Friday, 27 April 2012

All About Water. Part 2



What water to drink?

There is a variety of choices to make when it comes to drinking water, and being informed on what water is available can help you make the right choice for you. Here we will go through the types of water available, the pros and cons and ways to make your water cleaner for you to drink. We will start with the most basic.


Tap Water
We are lucky to have an available source of water at our fingertips, but there are some things you might want to know about tap water before it comes through to you. Water that comes through your taps comes from either surface water or from underground. Surface water is a collection of water that comes from creeks, ponds, streams, rivers and lakes and is stored in local reservoirs. Underground water comes from places like wells.

As surface water makes its journey from one place to another it is filtered through rocks, which leave trace vitamins and minerals in it.  (One of the scary things about this journey is the fact that along the way it also picks up herbicides and pesticides from local property and lead from the pollution in the sky)  Once it gets to your local reservoir, it needs to be chemically treated before it arrives at your faucet.  Germs, bacteria, and even parasites can grow in the water during its journey and this is why it has to be treated. Water then goes through another filtering process and extra chemicals are added to stop germ growth, but this does not completely filter out the lead, pesticides, or herbicides. After this is then sent to you through underground pipes that are made from plastics, lead or copper, all of these can add more harmful contaminants into the water.

Tap water is not sounding that healthy right now, when you add all this together. Rest assured that there are ways to reduce all of this once it gets to you.

Boiling water
You can boil water for 5 minutes to reduce some chemicals, bacteria and parasites that are contained within it. One of the problems with this practice is that it condenses the lead properties so it is important to cool it in the fridge before consumption.  Before boiling, you can leave tap water in room temperature for several hours to allow for the chlorine taste and odour to dissipate or you can aerate with a blender. This again does not completely remove all contaminants but can significantly reduce them.  

Carbon filters
You can purchase these for your faucets, water systems or a pour jug.  To enhance the benefits of these you can still do the boiling process then pour into a jug to keep in the fridge. As the water goes through the carbon contaminants are collected within, with pour jugs or systems you must change the filters often.  Carbon filters are one of the easy ways to reduce toxins in the water.  To find out more visit here
  
To not make this blog too lengthy if you would like to find out what hard and soft water is visit here

Bottled water
Because of growing concerns with tap water, people are turning to bottled water.  Bottled water is intended for human consumption and is sealed in bottles with no added ingredients other than antimicrobial agents. There are many types of bottled water and unless it states where the water has come from labels can mean anything the manufactures want it to mean. The following is just some types and the most common.

Natural spring water
The term natural spring water does not always tell you where it is from just that it means the mineral content has not been altered. Spring water is water that comes from an underground source from which water flows naturally to the surface of the earth.  It is collected at the spring through a borehole tapping the underground formation that feeds the spring. If man made machines do this, it cannot really be classified as natural and the label must clearly state where it was sourced. If you use a water cooler to dispense spring water make sure you clean it once a month. You can do this using a 50-50 mixture of vinegar or hydrogen peroxide and bicarb. Run this through the reservoirs and spigots then rinse using at least 4 more gallons of tap water to remove residue.

Sparkling water
This is water that contains the same amount of carbon dioxide that it had at collection from the water source. It is a healthier alternative as long as it has no artificial colours or sweeteners. Understanding where the carbonation has come from can be important. To be classified as natural it must get its carbonation from the same source as the water, as “carbonated natural spring water” has come from a source other than the one supplied at the water. Always read the labels and if none of this is stated on the bottle choose another that has.

Mineral water
Mineral water is distinguished from other types of water by constant levels of minerals and trace elements at its natural source, allowing for seasonal variations. No minerals may be added to this water.  Depending on where the water is from the mineral content can be different. Most mineral waters are carbonated and some sparking waters, such as club soda, are called mineral water because the manufactures have added bicarbonates and sodium phosphates to filtered or distilled water. If you are already taking vitamin and mineral supplements it is best to avoid mineral waters as you body can consume more than it needs and can be doing more harm than good.

Steam distilled water
Distillation involves vaporising water by boiling it. The steam rises, leaving behind most of the bacteria, viruses, chemicals, minerals and pollutants from the water. The steam is then moved into a condensing chamber where it is cooled and condensed to become distilled water. Once consumed distilled water leaches inorganic materials rejected by the cells and tissues of our body. If making a choice of bottled water we suggest this to be the best and not only used for drinking but for cooking as well. Foods like pasta, rice and beans absorb chemicals found in un-purified water so make a healthy choice.

We do hope this helps you make a better choice as to what water to drink. What is up to you is what you believe to be true for you. Some say that if you bless water it can change at molecular level but this would be another blog all together. To learn what water does for your body visit 
All About Water Part1 http://bit.ly/IggsV9

Be sure to stay tuned for part 3 where we explain the use of water in hydrotherapy.  Good luck and we wish you great health.

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