CHRONIC DEHYDRATION Part 15: Tap Water Alternatives: Are Bottled Waters a Good Choice?
Water pollution is a worldwide problem. More than 6,000 children under age five die each day due to disease riddled water and lack of basic hygiene. Water containing man-made pollutants that might not kill you, can still make your life miserable by degrading your body’s functionality. Even if your neighborhood is free of natural and man-made pollutants, these contaminants could be in your tap water because upstream pollutants can flow down into your water source.
Some people inhabit phenomenal bodies capable of excreting just about any toxin they encounter. However, most bodies are not that capable and end up with health issues. We call these maladies “old age” but in reality many believe they are caused by toxin build-up in the body.This buildup in tissues and organs interferes with their function and causes the decline of so many elements needed to stay “young” such as hyaluronic acid and insulin production, sex hormones, immune system effectiveness, hearing and vision abilities, calcium retention, thirst and taste sensations, upper body strength, etc.
The only way to get poisons out of the body is through sweat, breath, urine, and bowel–all four heavily dependent upon water. When embarking on a healing hydration program, a person shouldn’t have to ingest toxic water that only adds to the problem.
The safest water may come from isolated aquifers and wells untainted by agriculture or industrial runoff, or excessive natural contaminants. But generally speaking, the re-hydrator may want to assume that their source of water contains some kind of toxicity or poison as described in last month’s article.
Even though the age and culture in which we live can be detrimental to our health, our technology offers practical solutions to the safe drinking water problem–some not so good, but some are better, even though problematic. The following are some ideas for dealing with tainted tap water.
The bottled water industry grows about seven percent yearly from its present worldwide sales, which are between $50 and $100 billion annually. This demand causes private corporations to buy up municipal water supplies for resale to their own consumers. Fresh water has become a very valuable commodity and is becoming humanity’s most coveted resource.
Since most water is bottled, then sold locally without crossing state lines, it does not fall under the Federal Department of Agriculture regulations. Many bottlers including Wal-Mart are basically using tap water. Others like Dasani and Aquafina use distilled tap water. If the bottle doesn’t say, “spring water,” chances are the water came from a municipal water source pretty much like your own.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, in order to be called “spring water,” it has to be collected at the point where water flows naturally to the earth’s surface, or from a borehole that taps into the underground source. That’s all the term means; it does not guarantee purity or anything else.
Mineral water is taken from a natural spring containing minerals such as salts and sulfur compounds. Local conditions determine whether–and in what quantity–the minerals exist in it. Minerals can also be added to this water depending on local laws. When minerals are present, it is called “hard water.”
An unscientific pH test conducted by this author on local bottled waters revealed them to be at or below desired human alkalinity of around 7.0. A bottle of Arrowhead had a pH of 7.5, Fiji at 7.0, Dasani at 5.5, Aquafina at 6.0, Evian at 7.0. The pH value of bottled waters will vary depending on the water source utilized. Drinking or eating acidic substances can make one’s body more acidic than is healthy.
When stored for ten weeks or longer, chemicals in the plastic bottles can leech into the water. This chemical phthalate can disrupt testosterone and other hormones.
Pepsi’s Aquafina and Coca-Cola’s Dasani bottled water works out to about 5 cents an ounce; $4 per gallon gasoline equals 3 cents an ounce. If one complains about the price of gas, why pay even more than that for tap water when you already have some in your home?
With bottled water, you don’t know how long it’s been in the plastic and whether that plastic leaked harmful chemicals into the water. You may ask whether the bottled water was refrigerated while stored and transported, or whether it was left in the sun or a hot warehouse. Did the bottling facility pass a regular health inspection–was the facility even inspected? The bottom line is that no matter what the bottled water label says, you never really know what you’re getting.
During the distillation process, water is boiled and the condensed vapor then liquefies and is bottled. This water is guaranteed to be clean and free of bacteria. Because of the distillation process, it is also free of dissolved minerals and can therefore actively absorb toxic substances and eliminate them from the body. Studies validate the drinking of distilled water to cleanse the body.
But prolonged use of this water leeches minerals from the body, especially if consumed for more than a few weeks. Especially when re-hydrating (which in some cases can take years). Water without minerals can be dangerous because it causes a rapid loss of sodium, potassium and magnesium. Cooking food in distilled water also pulls minerals out of the food, thus making them less nutritious.
Distilled water is an active absorber, so when it comes into contact with air, it absorbs carbon dioxide, thus making it acidic. The more distilled water a person drinks, the higher one’s body acidity becomes.
Chemicals like chlorine and pesticides with a boiling point lower than water are often carried over with the vapor and can become concentrated in the final product.
Colas and other soft drinks are made from distilled water. Studies show heavy soft drink users spill huge amounts of calcium, magnesium, and other trace minerals into their urine.
The more mineral loss, the greater the risk of osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, hypothyroidism, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, and other signs of premature aging and dehydration.
One downside of all bottled waters is the container. It requires up to 47 million gallons of oil a year to produce up to 1.5 million tons of plastic bottles annually. Over 80 percent of them are thrown away, so with plastic’s slow decay rate, the majority of all bottles ever produced still exist somewhere in a garbage site or landing place after being thrown out.
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 what qualities you desire to enhance. Next month’s article will present various types of water filters.
If you have had success curing or relieving disease through re-hydration, please contact JeanAnn at 828-7194.
JeanAnn is a free-lance writer for health and metaphysics.
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*This article was reprinted with permission from the author.