As part of Our Daily Bread, an article about daily nourishment, water is the number one ingredient. It goes without saying that we cannot live without it. But there’s more to water than just purity. Let’s explore forms, purity, filtration, sources and how much we need daily for optimal health.
How Much Water?
Consider consuming at least one-half of your body weight in ounces of pure water daily. For example, someone who weighs 150 lbs needs at least 75 oz. of water daily (more with exertion/stress). I use Eldorado water for drinking and cooking and tap water for cleaning. (Some people alkalize drinking water with several drops of lemon or lime juice, apple cider vinegar, chemically, or through countertop equipment (ionized alkaline water). Note: avoid doing so around mealtimes, so that your stomach and digestive tract can sustain the acidic pH it requires to digest food.)
While our Colorado mountain-supplied tap water has been chlorinated to purify and kill microbes, some municipalities in the US recycle water. What about all the industrial chemicals and prescription drugs flushed into the water system? Do they attempt to remove 100% of trace amounts of chemicals and pharmaceuticals? Is it even possible? I wonder.
Active charcoal carbon filters remove chlorine, sediment, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), taste and odor from water. They are not effective at removing minerals, salts, and dissolved inorganic compounds. Reverse osmosis is effective for filtering dissolved inorganic solids (such as salts), heavy metals, uranium, chlorine, and fluoride.
Colorado’s Eldorado Springs has some of the purest waters in the world. Eldorado water has been tested to be some of the purest and best tasting spring water in the US. Steam distilled water is pure too, but some experts believe that it should not be consumed for prolonged periods since it leaches minerals from the body, and this can contribute to reduced bone density, and its medical term, osteoporosis, among many other mineral-deficient disease states.
Water for Drinking
I purchase Eldorado water in 5 gallon bottles from Natural Grocers and place them atop a ceramic dispenser on a stand in my kitchen. I trust my bottles have not had much sun exposure and I sterilize my dispenser monthly. Remember that excess sun and heat can cause harmful chemicals in the walls of plastic water bottles to migrate into the water. While the thicker and harder plastic bottles reduce this risk, using sterilized glass or stainless steel containers eliminates this risk.
Water Filtration for the Home
While some people invest in multi-stage whole house filters, I relocate too often to make such an investment. So I use an Enviro Products Shower Filter Cartridge to remove chlorine and purify tap water before it hits my skin in the shower. After all, our skin is the body’s largest organ. And I use their 10 Stage Water Filter under the kitchen sink to purify tap water when I rinse my produce, nuts, seeds and sprouts. I buy these filters from Amazon.com.
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