Tuesday, January 26, 2016

What kind of water is safe to drink?

Water is truly our fluid of life—and after about a week without it, you’d be pushing up daisies.

But the earth’s water supply is in crisis, and residents of Flint, Michigan and Sebring, Ohio just got reminded of that in a horrible way with lead contamination in their tap water.

Depending on where you live, your municipal tap water may contain any or all of the following toxic substances:
  • Bacteria, viruses and parasites
  • Chlorine and chloramines
  • Heavy metals, asbestos, nitrates and nitrites
  • Solvents, pesticides, plastics and resins
  • Radio nucleotides such as radium and uranium
  • Fluoride—Although it’s been hailed for allegedly reducing cavities in children’s teeth, research links fluoridated water consumption to thyroid dysfunction, ADHD, reduced IQ, bone fluorosis, increased bone fracture rates and endocrine disruption.  The risk of cavities can be significantly reduced with proper nutrition including vitamin D.
  • Medication residue--Yes, this is real.  When “Nature” calls for people on medications, their “products of excrement” frequently contain medication residue, which eventually can make its way into tap water supplies.  This has happened in the Hudson River in New York.
Other sources of water
There are sources of water other than tap, but they too have their drawbacks:

Well water can contain heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides and hydrocarbons (gasoline by-products). 

Spring water may have some chlorine added as a disinfectant.

Bottled water is filtered through processes which could include reverse osmosis, ultraviolet light, distillation, micron filtration and ozonation. Water bottlers may use chlorine for purification. 

Filtered water (or purified water) involves the removal of harmful components of water by carbon filtration, reverse osmosis or distillation. 

Here are common contaminants found in drinking water, and which common type of filtration removes each:
ContentSolid carbon filterReverse OsmosisDistillation
ChlorineRemovesNot removedRemoves
FluorideNot removedRemovesRemoves
BacteriaRemovesRemovesRemoves
ParasitesRemovesRemovesRemoves
PesticidesRemovesRemovesRemoves
SolventsRemovesNot removedNot removed
Heavy metalsPossibly removedRemovesRemoves
Basic mineralsNot removedRemovesRemoves
 
So what do you drink?
Clearly it’s preferable to drink water that you either know is reasonably safe (through having it tested—such as with well or spring water) or water with some kind of filtration, whether that’s bottled or through home filtration. 

That being said, in addition to drinking your water, you can also…

Eat your water
Fresh fruits and vegetables not only give your body much-needed nutrients, but they’re a great source of water (and fiber too!).

At least half of what’s on your plate should be fresh fruits and vegetables. 

Also, commit to eating one tossed salad each day.  But note that “salad” means an assortment of greens and other vegetables—not a tired old lettuce leaf or two buried under mounds of potato and macaroni salad, cheese, croutons and bacon bits. (I can read your mind.)

Help your body recover from tap water 
Dangerous substances you take in with contaminated water (including tap water) not only can make you ill, but they wreak havoc with your intestinal flora too.

The friendly bacteria in your system assist with digestion, house most of your immune system and keep harmful bacteria under control.  But when they are undermined by dangerous toxins, they can’t do their important jobs…and your health can suffer as a result. 

A nutritious diet is step one, but since so many other factors (like stress, medications, toxins, smoking and inadequate sleep) can throw off your flora balance, diet may not always be enough.
That’s why probiotic supplementation can be so health-supporting to so many people.

Probiotics help to repopulate your supply of intestinal good guys and support their efforts in keeping your immune system sharp, encouraging sound digestion and keeping harmful inhabitants in check.
 
Water is truly the fluid of life.

So be sure to not only get enough for your needs, but help make it health-enhancing (not health-harming), get food sources of water, and of course help your gut recover from the effects of contaminated water so it can continue to protect you!

23 comments:

  1. This is a useless article. It tells you nothing about how to get good water or what brands or types of filtration systems to use. Not everything is remedied by, eat a salad and have some fruit. Do some research and give some good information instead of regurgitated useless info. Thanks

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    1. Absolutely agree and had the same thought after I wasted my time reading the exact same info I have read before. Was hoping to see a comparison on bottled water companies, etc., on which brands are more alkaline than others. Agreed, useless waste of my time.

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    2. Sherry ignored a leading cause of Cancer, 3 Polonium isotopes produced by Radon found in tap and bottled water. Why?

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  2. This is a useless article. It tells you nothing about how to get good water or what brands or types of filtration systems to use. Not everything is remedied by, eat a salad and have some fruit. Do some research and give some good information instead of regurgitated useless info. Thanks

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    1. We are very sorry that you are displeased with the article, however some people are not aware of the contaminates in various sources of water so the information would be helpful to those people. The chart within the article does give information with regards to what filtration will be effective. It would be up to the individual at that point to decide what will be best for them. I hope you have a wonderful day!

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  3. A reverse osmosis system that includes a solid carbon filter will remove all of the contaminents listed. Include the diet Sherry recommends and the body can feel better.

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    1. Reverse Osmosis also removes the natural minerals from the water which are necessary to good health & what your body is made of. Should only be used where the water is heavily mineralized such as some well water or extracting from salt water. A good solid block (one that really works)is best for municipality treated water. To find one that is of good quality, ask to see independent test results and certificates from state agencies

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  4. Completely agree with unknown. Useless article. Anyone who has done even a little research has this knowledge. Take a stand. What do you use Sherry? And why ? RO or distillation ?

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  5. It's obvious what is needed by just looking at the analysis. A carbon filter with either distillation or RO will cover everything listed. Choose the combination that is easiest for you.

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  6. Your Great Taste No Pain books advise squeezing lemon juice into glasses of tap water in order to help with the acidity in the water. I have faithfully done this for several years and wonder why you have not repeated this advise here.

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    1. You are absolutely correct, Patricia! Having fresh lemon in your water will help with acidity, however this article more so addresses possible contaminates and gives some suggestions on filtration that can be even more helpful too! I hope you have a wonderful day.

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  7. please list the water brands that are good to drink

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  8. Walmart has reverse osmosis water near there door that we fill our bottles with. This seems to say that it is bad too. Carbon Filter is listed as bad too? We are very sick, so what is the best then? and what minerals should be added that are taken out in the process of cleaning it ? Does she sell them? Who does ?

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    1. Thanks for commenting Janet! This would be a decision to be made by the individual. Whichever filtration you're most comfortable with, which you can even determine through testing through your local water treatment facility if you're so inclined. We cannot offer brand endorsement, we can only provide the information and your personal steps are totally up to you. We hope you have a wonderful day!

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  9. Is bottled drinking water about the safest? Are those companies being checked by the health department?

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    1. No, the FDA continues to ignore Congress' directive to adopt standards of the Safe Drinking Water Act, including the Radionuclides Rule of 1976

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  11. What about if you live in the UK any advise on water for us please thanks

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  12. Bottled water is filtered through processes which could include reverse osmosis, ultraviolet light, distillation, micron filtration and ozonation. Water bottlers may use chlorine for purificationreverse osmosis water

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    1. If you Google "Radium and Radon in bottled water" you will find test results showing bottled water is allowed to violate the EPA's Radionuclides Rule of 1976

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  13. Reverse Osmosis does not remove dissolved Radon gas. Radon water exiting such filters will become contaminated with Polonium-218 in less than an hour. Po-218 produces radioactive isotopes of Lead, Bismuth, Po-214 & Po-210, as well as high energy Helium nuclei called Alpha particles. All of Radon's decay products cause cancer.

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