Unless you’ve been living, well, in a well, you know that bottled water is OUT for a number of reasons (BPA in the plastic, too much plastic as it is, fossil fuels burned in transport, to name three). Fracking, fluoride, chlorine and toxic pollutants make our tap water a frightful slurry most lips find no thrill in sipping. But is filtering enough? What’s the best water to be drinking to avoid toxins, and for optimal hydration? Let’s have a look.
Distilled: Vaporized to remove any residues, it’s purified, often tap water, but the purification leaves it void of valuable mineral solids.
Reverse osmosis and deionized waters: Hyper filtered and usually highly acidic. They can also contain bacteria and other pathogens.
Ozonation: Removes bacteria (instead of chlorine), but other impurities may remain.
Filtered waters: Great for showering in as the skin absorbs 60 percent of what’s put on it (and those toxins can seep in to cause internal damage as well as create topical skin and hair conditions). Filters can be easily fitted to purify all water coming into your house. Look for those that remove particles larger than 1 micron.
It doesn’t take a genius to realize that any water (or food!) requiring a lot of time in a machine in order to be “ready” for you to drink it, is the least natural. For drinking, the best option is natural water from wells or springs. Wells are holes drilled into property grounds where fresh water is pumped to the surface. Spring water flows up on its own, and both are usually rich in minerals like silica, calcium, phosphorous and magnesium. Rather than a Brita, rocks and minerals filter spring and well water, taking out impurities and leaving minerals essential for our health. It’s easier to find a local spring source than you may think, too. Check out Findaspring’s website — a community created database of natural springs around the world.
Companies like Mountain Valley Spring Water deliver (in glass!) pure spring water to your door, too. Be careful of brands that misuse “spring” in their name (like Poland or Arrowhead Spring), which may be bottled tap or filtered water. It’s a big decision choosing to have fossil-fuel burning trucks deliver water to your door, but you can also look at it this way: We’re a lot luckier than a lot of people on the planet. Big decisions rest on our country and our conscience. If we’re not healthy, it’s even more difficult to help those who need us most.
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