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Water is one of the most important elements for human survival; without it we would die in a few days. Water is essential to virtually every bodily function, including digestion, absorption and transport of nutrients, metabolism, elimination of body waste and regulation of body temperature. Water is the essence of our beings, so the supply of contamination free drinking water is fundamental to the basis of a healthy body.
We are on average 70% water, the brain is 75% water, blood is 82% water, and human lungs are nearly 90% water. As foetuses we are 99% water, 90% when we are born, 70% as an adult and as low as 50% if we live to a ripe old age.
It is recommended adults drink approximately two litres of quality water each day (about 8 glasses) for optimum health; however more water is required on hot days, during exercise, when flying and for prolonged periods in air conditioning.
Unfortunately, the the water we drink today no longer resembles what our ancestors used to drink. There are now hundreds of contaminants including some toxic additives added in our water making it a slow poison and often unpalatable. Some of these include heavy metals like copper and lead, pesticides, phthalates and other xenoestrogens, chlorine and fluoride.
Fluoride, a waste product is added to water in the pretence of preventing dental problems. Although the evidence for this is very questionable, there are now mountains of evidence showing fluoride leads to multiple adverse health effects including dental and bone fluorosis, thyroid problems, bone cancer and lowering the IQ in children.
Aluminium is added to water to reduce suspended particles. However, some aluminium remains in the water. Aluminium is a nervous system poison and is possibly a small contributing factor in nervous system disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.
While chlorine is essential to rid the water of waterborne diseases it forms potent cancer causing chemicals when it react with matter in the water. It also gives the water a strong chemical smell and taste.
Various organic chemicals including pesticides are released into the environment which make their way into our drinking water. While only small amounts are present in our water they have the potential to be carcinogenic and cause other toxic affects. While the authorities often state that the chemical contaminants are not a problem, most of these chemicals are not monitored individually and the collective impacts all these substances are unknown. Complicating the picture is the fact that they don’t actually know how to monitor for some pesticides and their break down products.
We expect to drink water without fear of becoming sick, and free of contamination from toxic materials. We also expect it to taste nice. The only water I have found that comes close to this at a reasonable price is the Waters Co water filters. They remove the toxins including 99.9% of the fluoride, re-mineralise, ionise and alkalise the water to a pH just over 8 so that it resembles fresh drinking water.
At the cost of around 4 cents per litre they are also considerably cheaper than bottle water and you are sure of getting the quality without the plastic bottle waste.
Dr Peter Dingle.