Bottoms up to water: Instead of bottled water, try a filtration system

Bottoms up to water: Instead of bottled water, try a filtration system

Water is an essential element for good health. Proper hydration stimulates blood flow and replenishes our lungs. Water flushes the colon and kidneys, carrying away toxins that would otherwise build up in our bodies. This chemical binding quality, water’s capacity to carry contaminants, is also the reason that we need to be careful about our water sources, to be sure that the water we drink is clean.

Many people are concerned, often rightly so, about the contaminants carried in their tap water. Many turn to bottled water without realizing that the standards for bottled water are the same as for tap water. Since plastic residue from the bottles leaches into the water, some bottled water is more contaminated and toxic than tap water. Also, unrecycled bottles are a significant component in the 381 million tons of plastic waste that are produced every year.

A better, much less expensive and more sustainable solution is to invest in a water filter. Water filtration removes most toxins and sediments, as well as microorganisms such as parasites and bacteria. This generally improves the water’s flavor.

So, what do different water systems do?

Charcoal filters are relatively inexpensive and remove most impurities like chemicals, bacteria and parasites. The systems can be installed on your countertop or under your sink and are very convenient for drinking and cooking. These filters need to be changed periodically.

Ceramic filters are even more effective at removing impurities. They can be cleaned so the filters last much longer. However, they are slower than charcoal filters and not as convenient for cooking. I have used one to filter ground water from a village in Mexico. No one got sick in the group I was with.

Reverse osmosis passes water through a membrane. Depending on the quality of the filter, it is excellent for removing toxins, microbes and fluoride. However, good quality filters are expensive.

Many systems also include an ultraviolet light which provides further purification.

Clean water is a key to improved health. A good rule of thumb is to drink one half of your weight in ounces. If you weigh 150 pounds, drink 75 ounces of water a day.

So, pour a glass of cool, clean water and drink up.

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