Drinking enough water is an important part of any body-mind wellness program and, ideally, we want to drink half of our body weight in ounces of fresh, delicious water daily.
I talk about water with my students and clients a lot and what I hear repeatedly is that people don’t really trust their water! We live in a region of the world with very clean, plentiful water, and yet, many people have been lured toward drinking water from plastic bottles.
Bottled water is often not as health-providing as we believe it to be. It’s more regulated now than it was 30 years ago, which has led to only the large producers surviving the cut. The problem is now the “over-purification” of most bottled water—where the life-providing goodness has been removed right along with the toxins. And then just a few isolated minerals are added back in.
OK, so what about water filters?
A more powerful health-providing solution is to own an excellent water filter. A high quality water filter is also far cheaper than buying bottled water.
Now, some hear 'water filter' and immediately think of a pitcher-type or a little contraption attached to the faucet, but these two styles actually do little or nothing to remove the toxins and heavy metals that people are concerned about in our public drinking water.
The pitcher-style and faucet attachment filters make our water much more expensive and don't really provide us with the clean water we think they do. And sometimes, they can even make our water worse for us. For now, I’ll just share a couple potential issues with them, though there are many. (That's a post for another time.)
Most pitcher-style filters are charcoal-filled and, just like water runs down the side of the road and causes channels where the water flows, the water channels through the charcoal in the filter, causing open airways that are prone to breeding bacteria. To remedy this problem, silver dust is commonly added to the charcoal in an attempt to prevent bacteria from breeding. Unfortunately, that only works to some degree and leads to the concern that silver can accumulate in the body—acting more like a heavy metal than a trace nutrient.
And then there's the plastic itself...
And the manufacturers recommend that the plastic pitcher get thoroughly cleaned quite regularly, yet I’ve never known anybody to clean it on that intended schedule. So the water is sitting in this unclean pitcher and can become a breeding ground for all sorts of contaminants and microorganisms. (This also speaks to the reason why it’s not a good idea to re-use plastic bottles for drinking water.)
I can give you lots more specific information about what might be best for you in a free, short water consultation. In about 15-20 minutes you'll have a good idea of whether your current water choices supply you with health-providing water, or if you may prefer to upgrade. You can easily schedule one with me now.
What About Old Pipes?
One of the biggest problems with most people's tap water is our old pipes. Many of them are made from, or welded together with, what we now know are seriously toxic heavy metals. Multipure® filters remove these toxins, along with most of the pollution and contaminants from commercial food crops and other big industry.
These are point-of-source filters, meaning that they only filter the water that you’re going to drink, cook with, and share with pets and plants, because we don’t need to filter our cleaning and bathroom water.
Our fresh, clean drinking water costs only about eight cents per gallon, which is a far cry from the prices we pay for bottled or poorly filtered water to sit in plastic, and not necessarily serve our needs.