Think Of Your Body As An Ocean
In times past humans drank water from wells, springs, brooks, and rivers that was rich in minerals and trace minerals. Minerals and trace minerals are essential to operating systems of our body as they regulate metabolic processes and are used to create enzymes, hormones, bones, tissues, teeth, and fluids. Some of the prevalent minerals found in the body are calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, sodium, potassium, magnesium, fluoride, sulfur, copper, and chloride.
Today most people drink city water, which is intentionally and inadvertently contaminated with some very bad things including:
Disinfection by-products of the chlorination of water (DBPs), which are THMs (trihalomethanes) and HAA5s (haloacetic acids)
industrial solvents (such as vinyl chloride, dioxin, benzene, acrylamide, and polychlorinated biphenyls)
Pharmaceutical compounds, including pain killers
The very best solution is to install a purification system at home, and then carry your own water around in stainless steel containers.
The popular countertop water filtration systems may be the least expensive but they don’t filter out all the toxins. The basic countertop carbon filter system removes chlorine, inorganic and organic contaminants, but they’re ineffective at removing fluoride, pharmaceuticals, and disinfection by-products of the chlorination of water.
Point-of-use water filtration systems, such as under the bathroom sink and in showers, provide extended health benefits. Because chlorine is vaporized when it comes out of the faucet, you end up breathing it when you wash and shower. Also, your body’s largest organ is your skin, which is porous and absorbs toxins like chlorine. Toxins absorbed through your skin aren’t broken down by mouth enzymes or filtered by your liver instead these toxins go directly into your bloodstream and into to your organs.
All of this is understandable, but it still doesn’t answer the question, which water purification system is the best? Since writing Healthy, Sexy, Happy, I’ve done more research into water purification systems. My research took me to ecologist, James McMahon. What we are all after is what Jim calls “living water.” Jim writes, “It is my opinion that we are only beginning to understand the natural properties of water and that healthy water is a complex issue.”
That really resonated with my experience researching water purification. It’s a complex subject and everyone has a different opinion. I’ve heard a lot theories, and some of them, like enhancing the alkaline levels of water don’t mesh with my belief of eating and consuming in historic ways. If you have been following me, you know that I support historically consumed food and drink, including water. Historically, human beings did not consume water that has a high PH, so there is no rational for us to do so now. My clinical nutritionist friend, Dr. Kaayla Daniel has told me that she has seen numerous health problems associated with highly alkalinized water. If you’re eating and drinking in a balanced way your body is going to have what it needs to maintain homeostasis. If you’re not you can’t fix it just with water.
Let’s keep everything, including our water, within reason and not go off on a faddish tangent.
On the other hand the notion of re-mineralizing seemed essential, and a lot of companies offer that. But how important is it to try to restore water to a brook or spring type of water? Wouldn’t just getting rid of the toxins be good enough? The bottom line is that we know we need to hydrate and feel so much better when we do. But then there’s the big quandary of what purification system to use given that we are dealing with water that has been contaminated and is piped through various types of piping materials, and is no longer captured in streams and brooks.
Reverse osmosis is considered the best system for overall water purification because it removes 95 to 99 percent of all contaminants from water. However, in addition to removing contaminates, reverse osmosis also completely strips all minerals and trace minerals.
In general I tend to veer away from conventional wisdoms and fads and try instead to connect dots to come to my own conclusions about healthy eating and living. So I wanted to delve more into water remineralization. “I’ve now done substantial testing of water and minerals and concluded that while it would be nice to have minerals in your water, it’s far more important to remove the contaminants,” said Jim. He told me that he worked with a naturopathic doctor to try to come up with a way to replace minerals. Apparently everyone is tending to use coral calcium, which is just ground up coral from the Caribbean. So they tried that too and ran purified water through a coral calcium filter. They sent a sample of the filtered water to be tested with a naturopathic doctor they trusted. The PH of the water turned out to be 8.8, which is high (normal is 7.4) and the alkalinity was way too low at 21, but there were no minerals. Running the water through a coral filter does not produce the same mineralized water as water that has washed over coral for thousands of years.
I’m tending to agree that taking out the toxins is more important than trying to restore water to it’s historic mineral content of pure brooks and streams. On the plus side, Jim said that a low mineral level in water makes it much more hydrating because the water can permeate the cell. “If you put totally pure water and next to a cell, which is thick and dense with living activity, the water will move into the cell. It’s a natural tendency of water,” Jim told me. He gave me the example of the stuff that people drink before having a colonoscopy. It’s very high dissolved solids, i.e. minerals. So it flushes everything through your digestive track and out of your system, rather than permeating cells.
Given that water itself is absorbed more readily when it’s not packaged with minerals, then I think the best course of action would be drinking water from a a reverse osmosis purification system, along with eating a balanced diet of real, whole, living food, including some sea salt, some seaweed or spirulina and chlorella, and a broad spectrum of low dose, highly absorbable supplements, with minerals and trace minerals.
I learned from Jim that everyone’s water purification system needs are different depending on where we live. For that reason, we need to analyze our water reports. But who really wants to add another major learning curve to our already busy lives? Jim will do it for you, which is totally neat.
To get a copy of your water report Google the city you live in. For example, I Googled “Santa Monica, CA water quality report.” This took me to http://www.smgov.net/Workarea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=24274. Scrolling down, I found “Summary of Primary Drinking Water Quality Results for 2010” and “Summary of Secondary Drinking Water Quality Results for 2010”—a lot of information about the contaminants in the water that is coming out of my tap.
After obtaining your water report, you can email it to Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow up with a phone call to review your report and get his recommendation for water purification systems. Jim is available from 9 to 6 PM Mountain time,?at 866-691-4214.
Effective water purifications systems aren’t cheap, but if you consider the amount of money we all spend on bottled water, it adds up over the course of a year, or a lifetime. Since you can’t live without water, and city water is a primary source of toxins, a home system ends up being economical in the long run preserving your health and contributing to the quality of your life.
Our bodies are oceans, and just like we want to keep the ocean alive and vibrant, we also want to keep our body’s ocean alive and vibrant.
Peace, Fun, Love.
Your girlfriend in health,