Water should be simple. We all drink and need water to live and consume it every day. Over 75% of the human body is made up of water and it’s used by virtually every cell and system to help us function and live.
Since our lives depend on water, we should all be paying attention to where it comes from and what’s in it. It’s sad we have to do this in the first place, but unfortunately, so many of our waterways in the US and worldwide have been contaminated by factory, chemical, fertilizer and sewage runoffs. These are just a few well studied and documents causes. Just last summer, the Environmental Protection Agency released confirmation that fracking does contaminate water, in case you had any doubts.
The most recently known water incidences in Flint, Michigan and in Durango, Colorado that turned into a terrifying state of emergency for those in the areas are not unique or rare. In fact, several months ago, an old sewage pipe broke in my hometown of Satellite Beach, Florida dumping over a million gallons of raw sewage into the Banana River (Indian River Lagoon) causing the largest fish kill that the locals can remember. Events like this affect all life forms, often killing and destroying entire ecosystems.
[Aerial view of the Atlantic Ocean (top) and the Indian River Lagoon (bottom). Photo Credit: J. Geehan]
The river has since cleared up and the everyday tourist would have no idea this event even occurred and I can’t help but wonder what bacteria or chemicals still remain in the river and now the surrounding areas in the ocean where it empties into.
My point: you can never be too careful about where your water comes from and how it is treated.
Although the water coming out of our taps is “filtered”, has added minerals and appears to be very clean, it’s far from it. I could write for days about all of the chemicals and “minerals” in our water, where they come from, and all of their negative effects on the human body, but I’d rather just simply show you what is distilled out of my tap water every day.
[Image shows home distiller (left) and remains after distilling regular tap water (right)]
It doesn’t end there. Just because you buy bottled water doesn’t get you off the hook. The bottled water doesn’t necessarily have all the benefits that water should have for your body. For water to really help cleanse and feed your body, it is best for it to be more alkaline water without the other chemicals. In general, anything above neutral is beneficial, but I like to think the higher the pH, the better! The only water I’ve found to truly have a higher pH are ones like Fiji, Icelandic, Essentia, Evian, etc.
While these are better options, buying bottled water is expensive and all that plastic isn’t doing anyone any good. I personally use a water distiller. You can buy them for a good price on Amazon. They may seem expensive at about $200 for a 1gallon home unit but distillers are a lot more economical than paying for bottled water and are certainly more eco-friendly. The high-end filtration systems available for home use can’t compete with my distilled-at-home water.
Water distillers essentially remove everything from water, leaving it in its purest form. The bad part about this is that pure water is very reactive and will bind to carbon dioxide when exposed to air, making your body more acidic., or the electrolytes and minerals in your body, which you need and want to keep in. This is fixed by simply adding a little baking soda and pink salt to your water for alkalinity and minerals (I use 1/8 tsp baking soda and 1/4 tsp pink salt per gallon of distilled water). They make it less reactive and best of all, you know exactly what’s in your water!
I used to be resistant to the idea that my water wasn’t clean and it wasn’t until I stayed at my sister’s house for a full week until I finally realized what good, clean water was supposed to taste and feel like. She had me drinking her 9.5 pH water everyday and within a week alone I noticed my skin got better, my head was less foggy (and I didn’t think it was before this), digestive system functioned better and I just felt good overall.
If there’s one thing we can do for our bodies, let it be to supply it with good, clean water-we depend on it!