Healthy Beginnings

Chronic Dehydration Part 17: Tap Water Alternatives-Water Filters Can Help

dehydration-march14Tap Water Alternatives-Water Filters Can Help

As described in the November 2013 issue, a lot of toxic substances make their way into our drinking water. Your area may be relatively clean, but your water supply may be a river that passes through many other areas in which it has been used and reused before it reaches your stream, aquifer or well. This is why you may consider other drinking water sources, mitigating, or even changing the condition of your municipal water supply.

Consuming bottled water is a high, on-going expense. Buying a filter for your already-paid for tap water may seem costly up front, but can be cheaper in the long run. Your choice of filters is dependent upon which contaminants you want to remove, or which qualities you care to enhance.

Carbon Filters

“Activated” carbon is produced by heating charcoal anywhere from 600 to 1,200 degrees Celsius. The positively charged charcoal particles magnetically attract the negatively charged contaminants.

Activated carbon’s absorption ability is high because of its large available surface area that can take in chlorine, thus improving the water’s taste and smell. The most effective types can remove asbestos, lead, mercury, and volatile organic compounds. They cannot remove inorganic pollutants such as arsenic, fluoride, and nitrates. The longer the contact time between water and carbon, the more contaminants are removed. Carbon filters do not remove natural minerals from the water.

Over time, the carbon pores become blocked with contaminants and are no longer effective. They will also become breeding colonies for various bacteria so should be replaced on a regular basis.

Ceramic Filters

These filters have very small holes that collect sediments, but do not remove any chemical contaminants.

Ultraviolet Irradiation

Using short wave lengths of ultraviolet irradiation destroys the nucleic acids and disrupts the DNA of pathogens, parasites, viruses and molds. It has been used since the mid 20th century to sterilize drinking water, wastewater and air. It has been used primarily for medical sanitation and in sterile work facilities since it is very effective.

Installation and maintenance are simple, no chemicals are added; there is no change in taste, odor, pH, conductivity or chemistry of the water. UV filters can be paired with ceramic and cartridge style filters. They are especially helpful whenever a “must boil your water” alert is issued by a municipal or well water source.

UV wavelengths can produce sunburn, skin cancer, eye damage, and produce ozone. Once water has been treated, care must be taken that it is not re-contaminated before drinking. Irradiation has been found to reduce or destroy vitamins, proteins and fatty acids in food. Nothing could be found regarding damage to minerals.

Reverse Osmosis Filters

This system is based on size exclusion. A series of membranes through which the water passes have such small portals that they can theoretically trap all particles. It can purify salt water, and fresh water contaminated with chemicals (such as MTBE), biological, radiological and nuclear agents. The filtration benefit is permanent.

Between only five to 15 percent of the water is retained for use while the rest is discharged along with the contaminants, so a lot of water is wasted. The sole remaining element is water.

Being left with only water is the drawback of reverse osmosis–no helpful minerals remain. People in the Czech and Slovak population who began using reverse osmosis home systems during 2000-2002 quickly reported symptoms of cardiovascular disorders, tiredness, weakness, and muscle cramps associated with magnesium deficiency. Other studies revealed a plethora of dire mineral deficiency maladies too numerous to mention.

A scientific study concluded that minerals in food did not sufficiently replaced those not present in reverse osmosis water. It becomes clear electrolytes (sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium) and trace minerals should all be constantly supplemented when using this system. Required mineral replacement is a fair trade-off considering the poisons this system can remove.

Reverse osmosis systems can be purchased for your kitchen faucet and ice maker in the $400 range plus installation. There is also the two to four times a year membrane replacement cost of about $25. Whole house systems are available for about $1,000, plus a monthly service fee that includes filter replacement for around 6 cents per gallon.

Some of these reverse osmosis systems are not as brutal in removing the beneficial minerals (and contaminants) and do not waste as much water. These can run about $700 plus $100 annual filter cost

Alkaline-Ionized Modifiers

Instead of concentrating solely on pollutants, these filters also change other aspects of the water.

Due to the electrical charges inherent in calcium and magnesium, they use electrolysis to separate the water into the acid portion, and alkaline part with a pH greater than 7.0. Water alkalinity is of interest since cancer thrives in an acidic environment and normal cells die if the body pH becomes too acidic. These products deliver highly alkaline water to counter any existing body acidity. The resulting acidic water produced by alkaline-ionizers can be used to sterilize utensils and surfaces around the home.

The pH scale ranges from 0-14 and is a measure of the hydrogen ions present. One pH unit is ten times higher, or lower, than its neighbor number. Anything with a pH below 7.0 is considered acidic and harmful to the body. Battery acid is around one on this scale. Above seven is alkaline, with lye near the top at 13.

