February 11, 2011 in Health, Lifestyle, Nutrition

Beware The “Ides” of Water

You’ve read it here many times: Drink lots of water each and every day as a means of ensuring your good health and well-being. And it’s true; without a proper amount of water each day, our body fails to cleanse itself of impurities and the system ultimately will collapse. Another issue lurks in the background, however: The quality of the water you drink.

For the last 40-plus years, communities throughout North America and the world have been treating public water supplies with chlorine. Chlorine is moderately unstable, which means that it is highly reactive with substances commonly found in our water supply. Because it is so reactive, ingesting chlorine as a part of our daily water intake is fraught with risk.

In addition to chlorine, various communities fluoridate the water supply. Fluoride in our water is an interesting politico-industrial issue. Government and medicine has pushed fluoride as a vital part of our well-being, especially in regard to oral hygiene and dental health. The problem is that fluoride is not a commonly occurring chemical. Fluorine, the ninth element of the periodic table, is a free element that is never found in nature. Fluoride, despite the propaganda, is not an essential mineral element for mammals, period.

Fluoride in water supplies often tends to not be of pharmaceutical quality. That means that in addition to the fluoride, there are other contaminants present. Many of those contaminants are heavy metals. This fluoride is sourced as a toxic byproduct of fertilizer production. Rather than paying the enormous expense to find adequate means of disposing of this toxic waste, the usual governmental lobbying took place and an entire system of disposing of the waste in community water supplies was enacted. Seriously.

So, then, the question of what is actually in your water is a very good one. If you’re lucky, your household water is drawn from a high-quality well and your family isn’t exposed to either fluoride or chlorine. If you live in an urban area, however, you’re most likely hooked up to the public water utility. What you ingest largely depends on how the water is treated.

There are water filtration systems out there that can help remove chlorine and fluoride, as well as other chemicals and/or metals. It’s worth exploring these filtration systems to find a solution that works for you and your family. The water you drink is of vital importance to your health.

In addition to the water you drink, however, don’t forget about your shower! Due to the misting created by shower heads, we can actually take in up to 10 times or more chlorine in an average shower than we do drinking an entire day’s worth of water. The reason? The misting of the water has us taking vapour into our respiratory tract and sinuses, as well as our pores being totally flooded. Micro-droplets are easily inhaled and absorbed by the body.

What this means is not only should you get a filter for your drinking water, you should get a filter attachment for your shower head. Most are relatively inexpensive and can keep the chlorine at very low levels for up to several months at a time before needing to be replaced. They’re also easy to install with nothing more than common household tools.

Taking care of the water we bathe in and drink is an important step in your journey to well-being. In addition, nix detergents from your laundry habits and only use natural soaps for cleaning. Remember, your skin is your first point of contact for everything in your environment. Make sure that what you touch is good for you.

Love and light to all.

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