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What’s the Healthiest Water to Drink?

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water Did you know that the average adult human body is 55-60% water? (Babies’ bodies are closer to 75%.) Even more surprisingly, the brain is made up of about 70% water, and the lungs, closer to 90%! This means that the quality of the water you drink has an enormous impact on the quality of your health.

Unfortunately, high quality drinking water is increasingly difficult to come by in this day and age. While we are lucky in this country to have access to water that is largely free of disease-causing microorganisms, most health conscious Americans know that drinking plain old, unfiltered tap water is generally not a great idea.

What’s Wrong with Tap Water?

Recent analyses of municipal drinking water have shown that, despite government regulations, there are still many dangerous contaminants present in our water, even after it has gone through municipal water treatment facilities.

In fact, these water treatment facilities often actually contribute to the problem by adding dangerous chemicals like fluoride and chlorine to water as part of the treatment process. The water regulations and treatment methods used in the U.S. are old and outdated and do little to address the ever-increasing array of toxic chemicals that are currently present in our environment.

The Safe Drinking Water Act only regulates 91 potential water contaminants. Yet there are more than 60,000 chemicals used within the U.S., many of which have been identified as probable carcinogens. According to some estimates, there are now more than 2,100 known chemical toxins present in U.S. tap water. Additionally, many municipalities transport their water in antiquated, corroded pipes, which may leach toxic heavy metals into the water after it has been treated.

So what is the best way to ensure that the water you drink is supporting your health, rather than damaging it? Let’s examine some of the alternatives to tap water:

Bottled Water: Better Than Tap Water…Sometimes

In light of concerns about tap water safety, many people turn to bottled water for their drinking water 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 chemicals into the water. There are a few brands of spring water 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 fluoride, chlorine 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 Always 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. Well water, which often requires some treatment, is an option for some people, but 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.

Water Filters: An Affordable All-Around Option for Most Homes

Investing in a high quality home water filter is probably the most practical and affordable long-term solution to the problem of drinking water contamination for most people. There are many types of water filtration systems out there, so it’s important to do a bit of research before purchasing one, as the vast majority 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 as far as a filtration system goes. A good reverse osmosis filter will remove chemicals like fluoride, chlorine and even radioactive water contaminants. And depending on your budget, you can either install these filters in your home on individual taps or you can go the route of a whole house filtration system.

A good resource for individual filters is Pure Water Freedom. Their filters, which are available in a variety of forms and price levels, combine an activated alumina fluoride cartridge with a reverse osmosis system.

As far as whole house water filters go, the best system I’ve come across is made by a company called Aquasana. They offer a several different options tailored to the type of water that you have in your home (city or well). The filtration systems are available on Amazon.com and range in price from about $800-$1,700 (though Aquasana also offers single-faucet water filters that are significantly less expensive as well). They are extremely effective at removing fluoride, chlorine and other contaminants. While the price may be daunting, in the long term, this is actually a fairly cost effective option, considering what you might spend installing filters on every sink in your house. As an added benefit, the water that comes out of your shower and is used by your washing machine will also filtered.

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

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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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36 responses to “What’s the Healthiest Water to Drink?”

  1. Bob Hoppe says:

    Hi Joshua,

    This is the first time that I’ve that fluoride is carcingenic. US water authorities have been putting fluoride in water (I believe as recommended by the ADA) for the past couple of generations now.

  2. Brian Connor says:

    I am fortunate to be 3 miles from the Carlsbad Mineral Well. Carlsbad, CA. !/8 mile from the Pacific, depth 1700 feet. average 8.3 PH. And it tastes great

    • HydrOxygenMan says:

      The human tongue is actually the worst water quality test kit you can rely on for your families health.

      You cannot get pure water from ANY well, it is unquestionably, contaminated with something.

  3. Lisa K. says:

    Dog and I use Distilled water -3 or 4 years now.

    • You will need to take a mineral supplement with your distilled water because there is nothing in it.

