Waters – Are they all created equal?
Water – without it, we would literally not survive. Our bodies are made up of over 65% water, with our brains containing over 85%. Startling, right? Here’s another shocker – Although we are buying more bottled water than ever, it is estimated that approximately 75% of our society is dehydrated – leading to many health conditions, including cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
Some fast facts about water:
- Amount recommended: Institute of Medicine recommends that we drink 8-10 glasses ( 8oz glass) of water/day. If exercising, even more is recommended.
- Where does your water come from? Your tap water can come from either a well or municipal water source. Municipal water has usually been treated, processed and disinfected – then purified with chlorine and fluoride. To check the quality of your local water: go to https://water.epa.gov/drink/local.
I visited this site and looked up drinking water contaminants and National Primary Drinking water Regulations. I was shocked to find a lengthy list of contaminants – with their maximum contaminant levels- and a range of substances that Mother Nature surely never intended to be in water. These ranged from microorganisms, disinfectants, disinfection byproducts, inorganic chemicals, organic chemicals to radionuclides. YIKES!!
- Bottled water – may be convenient on the go, but not the best for our environment. Most bottled water comes in plastic bottles which can leach dangerous toxins from the plastic ( BPA’s) into the water. In addition, over 80% of plastic bottles do not get recycled in the US and end up in landfills.
A few tips to start with:
Firstly, investigate into getting a good quality whole house water filter which will remove the worst contaminants from your tap water without removing the naturally occurring minerals needed for optimal health. These usually range from $ 1200- $3000.
Secondly, consider getting a water filter (counter-top, under the sink or pitcher). These are effective at removing contaminants as well.
Here’s a link that I found to Consumer Reports guide regarding various water filters: www.consumerreports.org/cro/water-filters/buying-guide.htm
Thirdly, understand different ways to get “purified water”. This water starts out as water, either from a well or municipal source and is then purified to remove any chemicals or contaminants. Types of purification include:
- Reverse osmosis
- Carbon filtration
One disadvantage of purified water is that certain beneficial minerals may be taken out as well as the potentially harmful chemicals.
How to Get Hydrated:
This naturally refreshing water has a slightly nutty taste, contains sugar and electrolytes. It has fewer calories, less sodium, and more potassium than many sports drinks. One 11-ounce container of coconut water contains 60 calories so diluting this with regular water will cut down on the sugar content. Beware that certain brands of coconut water add extra sugar or fruit juices.
I hadn’t heard of this one before! Apparently, maple water is the new baby in the water market. Maple water comes from the sap of a maple tree in its pure form. This sap water is then boiled being boiled down to become the syrup that we slather onto our pancakes. Maple water contains maintain phytonutrients, including polyphenols and lignans which have cancer-fighting properties.
What should you do?
For now, please stay posted and follow me on this journey as we search for the best water for optimal health and hydration. Please feel free to send in your comments and suggestions!