I have written in the past about the many hazards of tap water. The water that comes out of the faucet in our homes is loaded with chemicals, microoganisms, fluoride, heavy metals, and pesticides, just to name a few. (See previous article for more detail.)
Unfortunately, the quality of our tap water gets worse every year. If you are still drinking tap water or even water from your refrigerator dispenser, you are putting toxins into your body.
Many people think they are covered because their refrigerator has a filter, but refrigerator (and Brita-type) filters are not enough. Even reverse osmosis systems, which I personally used for years, is no longer a good option if used on its own.
Your body is 50 to 60 percent water, water that is used for many processes on a daily basis. If you are not drinking and cooking (and even bathing) with quality water, you will have a harder time optimizing your health.
The Worst Tap Water Offenders
Below are some of the more recent tap water offenders that could potentially cause problems.
Chloramines – More and more communities are switching from chlorine to chloramine as a means of killing pathogens in tap water. For example, our water in Nashville changed from chlorine to chloramines in 2014. The names may sound similar but they create different issues. Continue reading →
Do you talk about poop at the dinner table? We did when I was growing up. My Mom, being a Naturopathic Doctor, asked each one of us if we had a good bowel movement that day.
I continue the tradition in my family.
Your poop can tell you a lot about your body. How often you go, how long it takes you, and what it looks like in the toilet are all clues. If your bowel movements are off, you are more likely to get sick – becoming more susceptible to germs and other more chronic conditions. Your stools are also a good indication if you are eating appropriately.
Update to original blog post (5/17/20) Shortly after posting the article below, I found another great water purification system from Living Waters that is less expensive than the ones I originally recommended and meets all the recommended purification requirements discussed below – most importantly, taking out most all contaminants, including chlorine and chloramine. (The chloramine factor is becoming more important as more municipalities are changing from chlorine to chloramine each year.) In addition, there is no holding tank and no waste water. Check out this system from Living Water, which as of 2020 also includes a hydrogen cartridge, which provides additional health benefits. (If you decide to purchase, mention my name orLife Design for Healthand they will extend my 10% discount to you.)
Original blog post (8/31/14) During exercise or hot weather, even more quality water is needed. Many are walking around dehydrated and do not realize it. Not only does dehydration affect you physically (think headaches and constipation), but it can affect how you perceive a difficult task, your concentration, and even your mood.