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Water makes up almost 75% of your body and is absolutely necessary for life. You probably know you should drink 8 to 10 glasses of this life-giving liquid per day, but have you given serious thought to the quality of your water?
In Australia, we have many different options for our drinking water, but they are not all healthy! This topic can become a very confusing one for many people. Many multi-level marketing schemes have cashed in on peoples’ confusion by making far-fetched claims to sell over-priced water filtration systems. Just because a medical professional endorses a product does not mean that it is genuine or authentic.
In short, ideal drinking water should be free from contaminants such as pharmaceutical drugs and pesticides, contain a balance of naturally occurring minerals such as magnesium, potassium and sodium, be pH balanced or neutral (this means that the water should neither be acidic or alkaline), and be accessible and affordable. Serene Nature House recommends Natural Spring Water in Recyclable BPA-Free Bottles.
- WATER TO AVOID
- Recommended Water
- Tap Water:
Tap water is municipal water that comes out of the faucets and has been treated, processed and disinfected. Two of the gravest concerns about tap water centre on heavy metals and the chlorine that is used to disinfect the water. Heavy metals are known to cause a number of neurological and physical diseases and high levels of chlorine are linked with a number of health issues, including miscarriages and birth defects.
While some argue that these substances are kept to safe levels in our tap water, almost no one disagrees that they negatively contribute to the taste of tap water.
Of more concern to all health conscious Australians should be the fact that our tap water is only monitored for 70 chemicals, whilst there are over 300 known chemicals (including fluoride) that should be of concern.
These include ingredients in pharmaceutical medicines and pesticides that find their way into our water supply. Then there are the contaminants that find their way into your water after it has been treated at the treatment plant. Some of these include lead, copper and plastic residues, all of which can accumulate in the body and cause a host of serious health problems.
The answer to the question, “Is tap water safe for drinking?” is not an easy one to definitively answer, but an objective look at the evidence suggests that it definitely cannot be trusted.
Distilled water can be any kind of water that has been vaporized and collected, leaving behind any solid residues, including minerals. Distilled water has no minerals in it at all.
Reverse osmosis water has been forced through membranes that remove larger particles, pollutants and minerals. Reverse osmosis water is usually acidic.
Distilled water and Reverse Osmosis water act as a chelator in the body. This is a very serious problem, in our experience. Distillation (as with reverse osmosis) creates a "hungry" water. This means it is devoid of minerals and, as a result, the water tends to attract to itself whatever minerals it touches.
When one drinks distilled or RO water, as soon as it enters the body it begins to grab onto and hold onto minerals. This process is called chelation. When the water passes out of the body through the kidneys, some of these minerals are lost to the body. Since it is a mild form of chelation, if one drinks distilled or RO water for more than a few weeks or months, over time it will remove some vital minerals from the body. This is extremely harmful today because most of us are low in vital minerals to begin with.
Carbon Filtered Water is fairly non-toxic, inexpensive and will remove quite a few toxic chemicals and chlorine gas and other gases to some degree. However, carbon will not filter out fluoride or most toxic metals. It will also not filter out certain small organic and other chemical contaminants. All carbon filters clog up and stop working, in time. There is no reliable way to tell when to change the filter. A dirty carbon filter is worse than no filter at all. Carbon readily supports bacterial and fungal growth.
Deionized or Alkaline water in which the mineral ions (salts such as sodium, calcium, iron, copper, chloride and bromide) have been removed by exposing it to electrically charged resins that attract and bind to the salts. The most popular alkaline water machines are the platinum-titanium type. They use tap water, which passes through a carbon filter. Then the water passes over electrified platinum-covered titanium plates to alkalinize it. Then some machines may add a calcium solution or powder to the water to further enhance its alkalinity.
Unfortunately, platinum is too toxic for any human exposure. While the amount of exposure is small, some who use it begin to develop a little platinum toxicity. While this may be okay for most people, some with delicate kidneys or liver problems will be affected.
Furthermore, water that is too acidic or too alkaline can be detrimental to human health and lead to nutritional disequilibrium. This has been demonstrated in studies which found both pH extremes to be problematic. It makes sense that you are designed to drink water that occurs naturally, which excludes alkaline water with pH levels of 8 and above.
All of the above waters lack essential minerals that are necessary for good health. Mineral deficiency can lead to insulin resistance, migraines, high blood pressure, constipation and even heart beat irregularities!
Bottled waters deserve some special attention because they are not always as pure as you might expect them to be. The reasons include the following:
- Dangerous toxins from some plastic water bottles can leach into your water.
- Bottled water is often just purified reverse osmosis municipal water and lacks essential minerals.
- Purifying, bottling and shipping water requires vast resources and uses more water than when you get your water from a pure source in the first place.
The best water to drink is naturally clean, pure and full of naturally occurring minerals:
- Well water comes from a hole drilled in the ground that taps into a water source. A pump brings it to the surface. If you do not have access to city water, then you would need a well.
- Natural spring water flows up from a natural spring and is bottled at the source.
- Artesian or spring waters come from a natural source but are bottled off-site and are processed and purified.
- Mineral water could be natural spring water or artesian water, comes from an underground source, and contains at least 250 parts per million (ppm) of dissolved solids, including minerals and trace elements.
All of the types of water mentioned above have essential minerals and nutrients like magnesium, potassium, and sodium and, where properly sourced, contain none of the dangerous contaminants found in tap water.
Minerals are important for nearly every function in your body, especially your adrenals.
Serene Nature House is proud to refer our customers to Tom’s Family from Olinda Springs:
Olinda Springs is one of the few suppliers of spring water to have their own source of spring water. Most Spring Water that is delivered in Melbourne is sourced 100-200km away, then trucked to the Bottling Plant, bottled and delivered around Melbourne. However, because of their close proximity to Melbourne, Olinda Springs has by far the lowest Water Kilometres in the industry.
Olinda Springs bottles are reused constantly over 5 years and on average each bottle would deliver 500 litres of water during its lifetime before being recycled.
Unlike most companies in this industry who use polycarbonate bottles, which is not recyclable, Olinda Springs uses exclusively PET bottles, that are BPA Free and which are 100% recyclable in Australia.
Most of the spring water used for bottling in Melbourne is sourced from North and West Melbourne in areas that are being monitored for heavy use of ground water. The spring water sourced in the Dandenong Ranges does not fall under any Ground Water Management Areas currently established to monitor over use of groundwater.
The Olinda Spring Water is very pure and contains naturally occurring minerals.
Serene Nature House uses Olinda Spring Water only.
Please contact Tom on 1300 780 218 to start drinking Olinda Spring Water today and please cite the referral from Serene Nature House.