Lately I have been discovering a bit more about the benefits of various foods and sharing those with you through a series called “The Benefits of…” Today I will be sharing some of my findings when researching the benefits of drinking filtered water as opposed to tap water.
Now I realize that in South Africa we are very fortunate to have good quality drinking water in our taps and we should be super grateful that we don’t have disease riddled water like in many parts of the world but along with this comes a few other issues such as highly chlorinated water – which is also not ideal for your body! Please take this article from whence it comes – this is a personal journey that I am on to discover the healthiest way our family can live and I am by no means being prescriptive and insisting it is for everyone. I was researching water filters for my own use and was interested to discover more about the benefits of drinking filtered water and felt it would be interesting information for the general benefit of you, my readers, so I put it together in an article to share my new knowledge with you and help you to stay informed!
The Health Benefits of Drinking Filtered Water
Some benefits of drinking filtered water…
1. Clean & Chemical-free
The number of synthetic chemicals used in our society keeps increasing. Everything, from the foods we eat (that contain artificial preservatives, colours and pesticide residue), to the clothes we wear (which contain traces of laundry and dry cleaning chemicals that are absorbed through our skin to the air we breath) exposes us to toxins, and trace amounts of many of these chemicals are ending up in our drinking water because water treatment facilities don’t have the capability to remove them. So far, over 2,100 chemicals, such as lead, have been detected in water systems. Another one is Chlorine which has been known to cause rectal, colon, and bladder cancer. Water quality is the only part of our personal environment that we can easily obtain total control over which is why we recently started using a counter top water filter from H2O.
We were horrified when we watched a demonstration using two glasses of water…. The first one was straight out the tap and the second was filtered water. A few drops of the same chemicals you would use to test your pool’s ph were put into each glass and this is the result…
Quite scary! I don’t know about you, but I certainly prefer the idea of drinking chemical-free water!
2. Better Taste
The contaminants and chemicals in tap water often give it a bad taste. When these contaminants are filtered out, you’re left with clean, healthy water that tastes great. I can attest to this myself – when sampling the two different glasses above (BEFORE the chemical test) I could definitely taste the difference – even when “blind” tasting.
3. Environmentally Friendly
A water filter is virtually pollution free, while bottled water is terrible for the environment. Large amounts of fossil fuel are used each year to produce and transport bottled water, and it takes three times the amount of water to produce the bottle as it does to fill it. Also, the majority of used plastic water bottles end up in landfills.
4. Health Benefits
Drinking clean, filtered water protects the body from disease and leads to overall greater health due to fewer bacterial contaminants entering the body. Water filters reduce the risk of gastrointestinal disease by more than 33 percent by removing cryptosporidium and giardia from drinking water.
It has been medically proven that just a 5% drop in bodily fluids will cause a 25% to 30% loss of energy in most people. A 15% drop causes death! Water is also what our liver uses to metabolize fat into usable energy. Therefore drinking lots of clean, chemical free water speeds up metabolism, which allows for the better absorption of nutrients resulting in increased strength and energy.
Our bodies have a very effective means of flushing out toxins and water is the key for this to happen. Detoxification requires an abundant intake of clean, chemical-free water as do all other healing processes that happen inside the body. The more we drink, and the purer the water is, the more we increase our body’s natural ability to flush out harmful toxins.
Water is also the single most important catalyst in losing weight (and keeping it off). The correct amount of water in the body encourages endocrine-gland functions to improve, fluid retention to be alleviated, fat to be used as a fuel and for hunger to subside. Water helps to maintain proper muscle tone by giving muscles their natural ability to contract and by preventing dehydration. It also helps to prevent the sagging skin that usually follows weight loss—shrinking cells are buoyed by water that plumps the skin and leaves it clear, healthy and resilient. It is for this reason that water also helps to keep you looking young! Water can also help relieve constipation!
An interesting side note: The overweight person needs more water than most because of their larger metabolic loads.
5. Increased Intake
Drinking water is an essential aspect of our health especially considering that more than 72% of the human body is made up of water. The body uses water to maintain basic functions such a digestion, temperature control, joint lubrication and skin hydration. I don’t know about you, but in the past I have very rarely managed to drink the recommended 8 glasses a day! But since installing a water filter I have noticed a significant increase in the number of glasses I am pouring which is only going to benefit me.
Increasing our intake of water will have a huge impact on our health and well-being. Both the medical and scientific communities agree that clean water is one of the most essential and fundamental elements to sustained health. Water is especially important for children and water filters provide the healthiest water for children’s developing immune systems.
A good health habit to develop is to drink a glass of water every one or two hours throughout the day.
It is worth noting however that these benefits do not apply to bottled water. Unfortunately there are no government standards that require bottled water to be any better, purer or safer than tap water. Companies that sell bottled water do not have to divulge to consumers the water’s source, how the water has been purified, and what chemical pollutants the water may contain. Bottled water companies are also not required to demonstrate their water’s quality.
A water filter is the only way to ensure that your drinking water is contaminant free. The home water filtration industry is heavily regulated, and companies that manufacture and sell water filtration products must supply documentation that lists which contaminants a product is certified to remove and to what degree. Not only is a a solid block carbon water filter able to selectively remove dangerous contaminants from drinking water it also helps to retain healthy mineral deposits that balance the pH of drinking water.
A water filter is a convenient, economical and environmentally friendly way of getting clean, healthy, great tasting water into your home.
For more information about the large variety of water filters available for home and office use please contact Chris le Mesurier from H2O International on 082 372 7528 or 021 419 6000. You can also email him on [email protected] or visit the H2O website for more info.