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Water is Essential to your Health
Do Not Drink the Water
Today, after watching Dr. Oz's presentation called,"Don't Drink the Water," I felt compelled to share this vitally important message.
Dr. Oz addressed and challenged his audience to take responsibility for the water that flows through the tap and into their homes. He talked about the enemies that lurk within our water and shared some great resources including instructions on how to a obtain water report for your specific area.
He admonished his audience to never ever give a child a bath filled with ordinary tap water. You see your skin is the largest organ of your body. Can you imagine how much fluoride etc. your body soaks in during a bath?
He said that a baby sitting in tap water, or anyone standing under a shower, absorbs far more contaminants (like chlorine and fluoride) than they do when they are drinking it. That is a startling fact. I have to admit I've never considered these dangers before watching this show.
Clean Drinking Water
Drinking Water Quality
In this article we will:
Examine Drinking Water Quality and Discuss Pure Drinking Water Options
- What lurks in your tap water?
- A look at Bottled Water
- The connection between good health and pure water
Introduce Cutting Edge Technologies:
- Save you Money
- Make it possible to drink clean, pure water from your own home
- Give you peace of mind
- Go beyond any other water filtration (introducing Alkaline-Ionized Water)
I will seek to Identify many of the health risks connected to impure drinking water and share solutions that are affordable, practical and healthful.
Next, we will take a closer look at your water. Not all water is created equal and most likely the water coming out of your tap is not fit for bathing in or drinking.
Pills on Tap
Not All Water Is Equal
Not All Water Is Created Equal.
Water in its original state was pure, clean, hydrating and good for you. Today the water that flows from our taps have many toxins, medications (flushed down the toilet and into our water supply) and high acidity.
Our municipalities add chlorine, chloramines, fluoride and all sorts of other chemicals to adjust the flavor, kill bacteria and cover odors. Each of these toxic materials has nasty side effects. Then there are increasing levels of pesticides and toxic metals leaching into the water from farming and manufacturing each year.
To find reports about your local drinking water click: LOCAL WATER REPORT
Good clean water is foundational to your health. Many people are somewhat aware of the dangers hidden in drinking water from the tap. When it comes to most tap water, "Don't Drink the Water!"
I am always amazed when I go to the grocery store to see people buying bottled water. I wonder if they know about the inconsistencies found in the cleanliness and purity of bottled water.
I also wish that more people knew that there are much better options.
- Is Expensive
- Is an unreliable source of clean water (whose Spring?)
- Packaging in plastic bottles is NOT safe
- I've witnessed bottled vs. Tap water being tested = no difference between the two - what a crock!
Read on to learn about various methods of changing tap water into clean, pure, living water that will promote good health.
Benefits of Alkaline Water
- Alkaline water neutralizes acidity in the body caused by stress, diet & air pollution.
- A higher pH in the body reduces the need for fat & cholesterol, protecting the body from damaging acids.
- Abundant Negatively charged hydroxyl ions, (OH -) are found in alkaline water. These hydroxyl ions act as natural antioxidants and neutralize harmful free radicals.
- Improves the body's absorption of essential nutrients
- Improves body function by cleaning your cells from the inside out.
- Using water with a higher pH level improves the taste of beverages and food.
- Alkaline water tastes lighter with a pleasantly sweet flavor.
- Cooking with alkaline water improves taste & quality of foods
Provides superior hydration and nutrition at the cellular level.
- Ionization breaks clusters of water molecules into smaller micro-clusters, reducing the size of the clusters from the 11-16 molecules in standard water to just 5-6 molecules in ionized water. Smaller clusters pass through cell walls more easily and hydrate the cells more quickly.
- Faster hydration allows the body to regulate its temperature more efficiently.
- Micro-clusters of mineral-bearing ionized water also delivers nutrients more efficiently to the cells
Detoxifies cells more efficiently than standard drinking water.
- Due to their smaller size, micro-clusters of ionized water molecules are expelled from the cells more efficiently, carrying damaging toxins out of the cells and flushing them out of the system.
- The negative charge of ionized alkaline water will attract the positive ions of acids and neutralize them within the body.
Clean, healthy water is easily absorbed by your body and hydrates and nourishes it. The best great tasting water with antioxidant properties and proper pH levels for drinking is called Alkaline water.
Natural Alkaline Water
The Best Ionized Alkaline Water
While ionized Alkaline water units have been on the market for years, they have also been very expensive. Recently the supplier for Indoor Environmental Systems found a new superior alkalized water unit, which costs 2/3 less than the unit we had planned on purchasing.
