Thursday, November 10, 2011

Therapy Thursday: Water, the Great Purifier Part II

As promised, I'd like to finish last week's blog about water.  As discussed, the more fresh, raw food you eat, the less water you need to drink.  Water from organic fruits and vegetables is the best source.  However, it's important to stay hydrated, so having a bottle of water around is essential.  I do recommend drinking a glass or two of water first thing every morning.  It helps to regulate your body temperature and gets the bowels activated after a night's sleep.

Most people get most or all of their water from beverages like coffee, soda, tea, juices and energy drinks.  Most of these are filled with caffeine, salt, sugar, chemicals or all of the above.  Sports drinks (which many people consume when their bodies need water more than ever) are poisonous liquids disguised as healthy drinks.  Just pick up a bottle and read the label.  If you really care about your health, you will learn to avoid drinks that are stimulants or for taste only.

If you are addicted to unhealthy drinks, it may take some time to get used to drinking water on a regular basis.  If you drink coffee or tea, try drinking it with less or no sugar.  Slowly cut down on the amount and increase the amount of water you drink.  If you do like tea, try herbal teas or green tea without sweetener.  I like to add mint to other teas to add flavor.  If it's soda that you love, try fresh squeezed juices like orange or apple for the sweetness.  Soda comes out on top of the worst things you can put in your body.

So, what kind of water should we drink.  We all know that tap water is "safe," but is it healthy?  Probably not.  Most cities now dump fluoride in our water supply and treat it with chemicals.  Distilled water might be the cleanest water available, but many experts say that it is completely devoid of minerals and is dead.  There are hundreds of bottled waters to choose from at the store.  They all claim to have the best water on the planet.  One water is completely purified; another water comes from a pristine spring; and yet another is melted off an ancient glacier.  These companies are all trying to sell their products, so who do we trust?  Is it necessary to buy bottled water?  Should we invest in a home water purifier?  Is so, what type?

Many of these questions are still unanswered in my mind.  I continue to review all the information out there and make choices based on logic and personal experience.  Personally, I think that most tap water is not great for drinking.  The best source of water is spring water right at the source, as long as there is no chance of contamination from agricultural runoff or industry.  High mountain springs contain fresh water that is filtered through the ground, has minerals in it and has a good pH balance (not too high, not too low).  Glass is always preferable, but food-grade plastic works as long as the water is consumed fairly quickly.

I would recommend finding a company that delivers fresh spring water from your local mountains.  Ask them if they have glass.  Also, find out if they have an analysis online or on paper that shows the mineral content, microbes, pH and anything else important.  Finding great water is not always easy, but it's worth the effort.  You're worth the effort.  Be healthy!

Mystic Merman

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