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What’s the Best Water to Drink?

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Best Water to Drink If you read our article last week about , you know about the slew of dangerous chemicals found in our drinking water supply and maybe you’ve decided that unfiltered tap water just isn’t for you. After all, drinking plenty of high quality water is one of the cornerstones of a healthy lifestyle. If you care about your health, it’s important to make sure that you are choosing the best water possible. So what are the healthier alternatives to tap water? What type of water is really best water to drink?

Let’s examine some of the options:

: Better Than Tap Water, but Not Environmentally Sustainable

In light of concerns about tap , many people turn to bottled water for their needs. And in some cases, bottled water may be a better choice than tap water. But relying on bottled water is far from ideal for several reasons:

1. Many brands of bottled water, such as Aquafina and Dasani, are simply filtered tap water. These bottles are often cleverly labeled with words and images designed to evoke a false sense of quality and purity.

2. Plastic bottles can leech BPA and other plastic into the water. There are a few brands of available in glass, such as Mountain Valley Spring Water, but you won’t often find these brands at your gym or local gas station. In addition, like tap water, bottled water is often tainted with , and other chemicals.

3. The bottled water industry is not environmentally sustainable. The production and shipping of bottled water (and even the recycling of bottles) uses up unnecessary resources and contributes to pollution. If you’re interested in learning more about the environmental impact of the bottled water industry, I recommend watching the movie, Tapped.

Spring Water: Better Than Bottled Water, but Not Practical

Fresh spring water obtained directly from an uncontaminated source and stored in glass may in fact be the best water for human consumption. Spring water is naturally filtered, rich in natural minerals and is known to have incredible healing properties. If you’re interested in exploring the possibility of collecting your own spring water, there is a website called FindASpring.com that can help you locate a spring near you.

Unfortunately though, for most people, collecting spring water on a regular basis (or using bottled water exclusively) is not a practical solution. Most of us live in areas where we are pretty much forced to rely on the municipal water distribution system for our drinking, cooking, cleaning and bathing needs.

: The Best All-Around Option for Most Homes
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Investing in a high quality home water filter is probably the most practical and affordable long-term solution to the problem of tap water contamination for most people. It’s important to do a bit of your own research before purchasing a water filter, however, as the vast majority of the water filters on the market will not effectively remove most chemicals.

Through my research, I believe that reverse osmosis water filters specifically designed to effectively remove fluoride and other contaminants are the absolute best option. A good reverse osmosis filter will remove chemicals like fluoride, chlorine and even radioactive water contaminants. And you can install these filters in your home by yourself with not too much effort.

There are many companies that sell these types of filters. My favorite are from a company called Pure Water Freedom. These filters, which are available in a variety of forms and price levels, combine an activated alumina fluoride cartridge with a reverse osmosis system. Combining these two technologies creates what I have found to be the most effective and affordable water filtration system available. I encourage you to visit Pure Water Freedom online to learn more about their water filtration systems.

Note: A water distillation unit will also remove chemicals from your water, however many experts caution against drinking distilled water long-term, as it tends to be overly acidic and can deplete minerals in the body.

Where do you get you water? I’ve just begun to delve deeper into the matter of water quality and its impacts on health, and I’d love for you to share your wisdom. Please leave a comment below.


Josh Corn Joshua Corn - Editor-in-Chief
Josh is a health freedom advocate and veteran of the natural health industry. He has been actively involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years, and has been dedicated to the promotion of health, vitality, longevity and natural living throughout his career. Josh has successfully overcome several personal health challenges through natural means, and believes that sharing information can empower people to take control of their health so they can solve their own problems and live life to its fullest potential. Josh is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now. Additionally he serves as CEO of Stop Aging Now, a company that has been formulating premium dietary supplements since 1995. Josh is currently working on his first book about natural health, and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.



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  1. [...] May 2, 2011 by extradryskin After all, drinking plenty of high quality water is one of the cornerstones of a healthy lifestyle. If you care about your health, it’s important to make sure that you are choosing the best water possible. So what are the healthier alternatives to tap water? What type of water is really best water to drink? via stopagingnow.com [...]

