It’s popularly said that water makes up some 70% of the body (and 92% of blood). Wouldn’t dead, chemically treated water defeat the purpose? Water is a living substance (yes, natural life forms actually grow in it), and when it’s been filtered or treated with chemicals to kill off these life forms you’re not getting all the benefits, and it impacts our health. We’ve started to really focus on seeing food from this angle in just the last couple decades.
Most of bottled water has been processed and we know that tap water is put through vigorous treatment. This is water that has come from the ecosystem at some point. If you walked up to the ecosystem and showed what came out of your tap, it would see it as foreign because the chemistry of the water has changed.
Could what’s destroying the delicate ecology of your digestive lining be the water you’re using? Above all else, this is the first thing to get right, even before food strategies. Water is special because not only does it absorb in your stomach and intestines, it comprises more than 90% of your blood and you want those vessels to be nourished by the cleanest flowing water as blood is carried through your tract. And water doesn’t just end in the urethra; it makes a full journey from the mouth to the anus.
If you don’t have a well, or you’re not part of the rare percentage to live in a place like Mt. Shasta where the water in the whole town gets untreated spring water, then you need to throw out your tap for good.
If you’re on property with water pipes connecting underground to the city’s water pipes, then you’re getting municipal water. Most cities have to treat this water to disinfect the bacteria or you’d get food poisoning several times a week.
Not only do municipalities add chlorine and fluoride, but mixed in are phosphoric acid (found in Coca-Cola capable of dissolving pennies), and sodium hydroxide (found in Drano for cleaning drain pipes). To balance the pH they mix in acids and alkalies. Now, you know chlorine is poisonous because it’s an antibiotic. It kills off organisms. Unfortunately, that would mean compromising your tissue with antibiotics.
It appears that the benefit of using chlorine to kill off this stuff is immediate. As an example, in 1996 we took a trip to Acapulco and my mom and I fell ill after going to a restaurant where we had drinks with ice cubes in them.
The problem is actually long term by continuing to take in treated, sterile water.
Fluoride calcifies the pineal gland, and if you look hard enough you’ll find correlations between fluoride and Crohn’s disease.
-Professor A K Susheela compared an individual’s normal lining of microvilli lining columnar cells with an individual who consumed water with 1.2 ppm of fluoride contamination.
The microvilli of the healthy adult normally absorbed nutrients on the cell surface, while the individual consuming water with added fluoride was left with missing microvilli in a scanty pattern. A third individual was observed with no microvilli and no secretions of mucus. That individual consumed 3.2ppm of fluoridated water.
This is something that’s personal because Minnesota does require fluoride to be added to all municipal water systems with a 1.2ppm concentration.
I put emphasis on this because not many people realize our water infrastructure was first built during the Lincoln administration. These pipes underground are rusting and it would take a great deal of resources to rebuild it. When things rust, you’re going to eventually get holes, and sewage pipes can transfer over this stuff to the water pipes.
Depending on where you live, many pharmaceutical drugs are coming through the tap along with toilet paper, birth control, and tampons. While some cities get their water from wells and reservoirs, some bigger cities will get their tap water by recycling toilet water.
You want to stay away from tap filters, like Pur or Brita units. All they really do is “remove the taste and odor of chlorine” more than they remove the main contaminants. It’s better to use your tap as little as possible since it’s toxic. Drinking tap water immediately causes issues as the antibiotics go in and reach the stomach, disrupting the delicate ecology of flora.
Since the majority of us are city dwellers, it’s impractical to all be bathing in springs. I compromise by showering every third or fourth day because most shower filters, including my Pelican carbon filter, won’t remove fluoride and are certainly not powerful enough to remove oddball contaminants, although they take out most chlorine.
As a kid I went to the city pool and didn’t think anything of it. You know that scene in The Sandlot when the kid pretends to drown in the deep end so the pretty lifeguard will save him. Great scene, but popular culture has a way to influence. Whenever we went to a hotel we made sure to bring our swimming trunks for the indoor pool. Ever notice when you’re in one how the air is different? They turn up the room’s heat to make it comfortable and it smells of thick chlorine.
That’s not very different from taking a hot shower, is it? You’re getting gassed with chlorine. Whether you’re taking that shower, flushing the toilet, or swimming in the pool, the chlorine is killing off organic life forms in the water which turn into trihalomethanes. The volatile nature of trihalomethanes is to go airborne at higher temperatures, so you’re essentially in a gas chamber. From one shower the amount of chlorine that ends up in your blood is about the equivalent of drinking 8 glasses of chlorinated water!
How about you? Do you have a source for clean spring water? Let us know in the comment section! Harvesting it yourself and knowing it’s not contaminated seems like the way to go.