Water is in the atmosphere, on the land, in the ocean, underground, and found as an integral part of all living beings. It constantly recycles and changes form between a liquid, gas, and solid. Water connects us to all life, the past and the future; we are all interconnected through it. Our bodies are comprised of 55-78% water. It is an integral component to our physiology; it transports nutrients to our cells, removes metabolic waste and environmental toxins, activates cellular energy, and regulates our body temperature. It is important to ensure that we are drinking enough water and it is imperative that we are drinking clean water- free from contaminants including microbes (E.coli, cryptosporidium, giardia lamblia, coliform bacteria), radionuclides (radon, etc.), chemicals both inorganic (arsenic, fluoride, lead, mercury, cadmium, barium, etc.), and volatile organic (benzene, toluene, carbon tetrachloride, etc.), disinfectants (chlorine, chloramines, chlorine dioxide), disinfection byproducts (total trihalomethanes, haloacetic acid, bromate, chlorite), mtbe (a fuel additive), and pharmaceuticals drugs (antibiotics, hormones, mood stabilizers, and other drugs).
Water is important for our health and the proper functioning of our bodies. It is crucial that we try to reduce the negative impact we have on this sacred resource and reduce our waste, pollution, excessive use, and negative water habits that affect global as well as individual health. The best water is from a natural gravity-fed spring, but in order to reduce waste through excessive use of store bought water bottles, it is more economical and environmentally sound to have an effective home filtration system. Reverse osmosis, or hyper-filtration, is one of the most thorough and convenient home filtration systems available today. Reverse osmosis filtration systems force water molecules through an extremely small knit (0.0001 micron), semi-permeable membrane that consists of sheets or leaves sandwiched together and rolled up in a spiral wound membrane. The water pressure separates the unwanted substances and with the use of the unprocessed water, this material is diverted to a waste drain thus keeping the membrane clean and longer lasting. Reverse osmosis systems are rated according to their flow rates, or the gallons of product water produced per day. Their effectiveness and productivity increases with greater water pressure and temperature. A great resource for ROS is www.freedrinkingwater.com.
Filtering water helps to remove contaminants from our drinking water, but important minerals (selenium, zinc, manganese, germanium, molybdenum, etc.) and electrolytes (sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium) are sometimes lost in the process. Even without filtering our water, in today’s world our water system has become depleted of a lot of vital minerals, nutrients, and electrolytes (again, remember the importance of decreasing our waste and implement water preservation methods so that we can stop depleting our soils and polluting the earth). Minerals and electrolytes provide our bodies with the necessary components for proper cellular, metabolic, connective tissue, neurological, digestive, kidney, bone and muscular function as well as waste elimination and detoxification. These minerals and electrolytes can be replenished somewhat through our diet, but our soil has also become depleted of many essential components. This means that even if we eat a clean diet, we still may not be getting all of the minerals and electrolytes that we need. Therefore, including a quality mineral and electrolyte supplement into your daily routine ensures proper functioning and optimal health of your body.
Water is the foundation of our bodies and our environment; it connects us to each other and to the earth. It plays a critical role in life as we know it. Now is the time to honor this precious resource and ensure that we are contributing to a healthier lifestyle and cleaner earth. Drink to your health!