Are you confused, like I have been, about what’s the best water to drink for your health?
I have been trying to find answers to this question for years. Every time I delve into researching the various water options, I get overwhelmed and confused because of all the conflicting information out there.
Why does a simple essential need we have for our health and wellbeing have to be so complicated?
Once we started going down this natural health journey we quickly became aware of all the things that were potentially harming our health and future longevity.
Before opening our eyes to this whole new world, we were doing everything wrong, like drinking Diet Cokes every day and all other forms of unhealthy beverages. We drank everything except water. I never in a million years thought I could live without my Diet Coke every day. I was addicted and so was my husband. Even though our girls kept telling us all the scary health consequences of drinking Diet Coke, we couldn’t give it up. They were afraid for our health.
Well, I am happy to say we finally broke free from this addiction and now you couldn’t pay me to drink a Diet Coke. The thought of it brings to mind what it would be like to drink gasoline. Yuck!
Unhappily though, I discovered the new complication of weeding through all the water choices to try to find the best, yet affordable, water to drink.
I have had to consider all the options and found the most economical way to have the best possible water for my family to drink. Expensive in-home water purification systems are completely out of our budget. Also, trying to find the right one is a whole other investigative journey I have not endeavored and therefore won’t be covering in this post.
Weighing all the options to decide upon the most affordable and best water to drink
- Tap Water: contains heavy metals, chlorine, fluoride, and medicines, all of which are harmful to your body and gut flora. For more information read Tap Water Toxicity and Your Guide to Water Filters by Dr. Axe.
- Water bottles: Not only are plastic bottles becoming an environmental hazard, they also contain chemicals which leach into the water. It is expensive and hard to find BPA-free disposable water bottles. Also, surprisingly many brands of water are no better than common tap water even though they are labeled as being spring water. You can learn more about the problems with bottled water and how your favorite brand measures up from EWG’s Bottled Water Scored Card.
- Well water: is often contaminated by local industry or agriculture and testing of the well water for contaminants is not regularly done because of the expense. If you do drink well water, make sure you have thorough testing done yearly to protect your family’s health. For more information on well water safety and testing read What Makes Well Water Safe to Drink.
- Functional Water: often has artificial sweeteners and artificial coloring or tons of sugar and fructose, none of which are good for your health.
- Refrigerator Water Filters: These will remove some of the contaminants found in tap water but not all of them and they often get overused and not replaced in time before trapped pollutants pass through into your drinking water. Plus the National Sanitation Foundation did a study on the most contaminated places in our kitchens and their study showed that refrigerator water dispenser tests showed concerning levels of yeast and mold.
- Brita Filter: This is the option we used up until recently. Brita is good for removing a good number of impurities as well as the chlorine but it doesn’t remove everything including fluoride which was my biggest reason for looking for an alternative. You can read more about the health concerns related to fluoride here.
- Reverse Osmosis: As I continued investigating options, I found that the only way to get rid of fluoride was through reverse osmosis. Since I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a machine to do this at home, I have found the better option for me is to buy it at Whole Foods or Walmart. I bought a 3-gallon BPA-free bottle and I fill it every time I go to the supermarket for a little over a dollar. Can’t beat that! Reverse Osmosis provides an ultra-purified water, however, the downside is that it also removes all the trace minerals that are good for you too. To balance that out you can make sure you salt all your food with Himalayan Pink Salt which contains 84 trace minerals that your body needs. In fact, ditch that white salt. It isn’t good for you anyway. You can read more about How to Use Himalayan Salt here.
The Best option:
- Spring Water: It turns out that spring water is actually the best possible water you can drink because it has been naturally filtered by the earth and it contains a majority of the trace minerals that our body needs. You can go to Findaspring.com to find a natural spring near you. I found one about 45 minutes from me and I plan to try it but it is too far for me to go regularly.
So when weighing all the options and trying to decide the best water to drink for our family, we have ended up with buying the reverse osmosis water as I mentioned above. We found a way to dispense it easily on our kitchen counter. In the picture below, I show my water dispenser and my girlfriends water dispenser to give you a couple of ideas. They were both bought on Amazon. You can buy BPA-free 3 gallon water jugs at the store where you buy your water or you can get them on Amazon as well.
What about you? Have you struggled with the issue of trying to find the best possible water for your family to drink? I’d love to hear the solutions you have found for your water problem. Please share in the comments.
Wishing you Joy in your natural health journey,
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