What You Need to Know About Water!
By Scott Mitchell Atkins
A few years ago, water became a topic of concern for me. My mom was diagnosed with cancer, and she thought it could be related to bottled water, which she had been regularly consuming. Like her, many have learned about the connection of BPA (Bisphenol A) in plastic containers to cancer. I too became curious, but it was not until I endured a traumatic car wreck and sustained severe whiplash that a change in my water made all the difference. While healing, I discover many rarely known miraculous properties of water. For a couple of years now, I’ve been studying and learning about our blue planet’s most vital resource. This article will shed light on some uncommon facts about bottled water and offer tips for how we can make more conscious decisions that will improve our health, our pocket and ultimately, our planet.
Every day, someone you know is consuming and disposing a plastic water bottle. In this country alone, our daily plastic bottle waste could probably fill every room in your home from floor to ceiling several dozens of times. Try YouTubing “Plastic Ocean” and watch what comes up. Ocean currents carry plastic waste from different continents to several regions where this waste accumulates. In the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii, there swirls a gyre (rotating ocean current) greater than twice the size of Texas and as deep as 90 feet. Birds and marine life that come in contact with it are threatened every day. “
Most bottled water is merely municipal tap water. Waters that claim to be from a natural pristine geological source are still bottled in plastic. Not only are these claims misleading, but even if there were true the integrity of the water is compromised when its container becomes hot and the chemicals in the plastic leach into the liquid. What’s worse is these petroleum-based plastic bottles have an estimated lifespan of 800 to 2,000 years or more and to produce it is quite wasteful. Bringing a one-liter plastic bottle filled with water to market requires 1/4 liter of oil and 3 liters of water. These plastic bottles are transported via freight ships and trucks around the globe in fluctuating seasonal temperatures (sometimes hot!) and shipping containers that range from freezing temperatures to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
Many bottles of water are consumed 1-3 years after being bottled, making it highly susceptible for contamination from phthalates, BPA and other harsh chemicals. Besides potentially harmful health effects and the more visible effects of plastic waste, bottled water costs an average of 14,200 times more than tap water over fifteen years. Despite what has been marketed to us, in many ways the end product is less regulated than water delivered from your tap.
For those of your who feel uncomfortable with your city’s tap water, there are better options than bottled water. I’ve found that re-usable bottles such as Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Bottles and LifeFactory Glass Bottles are some of the greatest products I’ve ever bought! They offer the convenience of pure hydration on a daily basis.
What water should I use to fill my reusable bottles?
Filtered Tap Water… And this is why.
There is no denying that we pollute our planet’s water. Think about all the stuff we put down the drain, flush, rinse off, and then think about the commercial entities that do the same things. While the utility industry does their best to reclaim and cleanse this water through multiple treatment processes, even delivering minerals back into the water to create a neutral to slightly alkaline product, there are technologies today that can change your water to make it healthier. Try filtering tap water with a carbon and/or a KDF filter. Gravity-flow chlorine filters, such as Brita, are some of the most inexpensive methods to remove chlorine, but they do very little to remove other contaminants. Tap water is federally regulated to be above 7.0 (neutral) pH, because if our tap water were acidic, it would corrode city pipes. Beyond that it’s up to us to satisfy removal of trace contaminants or change the pH for more health benefits. Multi-Pure brand filters are NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) certified to remove more contaminants than any other filters sold in the US, they are sold in over 30 countries as well. This is what I use and recommend. Besides removing contaminants, filtration cannot transform your water to a more basic (alkaline) pH to deliver optimal health benefits during hydration. This water is known as Ionized Water. To create ionized water, water from the tap flows through a strong electro-magnetic field, which causes the water to restructure into alkaline, antioxidant, micro-clustered, mineral-charged, cell-hydrating drinking water. Disease can not live in an alkaline body, and our bodies are made of over 70% water. The quality and quantity of the water we drink affects our health more than any other single variable that we can change. Ionized water is the first recommendation by the American Anti-Cancer Institute, and the unit I choose is a licensed Japanese medical device used in over 250 Japanese hospitals. They have been prescribing it for over 35 years.
You can also eliminate all of your chemical cleaners with this technology. To learn more about that, visit http://www.ionizedwaterfaq.com/ionized-water-for-cooking-and-cleaning/. Reverse osmosis, distilled, deionized water is stripped of all minerals and chemicals. This water is “hungry” and will actually seek and leach minerals from your own body. It is often times very acidic and very oxidizing and aging. This of your cells rusting, in fact it’s like disease fertilizer. If this is all you have available, add minerals like Himalayan salt or Celtic Sea salt to cause the ions in the water to become hydrolyzed. When consumed the hydrolyzed water will actually support deeper cellular hydration. When at a restaurant, try adding a porous fruit or vegetable such as lemons, orange, cucumber, or watermelon. Not only will the food absorb the chlorine, but citrus fruit will help to alkalize your body. Remember, disease can’t live in an alkaline body.
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