Are You Drinking Healthy Water?
Healthy drinking water is essential for a healthy life. 75% of our body weight is water, without it we would die in a few days. Our brains are 55%, our blood is 82% and our lungs are 90%. A 2% drop can trigger signs of dehydration. We feel tired and sluggish and our mental and physical performance becomes reduced: we suffer a fuzzy short-term memory, and difficulty with simple maths and focusing on small print. Sound familiar? Water also keeps our skin looking healthy. Our skin acts as a reservoir for the whole body and when it gets dehydrated it looks dry and loose.
So that’s why we need water, but which is the healthiest water? Tap? Bottled? Filtered? Does it even matter?
There are essentially two things to consider about drinking water
- Purity and
Let’s look at the types of drinking water available in terms of their purity and sustainability.
From the Tap
It’s there for all of us to drink. Regardless of what you read below about contaminants, it its ALWAYS better to drink from the tap than not drink at all. If it’s all you have – drink it!
Now consider this: Over the years we have introduced more than 75,000 toxic chemicals into our environment, and our planet re-uses the same water over and over again. Our water is being contaminated by industry, agriculture and individuals, and these contaminants circulate in our planet’s hydrological system. This means that any toxic substance we use will one day wind up in the water we drink.
Our drinking water is also treated with chlorine to prevent bacterial disease, fluoride to prevent tooth decay, and it picks up lead when it travels through old lead pipes. While we are fortunate to have clean water running from our taps, this is not our healthiest option.
Here are three good reasons not to buy and drink the bottled stuff:
- 40% of all bottled water is drawn from a civic water system. It is the same stuff that we get from our taps.
- It is expensive. You can pay from $1 to $4 a gallon for a top brand.
- It is bad for the environment. Plastic bottles and transportation, sometimes from across the globe, are unnecessary and produce unnecessary c02.
Filtered Tap Water
Filtered tap water is the most economical way to get pure and great tasting water for just pennies a day. There are ‘whole-house’ filters that are installed at the mains so even the shower has filtered water. These are especially good for people with chlorine allergies and dry skin. And there are ‘point-of-use’ filters that are installed right at the actual tap. These are best for older houses with lead pipes because it filters right at point of use. There are also table top filtering systems like the well known Brita pitcher filter, these are handy, but least effective in terms of purification.
There are two categories of filter systems: carbon filtration and reverse osmosis.
Carbon filters are very effective at removing toxins and are excellent value for money. Reverse osmosis filtering systems tend to be higher priced, but claim to be more effective. However, many people prefer carbon filters as it is thought that reverse osmosis systems also removes healthy minerals.
The Healthiest Water
When looking at purity and sustainability, filtered tap water comes out on top. Carbon filtering systems deliver the best value for money. Aquasana is a leading carbon filter manufacturer and sells ‘whole-house’ and ‘point-of-use’ systems at very reasonable prices. They even make a shower filter that attaches right to your shower head. The filters are really easy to install and come with complete instructions. Aquasana also has very reasonable prices.
Amazon always has a great selection of Aquasana and other filtering systems for the best prices.
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