy. 

  • Add berries or slices of lime, lemon, or cucumber to water. 

  • Add a splash of 100% juice. 

  • Keep a jug or bottles of cold water in the fridge. 

  • Carry a reusable water bottle and refill it throughout the day. 


Best low-calorie water alternative  


  • Plain coffee or teas – a healthy diet may include moderate caffeine consumption, or three to five cups daily. 

  • Sparkling water  

  • Non-alcohol seltzers  

  • Flavored waters 


What’s the difference between bottled waters?  


  • Spring: Spring water must be collected from an underground source at the spring or through a borehole tap.  

  • Purified: Purified water is highly treated through distillation, deionization or other approved processes. 

  • Mineral: Mineral water is natural water with a constant level and relative proportion of mineral and trace elements – containing no less than 250 parts per million of dissolved solids. No minerals are added. 

  • Artesian: Artesian water is derived from a well tapping a specific layer of rock or sand. 


When should private well water be tested?  


  • Test private wells annually for total coliform bacteria, nitrates, total dissolved solids and pH levels.  

  • When small children, elderly adults or someone pregnant or nursing is living in the house. 

  • If there are known problems with groundwater or drinking water in the area. 

  • When conditions near the well have changed significantly such as flooding, land disturbances, and new construction or industrial activity. 

  • Whenever any part of the well system is repaired or replaced. 

  • If there is a noticeable change in the water’s odor, color or taste. 


Genesis HealthCare System’s Health and Wellness content conveniently provides accurate and helpful information. Your health history and current health may impact suggestions provided through our Health and Wellness content. Although we hope this information is helpful, it is not a substitute for your doctor's medical advice. Before making any significant changes, please consult your doctor.