Why Drink Filtered Water for Health.
We often take water for granted in Western countries. I know I did... until I did a 30 day trek in the Indian Himalayas where there was defiantly no running water from taps- no showers- just the water from the freezing rivers and snow. After the month of using baby wipes and a hand pump filter for our drinks, we finally arrived at a tiny Indian town-Lay-where it was possible to pay for a hot bucket of water to wash with. It was HEAVEN. My new appreciation for water had began. I can not even imagine what it must be like for those who do not have access to fresh water... Our bodies are made out of over 75% of water and every bodily process requires it.
I am sure you have heard that we should be drinking around 8 glasses of filtered water a day.
Some good reasons for this is that water fights fatigue, giving you more energy and better focus.
Drinking water can keep the unwanted extra weight off as, often we eat when we are really just thirsty. By keeping hydrated you don't reach for the snack when you're not really hungry! Being hydrated also helps with any stiffness, inflammation and keeps all the toxins being flushed out of our system easily.
While we are super lucky to be able to turn on a tap and have fresh water, unfortunately there are common contaminants in our water system. They may not pose a problem short-term but long-term they are certainly worth being aware of and the reason I recommend to use a good quality water filter, such as a Reverse Osmosis System.
Common contaminants include, but are certainly no limited to;
Chlorine It is acts as an antibacterial but it destroys Vitamin C, E, A and selenium in the body. The byproducts such as chloroform have been associated with interrupting endocrine pathways, miscarriages and cancers.
Aluminium Has a strong link with Alzheimer's disease and disrupts optimum brain function.
Lead enters the water system through lead soldered and PVC pipes found in half of the systems in Australia. It has been linked to male sterility, chronic fatigue, mental issues and lots more.
Nitrates Often polluting our water ways from run-offs from our fertilisers on industrial farming, they bind to red blood cells and inhibit the oxygen transport and are also known carcinogens.
My main issue with fluoride in our water system is it is a mass distribution of a medication, without the consent of who is ingesting it. With no way of really testing how much each individual is consuming or how much is right for that person. I believe that if we want to supplement or medicate with anything, it should be done on an individual level.
Most people would be shocked to discover that the fluoride used to fluoridate our water is a toxic waste by-product from the aluminium and phosphate fertiliser industry. Fluoride is used in insecticides and poisons as it acts to inhibit energy producing enzymes in body cells. Due to increasingly convincing evidence that it does more harm than good, many countries have abandoned using fluoride in the water and now Australia is one of only a handful of countries left that do! 97% of Western European countries, Israel and even Byron Bay banned putting fluoride in their water.
Children under 5 generally consumer twice as much water than adults per kilo, making them twice as susceptible to contaminants than adults. Harvard researchers published a study last year which concluded that children who live in areas with high water fluoridation have significantly lower IQ scores than children living in low fluoridation areas (Choi et al, 2012). This study is significant because it was a meta-analysis of 27 published studies over 22 years looking at increased fluoride exposure in drinking water and neurodevelopment delays.
For a quick look at the fluoride issue check out the news report here
For a longer deeper look into it http://youtu.be/zo6SnvmMP9k
Overall if the choice is needed, I still personally choose to drink the unfiltered water from the tap over buying bottled water as I am heartily against the environmental impact of the insane use of plastic bottles ;the energy they take to produce and waste they create. For this reason I make it a point to always carry with me filtered water from home in our stainless steel bottles and then I also remember to drink more.
Some reasons we all need to think about the impact of bottled water include;
- In production: Most bottled water is packaged in PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic bottles which are derived from crude oil. It can take up to 3L of water to produce 1L of water.
- In transportation: Transportation of bottled water around the world requires burning of fossil fuels
- In landfill and the litter stream: Although plastic bottles are recyclable, many end up in landfill and take up to 1000 years to break down. When littered they often end up in the sea where they break up in small pieces, killing marine life that mistake them for food.
If you have been feeling low in energy then why not give it a try to drink more water. It is such a simple, cheap step to increasing your health and wellness. If you have not yet got a good filter then why not try one out and as an experiment, try the tap water again after 3-6 months of not drinking unfiltered water; you may be surprised with how you become very sensitive to the tastes of the chemicals that are in it.