What is the Best Drinking Water?
The average adult human is between 50 to 65% water. I know many people that live to eat, but while you can survive 3 weeks without food, you can only live 3 days without water. I know people that drink soda like it was water and not water like it was water, and the quality of their water is not a concern. That’s not me, I want to know, “What is the Best Drinking Water?”
71% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water. Water is also the air, in rivers and lakes, in icecaps and glaciers, it’s in the ground as soil moisture and in aquifers.
The most important fact is that while three-quarters of the Earth’s surface is covered with water, less than one percent (0.37% to be exact) of that water is drinkable.
What’s In Your Water
We drink, bathe, cook, and clean with it. But how much do we really know about the water that flows out of our faucets? Some areas of the country have better water than others. New York where I live has some highly rated water, but it’s still fluoridated. Then there are the nightmares like Flint, Michigan.
So, You Think Your Tap Water is Relatively Safe to Drink?
It’s true, in most American municipalities your tap water is treated for your protection, in order to kill bacteria and other organisms.
Typical Tap Water Contains:
- Sodium hydroxide (lye) to reduce its acidity
- Heavy Metals: lead, mercury, arsenic, radium, aluminum. copper, cadmium barium
There’s are several of these additives that I would rather not be ingesting.
The additive that most concerns me is Fluoride. I know it’s a toxic waste product from the phosphate industry. If it was released into the atmosphere or just dumped into a river it would be a crime. When it’s sold as a way to prevent cavities suddenly it’s okay. I don’t think so.
Tap Water versus Bottled Water
I understand why bottled what is so popular and such a huge business. Between soda, juices, energy drinks bottled water is, presumably, far superior… But is bottled water better than tap water?
The simple fact is one-third of all bottled water is just tap water that has been run through a filter. Water bottled from springs and streams like Fiji in most cases isn’t really any better than your tap water. In fact, in blind taste tests tap water often wins.
Most cities are constantly testing their water while bottled water companies don’t have to test. Also, flowing water has less of a chance for bacteria to build up as compared to bottled water which may be standing for months.
With the exception of a few isolated pockets of truly bad drinking water, most municipal systems and most bottled water sources are fairly equal in terms of contaminants and other health and safety issues.
On the plus side, bottled water is convenient. If money is not an issue and you don’t mind paying more for water than you do for gas, then tap water and bottled water are generally comparable in terms of safety. So the choice of tap or bottled is mostly a matter of personal preference.
Where Does That Leave Us?
There are a great many substances in tap water and bottled water that doesn’t make them the smart choice if your health is important to you.
It has been more than a year since I’ve used tap water for drinking, coffee or cooking. I only use water that has been filtered through a unit that is supposed to remove Fluoride and most other toxins. I carry my own filtered water so I seldom buy bottled water.
My shower head has a filter to remove the chlorine. I still wash my dishes and fruits and vegetables with tap water and that is not satisfactory. My search continued.
What I’ve tried… but couldn’t recommend
I’ve tried an additive called Adya that seemed to show the impurities clumping together and then become inert and harmless. Only later I learned the product was a scam.
I next tried inexpensive water pitchers with a filter compartment. Most (Pur and Brita for example) did not even claim to remove Fluoride and had to be rejected. One inexpensive filter pitcher did claim to remove Fluoride. I had no problem with the product, but I did have a problem with the company’s practices with regard to ordering, exchanges and refunds. I used the product, but could not recommend it to my readers. So, the search continued.
Types of Home Water Filtration Systems
- Sediment Filters
- Carbon Adsorption
- Ceramic Filters
- UV Filtration
- Reverse Osmosis
- Ion Exchange Filters
These filters ranged from basic and inexpensive to whole house and very expensive. Who should we listen to and how much was it going to cost us to find out… What is the Best Drinking Water?
Who Do You Trust?
My friend Gene Laka, is one of the brightest people I know. He’s a Dartmouth graduate with an Engineering degree, an MBA from Columbia and an MS from NYU in International Administration. He has a financial background as Vice President of Strategic Planning for Citibank/Citigroup and as an international consultant for multi-million dollar projects. He’s even had an article he wrote published on the Op-Ed page of The New York Times. When Gene says he has a medical grade machine that can give him the best water possible – I want to know what it is.
He’s also the perfect candidate to test out and render a judgement on what water can do for your health. Because my friend has medical conditions that are debilitating and downright scary, when he says that changing his water has changed his life, I believe him.
When he invited me over to try the water, I was there the day his unit was delivered. Here’s his review of that machine and its water and the changes it has made to his and health and life.
What if it’s just a placebo. Maybe it’s all in his head and wanting so bad to find an answer to his medical issues. But, if after trying his water system and he’s feeling better then that’s a placebo that works. If it really helps it isn’t really a placebo.
What I Know for Sure
People like Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, and Beyonce, could drink any water they want. They could fly in gallons of water from Lourdes if they want, they could bathe in it. It turns out they drink the same water that Gene does.
They all asked themselves, “What is the best drinking water?” They all came to the same exact conclusion.
Please, check out my friend Gene’s review of the medical grade water that he believes can change your life.
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