    • Clinton says:

      Distillation breaks up the water clusters and enhances its’ ability to carry oxygen and possibility to transport other nutrients also when it becomes part of the bodies blood,

    • M.B. says:

      Distilled water is torn apart water … unclustered. Place your distilled water in a glass container with crystals inside. Let the water sit for 8 hours before drinking. Keep the process going. Pray over and bless your water – change the frequency.

  4. Frank Colombo says:

    A very good article but you do not mention anything about PH. To achieve optimum health,your body
    should stay in a slightly alkaline environment –
    preferably between 8.5 and 9.5,

  5. Jim Ford says:

    What is wrong with drinking distilled water ?

  6. Rose says:

    We have drank only distilled water for last 40 years and love it. It’s the only 100% pure water they make.

  7. Marge Mullen says:

    Excellent and informative article, thank you!

  8. fred s. says:

    Water, a miracle. Food & water,of which can you live yhr longest without?
    I never understood the importance of water until recently. Yes we suppliment our diets because food is not what it was but do we get enough water and how do you know when you’re dehydrated? For me, I drink tap water. If you want more info. about water, go to Health benifit or water.com

  9. The best drinking water by far is ionized water. One fifth of the homes in Japan have an ionizer. Ionized water has far reaching benefits reaching all cells of the body. Ionizers are in more than 200 hospitals in Japan and because of it’s healing qualities is considered a medical device.

    • Clinton says:

      I have seen info on ionized water and know people who swear by it but I have a couple of question about it. One, does it eliminate the halogens that give the kids knock knees and does it reduce the cluster size so that the water can carry more nutrients?

      • good carbon filters in ionizers will take out most contaminants except for flouride. The ionizing process itself, splits the bonds that make up flouride and makes the flouride inert. If there were halogens in your water, the same thing sould happen. It’s the electricity coming into the water that makes this process happen What you are left with is chemical free, high alkaline water, micro-clustered and loaded with anti-oxidants. Just remember that the bigger the ionizing plates are the more powerful water you get. The plates need to be made from medical grade titanium and dipped in platinmun to make this powerful water.

        • HydrOxygenMan says:

          Wow… I don’t know what to say, or where to start. Bev, Bev, Bev… who has filled your head with this mush??? Flouride is a salt, NaF – sodium flouride and dissociates in water into Fl- Na+ and you are telling us that by some miracle you are going to break these atoms into smaller particles and make Fl- inert? WHAT!Burp!

          Lets just say you are trusting your theory with your health. Fl or Flourine’s bonds with Hydrogen are the strongest in chemistry, so by leaving this in your water, you are leaving the flourine to do its’ thing, which is rip hydrogen bonds from your body’s tissues, bones, DNA.

          That’s why they use Fl to break down the bonds in tough stuff like URANIUM! It doesn’t mess around.

          Enjoy.

  10. Betty Lou Eggert says:

    http://www.itsdawater.com/english.php Follow this link to find the best water…ionized…right from your tap!

  11. Judith Gibson says:

    Dear Mr. Corn, I loved your article, however, I just want to caution people about BPA in plastic containers. If you should decide to buy water in plastic bottles, you need to look on the bottom and find a number, which will tell you whether the plastic leaches BPA. I found this information about which numbers are safe and which ones to watch out for: Never drink water from a bottle with #3,6, or 7 on it. Use, but **do not reuse** plastic bottles with the numbers 1,2,4 and 5. The link, for this information is: http://www.ehow.com/how_5176642_water-bottle-safe.html

    Right now, I have a reverse osmosis system in my home. But, if you’ve ever seen the video about Dr. Emoto’s water study, you will probably want to buy a structured water filter system. Yes, they are very expensive, but the water is pristine pure and I would liken it to drinking water from a huge waterfall. The taste factor alone, would just blow you away.

