There’s a lot of controversy surrounding the topic and various methods are used to obtain drinking water. Believe it or not, water is not just water – in fact, there are different types of water and each method of purifying water has both benefits and side effects that need to be discussed before drawing a conclusion as to the optimal pure drinking water.
The first source of drinking water is our old friend, the kitchen tap. Unfortunately, tap water is increasingly contaminated with chemicals and debris that could be harmful for the purpose of water consumption. Arsenic and aluminum are but two of the very harmful chemicals that are often found in municipal water supplies. The side effects of ingesting large quantities of these include skin problems, gastrointestinal disturbances and in extreme cases even learning difficulties in adolescents. Another danger in tap water is the presence of disinfection byproducts (DBPs) which are the result of using chlorine for the purpose of disinfecting water. We might be better of just drinking the chlorine! The water can also be contaminated with lead that is passed along in the pipes of municipal water systems, a problem which needs to be addressed immediately as it could lead to very dangerous side effects.
Another source of pure drinking water is bottled water, a concept we are all familiar with. Unfortunately, the water in bottles often contains the same DPBs and is worse off if the bottle is not BPA-free. BPA stand for bisphenol A, a chemical that is known to affect hormones and cause health complications including learning difficulties, some types of cancer and impeded immune system functions.
So what about distilled water? According to research, distilled water that is boiled often absorbs harmful contaminants from the container it is kept in and is highly acidic as minerals are also removed in the distillation process. Furthermore, the process of distillation might even concentrate certain chemicals such as chlorine and harmful organic compounds – making the water even more dangerous than its initial harmful potential. Distilled water is reported to be useful for the purpose of detoxifying but regular use over time could lead to serious health problems.
Alkaline water holds several severe dangers with the only practical application being detoxification for no longer than a week. Alkaline water interferes with your body’s digestive enzymes and reduces the stomach acids necessary for proper digestion. Further effects of alkaline water following long term use include malabsorption of essential vitamins and minerals and ulcers. Another culprit of ineffective drinking water types is vitamin water. Although these flavored vitamin waters are sometimes tasty, they contain large quantities of caffeine, colorants and even preservatives. This is not an acceptable alternative for pure drinking water.
Surprisingly, even spring water that’s advertised as 100% pure is not completely safe for consumption. As with tap water, the source of water is underground which means that the water may have potentially harmful contaminants from chemicals used for farming and building that are absorbed into the ground. The spring water is still bottled in plastic bottles and the regulations surround the classification of “pure spring water” are broad and far-reaching.
By now you might feel as if the options are exhausted and there will never be a solution to the pure drinking water problem – but don’t despair! Water filters are an optimal solution for obtaining clean water safe for consumption and there are several different options available. Reverse osmosis systems, water softening units and carbon block filters all offer acceptable mechanisms that produce clean drinking water.
It’s important to drink only pure drinking water as the benefits will really make a difference in your life. Clean, uncontaminated drinking water will increase circulation, decrease inflammation and aid in better digestion and absorption of your food.