Everyone knows we should drink AT LEAST eight 8 oz glasses of water each day (I try to drink a gallon each day), but are we clear on what kind of water is best to drink? I mean, if we’re going to be putting that much of anything in our bodies, we should be sure on what is the healthiest. Every cell in your body needs water. EVERY CELL FROM HEAD TO TOE. This is why it is so important that we’re drinking enough daily, but we need to be sure that the water we are drinking isn’t going to do more harm than good, right?
What Is The Best Water To Drink: Filtered, Purified, Distilled or Tap
First, let’s understand the differences:
- Filtered – filtered water goes through a basic filtration process. Water from our tap, for example, goes a through a filtration system to filter contaminants and particles, and then often treated to ensure it meets the safety standards set out by the EPA. However, filtered water available for sale in bottles is governed by the FDA, and is subject to a specialized filtration process that some say is more stringent than the standards set by the EPA. Some examples of filtration methods are adsorption, carbon, activated carbon, kinetic degradation fluxion and particulate filtration.
- Purified – purified water must have impurities removed or reduced to 10 parts per million or less by going through one of several methods of purification methods: reverse osmosis, distillation, ozone, or ultraviolet. Purified water, first goes through a filtration system, then through one of these purification processes.
- Distilled – Distilled water is purified water, since distillation is one of the methods used to produce purified water. In the distillation process,
the pure water is boiled of its contaminants, like inorganic minerals and metals that have high melting and boiling points. As the water boils, the pure water turns into steam and is captured and cooled, becoming distilled water. The contaminants are left behind. This process also removes all beneficial nutrients, including essential minerals like calcium and magnesium and fluoride.
- Tap – Even though city tap water goes through a large scale filtration system, it can still contain many volatile chemical compounds like pesticides, herbicides, parasites and pathogens. Most tap water is considered to be “safe water” for human consumption, meaning that it is not contaminated to the point of being unhealthy.
Dangers in Drinking Only Distilled or Purified Water
According to the World Health Organization, distilled water should not be your primary source of hydration. And, According to the U.S. EPA purified water is more acidic than filtered water. The ideal water for the human body should be slightly alkaline, which requires minerals like calcium and magnesium that are lost in the purification process. However, purified or distilled water is recommended for short periods for cleansing purposes. The acidic state acts as a way of drawing poisons out of the body, but consumption should not be continued once your cleansing period is complete. Without these essential minerals, there is a greater risk for osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, hypothyroidism, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure and degenerative diseases associated with premature aging.
Bottom line, your best bet is to go with either tap water or filtered water. If you decide to go with filtered water, the most economical way would be to purchase your own filtration system, rather than buying filtered bottled water. This is better for the environment, as well. There are several different kinds of filtration systems out there, ranging in price from under $100 to over $1000. There are whole house systems, countertop units, under the sink systems, pitcher filters or units just for the shower. That choice is up to you and your wallet. Personally, I use the Brita UltraMax Water Filter Dispenser (carbon activated).