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With all the different types of water out there and all the hype that goes with each, it can be very easy to get confused about which types of water are really best for your health.
And, if you find yourself struggling with the environmental concerns of bottled water versus the dangerous chemicals in tap water, I understand. In this article I’ll aim to clear up some confusion and help you take control of your hydration.
I’m afraid I must be the bearer of some bad news: 40 percent of bottled water is bottled TAP WATER! Yes, you read correctly, which may or may not have received additional filtration.
Also, drinking from plastic bottles is not a good idea. Plastic bottles contain a chemical called bisphenol A or BPA, which is a synthetic hormone disruptor that has been linked to serious health problems.
Aside from the health risks, the devastating impact bottled water has had on our ecosystem is staggering!
Ideally, you want a filtration system that offers a variety of methods to remove different contaminants.
Most systems do not address a combination of organic, inorganic, sediment and metals.
Ionizers and Alkalisers
Engaic Healthy Kangen Water has a pH of 8.5 to 9.5 and is said to help your body balance the acidic effects of eating foods such as meat and eggs.
In my personal experience Kangen actually water tastes better! It’s soft and velvety, but with a mineral aftertaste. This alkaline water is ideal for drinking and cooking, comes out of one of the machines’ spigots, while acid water, which can be used for cleaning, comes out of another.
The degree of alkalinity is often adjustable which has its advantages. The machines have a built-in filter, which filters impurities just like any other water filter. Other benefits include uber hydration through the ‘micro clustered’ structure of the molecules, anti-oxidant free radical scavenging, support of wellness and longevity and it’s environmentally green.
Some people experience an initial “high” when they start drinking alkaline water. This can easily be attributed to detoxification, and the fact that they are likely just becoming better hydrated.
Increasing the alkalinity of our water has been shown to provide numerous health benefits due to the fact that disease can only survive in an acidic state.
The benefits of drinking alkaline water include; Slowing down the ageing process by removing toxins and acidic waste from the cells, enhanced physical energy, and improved mental clarity by hydrating your cells.
Mountain spring water is in ideal pH range. It is some of the healthiest water on the planet because it is ‘living water’. Living water, like ‘living food’ is in its raw, natural state the way nature intended.
There’s a great website called FindaSpring.com where you can find a natural spring in your area.
Unfortunately, there aren’t too many in the Sydney area but if you’re near the Blue Mountains there is a spring located north of Lawson.
Have I confused you yet?? ☺ Here’s how I manage my water intake.. I like to mix it up!! At home we drink fresh spring water from the Barrington Tops, it’s naturally alkaline and tastes delish. I also use this water for herbal tea, cooking, presoaking grains and legumes, and of course Buckie the dog gets to enjoy this water too. We purchase this from Vital source
At Face Plus Medispa we use the Kangen system which I love for it’s therapeutic actions. If I’m on the fly and caught without my precious water bottle, I generally buy Alkalife.
Last option is Sydney tap water, which I avoid it but if given no other option, will drink rather than dehydrate.
In addition, Coconut Water and Vegetable Juicing add a little variety to my hydration. As I mentioned in a previous article, coconuts are an excellent source of fresh, pure water and electrolytes.
Coconuts are also rich in lauric acid, which is known for it’s immune-boosting as well as its antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties, so it’s an ideal choice when you’re sick. I drink a couple of coconuts each week, usually after a heavy workout. Another pure healthy water is vegetable juicing. I recommend buying pesticide-free, organic vegetables for optimal nutritional benefit.
Ultimately, water is one of the most important parts of a healthy lifestyle, so make sure that you are choosing the best possible water, avoiding dangerous plastics, and getting enough vital minerals. Happy hydrating peeps ☺