You will find the Ionized Alkaline Water Product our friend Mark referred to here. This website is informative and will educate you on more health benefits and details about this quality product.
We now own this unit. When we first received it my husband was intent on testing the water created by the unit. He and I were both very pleased to find the water to be -9.5 which is really great for alkaline water.
The Body Needs Water
Drink Water for Your Health
Did you know....?
- Regulates body temperature
- Transports nutrients and oxygen
- Helps detoxify the kidneys and liver
- Dissolves vitamins and minerals
- Cushions the body from injury by lubricating joints.
The human body is composed of 25 percent solid matter (the solute) and 75 percent water (the solvent).
The average body contains 40 to 50 quarts of water. Your blood is 82 percent water, muscles are 75 percent water, the brain is 75 percent water and bone is 22 percent water.
Red Blood Cells Immersed in Distilled Water
Years ago I was told, by a holistic nutritionist, that I should drink distilled water. I did drink it for a while but then began doing research because I knew that the minerals were taken out of distilled water and couldn't believe it would be good for me in the long-term.
What I learned was that when red blood cells are immersed in distilled water, they slowly swell until they burst. That’s not good!
Clean Drinking Water
As you reflect on the vital need for clean water
- Save money by purchasing a quality water unit for your home
- Purchase a shower head that filters your water. Use it to fill your bathtub.
- Owning a unit means no more running to the store to buy unreliable bottled water.
- Research Alkaline Ionized water.
Our health is dependent upon a clean and pure source of water. I hope this article has given you information to help you make good decisions about the water you and your family needs.
I wish you the best as you journey through this life and strive to care for the One and Only Body entrusted to you by our Creator God.
Don't Drink the Water
© 2009 Susan Ream
Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on July 13, 2015:
Greeneyes, I agree that this information needs to be out there so the public is aware of what they are getting from their faucets.
As far as bottled water goes I'm no expert but I don't trust most of it. When I am away from home and my own alkaline water purifier I buy distilled water - It is purified water that has gone through a distillation process and is safe.
Thanks for the visit and for your encouragement!
GreenEyes1607 from USA on July 11, 2015:
What a great hub! Thanks for all the valuable information. I am a big fan of Dr. Oz as well. With the recent bottled water recall in June 2015 this information is critical to the public. If someone has to drink bottled water is any of it safe? Are brands names like Ice Mountain and Dasani superior over store brands at all?
Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on July 11, 2013:
Elisha, Your comments reflect that you are one of a few who are in the know.
There is so much information 'out there' about the water quality that flows into our our homes .. it's all over the internet too .. you would think no one would be drinking it after researching ... BUT they are drinking it with no thought of quality. I hope this hub will open the eyes of understanding for many who have no clue.
We LOVE our alkaline water unit .. after coming home from vacation and drinking lots of bottled water .. we drank our fresh alkaline water like fish. lol
Thanks for your visit and positive comments.
Elisha Jachetti on July 10, 2013:
Thank you for writing this hub. I truly and firmly believe that drinking CLEAN water is one of the most important things we can do for our health. Unfortunately, our water is contaminated and we really do need to have proper filtration systems that alkaline the body.
Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on July 10, 2013:
Indian Chef, So happy you have access to purified water in Delhi. Imagine the sicknesses you'd deal with if you did not have it.
Thanks for visiting my hub and giving me pause to think about lands beyond my own.
Have a Blessed Day!
Indian Chef from New Delhi India on July 09, 2013:
The water supply in Delhi is very bad and we never trust the water supplied to us and thus we have our own water purifiers in nearly every home. I use reverse osmosis water purifier which they said is best in India. But thanks for sharing this and giving us valuable info. Going to share it on here and vote it up.
Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on April 29, 2013:
Hi frogyfish, We researched the Kangan machine too .. Great unit but we found it to be pricey. Glad you will look into the Alkaline link, it's affordable and reliable and great tasting too. :)
I really dig into Physicians who are holistic. I see that you do too. Thanks for giving me Dr. Sircus's name .. I surely will look him up.
Loved your hub, "Among Autumn Leaves." The words just flowed with beauty and grace .. blessed to have found you here on the hubs.
frogyfish from Central United States of America on April 28, 2013:
Very informative and needed hub. I have a relative with a Kangan machine, but I am going back to click on your Alkaline link.
