The vital importance of pure WATER for GOOD HEALTH
Your body is roughly 70% water. Water is the primary nutrient transporter, and water is involved in or responsible for just about every bodily process. Many common health problems— including headaches, bladder/kidney disorders, constipation, hot flashes, heartburn, even muscle pain, arthritis and age-related complaints—can be alleviated through proper hydration.
Water is essential for proper breathing, digestion, elimination, circulation, absorption, and more. Without water the human body can survive only three-five days, whereas the body can survive without food for thirty-forty days!
So, understanding just how critical water is to your health and well-being, it makes sense to be drinking the best quality water possible, right?
WHAT IS THE BEST WATER YOU CAN DRINK?
Think bottled water is your best option? Think again! Bottled water has become a HUGE business. Companies like Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Nestle have been quietly pilfering public water supplies across the nation, with an eye on monopolizing and privatizing our public drinking water, capitalizing on the fear of unhealthy tap water yet bottling what is essentially the same stuff and selling it back to us at a hefty premium.
If you buy a 20 oz. bottle of Aquafina (PEPSI ) or Dasani (COCA-COLA) or Ice Mountain (Nestle) water for $1.00, you are paying $6.40 per gallon of drinking water—roughly 60% more than a gallon of gasoline! Five-gallon water bottles typically run about a dollar per gallon. Compare this to the average municipal tap water at just about 1 cent per gallon…
Giant multinationals have been privatizing water supplies in Third World countries around the world for years. Bottled water has become a multi-billion dollar industry that seemingly every greedy corporate entity wants a piece of. The business of water has been compared to the oil industry as the next gravy train to ride.
Predictably, bottlers are not always scrupulous in their sourcing and/or filtering techniques. Conclusions from an NRDC four-year study* of the bottled water industry showed that roughly 20-25% of the water tested had contaminant levels enough to cause concern. Unlike public water supply which falls under the jurisdiction/regulation of the EPA, bottled water is considered a “food” product (go figure!) It falls under the oversight of the FDA—but only if the water crosses state lines and about 70% of it never does. The FDA currently has just ONE person responsible for ALL bottled water regulations and oversight—and that person has other responsibilities as well. In short, much bottled water remains totally unregulated and many companies offer no better than expensive tap water—and that in an environmentally disastrous package! (Most bottled water is also likely to be fluoridated too, which is a potential health concern that you may wish to research. Read on below for more on that and related links.)
Still need more convincing? Consider this: the plastic that most single-serve water comes in is creating a legacy of unprecedented environmental disasters— requiring an estimated 47 million gallons of oil to produce, and leaving behind 1.5 million tons of plastic waste annually. In 2005, it was estimated that Americans consumed roughly 29 billion bottles of water, with only 20-25% of those “empties” being recycled. That leaves hundreds of millions of plastic water bottles in our landfills, contaminating our waterways, streets, neighborhoods and parks. There are huge “islands” of plastic waste in the middle of the oceans, and “plastic sand” beaches causing untold toxic harm to marine life and entire ecosystems worldwide…and no resolution is in sight.
SO, WHAT ABOUT TAP WATER?
Much of the tap water in our homes today simple does not taste and/or look appetizing. In addition, tap water has gotten a really bad rap, thanks to the marketing genius of the corporate bottlers. In reality, municipal public water supplies are monitored by the EPA which is much more stringent than the FDA, whose lack of regulatory effort is deplorable. For example, while the FDA actually makes allowances for a certain amount of any type of coliform bacteria (E. coli, etc.) in bottled water, (EEWW!) EPA standards for city tap water thankfully prohibit any confirmed E. coli or fecal coliform bacteria.
Tap water can come from surface water (lakes, streams, reservoirs, etc.) or from underground sources including wells and aquifers. Regardless of the source of your tap water, it often contains naturally-occurring harmful impurities such as arsenic, iron, lead, radon, and other heavy metals. Contaminants such as herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers, asbestos and industrial chemicals that have leached into the groundwater or surface water are also common. Further contamination can come from the degradation of underground or household pipes. Water can contain biological contaminants such as viruses, parasites, and bacteria—and remnants of the chlorine, carbon, lime, phosphates, and other potentially harmful, sometimes carcinogenic, substances used by your water provider to adjust the pH, kill bacteria, remove cloudiness, etc.
Trihalomethanes are a family of chemicals that form when the chlorine used to disinfect public water supplies reacts with rotting organic material such as sewage, farm runoff, and even dead leaves and insects. These chemicals are linked to bladder cancer and other serious disorders. When reviewing water quality from 201 large water utilities (serving 100 million Americans) the Environmental Working Group concluded that every one of those tested was polluted with trihalomethanes.
Lastly but importantly, there is the debate that rages on about the whole-scale fluoridation of public water supplies, with big business and US government agencies still clinging to their claims that fluoridation is preventing tooth decay and causing no potential health risks. More than half the cities in the US fluoridate their water, while at the same time, evidence is mounting that widespread fluoridation may be responsible for an epidemic of thyroid disease, and that it may be a contributing factor to bone fractures, arthritis, lowered IQ in children and some cancers. Many European nations, Japan, and even China have condemned the process of fluoridating public water supplies.
So, how safe is the water you drink? Ask for your municipality’s Consumer Confidence Report, which is published annually by your local water utility. There are numerous website resources where you can continue your research. Here are just a few:
Still thirsty for more information? Here are a few movies that you may want to watch: FLOW, TAPPED, THIRST, BLUE GOLD: World Water Wars, and RUNNING DRY.
These are excellent documentaries that help bring the current subject of water into focus. Do your own research and decide for yourself!
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