Healthy Water

Because the adult human body is made of roughly 50–65 percent water, it is important that the water we drink and bathe in is healthy. Unfortunately, most unfiltered tap water in the United States is not pure water. Toxins in our environment are leeching into our soils and groundwater and end up flowing out of our faucet. Other toxic elements make their way into our water with the government’s stamp of approval, either to kill microbes or to “make our bones and teeth strong.” Many of these chemicals and other toxins—whether put there intentionally or not—are cancer-causing contaminants and do not belong in our bodies.

Following is a list of a few “ingredients” found in tap water (based on the studies in these two articles: The Major Toxins in Your Water and Clean Water the Only Solution).

Toxin Source Studies Show…
Chlorine Added in many municipalities to kill bacteria in water Kills friendly bacteria as well. Carcinogen: linked to kidney, bladder, rectal, skin, stomach cancers
Fluorides Added in many municipalities to “protect” teeth and bones Carcinogen: contains heavy metals, inhibits thyroid and immune system
Aluminum Added in many municipalities to “clarify” water When interacting with fluorides, crosses blood/brain barrier, depositing in brain. Linked to Alzheimer’s and cancer
Heavy metals Contaminated groundwater, old pipes, etc. Linked to cancer
Arsenic Agricultural and industrial waste Linked to cancer
Nitrate/Nitrite Pesticides Linked to colon and bladder cancer
Pharmaceutical Drugs and Hormones Found in water supplies due to inadequate waste filtration systems Linked to cancer
Radon Nuclear disasters, natural uranium Linked to lung and other cancers

Bottled water off the supermarket shelf is not necessarily safer or more “pure” than tap water. Plastic—even “BPA Free” plastic—has been found to leech into water, making purchasing or storing water in plastic containers an unhealthy choice.

If you have cancer, it’s important to take a close look at the water you drink and bathe in to determine whether this water could have contributed in some way to the development of your cancer and whether a change in your water system might better support your healing. Pure spring water that hasn’t been sitting in a plastic bottle is the ideal. Since that’s difficult for most of us to obtain, the next best thing is to buy water filters for drinking and bathing.

In order to find the best filter, you might first want to determine the relative quality of your water. The Environmental Working Group rates the best and worst water municipalities in the country, along with the top concerns for each area. On their site you can also type in your zip code to see what the top contaminants are for your area, and then search for the filtration system that will remove those contaminants. Water can be purified through many different types of filtration systems. The site also explains the basic differences between the most common systems available. Another organization, Food and Water Watch, offers a guide on how to read your water report and what to look for in a filter, and also includes the latest consumer reports on water filters.

In choosing a water filter, it’s important to remember that pure, natural water contains many minerals vital to health. If your filter removes the minerals along with the contaminants, you may need to remineralize your water before drinking it. Or you can purchase a filter that naturally remineralizes the water for you, such as the Nikken filtration system. The Nikken system utilizes a two-step approach. First the water is put through a filter to remove contaminants and then it is exposed to specific stones that add back to the water any healthy minerals lost through the filtration process. This two-step approach helps ensure the water we drink is closest to its natural state and is most optimal for human health.

As odd as it may seem, some believe we also have control over our water quality by our attitude toward it. Dr. Masuro Emoto has demonstrated that water reflects both the physical and spiritual consciousness in which it lives. In his experiments Dr. Emoto played different pieces of music and placed various words near water. After this exposure, the water was frozen in small petri dishes, where crystals formed. Emoto found he could manipulate the quality and integrity of the crystals formed by changing the mood of what the water was exposed to before freezing. The frozen crystals seemed to resemble the environment they were exposed to prior to freezing. For example, water exposed to angry music froze into “angry” crystals. The crystals became a mirror of the consciousness that had surrounded it. You can view photographs of some of these frozen crystals in this video.

Quality is not the only important factor when it comes to drinking water; quantity also plays a role in our health. Keeping yourself hydrated with plenty of good, healthy water helps your system function at its peak.

For Further Exploration:

Water and Cancer

Food and Water Watch: A Consumer Website

Tap Water Guide

National Drinking Water Database: Water Filter Guide

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