I don't get to listen to Dr. Oz much, but he is tops as far as his information tips are concerned. Also appreciate Dr. Mercola as you mentioned, but may I add another excellent researcher, Dr. Sircus. Look him up on Google, you'll like him too.
Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on May 21, 2012:
Hi there Dorina, Kangen is a great water system. The system I mention in this hub is much less expensive and is really advanced in its technology.
Thanks for the visit and comment! Enjoy your pure water.
Dorina on May 21, 2012:
I just bought the Kangen Water machine !!!
wwolfs on March 01, 2012:
You are exactly right about the overuse of medication and the side effects. I agree too that there is much expertise in the medical field that save lives and is needed. Things have gotten out of control from pharmaceutical companies to patients abusing medications. I think it's overtime for the medical industry to make some changes.
Sometimes that is what it takes as they are finally doing that with the industry I'm in. (trucking) Another industry that has needed change for many years simply for highway safety. They are finally starting to weed out bad companies and drivers. When greed is the bottom line that is when things get out of control and saving or protecting lives are not the main issue and lives are at stake.
Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on March 01, 2012:
wwolfs, welcome! I am amazed at how Dr. Oz's show is catching on. He's certainly a forerunner blazing the way for holistic health. So many still think that all of the answers lie in the medical field .. sometimes it takes a tragic situation for people to look outside of it. Don't get me wrong, I respect the medical field and those who work in it - there are situations where lives are saved by the expertise of Medical Field. It's the overuse of medications and he resulting side affects that drives me crazy.
I agree water is so important and the water that flows out of the tap is NOT like it was created to be. I am glad you appreciated the information and to learn you are a fellow Health Hubber.
wwolfs on March 01, 2012:
Great hub! And great information on water and how important it is. I just recently started reading many articles by Dr. Oz. He seems to research and talk about many health issues and is quite interesting. I didn't know that about distilled water. I enjoy reading anything about water, nutrition, or health. I look forward to reading more of your hubs.
Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on February 18, 2012:
Hello Worldofwow, Nice to have you drop by for a read .. Knowing your interest in health, I'm glad you found this hub. As you read Alkaline water is more than just clean water - I've wanted one for a long time but didn't want to front the money .. until we found this one.
Look forward to reading more from you!
Worldofwow1992 from Michigan on February 18, 2012:
This is great! I've been aware of the poison chemicals in tap water for some time. But I could never find a system of good quality that was affordable enough to actually purchase. I'm definitly going to look further into this. Thanks !
Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on January 22, 2012:
Hi Jackie, do come back for a better look ... Pure, clean water is key to good health ... alkaline water addresses inflammation, which is at the bottom of all disease. We just found a company that sells the units at reasonable price ... we are getting one!
Nice to meet you - I'll scoot over to your hubs to take a peek.
Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on January 22, 2012:
Wow I will have to get back and read this better later. Very interesting!
Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on April 20, 2011:
Thank you for your insightful comments. Nice to meet you smcopywrite. I know what you mean about the chemicals in farming .. not good for anyone. As much as possible I buy USDA organic groceries. I do think there are some great avenues to water purification .. I wrote another article on Clean drinking water displayed at the bottom of this hub, I give more details about an alternative.
Thank you for your kind words!
smcopywrite from all over the web on April 20, 2011:
we have all been bathed and drank our water for years. this doesnt mean we arent being harmed but.....remember in the 70s when we were warned of what was happening to our drinking water. i suppose we can say they were right.
i believe for most of us, our body builds up a tolerance for the water we bathe in, cook with and drink.
bottled water is good. although most of it isnt regulated and is mostly tap water in a bottle.
great information on our water, but we have a ways to go to make it absolutely safe for all of us. i live in the midwest and the pesticides and herbicides that are in our water are scary. however, the rest of the country continues to want crops of food that are great and require these dangerous chemicals. therefore, i dont see any changes anytime soon in my drinking water.
there have been extensive studies performed on flouride in drinking water and it has done more good than harm. flouride is important for many of our children's teeth. there are areas of the company where the floride levels are too high, but we need to adjust those accordingly and not paint it with such a broad brush.
thank you for a wonderful hub
Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on February 01, 2011:
Welcome GmaGoldie, I can see you have done some extensive research .. In that sense we are sisters. I am amazed how many people do not care about what they put in their mouths, whether it be food or water. We only get one body and if we don't look out for it .. we will pay for it some day.
Thanks for the information you shared in your comment. Yes, fluoride is a drug .. a drug no one should take.
