Have you ever really thought about the water you and your family drink. Water is vital to us. It is often forgotten that we are made up of 70% water. Our blood is 90% water and our brain is 70%. One water molecule contains 2 atoms of hydrogen and 1 atom of oxygen, however most of the water we drink is filled with contaminants, inorganic minerals and the more it has in it the harder it is for this water to:
A. Hydrate you
B. Clean your body
The wrong water could actually be making you unwell. The right water tastes great and makes you think clearer and feel better. Pure water is neutral and has a Ph level of 7 which is neither acidic nor alkaline. Water is unique for it is the only substance that can be found in three physical states - liquid, gas and solid - at varying temperatures on earth. Water is called the "universal solvent" because it disolves more substances than any other lquid. This means that wherever water moves around and even through our bodies it takes along chemicals, minerals and nutrients. Another interesting fact is that pure water does not conduct electricity. Water only becomes a conductor once it starts disolving substances around us. Water is amazing in so many ways we often take for granted. For instance it is the water drops of rain that act like a prism when light shines on the right angle to produce a rainbow of magical colour.
My daughter is doing distilling and filtering of liquids at school and she even distilled coke which she found very interesting. I have never done an article on water as I need to feel very clear on my opinions before I share them. I have tried boiling water, tank water, carbon filtered water, pimag water, reverse osmosis (stage three and stage five) water, alkaline water and distilled water.
By boiling for at least one minute bacteria and parasites like giardia will be removed. If you do this then allow water to cool and store in stainless steel or glass. For E Coli three minutes of boiling.
The quality of rain water in a tank depends on where you live as opposed to chemical use. Tank water can also be affected by animal faeces, mould on the roof and the quality of the tank it is held in. If in the country, and not near farms that use pesticides, at least boil and cool your water and ensure the roof is mould free and clean. This is hard to do with animals and birds. Would you lick you roof.
Carbon Filtered Water:
Ensure the filter is changed regularly and perhaps boil and cool your water first for better results. Carbon filters are good at removing chlorine in our water supply. Most carbon filters do not remove fluoride. Fluoride is controversial to many and is a personal decision. In my case I am more keen on pulling out the fluoride as I have an underactive thyroid and fluoride interfers with iodine which is such an important element for optimal thyroid function. Some say teeth can be weakened without fluoride but with optimal vitamin D, silica and the right calcium this should not be a problem. When discussing filter systems it is good to add here NOT to keep water in the refrigerator as our bodies like the water at room temperature to match the body temperature.
I have used this for years and have this at the clinic. I first tasted this in Queensland and was impressed to see that Queensland water can taste so good. I secondly noticed my skin was clearer, hormones more balanced and dropped fluid retention. I felt more energized. The Pimag system does not remove fluoride but there are added components that fit the Pimag system from Alps Water that can now remove fluoride if you choose to do so. It is a gravity fed product so it does not run on electricity. It is said to be more alkaline. You change the filter every 90 days and the mineral stones every 12 months. The Pimag water tastes beautiful.
This seems to be one of the most advanced forms of filtration for water.
It has up to 5 stages of filtration:
1. Removes dirt, sand, sediment etc.
2. Reduces chemicals such as chlorine
3. This is a very fine filtration which is about 1/2 a millionth of a millimetre. It is so fine it can remove salt so that only H2O(Pure Water) will pass through
4. This stage is used as an alkalizer as it contains marble and crushed limestone to increase the PH of the filtered water
5. Reenergizes by adding a mineral component to the water before you drink it.
I have had many clients do this and am still watching and observing the results. It is thought that the more alkaline the water we drink the healthier we will be. But it seems when people are sick the neutral water seems better and neutral is better for pregnancy and for children. It can be very individual and what alkalinity is right may vary in a family considerably. If you do use an alkaline water system where you can change the alkalinity it is a very good idea to bring the different alkaline waters to your appointment to discuss which ones are right for you at any point in your health. It is great learning so you can adjust it for your person needs. I am open minded but not convinved about this yet.
PH of pure water as mentioned above is about 7. So i started testing the drinks and water. Lemon juice and cranberry were very acidic. Yet for the right person these are therapuetic. The reverse osmosis (stage three only) was 7.
