Water – The Fountain of Life
Water is the fountain of life on earth. Without water, mammals would become ill and die of dehydration (within about 3 days).
In a 2005 study, 141 contaminants were found in tap water with no enforceable safety limits. This means that there were 141 compounds found in tap water in which we had no idea of the effects on the health of the population.
More than ⅓ of our nation’s lakes, rivers and streams are unsuitable for fishing or swimming due to pollution. Most of the contamination is from sewage, bacteria, run-off from fertilizer, toxic metals, and city sewer discharge.
Tap water is not a sound option when considering what type of water to drink. Recent failures of drinking water systems have resulted in illness and (or) death in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, and Walkerton, Ontario.
For these reasons, I recommend finding an alternative to tap water. There are numerous companies that advertise pure drinking water … so what’s the best source?
Our pure water options are: spring water, distilled water, glacier water, and filtered water.
Keep in mind that the same contaminants that find their way into our lakes and rivers will find their way into spring water. Therefore, in my opinion, spring water is not a good alternative to tap water.
The process of distillation removes all chemicals, minerals and impurities from the water, which works well in a laboratory or hospital setting where sterile water is needed. However, “dead water” is not ideal for human consumption as it may lead to various mineral deficiencies.
Glacier water is a good quality pure source of drinking water. But, let’s face it; there are very few affordable brands of glacier water that can meet all of our drinking and cooking needs. Perhaps if you lived in Alaska or Iceland this may be an option, but in most parts of North America glacier water is not a viable option.
Water Filtration Systems
There are many different water filtration systems available and there is much debate over the best system.
Many systems claim that they alkalize the water to support an alkalized body system. Research exists on the importance of an alkalized diet for good health and I completely support this approach, however, the more important component of good quality water is the purity.
An important question to ask is: does this system filter out contaminants as well as alkalize the water?
Alkalized water is not a good choice if the water alkalized contains contaminants and chemicals such as chlorine, arsenic, PCB’s or THM’s.
The water filtration system that I use is reverse osmosis. Opponents to this filtration system will state that it produces acidic water. I’m not going to argue that point, however, it is proven to filter 92-99.5% of contaminants out of my drinking water – to me this is paramount.
Once I have pure, filtered water I am able to alkalize it by adding chlorophyll, minerals or various other nutraceutical products that will aid in the alkalization process.
Most health care practitioners don’t agree on the optimal water purification system and (of course) each company selling these systems claims to have the superior product.
My advice in choosing a water filtration system is: ensure that it filters a minimum of 90% of the particles in tap water, including organic contaminants and chemicals. Review the research on the product to ensure it is conducted by an unbiased third party – not just an “expert” hired by the company that manufactures the water filtration system.
Lastly, determine how long the company and product has been in business. Ensure there is longevity to the research – meaning if it’s a new, revolutionary filtration system with new research findings, you may want to observe (over a longer period of time) to confirm the research stands the test of time.
Good luck in your search for pure water!
This blog was written by nutritionist Carol Fazari.
Please visit her website at www.carolfazari.com.