Now I need to excuse myself to take a peek at your hubs. God Bless!
Kelly Kline Burnett from Madison, Wisconsin on January 26, 2011:
Someday we will know the value of a second water supply and fully understand the corrosive pipes that serve our drinking water.
Filtered water is great, layered ozonated water - water that both filtered and ozonated to kill bacteria is a new technology that is now afforable.
Public drinking fountains have corrosive piping too - look for a sanitizer not just a filter for your drinking water. Filtering out chemicals can include filtering out fluoride.
Our aging populace may not need fluoride, the sooner our public water supply is frugal with valuable resources and allows parents to regular the fluoride given to children the better we will be. Government should not be in the business of providing drugs, fluoride is a drug. Ask your local water supply what they spend. Ask for a photo fo the bag that the fluroide is provided in - the results are amazing.
Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on January 05, 2011:
Hello someonewhoknows, I did not know about this development. Most people do not know the dangers about floride. Thank you for sharing .. please keep us updated!
someonewhoknows from south and west of canada,north of ohio on January 04, 2011:
Tomorrow 01-05-2011 at 12 noon the first salvo will be fired in what might turn out to be the biggest battle to end fluoridation since the 1960's. This is when Councilor Peter Vallone's bill to end fluoridation in NYC will be officially introduced in the New York City Council. If this bill passes it could set the stage towards ending fluoridation in the US and other fluoridating countries. However, once introduced the bill must have the support of the Speaker of the city council or it may never even have a public hearing!
We need everyone's help to win Speaker Quinn's support for this bill, but especially from residents of NYC.
Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on August 27, 2010:
dtm, Yes, drinking and bathing in pure water is a key element to good health!
Thanks for stopping by for a read .. and welcome to the hubs!
Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on June 01, 2010:
You have a GREAT background and understanding about the importance of clean water in connection to health. Water, the way God originally created it, is the BEST. Thanks for your positive comment and thanks for stopping by.
Kelly Kline Burnett from Fontana, WI on June 01, 2010:
I love water - this is my third career in water I often joke - from setting water utility rates to water fitness to promoting my favorite point of use water. And Dr. Oz is wonderful - he is changing the health and fitness industry. When I entered the fitness industry I was amazed at the lack of doctors - that tide thankfully has changed and Dr. Oz has been at the forefront.
I am off to test my water knowledge...wish me luck!
Water is critical for all of us - all over the world! One of the common human traits that we all share!
Muscle is also over 70% water - we can change our metabolisum by changing our muscle but we cannot build muscle without sufficient water.
Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on January 18, 2010:
rmcrayne, wow it really is a small world after all. So you have a DVD of this very episode too. I would be curious about what he knows about ph and floride as well. I have a link to Water Products on this site with tons of information. We are currently saving our penny's ($$$) so we can purchase a "Living Water Essentials Unit." We have a water purifier right now - but this unit addresses the ph and alot more. Thanks again for stopping by - I am honored!
rmcrayne from San Antonio Texas on January 17, 2010:
I have this episode on the DVR and am curious if Dr. Oz has anything to say about flouride risks, pH issues etc.
Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on December 24, 2009:
Have you had the local spring water tested? Isn't it amazing that we live on opposite ends of the USA and have never met BUT ... we watched Dr. Oz's show together. :-)
rebekahELLE from Tampa Bay on December 24, 2009:
I also watched his show and was really amazed about the bathing, but it makes sense. we fill jugs from a local spring, the difference in taste from our tap water is scary.
Nice write up. thanks for sharing.
Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on December 22, 2009:
thanks katyzzz - it is so important and so altered from the clean and pure state it was originally created in. I've been doing more research and have learned there are some drinking water units that treat the water to bring it to a more alkaline state. Great health results!
katyzzz from Sydney, Australia on December 14, 2009:
Water is so important for our health. It's something we should think about more. Thanks for the hub
Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on November 30, 2009:
Kerry, thanks for the kudos. Dr. Oz knows his stuff alright. I also like Dr. Mercola, very well known online as a holistic physician. I've learned so much from him. I believe that everything we need to be healthy is found in nature. It's up to us to find it. I've found quite a few formulations based on natures provisions which have helped heal and restore some of my own health issues. I was able to get off some pretty potent meds as a result.
K Partin from Garden City, Michigan on November 30, 2009:
Great hub, I watch Dr. Oz every chance I get really like him. He's not afraid to talk about any topic! I did a hub about him also check it out. Free Clinics. Thanks