This is where the water is boiled to the point of steam and then the steam is collected making pure H2O. There is rumours that if you drink distilled water that it will leach out minerals from your body. To find distilled water to buy i found it in the cleaning isle for putting into irons and for batteries. I recently listened to and read information from Andrew Norton Webber on distilled water and found his information thought provoking. I do not think the distilled water from the super market was great but i did make some at home with tank water. Webber talks about plants being able to pull in inorganic minerals from the soil and make them into organic minerals which when we eat plants we consume the organic minerals. I believe as humans we also can do this but i do not think we need them in our water necessarily. I said this article will give you something to think about. I love things that bring up more questions the more you know so hopefully you can see where i am going on my water discovery. I was very excited about distilled water but this excitement was flattened when it took hours of boiling and making steam to get simply 100mls of water. In saying this you can purchase a distiller but it still takes ages. I worry about this in energy usage and would feel guilty using that much energy for my families water consumption. It tasted amazing though.
Unfortunately in this era the average person drinks contaminated water containing chlorine, fluoride, rust, iron, lead, benzene, pesticides, bisphenol A, bacteria and even parasites so to drink pure water was still my aim.
If you tell a person to drink distilled water the first thing they will say is " No i cannot drink distilled water because it takes minerals from my body"
It is true that the water pulls on minerals in the body and helps eliminate them but what is misleading is that it only pulls on the inorganic minerals. So be very careful what you read about distilled water as distilled water is pure and excellent for hydrating and cleaning out the body of the wrong minerals. Distilled water cannot in anyway draw organic configured minerals that are part of our body. We as humans need water to survive but we are not soluble in water and cannot break down in water. Otherwise we would break down in the rain and in the shower. As you know this does not happen.
Remember when you start a new detoxed eating plan you can experience initially a headache, dizziness, nausea, diarrhoea but persist and drink more and you will feel fantastic. Remember water is said to be the foundation of youth so please look at your water choices. Any changes are a step in the right direction.
Then there is mineral water. Well in mineral waters defence it is better for us than soft drink but is it really healthy? There are two types of minerals, organic and inorganic.
If we use the minerals and are are perhaps capable of changing them from inorganic to organic this may be ok in the right doses but not as our main water. If our body cannot use inorganic minerals or need them then we try and get rid of them or store them in joints, walls of arteries, kidneys and if bad enough our brain and heart. To make mineral water worse it is often stored in plastic bottles (bisphenal A) so if consuming some mineral water always buy the glass ones. In saying that the thicker stronger plastic is not as bad as the bottles labeled with a PETE 3 or 7. Glass bottles/glasses are the best way to have any water.
I feel it would be neglectful to write an article about water without mentioning the work of Masaru Emoto. Masaru was a Japanese Author and researcher who claims human consciousness has an effect on water. It was in 1994 when he first decided to freeze water and observe it under a microscope. They found water crystals were unique and varying from different places and then went on to photograpgh water crystals using exposure to words, pictures and music. This is a very different science but makes you think of your water in yet another way.
My Personal Water Decision For Now:
As you can see much thought and research has gone into this decison. Today was the day I have put in an underbench Reverse osmosis (stage three) the PH is 7 (so pure water), it tastes magnificent and I feel great. I think any music, love, truth, light I add to my new found pure water is a bonus. I believe the safest storage for water is stainless steel or glass and always at room temperature. I will keep you informed, happy to talk about it, discuss your water and how I feel about my decision in years to come. However I feel so much more clearer and knowledgable about water than I ever have been. At the clinic I hope the Pimag company decides to supply filters that can pull out the fluoride in the future but in the mean time I will add the Alps water component to my Pimag so we have fluoride free water at the clinic too for you to drink.
The most important thing I can encourage at the clinic is to learn and make educated decisions for your health and family. Health is a journey and this is part one of my journey with water.
3 MONTHS ON
I personally have still felt fantastic on the level three reverse osmosis as are my family. However I must report one client had a reaction to it and it was not good on his kidneys, magnesium and muscles and feels heaps better once he returned to level 5 reverse osmosis. I thank him for this feedback and it just shows that what is right for one person is not right for another.