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The Water Wars February 8, 2008

Filed under: Family,Health,mothers,Women — crazyhippiemom @ 2:55 am
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Remember the good ‘ole days when quenching your thirst meant nothing more than picking up a glass, turning on the faucet and guzzling down some much needed refreshment?  Yeah, I loved those days too until I read headlines like, “The Coming Water Crisis”, “Is Our Tap Water Toxic?”, and “Lead In Your Tap Water?” Crisis? Toxic? Lead!  Lead is supposed to be in my pencil not my water. So I crossed tap water off my list.  Then I was introduced to distilled water, which, I was told, would render my body toxin-free.  It was the best thing since…well you know.  So I drank and drank nothing but pure distilled water.  Until my eye caught a headline that read, “Early Death Comes From Drinking Distilled Water”.  Are you kidding me?  Death?

Listen, we’re all just trying to do what’s best for our health and our lives as a whole.  We try to make informed decisions when it comes to what we eat, drink and put on our bodies.  We all know that water is essential for life…it shouldn’t participate in ending our lives!  So, in that spirit, I conducted a little investigation which I called The Water Wars.  I’ve researched the “ins and outs” of the most popular types of drinking water, outlining the pros and cons.  Here you’ll find everything you’ve ever wanted to know, and some things you didn’t want to know about the most famous liquid of all time, water.

 Tap Water 

Most tap water comes from subterranean reservoirs and supply all the rural drinking water and nearly half of city drinking water supplies.  This water undergoes a process of sitting in settling tanks, being filtered through sand and gravel, and then being cleaned up by chemicals to prepare it for human consumption.

Pros

  • Readily Available
  • Economical
  • FDA Regulated
  • Contains Dissolved Minerals (calcium, magnesium and potassium)

Cons

  • Contains well over 80 toxic substances including microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, parasites), pesticides and asbestos

 Spring Water 

Spring water occurs naturally and is the water found in surface or underground springs.  When retrieved it is disinfected usually with chlorine and then bottled.  It’s mineral content is based on two factors, the region from which it was retrieved and whether it was a surface or underground spring.

Pros

  • Contains Dissolved Minerals (calcium, magnesium and potassium)
  • FDA Regulated
  • Taste
  • Bottled for convenience

Cons

  • Chlorinated (associated with artery damage and other health risks)
  • Cost

 Filtered Water 

Filtering or purifying water involves the removal of chemicals, metals, or bacteria. There are many models and types of home water filtering/purifying systems to choose from, including carbon filters and reverse osmosis filters. 

 Pros

  • Taste
  • Almost complete removal of contaminants
  • In the long run, more economical than bottled water
  • Some filters remove harmful chemicals while retaining healthy mineral deposits

Cons

  • Bacterial growth on filter
  • Corrosion
  • Initially more costly than other methods (about $300 to $700 per unit)

 Distilled Water 

In order to distill/demineralize water, it is vaporized in one chamber and then condensed into liquid in another chamber.  Most minerals, organisms, and chemicals are removed from the water through this process.

Pros

  • Contains no additives or contaminants
  • Beneficial for detoxification diets
  • Superior choice for scientific experiments, laboratory and industrial uses
  • Excellent for making herbal teas

Cons

  • When ingested causes rapid loss of electrolytes
  • When used for cooking, lowers the nutritional value of foods
  • Associated with cardiovascular disease
  • Causes mineral deficiencies

 Mineral Water 

Mineral water contains a high level of dissolved minerals.  This water comes from and is bottled at identified and protected sources. 

Pros

  • Balances electrolytes and minerals in the body
  • Has antifungal and antibacterial properties
  • Assists in cleansing and breakdown of waste material in the body
  • Contains no additives, except in some cases carbon dioxide for sparkling water

Cons

  • Taste
  • Cost

As you can see, there’s a lot to choose from out there.  A few things to keep in mind when selecting drinking water are:

Daily Use

  • Spring Water
  • Filtered Water
  • Mineral Water

Dieting or Detoxification

·        Spring Water

·        Filtered Water

·        Distilled Water

·        Mineral Water

     

      Fasting

           

·        Spring Water

·        Filtered Water

·        Mineral Water

Neither groundwater nor surface water has ever been chemically pure, since water contains small amounts of gases, minerals and organic matter of natural origin.  Water contamination is inescapable, however, consider your options and make the most appropriate choice for you and your family.  Use your knowledge to get the most you can out of the water you drink.

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One Response to “The Water Wars”

  1. Codex standards for natural mineral water states that water should be obtained directly from natural or drilled sources from underground water-bearing strata and collected under conditions which guarantee the original natural bacteriological purity. It should be bottled at the point of emergence of the source with particular hygienic precautions and should not be subjected to any chemical treatment. NATURAL MINERAL WATER is the THE ELIXIR OF LIFE.


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