  2. Anonymous on May 2, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    My son and I pick up bottled spring water at the store for drinking purposes. The problem, of course, is that most of us cannot avoid fluoridated bath water. German scientists knew back in the 1930s that bathing hyperthyroid patients in water containing minute amounts of fluoride would block thyroid function. Forcing an entire nation to submit to this is outrageous. But, if you’re trying to avoid fluoride, remember that fluoridated municipalities, every time you bathe, wash your hands or go for a swim in a pool, you’re being dosed with fluoride.

  3. Glenn on May 2, 2011 at 7:41 PM

    I decided to use only Distilled Water for my coffee & drinking water. It is no doubt the purest water you can buy.

    • Victor on August 2, 2012 at 4:16 PM

      Distilled water is dead water, has no minerals at all!! Not healthy to drink all the time, Ok for coffee

      • Jimmy on October 8, 2013 at 9:17 PM

        You are right about distilled water being dead water, lacking minerals, as is reverse osmosis water. Your body & heart need minerals.
        My heart arrhythmia went away when I quit distilled water & sister-inlaw had heart surgery ( along with several others) & all were drinking RO water !

  4. Andre Ferlatte on May 2, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    I have installed my own RO water filter and am enjoying it

  5. Itzgot2go on May 2, 2011 at 11:35 PM

    RO systems are extremely wasteful For every gallon you make, 5-7 gallons will go down the drain.

    Is this a non biased site, or just an ad for the RO System you are suggesting?

    These systems lose efficientcy over time and people do not change the filters on a regular basis.

    Newer, more sustainable equipment is now available such as atmospheric water generators that produce 7-10 gallons a day in your own home for less than 10 cents a gallon of pure drinking water from air without ANY contaminants of any kind.

    There’s just one company in the USA that makes them here so I guess that’s why few folks know about it. They are in Florida … WaterPure Intl.

    • Josh (Live in the Now) on May 3, 2011 at 12:09 AM

      Itzgot2go, thanks for your comment. The Reverse Osmosis system I was recommending happens to just be my favorite. There are plenty of systems out there so I encourage readers to shop around. I did weigh the environmental impact but mostly in comparison to bottled water, which is way too popular in the United States – in both homes and offices, and even government offices (however more and more municipalities are banning bottled water in government offices). I have heard of atmospheric water generators but don’t know as much about them as I should. How expensive are these units? Are they practical for most people? I am going to do some research and include some information in a follow up article. Again, thanks for the feedback.

      • Victor on August 2, 2012 at 4:32 PM

        There is also a unit called eco-blue, They are expensive, About bottled water!! The bottles are more dangerous than any water, Never reuse the bottles, never put them in the freezer then use, nor even ever leave them in yer vehicle in the head and then drink from them, Now the interesting part! Fluoride and clor. are the governments population control products as is Chemtrails

  6. Chalcy9 on May 3, 2011 at 1:15 AM

    My understanding is that both reverse osmosis and distillation remove too may of the good minerals, etc out of the water and cause the water to leach such minerals from your cells. This may be more harmful than drinking tap water.

    • Phillip on May 3, 2011 at 3:32 AM

      According to Dr Mercola, who claims to have nearly 2 decades of clinical experience in observing the health effects of drinking different types of water:

      “The ideal water for the human body should be slightly alkaline and this requires the presence of minerals like calcium and magnesium. Distilled water tends to be acidic and can only be recommended as a way of drawing poisons out of the body. Once this is accomplished, the continued drinking of distilled water is a bad idea.”

      He goes on to say that:

      “Water filtered through reverse osmosis tends to be neutral and is acceptable for regular use provided minerals are supplemented.”

      Simply add a pinch of highly mineralized sea salt to your water before consuming, and you’ve got the next best thing to fresh, natural spring water.

  7. Shelle on May 3, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    We’ve been getting spring water in the Hocking Hills, Ohio, just north of Ash Cave. We found the spring on the Findaspring website. We got water from a different spring a few months ago and it wasn’t nearly as tasty so we’re back to the spring near Ash Cave. Yum!

    • Victor on August 2, 2012 at 4:42 PM

      Water is suppose to be tasteless , If it is not filtered it should not be used, Let me give u a little 4 instance, God made heave and earth ans all things there in, including water! Now think about this there is no more or less water today than when God made it, u ever wonder how many people and animal kidneys toilets and septic systems it has been thru. Jst a little 2 think about the next time u drink spring or well water, FILTER IT

      • muddy on November 29, 2012 at 10:50 PM

        Where did all of that water go that flooded the earth way back when?