    Clayton Nolte, has invented water filters that will provide structured water for your entire home. One of these days, I hope I can afford to buy one of his water filters. Here are a couple of links for you to check out (please note that I do not sell these filters):

    http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001M_Rg2uRmQYc35sqZtCBSiOaH4oiiCcXNyv4Xth12C9CrDtfiJcXjLT6UBi0276SdlRrmSy7C77Pielp8mllY7KodCYuTDBtaef25omLkKWeI_lqUORGL9Z3aIp9hkOGl0GXvKBiQFv7TDnly6rwPRA==

    http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001M_Rg2uRmQYeMXG215zgZwd3Ab2YWhyjcI_qKZRAV7-5hxINE1k1quEQHPGpWy3fMcm3uRs_zAN07Xlr7cUNbAp_fSuTjEft2grm44p3m3ER-PHdvlkgkSKZf_aHxmrEXTWpPlkWrw79W7V5EbZ64MQ==

    This one contains videos about structured water: http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001M_Rg2uRmQYc2tO1qPTNBDB1dlmcouGxtckS2nyYDRirEQ957u_Mx_5WZaod0UdEyTbpkjPV0QfY7S6QS9nBGnU0qlNmYEMGg-_UIic_4O0sL4MSv_5MrDnOvutLMUqlI8hGSEyTR0w0=

    Judy G.

  12. fred s. says:

    really, its not so much the quality( within reason), its the quantity. with a strong immune system ,you’ll be okay.

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  14. The best water on the planet comes from medical water devices from Japan. They are made by Enagic in Okasawa and approved by the Ministry of Health for Adult Diseases (FDA equivalent) This is ionized water that has a high pH drinking water as well as a high negative ORP that provides billions and billions of anti-oxidants. It’s called healing water and these units are used in over 100 hospitals, in clinics, hotels and restaurants. These machines also produce a very high 11.5pH water and a very low 2.5pH water. These 2 waters are used for cleaning and disinfecting. This is the main reason for these machines to be classified as medical water devices. I use these 2 waters to emolsifiy the oil based pesticides off my food and I can disinfect the food as well. Most pathogens are eliminated within 1 minute so I am no longer afraid of e-coli or salmonella tainting my food or meat. I also use these 2 waters to clean and disinfect my home without the use of chemicals. I have had a chemical free house for almost 7 years now. We also never get colds or flu’s and at the age of 60 & 62 we have no diseases or health issues, period! The ionizing process separates the alkaline minerals from the acid minerals so when drinking the water you are getting all the alkaline minerals that are in the water and all the acid minerals go down the drain. I love my machine because is will last for about 20 years and as long as I change the carbon filters when prompted (3000 gal) and use the cleaning cartridge (citric acid) every 2-3 weeks in the ionizer, these machines will give you the best healing water on the planet. Just ask Dr. Hiromi Shinya, he invented the colonoscopy and he highly recommends these units.

  15. Ron Portzer says:

    I’ve tried several options. It seems that if water is purchased purified water may be high on the list. This option is secondary, however to distilled water. Many people are suffering in today’s economy and are not likely to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on systems when they can purchase distilled water or purified water locally.

  16. Everett R. Daves says:

    “What is the healthiest water to drink THAT YOU CAN AFFORD” might be a better question right now. We drink distilled water from a Sears counter unit that we purchased slightly used for way less than the approximate $400 regular cost. We add trace minerals that we understand are lost during the distillation to each batch. We are the only ones among all our friends and our 10 children and their friends who use any kind of water other than tap water (sorry to say). Too many people trust their governmental agencies, their dentists and doctors without question.

    • HydrOxygenMan says:

      Great! Don’t worry about the minerals lost, (read my other posts) and only add food source chelated minerals if any, otherwise you are defeating the purpose of distillation. Don’t listen to the “experts”, they don’t know that they don’t know, if you know what I mean.

  17. Patricia Everhart says:

    We use distilled water purchased from grocery store. Someone told me distilled water was acidic to your body. Any truth?

    • Bev Greenlee says:

      Yes distilled water is acidic. There are no natural alkaline minerals in the water. In fact there are NO minerals in the water. Alkaline minerals make the water alkaline and when you drink distilled water or RO water,these waters will actually leach the minerals right out of your body. Not a good thing to do. Osteoporosis and atrophied muscles is not what you want.