Most aquatic plants and animals have adapted to life in water with a very specific pH and will die from even slight variations. Most likely the optimal drinking water pH for humans is between 6.5 and 7.5. It makes sense that our bodies have adapted to the pH of naturally available water around 7.0 plus minerals.

You can purchase litmus paper for about $20 from a vitamin store to assess the pH of your tap water. Dip a strip of into your tap water and before it dries, compare its color to the pH color chart. Your body alkalinity can be assessed by dippingthe paper into a urine sample in the morning when the normal reading should be 6.0 to 6.5, and in the evening at 6.5 to 7.0. Saliva testing should be done an hour before a meal or two hours after to avoid acidic digestive enzymes. Normal saliva should stay between 6.5 and 7.5 all day.

Some of the alkaline-ionized filtration systems boast output in the 9-10 pH range. Many people claim this level of alkalinity is dangerous if ingested over a period of time. This high pH water raises stomach alkalinity, which neutralizes the stomach acid’s ability to digest food, leading to the assimilation of fewer minerals and other nutrients over time. Alkaline water is also antibacterial, so not only will it kill disease causing bacteria in the digestive tract, but also the necessary flora for food digestion.

It can be helpful to ingest alkaline water for a period of time to raise your body’s overall alkalinity. Look at acidalkalinediet.com, it lists the alkaline/acidic ratings of many foods so you can make wise alkaline pH eating choices.

Ionization proponents believe the body cannot survive without negative ions and the presence of hydroxyl ions, which scavenge free radicals, causing disease and premature cell aging. The ionization makes the water a liquid antioxidant that is easily absorbed.

Another sales point for these systems is that it breaks down the usual 10 to 13 unit molecular clusters of water into clusters of around five to eight. The belief is that its smaller size has a higher hydrating and detoxifying effect because they make “water wetter,” easing its entrance into body cells. Hydrated tissues are definitely more easily detoxified than dehydrated ones.

These systems may also have filtration capabilities with up to 13 levels of filtration to remove such pollutants as radiation.

The antioxidant ions in this water will last about 18-24 hours, the alkaline properties remain for one to two weeks, and the smaller molecular groupings adhere for one to three months.

Alkaline-ionizers are countertop units, some even portable, priced around $2,000. Your vitamin store may also be a source for this water. Some systems are programmable with up to 13 levels of filtration removing different things at each level. With a programmable unit you can choose the level of alkalinity produced. The electrodes must be scoured clean every few months to retain their effectiveness. Some units add chemicals to enhance alkalinity.

Create Beautiful Water Crystals

Don’t stop drinking your re-hydration water just because you’re researching water filters, deciding which one fits your needs. Your body requires a steady stream of water and minerals all day long. Perhaps Dr. Masaru Emoto’s suggestion can help you feel better about your tap water.

Quantum physics says that thoughts, words and emotions such as love, hate, joy, and sadness are more than thoughts–they are actual physical particles that attract similar vibrations. These physical particles of emotion and thought can attach to water and redesign its frozen shapes.

Dr. Emoto studied the effects of music on water and found different kinds of music caused its molecules to take on different shapes when frozen. Testing different waters from around the world, he found tap water and stagnant or polluted water do not form beautiful crystals when frozen, yet instead produced deformed structures. Rainwater, water from clean rivers, glaciers and holy places form beautiful symmetrical shapes. When he played beautiful music near tap water, it would then make pleasing crystals.

Next, he placed phrases written on pieces of tape on bottles of tap water. The physical particles of emotion and thought attached to the water and influenced its properties. Words such as “Thank you” and “I love you” caused the water to form beautiful crystals. The words “you make me sick” and “You are a fool” caused ugly and distorted crystals, or no crystals at all. He concluded with praying for the water, sending it loving thoughts and blessings, and the tap water produced beautiful frozen crystals and a healthier beverage.

Dr. Corazon Ibarra suggests cradling your glass of tap water between the palms of your hands while mentally or verbally sending it loving energy and thanking it for hydrating your body. This positive affirmation will also change the water (and its frozen crystals) instantly into a life-enhancing liquid. Then you can drink your special water.

If simple thoughts and music can influence water, imagine what it can do to your body, which is roughly 70 percent water. If you forgot to enhance that water before you drank it, you can even do it now while it’s inside your body. Wrap you arms around yourself and whisper “Thank you,” or “Peace and harmony.” While your arms are there, send your whole body messages of love, healing, acceptance and wellness. You are what you think.

So, bottoms up with that glass of water. To your health. Live long and prosper!

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*Reprinted with author’s permission.