Most people realize importance of drinking enough water in order to maintain our health and wellness. But can we find water that is safe to drink? Is our tap water safe? Is bottled water really any better than filtered tap water?
Your body needs clean, pure water
In the book, Your Body’s Many Cries for Water, author Fereydoon Batamanghelidj claims that many modern diseases are a result of dehydration, and that feeling thirsty is not the first but the last symptom. Based on his research, he claims that consuming sufficient water can protect people from everything from asthma to osteoporosis, from high blood cholesterol to hypertension, and from obesity to sleep disorders.
Anyone who is attempting to lose weight needs to consume more water. When your body takes in toxins, the bodyprotects itself by storing those toxins in fat. When fat is burned or released, the toxins once again enter the bloodstream, and if there is insufficient water to flush them out, the body may once again protect itself by redepositing them as fat.
Finding Water that is Safe to Drink
Water pollution is a great global problem. The greatest cause of death and disease worldwide is not from cancer, heart disease, stroke, car accidents or even war… the greatest cause of death and disease worldwide is from water pollution.
In fact, infectious diseases found in polluted waters is the #1 child killer under the age of five
The amount of sewerage and industrial waste dumped annually is greater than all rivers worldwide — 6 times over! 2.5 Billion people live without proper sanitation systems. Developing countries pour 70% of their waste directly into water supplies untreated.
Is this just a problem for 3rd world nations? NO! We all share the same water globally. Arsenic and heavy metal pollution, along with chemicals in ground water affect people of all continents. Over 100 pharmaceutical drugs have been found in lakes, rivers, reservoirs, and streams throughout the world.
In America, the EWG found an average of 6 contaminates in municipal water across the US. 53 Million Americans drink contaminated water every day. Is it any wonder degenerative diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s and autism are at all-time highs?
Even in pristine Canada, 200 billion liters of raw sewage are dumped into natural waterways annually.
What about bottled water?
While more than half of all Americans drink bottled water, does this $4 billiion dollar trend solve the problem of clena water? The NRDC tested popular bottled water brands – and found that the standards for bottled water are less strict than for tap water for bacteria and chemical contaminants. The results were that 1/3 of those tested exceeded bacterial, chemical or microbiological safety standards for purity.
More than 1 in 4 plastic bottles are sourced directly from tap water. Did you ever wonder how you can buy a 24-pack of bottled water from Walmart for $2.99 or $3.99. That water has to be bottled, packaged, shipped for many miles and retailed for a profit. What kind of quality should we expect from that product?
And despite recycling efforts, 85% of plastic water bottles are thrown away instead of recycled –126 TONS PER DAY