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The Quest For Purified Drinking Water – Is Yours Helping Or Hurting You?

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The Quest For Purified Drinking Water – Is Yours Helping Or Hurting You?

If the old axiom “you are what you eat” is true, then it follows that you are what you drink as well. Your body is made up of at least 60-70% water, and the chemical reactions that support life in all plants and animals take place in water. Given that simple reality, it would be wise to consider how the quality of the water you drink and how much you drink of it fit into the bigger picture of your health and well being.

There’s no surprise that drinking or even showering in unfiltered water can compromise your health. According to the National Tap Water Database, tap water in 42 states is contaminated with more than 140 unregulated chemicals. Is it any wonder that so many people now choose to drink bottled water over tap water?

Unfortunately, bottled water is not without its safety concerns. There’s little real evidence that most bottled water is any cleaner than tap water. The National Resources Defense Council spent four years investigating the quality of bottled water. Twenty-five percent of those tested had chemical contaminants that were higher than the concentrations allowed by many state regulations. From fecal coliform bacteria (bacteria from animal intestines that can contaminate waterways as a result of farm pollution) to arsenic and lead (known carcinogens), in many cases bottled water rated just as poorly. Health concerns aside, the rabid consumption of bottled water creates serious environmental issues too. It’s estimated that each year, 1.5 million tons of garbage is generated from drinking bottled water and as much as 47 million gallons of petrol goes into the production of plastic bottles.

With the hidden potential dangers in both tap water and bottled water, you may be tempted to switch to buying distilled water or even distilling your own. For a long time this was considered the best method for purifying water, making it clean and safe for drinking and other uses requiring sterile water. But with advances in water filtration and purification systems and our increased understanding of how filtered water affects our bodies, many now believe that distilled water may actually be harmful to your health.

Purified or distilled water has had all the naturally occurring minerals in it removed. Because of its extreme purity, this water absorbs carbon dioxide from the air, making it acidic and even more aggressive at dissolving alkaline substances it comes in contact with. When consumed internally, this water makes your body acidic, leaches vital minerals from your teeth and bones, and does not hydrate your body as well as “living” water. Distillation essentially robs the water of its life, while the water inside your body, by definition is “living.”

The notion of “living” water is supported by the work of Dr. Masaru Emoto, which is summarized in his books The Message from Water and The Hidden Messages in Water. His ongoing research demonstrates that water has distinct reactions to both positive and negative energies, including those associated with verbal expressions and human thoughts. In his studies, water exposed to positive words and prayers formed beautiful crystalline structures, but water exposed to negative thoughts, chemicals, or bad bacteria was greatly deformed in appearance, and in many cases didn’t even form crystals. This phenomenon was documented by freezing samples of water after being exposed, then photographing them through a microscope to observe the crystals or other shapes that formed. One startling revelation: with the exception of New York City’s tap water, none of the other major U.S. cities’ tap water even formed crystals, placing them on the low end of his classification scale.

Cleaner Water, Better Health

The problems inherent with drinking bottled and distilled water make for a strong case to use some type of home filtration system with your tap water. Whether it’s simple charcoal-based filtration like the kind you get with a BRITA pitcher or a more sophisticated and expensive unit, there are a few things to consider when selecting the right system for your needs.

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