So, we know that drinking water is good for us. It re-hydrates and helps to flush toxins out of our body and we’ve got a lot of toxins to flush, so water and lots of it please~
But, water is just water right? Whether it be from the tap (ew Juds, that’s my new nick for you btw, I don’t know about your water source, but if you tried to drink it here off the tap you’d have everyone in earshot leaping at you as if you just picked up a glass of rubbing alcohol) or out of a fancy bottle imported from Italy, it does its basic function of hydrating and flushing. The question is, “Does one type do a better job of flushing out those toxins than another?” What’s in the water? What’s in the rather expensive water that makes it so much better for me than what I can get just by walking over to my kitchen sink?
According to this article from the Mayo clinic, tap and bottled water are both managed by “similar” safety standards, but at the end the article they warn that some people can get sick from tap water and even list “those undergoing chemotherapy” as being specifically at risk. And on the flip side there’s an article in the NY times claiming that the federal law regulating tap water is so outdated that only 91 of the 60,000 contaminants that are used today and could be found in water are regulated. Again, the water could be very different in the land of Wallabies, but here…I say don’t touch the tap.
Me, I like the taste of sparkling mineral water and after two weeks of drinking daily (at least 32 oz) in Italy, I can say I feel better. Maybe it’s psychological…maybe the handsome, charming waiters were the actual source of the “feeling better”, but I like to think the magic component was in the water ;)
Through a combination of research and personal experience I’ve become a fan of alkaline water. It helps that I live just down the road from one of the largest sources in southern California, The Carlsbad Mineral Springs. Too many words for my brain to comprehend and the hows, whats and whys, so here’s what I know. It tastes good. It tastes really good actually and people I respect (Hi Frank :) in the health field strongly urged me to drink it daily because it’s purported to:
- Lubricate joints and make them stronger – improve athletic hydration
- Provide powerful anti-oxidants and fortifies the immune system
- Neutralize acidity, support pH balance, maintain strong bones
- Improve body, organ and cell hydration – easier to absorb
- Rejuvenate the skin, keep it more elastic and smooth
- Promote healthy weight loss and lifestyle
- Remove harmful toxins from the body
- Have detoxification enzymes
Is there irrefutable evidence that it does all of these things? Apparently not. Does my skin look better than it has in years? Yup. As for the rest, at 50 cents per gallon I guess I’m willing to make the trek there once a week to fill up my 3 gallon jug and hope for the best.
If you do decide on tap water then might I suggest using one of those filter attachments like the one from Brita? It’s cheap enough and pretty cool looking. I know, I’m a sucker for good advertisements…
Also, while we’re on the subject of detoxing, don’t forget the list of foods I’d posted in the epilogue that promote it. Here’s a link to the actual site. It also has some suggestions for supplements that are meant to help your body detox as well: Osaniholistichealthcare.com.
Ohhh the many choices. I try to keep it simple or I get stressed out by all the advice and suggestions out there, but I do eat a lot of the foods listed there on a regular basis. It can’t hurt and as long as I keep in check that there is no quick fix for it then I’m good with sticking with it.
What about the aches/pains and stiff joints, you ask? No kidding, right? Ok, that’s next…