Water makes up about 75% of our bodies and is essential to our health and well being. Most of us know that we should drink about 8 glasses of water per day, but do you know what kind of drinking water is best?
Ideally your drinking water should be naturally pure and full of essential minerals necessary for good health. Nearly every function in the body needs minerals such as magnesium, potassium and sodium… especially the adrenals which control immune function. Mineral-rich water includes well water, natural spring water, artesian spring water, and mineral water. Many of us do not have access to natural spring or well water, so lets look at which options are available and the benefits and drawbacks of each.
Tap water has been treated, processed and disinfected by the city’s water treatment plant. Unfortunately, chlorine is an essential chemical in the purification process and flouride is usually added as well.
Carbon filters are affordable and can reduce many common water contaminants, but cannot remove fluoride or harsher chemicals like arsenic and perchlorate.
Reverse osmosis filters effectively remove larger particles and pollutants, in addition to all the good minerals. This water is usually very acidic and not optimal for our bodies natural pH balance.
Distilled water eleminates all contaminants but all of the good minerals are removed as well. Similar to reverse osmosis, it leaves the water highly acidic.
Bottled water is unregulated and often comes in plastic that can leach dangerous toxins into the water. One study found more than 24,500 chemicals in the average bottle of water. If you carry a reusable water bottle, it is safer to use stainless steel, glass or BPA free plastic.
Structured Water is a process of rearranging water molecules using vortex technology and light therapy. It restructures the water to match the natural structure of your body’s water molecules, which allows it to absorb more efficiently into the body. This technology has some amazing implications but your water will only ever be as good as its source, so an additional filter is needed to remove harmful toxins from the tap.
Ionized Water is a process that uses electrolysis (electricity sent across medical-grade titanium and platinum plates) to convert water molecules into hydrogen gas (H2). H2 is one of the most powerful antioxidants available, meaning that it is able to enter the body and convert harmful oxidized free radicals into water inside your cells. This effectively turns your water into a powerful anti-aging device. In addition, ionizers address the pH of the water and there are units available with built in filters to remove all harsh chemicals and maintain sufficient amounts of minerals in your water.