Water is essential to all life on Earth

Every life form on earth requires clean, healthy water to thrive and experience optimum health. Unfortunately, not all water is created equal and it’s sad that in the twenty-first century, in the United States that most of our water is no longer pure and safe to drink. In addition to the Pharmaceuticals and Teflon reported by the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune, there are 200 different contaminants reported in our water supply, including lead, Mercury, Aluminum, Bacteria, Viruses and Pesticides.

Dr. Elson M. Haas, known as a nutritional expert throughout the world, wrote numerous books on what is required to maintain optional health. In his book “Staying Healthy with Nutrition” he writes about his concerns that the government will wait too long to correct the current water issues in this country.  In too many cases it has been shown that tap water is not safe to drink.

With the trend toward using pure and natural products to maintain optional health, filtered and bottled water have become a huge industry. After finding out that the bottled water I had trusted for years had been sold off and was no longer top rated, I conducted a lengthy process of researching the best alternative for a pure source of water. It is confusing, as there are so many filtered and bottled waters currently in the market.

If you have access to natural spring water or well water that has been tested and is pure, you are indeed lucky. While traveling with my husband, we visited Mt. Shasta, California with a natural spring where water flows out of the mountain. Tested, Mt Shasta is known as one of the best water sources on the plant. I always bring water bottles when we’re there and with numerous locals, I fill them with this divine water source.

It’s better to drink bottled spring water than distilled as there are more regulations and quality control on spring water. Here lays the bigger issue, many bottled waters are tap water that has been bottled. Also due to the increase of pollutants and disposal methods dealing with plastic I’ve personally decided to use filtered water. It’s very confusing and I honestly am still not sure which filter is the best. I like the taste and feel of Kangen water filter systems but the units are very expensive ranging from $3,500 – $5,000+ for the high end models. I’ve decided to go with the units that Whole Foods sells as it is a10 stage water filter. I encourage you to do your own research and determine which method of healthy water is best for you and your budget.

How much water should I drink every day?

Our bodies are made up of about 60% water and we lose about .4  to .6 gallons of water each day. To replenish this loss of water it’s good to drink at least 2 quarts of water daily. This is pure water, not fruit drinks, sodas, coffee, tea, carbonated water, etc. Drinking adequate amounts of water every day aids in virtually all body functions, including the brain and memory, heart, metabolism, blood flow and it even assists in regulating the temperature of your body.

I’ve acquired a taste for fine teas and the most expensive teas are grown with high quality water. The water that is used to grow the tea plant has an effect on the taste and health benefits. After doing research I found that this applies to the water used to grow our food as well. Clean, pure water is so essential to life; it affects the quality of our food and drinks.