Water, Water Everywhere – What Kind Should You Drink?

April 2, 2009

Glass Half-full or Half-empty
Water. It’s refreshing, and it’s good for you. If you have digestive problems, water especially helps out with the following issues:

  • prevents constipation (regulates bowel movements)
  • prevents dehydration (in case of diarrhea)
  • prevents the formation of kidney stones (which occur often in people with digestive problems)
  • flushes toxins (if you don’t drink enough, these toxins – chemicals, additives, and wastes – get stored in your organs and tissues, leading to disease and premature aging)

So What Kind of Water Should I Drink?

Bottled Water is Bad.
Plastic bottles leach chemicals and are bad for the environment.

Tap Water is Worse.
Tap water is a big health threat, often playing host to chlorine, fluoride, and other contaminants. In various cases, tap water has also tested positive for Salmonella, Cryptosporidia, and even methane! Check out this flammable tap water:

Another surprising fact: a “vast array of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones — have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans” (article here).

The Ultimate Solution – Filter it Yourself.
I asked my friendly local plumber to install a reverse osmosis filter system under my kitchen sink. Now, drinking clean water is very convenient.  In the long run, filtration systems are cheaper, healthier, and less wasteful than buying water bottles.  If you’re not sure where to start, here’s a very thorough water filter comparison table.

Going out?
Bring a steel-lined bottle full of filtered water. Steel is the best choice, because the alternatives are not great: plastic leaches chemicals, aluminum is linked to Alzheimer’s, and glass is too breakable.

Your body is over 50% water, so keep it hydrated with the purest water you can get. Clean water is one of the simple pleasures in life, and it will pay off in the long haul. Happy hydrating!

2 Responses

  1. this is sucks…because I drink a lot of bottled water…2 to 3 liters a day…is there any good brands of bottled water that you recomended or comapnies that making good claean water…or the only solution is to buy filter….?

  2. Hey Bartek! If you must drink bottled water, choose water in glass bottles (since plastic leaches chemicals). I like Borjomi, which is high in minerals, as you can see here. People with digestive problems often have issues with mineral and vitamin absorption, so mineral water is another way to fortify yourself and normalize acid/alkaline balance.

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