What’s in your Water? Part 4

It’s pretty apparent that there are at least a few chemicals and/or by-products in our drinking water that perhaps we don’t want to be drinking. What can we do about it?

There are  a few options, from bottled water to Britta filters, Zero water filters, to reverse osmosis, high quality countertop, under the sink, or whole house filters and purification systems. The process of deciding what works for you can be a bit daunting.

I invite you to consider a few points:

  • how important is it to you to filter your water?
  • how many people live in your home and will be using filtered water?
  • how concerned are you about the environment and using plastics?
  • does your town fluoridate?
  • do you want to filter your drinking water to start with, or water in the entire home (including bath water)?
  • how much money do you want/have to spend on a filtration system?

We’re all familiar with some of the pros and cons of bottled water. Some is no better, and at times worse, than tap water and it comes in this handy dandy plastic container that can leach chemicals into your drinking water and may wind up in a landfill. On the other hand, some bottled water is of higher quality than tap water and it’s convenient and may come in a glass bottle. At times, bottled water can be more acidic than alkaline. To combat this, add a pinch of high quality sea salt to your water.

Salt in water? Yes. It will make your water more alkaline and provide minerals to your body that may have been removed from the water during the filtering process and/or sweat out by you during exercise. I’m not talking table salt or Morton’s sea salt – what we’re familiar with as being good ol’ NaCl. Yep, sodium chloride. Sounds yummy, doesn’t it?! Mmm. Use a high quality Celtic sea salt or Himalayan sea salt. Your body will thank you.

Have you ever experienced drinking what seems to be a whole boat-load of water from the tap or bottled water, and yet not at all felt like it made the least bit of difference in your thirst? It’s probably acidic. Adding salt is likely to help.

Britta filters and Zero water filters can be fairly inexpensive in the beginning. How much are you paying for replacement cartridges each year? And, you guessed it, they do not remove fluoride. It’s an option for those tight on cash and for those whose town doesn’t fluoridate. Add a pinch of sea salt and you’re good to go.

Reverse osmosis (RO) systems can run anywhere from $150 for a countertop model upwards of $4000 for a whole house model. Things to consider with RO is whether or not the particular filters within the system you are considering purchasing also remove fluoride (if your town fluoridates). And, RO can make the water more acidic. So, add high quality sea salt to bring the water back towards alkalinity and to replace removed minerals.

There are numerous other models of water filters, including ones that specifically contain a filter for the removal of fluoride. Yay! Read carefully to make sure the filters you’re considering do what you want them to do. These models run anywhere from $110 up to $3000+ for a whole house filter. Some of these models re-mineralize the water. Do a test with pH to see if the water is acidic or alkaline. If it’s on the acidic end…you guessed it – add sea salt.

Many other options exist, but as you can see, there are options for nearly every budget and need.

Lastly, I often ask clients how much water they drink. Why? Approximately 60% of the human body contains water. 60%. So, if you’re not drinking enough, there’s no way you’ll be functioning at your optimum. What is enough? One-half of your body weight in liters. So, if you weigh 200 lbs, you should aim to drink 100L of water per day, adjusted for hot weather and activity.

If it’s colored, and not clear, it’s not water. It’s food!

I hope you enjoyed our little venture down the tributaries of the wonderful world of water. Let me know if you have any questions or comments. I’d be happy to hear from you!

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