I remember when I first visited Chile as a child with my family, my dad made it very clear not to drink water from the tap. My sweet abuela nearly smacked a glass out of my brother’s hands after leaping across the kitchen heroically (okay, I’m exaggerating, but you get the picture). Then when I visited Cuba with friends, we were strongly advised to always order bottled water. Never drink from the restaurant water pitcher. Don’t even so much as ask for ice. We were committed to not getting sick during our lengthy 5 day stay so we followed that advice.
We’re not quite so paranoid about drinking tap water here in Canada. It is known to be much safer than other parts of the world. When developed countries like the US, Japan and England installed water and sanitation systems, they eradicated many diseases, thus saving millions of lives. I’m very thankful for that. But just because our water is considered “safer” doesn’t mean it’s completely “safe”.
Tap Water, as most of us are aware, is contaminated with pollutants, chemicals, heavy metals, pharmaceutical drugs, etc. and additives such as chlorine and fluoride. The Environmental Working Group stated that in between 2004 and 2009, water suppliers across the U.S detected 316 contaminants in water supplied to the public. For most, the government has set no safety-based legal limits. Many other contaminants were found in drinking water at concentrations above government-issued advisory health guidelines. Well that’s alarming! It’s no wonder we invest in home water filtration systems and stock up on bottled water! Speaking of home water filtration systems and bottled water… let’s talk.
Reverse Osmosis is a water purification system where the water is demineralized by pushing it under pressure through a semi-permeable Reverse Osmosis Membrane. Although it effectively removes many impurities in the water, it also removes all naturally occurring minerals. This method of filtration poses some serious health risks and concerns. Demineralised water is highly aggressive and leaches metals and other materials from the pipes and associated plumbing materials. As well, it leaches minerals, such as calcium and magnesium in prepared foods and increases the elimination of sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium and magnesium ions from the body. Furthermore, water low in minerals, specifically calcium and magnesium, may be associated with sudden death, higher risk of fracture in children, certain neurodegenerative diseases, pre-term birth and low weight at birth, pregnancy disorders, and some cancers.
Bottled Water is demineralised, or distilled water and is usually filtered through Reverse Osmosis, however some bottled water companies add in minerals after the fact. In many cases, it is simply municipal water bottled up and sold for often a thousand fold increase in price. While tap water costs about $.004 a gallon, bottled water costs $1.22 and upwards to over $8 a gallon. It has one of the biggest markups. Even gasoline costs less than bottled water. And I hear people complain about gas prices all the time.
Not only is bottled water expensive and lacking all naturally occurring minerals, but chemicals from the plastic leach into the water.
3 hazards commonly found in plastic water bottles are:
Bisphenol A (BPA) – has been found to adversely affect the endocrine and reproductive systems and to increase the risk of breast, prostate, ovarian, and brain cancer. It also increases the occurrence of hyperactivity, attention deficit disorder, aggressive behavior, and asthma.
Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) – contains contaminants of fecal matter, saliva, and
food residues in the plastic.
Phthalates – causes liver cancer, testicular atrophy, and sterility in males.
Bottled water is also terribly environmentally unfriendly. Over 60 million water bottles are thrown away each day in the United States alone and only a small percentage can be recycled.
But wait…there’s more. And this is the part you don’t often hear.
Bottled water is acidic and has a positive Oxidation Reduction Potential, which means it’s oxidizing to our bodies. On the pH scale bottled water typically ranges from about a 4.5-6.0. If you’re not familiar with the pH scale, it is short for “Potential Hydrogen.” 7.0 is considered neutral, anything below is acidic and anything above is alkaline. Tap water is kept at a neutral pH because if it were acidic it would rust the pipes. So what does that say about our bodies?
Too much acidity in the body can lead to a state of acidosis where all kinds of sickness and disease occur. And oxidative stress is widely accepted as one of the causes of most life-style related diseases, cancer and the aging process. So why again are we drinking bottled water?
(FYI: this includes vitamin water as well)
I know what you’re thinking. Okay Natalia, after sharing all this terrifying information on tap and bottled water, I bet you’re going to give us the perfect solution now.
Well since you want to know, I can tell you what I did. I invested in a Kangen Water System. This system produces Electrolyzed Reduced Water (ERW) through electrolysis. Let me tell you what properties Electrolyzed Reduced Water has and we can compare it to purified bottled water.
1.) ERW is rich in naturally occurring minerals. In fact, this system NEEDS minerals to effectively ionize the water.
2.) ERW exhibits an alkaline pH naturally, without additives, unlike most alkaline bottled water.
3.) ERW is rich in molecular hydrogen. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s only the most powerful antioxidant known to mankind (this time I’m not exaggerating). Not only does it have effects against oxidative stress, but also anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic and anti-obesity benefits and with no side effects! You drink one glass of this water and it would be like drinking the antioxidants of more than 2 lbs of blueberries, except better! Why is it better? Because unlike most antioxidants, molecular hydrogen has the capability to act at the cellular level and can even pass through the blood brain barrier.
If you want to learn more about Molecular Hydrogen, here’s a great place to start: http://www.molecularhydrogenfoundation.org/
The properties of Electrolyzed Reduced Water are the complete opposite of bottled water, which is why I love it! We’ve always been told to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Imagine if this water was the 8 glasses you and your loved ones were consuming every day. Along with eating wholesome foods, in my opinion, this is about the best preventative measure we can take for our family’s health.
Although this is a water ionizer and not a filtration system, it does filter out chlorine. For a pre-filtration system, Enagic has you covered, or you could go with the home filtration system of your choosing. As long as it doesn’t remove the naturally occurring minerals from the water, the Kangen Water System will partner greatly with it.
If you haven’t yet considered a chlorine filter for your shower, now might be a good time. Since purchasing the Anespa Mineral Ion Water Spa, I no longer have to be concerned about bathing my baby in chlorine.
If you have any questions or would like to purchase a Kangen Water System, I am here to help.
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