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Is All Water The Same?

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You already know by now that you should be drinking your eight glasses of water a day. But while most of us are aware of the benefits of staying hydrated (including a balanced body, weight control and healthy organs), we may find it hard to get that half gallon in. And while there’s a lot of information about all fluids not being created equal (no, wine and soda and don’t count), what about types of water? Do you really know what’s in each glass you’re drinking? Is all water the same?

The simple answer to that question is no. Water is seldom just two hydrogen atoms and an oxygen. Even the purest water comes packed with many other chemicals and minerals (just take a look at the label) – and some of them can hurt you. So, before you give yourself a pat on the back for following doctor's orders, make sure you know what you’re putting in your body on a daily basis.

Municipal water

For many people, it’s not practical to purchase water on-the-go everyday. Either they don’t have time or access, or they simply believe they don’t need to pay for something that already comes straight out of the faucet. Yet, municipal water isn’t always apt for drinking, and it may be years before studies reveal what’s truly in your supply.

Just think about the residents of Flint, Michigan, and the ongoing water crisis they’ve been subjected to. When the city switched providers back in 2013, it wasn’t long before officials announced the findings of fecal coliform bacterium in their water supply. This led to widespread water boiling on the west side of Flint in August 2014.

Residents were told the water was safe again and the advisory was lifted. Until a few weeks later, when traces of the bacteria responsible for E.coli were found, and eventually the EPA report of 2015, revealing dangerous levels of lead. Widescale panic and disaster followed, including outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease and third world style drinking conditions. You know the rest.

You may live near mountains or in the countryside, but don’t be fooled into thinking your water supply is 100 percent drinkable. Municipal water everywhere famously contains high amounts of choline to eradicate bacteria. But chlorine doesn’t always remove all bacteria, and drinking it over a long period of time can have harmful harmful effects in your body.

Bottled Water

So, you’re already convinced about using your municipal water for bathing and cooking only, and switching to drinking bottled water. That’s a good start. But, did you know that the majority of bottled water is just tap water run through a filter? You may be paying extra for the plastic container, but this filtered water doesn’t always catch all types of contaminants.

Specifically, the pH balance of most water is weighted towards the acidic, unhealthy, side. Acidic water is great for killing off bacteria, but just look at the piping in homes with a high acidic content. Over time, acidic water can lead to corrosion, rust staining and pinhole leaks. Now, just imagine what it’s doing to your body.

Alkaline Water

Alkaline water has a higher pH level than regular tap or bottled water. That means it can help to neutralize acidic levels in your body and keep your organs in tip-top shape. Alkaline water typically has a pH level of 8 or 9, whereas tap water is generally around a pH of 6 to 7.

Natural alkaline occurs when spring water passes over rocks and picks up minerals. But it can also be created through a chemical process called electrolysis. This makes it widely available and the safest type of water on the market.

The Alkaline Water Company is making waves due to their state-of-the-art processing system that creates a perfect 8.8 pH drinking water, without using extraneous chemicals. Their Electrochemically Activated Water (ECA) process makes use of specialized electronic cells that are coated with rare earth minerals, including traces of Himalayan minerals, that are widely considered the finest in the world.

And you don’t even have to go to the Himalayas to get it. Now you purchase alkaline water in bulk, or small, convenient, on-the-go sizes. The company is now rolling out its product, Alkaline88, nationwide, at stores like Wal-Mart, Target and CVS. This allows you to know exactly what’s in your water and offers a solution to the high acidic characteristic of bottled water, or unknown quantities in your water supply.

Think about it this way. You wouldn’t fill your brand new car with low-quality gasoline or the cheapest type of oil, if you knew it would damage the engine. So, stop filling up on water and putting unnecessary chemicals into your body.

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