        • Cheryce on May 17, 2013 at 1:42 AM

          Simple water evaporates, freezes etc. and so its incorrect to say that there has always been the same amount of water on earth. Instead you could say that there has always been the same amount of mass on earth, but even that isn’t true as material gets added from and lost into outer space.

  8. Lottederoy on May 4, 2011 at 1:13 AM

    It is important that drinking water is unadulterated. What about using Poland Spring Water to
    brush your teeth with? Also we use toothpaste that doesn’t contain fluoride.

    Lotte

  9. Carouselofgifts on May 4, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    I have a Kinetico system in my house. I soften the water first, then it goes through a declorinator, then through reverse osmosis, before being charcoal filtered, viral and bacterial filtered, VOC filtered. I change my filters according to schedule, just like the oil in my car. I don’t work for Kinetico or any company that does business with them. I did my research, and have had my filtered water tested at the Canda Centre for Inland Water. Guess what; they couldn’t find any contamination in it.
    Retired Canuck

    • Victor on August 2, 2012 at 4:47 PM

      Very good system if not the best, And i did use work for Knietico,

  10. Gensugirl on August 17, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    There is so much confusion on this subject.

    What are your thoughts on the ionized/alkaline water machines out there. They are said to be able to reduce the molecular structure therefore making it easier to hydrate the body, raise PH, and put tons of antioxidants in the water. The cost factor, however, makes it impossible for most of us to purchase therefore I feel I am back to square one if in fact this is the best option. Or…..could
    Adya Clarity Minerals (Themarox) do the job effectively?

    Your thoughts?

    Gensugirl

    • Mina (Live in the Now) on August 19, 2011 at 4:55 PM

      I agree that, while the benefits of ionized/alkaline water may (or may not) be legitimate, it’s not a practical solution for most people. Based on what I’ve read about it, Adya Clarity/black mica does seem like it could be the most effective way to change tap/filtered water into something that resembles fresh spring water. It’s hard to separate the all the hype from fact though. I just ordered some black mica and am eager to try it out.

      • wil on October 2, 2011 at 8:58 PM

        hows that been going by the way? Im very curious to know, as im currently contemplating on whether or not i should buy some of the stuff or not.To me it seems like a bit of a stretch though i am more of an alternative medicine/beliefs and lifestyle type of person Im really trying to as skeptical as i can about this thing.If you can give an update I would really really like to hear about your experience with Adya Clarity.
        Thanks

        • Mina (Live in the Now) on October 5, 2011 at 10:13 AM

          I used black mica extract in my drinking water for just a short period of time, although I plan to continue using it once I get around to ordering another bottle. I found that it made the water taste better/more alkaline, and based on my understanding of its mineral composition, I consider it to be a valuable mineral supplement. Overall, I’d recommend giving trying it out, especially if you rely primarily on bottled or filtered tap water as your source of drinking water. :)

    • Jimmy on October 8, 2013 at 9:36 PM

      I compared the expense of a alkalizing, ionizing machine & I am saving money. The health benefits alone are worth it ! I got my life back. Too many benefits to list but I know my siblings are spending from $200 to $1,500. a month on prescription drugs & I can run circles around their ‘barely-can-walk’ souls. All in our 60′s . So what is expensive ? It cost me about 70 cents per day for 4+ gals ( I give some away). I was spending $1.50+ per day on bottle water & pop before I got educated.

  11. coss express on October 10, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Only filtered water is the best
    water to drink, running water and bottled water are harmful for
    human body.http://www.cossexpress.com

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  13. USB 3G on December 20, 2011 at 9:06 PM

    I really appreciate sharing this great post. Keep up your work.

