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Sometimes it feels like there are more types and brands of water than drops in the ocean. You go to the grocery store and discover a huge shelf packed with different brands of water that all claim to be health-beneficial. Add in the hundreds of in-house water purifiers, and it can seem like a “sea” of confusing options (cue the pun).
Thankfully, your choice doesn’t have to be that complicated.
Most drinking water comes from natural sources and may have been enhanced with mineral content, including:
Out of the above sources, your safest bet is always bottled, processed water – simply because you can be confident that it is free from contaminants. Tap water and well water are also safe and healthy options in many places around the world, as the natural sources are contaminant-free. In-house filtration systems can also be effective at making tap water safer to drink.
In essence, there are two things each type of good drinking water have in common:
The variances are in the form of taste, source, and concentration of beneficial solids in the water.
We purify water for two distinct reasons:
Unlike the human body, machines and equipment do not need water with mineral content. It is much safer and better to use water that has been highly purified – such as distilled water – as it doesn’t leave mineral deposits behind.
And herein lies the problem: It has become increasingly popular to promote super-purified water as healthy for the human body.
Reverse-osmosis machines (machines that push water at high pressure through a special filter to eliminate 95-99% of solids), as one example, are being sold for homes to purify the tap water and make it drinkable. The problem, again, is in the missing mineral content.
Sodium, magnesium, potassium, and calcium are four of the essential electrolytes that your body requires to:
When you drink water that is devoid of these minerals, your body has to pull the minerals from other parts of your body. For this reason, over-purified water is known to create mineral deficiencies and can result in significant adverse physiological reactions.
In one famous study from the WHO, two countries had a national rollout of reverse-osmosis water, and within three months the population began suffering from:
Furthermore, long-term studies of individuals and families who drink mineral-free water on a routine basis discovered:
The undeniable fact is that water is a critical source of minerals, and routinely drinking mineral-free water not only cuts an available source of healthy water but can also drain the minerals from your body.
Pure water will naturally and aggressively absorb minerals it contacts, which makes it a poor choice for cooking. Tests have demonstrated that cooking veggies and other mineral-rich foods in distilled or RO water can cause a loss of up to 70% of the mineral content in your food.
Drinking the occasional RO or distilled water will not kill you, and you probably won’t suffer any symptoms. The problem enters when you have it regularly over several months.
In some cases, however, RO water might be the best and most effective option – such as in areas with highly polluted tap water and low availability (or high cost) of bottled drinking water.
In these and all cases, the key to remember is that your body needs the minerals. Drinking RO water as a stable part of your diet can be a viable option – but only so long as you supplement the lost minerals through a diet rich in natural mineral content, or by taking a dietary supplement.
Products like BodyHealth’s Perfect Amino Electrolytes and nutrient-dense vegetables like kale, broccoli, and others can go a long way to giving your body the minerals it needs for optimum health.
So, when you are considering which water to buy and any kind of in-house filtration – just remember to keep the minerals in one way or another and stay deficiency-free!
Physicians over thousands of years have observed a link between a patient’s mental state and how swiftly they recover. It is a long-standing axiom that people who are determined to get better and maintain a healthy frame of mind recover more quickly, with better results.
But what if we told you that it’s a two-way street? That specific health conditions can cause conditions like depression and anxiety?
In 1931, decades before the first antidepressant and antianxiety medications had been developed, a physician named Yaskin discovered that clinical depression is the earliest manifestation of pancreatic cancer. Further research demonstrated that patients who suffered from gastrointestinal malignancies carried the greatest risk of suicide – which was one of the first science-based flags indicating that the digestive system can have an impact on mental health.
The simplest way to reduce toxins in your body is to avoid them. Despite today’s crazy world that has toxins everywhere, there are steps you can take that will reduce your toxin intake. This gives your body a chance to get rid of the “backlog” and catch up.
Elderberry, also known as Sambucus nigra, has been used for centuries as a natural herbal remedy for those who fall ill.
Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, referred to elderberry as “nature’s medicine chest,” and it has been noted as early as the 5th century BC as a medicinal tonic – forever cementing it as a staple in human nutrition.
But, it wasn’t until recently that we understood WHY it is so helpful to the body. And with this understanding came advanced methods of harnessing the incredible power of this medicinal plant.