      • HydrOxygenMan says:

        Pure (distilled) Water is contaminated if it has minerals, water is H2O, not H2O plus Calcium, that is dirty, contaminated with limestone, CaCO3, rock water. If you have ANYTHING in your water, you are NOT drinking PURE water, I don’t care who tells you that you need something in your water, obviously they don’t know the definition of water… or they are trying to sell you a $y$tem that they say you need.

        As for the leaching, the minerals the body releases are meant to be released, they are inorganic and not usable at the cellular level, and contribute to athlerosclerotic plaque, kidney stones, arthritic calcification, basically the body doesn’t know what to do with disolved rock in water.

        There have never been any studies longer than a 2 week study 40 years ago, showing elevated calcium levels in urine when someone drank distilled water.

        The medical establishment knows what pure water can do, that’s why they don’t do longer studies on pure water, and the first thing they give you is an IV made with pharmaceutically distilled water, with either dextrose or saline in solution.

        Flouride causes Osteoporosis, cancer, mutations, by ripping the hydrogen bonds from bone, cell structure, and DNA.

        Please stop with the same old tired unproven attacks on pure water! It’s like me, a bio- chemist, telling you that something YOU have studied for 40 years is wrong, when you are the expert on that subject. And no I don’t beleive any of the new age BS on clustered water, ion boosted water, etc… unless that ion is Oxygen in trivalent form – Ozone.

        I have drunk pure water for 30 years now and people constantly confuse me for a 30 something, and can run circles around them.

        Keep on drinkin’ your contaminated water, if you want to be THE guinea pig in your own study!

        • vince hicks says:

          I have used Britta pitcher, that would be filtered water. Now it says it reduces contaminates by 99%. That sound pretty good for me especially when it`s so cheap and easy. What do you think?

    • HydrOxygenMan says:

      The acidity in distilled water is from the fact that pure water sitting open to the air will absorb CO2 which breaks down into a slightly acidic molecule called a carboxyl group. This is not bad for you since you exhale CO2 and if you drank a gallon a day for a year, you would still not have consummed the acidity of one can of soda.

      Don’t let ANYONE tell you that they Know something about distilled water, when they have never done ANY double blind studies with it. If “they” did these studies they would find out the healing effects of pure water and “they” would put many health procedures out of business!

  18. Craig says:

    Another impressive filter system is from Pure Effect Filters. http://www.pureeffectfilters.com/ They “alkalize” the water along with removing chemicals, radiation, fluoride etc. This is my number one choice so far. Still researching though.

    • We have used distilled water for approximately twenty years. We started with countertop distillers and when we bought our house we moved to a plumbed in distiller with a holding tank of seven gallons which operates automatically and also feeds our ice maker in the freezer. We have used WaterWise for our distillers and remain completely satisfied with the equipment. However, our distiller (which is all stainless steel and automatic) was not cheap: $1,400 when purchased twelve years ago, and the countertop models are approximately $400. While reading the comments I now am concerned that I store distilled water in plastic containers rated “1” and “5” with reference to the PCB problem. Sandi’s comment will make me do some added research–your comment on that?

      • HydrOxygenMan says:

        Polychlorinated biphenols PCBs are some of the worst cancer causing chemicals, and are NOT found in plastics used for bottled water. This wonderful chemical is found in electrical capacitors.

        I believe you meant Bisphenol-A.

  19. Linda Campbell says:

    We also use distilled water, made from a stainless steel distiller, which we then store in glass bottles. Have drank distilled water for at least 25 years. In excellent health, no heart disease, cancer, (accept skin) no diabetes, no arthritus, no aches or pains. We are in our 70’s. Don’t know what else I can say.
    Live 6/6 in Fla and NY. Have distillers in both places.

  20. Richard Leatherby says:

    We are on city water at 20 gpg hardness, small amt. of iron and 1% added chlorine. Maybe 1.5 % chlorine.
    I installed a 1cu.ft. carbon filter ahead of the soft water filter for whole house filtered water.
    I regen. the filter every 12 days, and the softener is on a “demand” regen system.
    The outside faucets are on hard water.
    The drinking water goes to a R.O. system.
    All this was installed many years ago.
    We are now 87 and 84 and haven’t been sick for many, many years.
    Works good for us.