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  15. Ted T. on June 3, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    We have well water, which was tested and has medium hardness to it. Also has a small scent of sulfur. For 25 years we never, ever drank it. Until I discovered the Younglife 7500 Ionizing water filter system. Has a large carbon prefilter, and a total of 8 more stages after that in two filters in the machine. You can set the Ph of the water to be alkaline or acidic (for watering plants.) I never thought it was possible, but the water coming out is actually better tasting that Poland Springs water. I’m not kidding, and in no way get paid or compensated to say this. It’s extremely well designed and built. We have been using the countertop model for 3 years now. Before that, we went down into town and filled up 5 gallon bottles for our water cooler periodically all year ’round. The system also has platinum coated electrodes to ionize it.

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  17. Zellie on June 15, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    We’ve been drinking the Mountain Valley Spring Water in glass bottles, and it is pure. Since it is technically bottled at the source it does not have to be treated with chloride or fluoride. Pure Water Solutions out of Dallas, Texas ships to many places.

  18. Zellie on June 15, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    Also, there is a company out of Australia that has figured out how to draw water from the air…this is a incredible system….and if more people signed up for the machines, that would change a lot of the way we source water.

  19. Zedada on June 19, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    I am concerned that this is just a glorified advertisement. You never disclosed any conflicts. Thanks.

  20. Gravlore on September 3, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    I will stick to my Berkey for drinking and cooking water I think. I was looking for something for a well I plan on drilling. Looks like for bathing and dishes I will get a RO system.

  21. Ronald Knarr on September 13, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Boiling!?
    I have checked tap water and get a pH 7. The same water boiled checks at pH8-9. Boiling will kill bacteria and cause most harmful pollutants to precipitate out.
    This seems to me to be a simple and effective way to get healthy water.
    Boil water. Cool and drink

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  23. Michaels on November 22, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    I have been using CNI Reverse Osmosis water filtration and purification systems and are some of the most advanced today. They have been thoroughly researched and developed to filter and purify dirt, wastes,
    Toxic materials, minute particles and even harmful bacteria present in water with its unique 7-stage water filtration & purification system.
    It is easy to install and use – ideal for both home and office use, and is essentially a water purifier with ‘Qi” energizer to rejuvenate and purify arid water. What’s more – it contains trace minerals for healthier consumption by ensuring small water molecule clusters. For folks leaving in Nigeria and readily need a RO machine, send a message to adebayomichaels@yahoo.com.

  24. Empresa Servicios de limpieza on December 18, 2012 at 3:08 AM

    buen post, sigue así, te econtré en google y seguiré tus post, un saludo

  25. Mary L. Hinton on December 28, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    I read your articles and I know water is not good to drink. I do drink bottled water and gal. water I buy at the store. I would like your opinion on the name brands…. i.e. Kentwood Springs and Ozarka Spring Water…I spend a lot of money on water..I will look into the Walter Filters. Thank You for the information…Mary L. Hinton

    • Casie Terry on December 28, 2012 at 4:25 PM

      Hi Mary,

      As for name brands, it likely depends on your location. http://www.findaspring.com/ can be a great resource for you to check out. Here in Maryland/DC, we really like the company ‘Drink More Water’ but there are several others that may be available to you locally. Let us know if you have any other questions!

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    • james on March 6, 2013 at 6:28 PM

      bottled water is not managed or overlooked by anyone, 1 person in the fda is to overlook all bottled water companies, and that 1 person is also in charge over other things in the fda. each manufacturer of the bottled water company is responsible for their own testing of their own water and does not have to report it too the fda or the public they just have to keep it on file, plus the plastic leeches chemicals into the water. dasani and aquafina owned by coke and pepsi give us municipal water, yup the same water from our tap!!!!! biggest scam ever!

      • james on March 6, 2013 at 6:33 PM

        ro, alkaline water, ionized water, and other super water machines claim alot but in fact create an imbalance with the water. if the minerals dont match the ph of the water then its not doing anygood after the body figures it out. natural spring water is by far the best choice, buy a glass container for your water and find a local spring! its got all the minerals in it and can be filtered if still skeptical. filter must be 1 micron to let the minerals pass through and catch all the rest

        • james on March 6, 2013 at 6:35 PM

          if you guys are really interested, watch the documentary called TAPPED! and do your own research instead of listening to people you dont know with possible hidden agendas! make your own conscious decisions!

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  31. rich on June 16, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    I have recently heard about this hydra blue water from Georgia. What is your opinion of this brand. Is it good or more mumbo jumbo? thanks rich

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