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First of all, I want all of you to know that I am not an expert on what type of water to drink. Also, I have nothing to do with selling water systems or pushing any type of specific water filtration. This is just a story about my water journey. Until my life style changes in 1996, I gave little thought to the water my family and I consumed. Tap water was used without question.
The first person in my family to rethink the water question was my uncle with his parathyroid cancer diagnosis. He got convinced to get a whole house water purifying system. I think the seller of this expensive system was playing on my uncle’s fears.
When I went to the first alt/med person, he encouraged the use of distilled water.
Naïve as I was, I just went along with it for about two years. Drinking distilled water out of those plastic bottles, was in my opinion NOT a healthy choice.
Dr. Schachter in New York recommended spring water. Around this time, I was looking for a way not to cart water in the house, and settled on a reverse osmosis system. This bulky system was installed under the kitchen sink. Water is collected in a big reservoir, and you lose a lot of water with this system. I never liked it. Furthermore, changing the filters was something I couldn’t do myself. Now I also realize that reverse osmosis water was really denatured water.
A friend was into the Nikken magnet stuff. She encouraged us to get a Nikken water system. It sits on the counter, and has about 3 different types of filters. The water ends up being a ph of about 7.1 alkaline, and tastes like spring water. I’ve used it ever since.
And I can change the filters myself. The one drawback is this system is expensive and the filters are expensive. They last about a year or sometimes less.
What I really like about Nikken, however, is they have a bottled water container with its own filter. In other words, one doesn’t have to buy bottled water when traveling. You just carry it with you and put tap water into it. This filter is sometimes used in the third World where the water is very contaminated.
The most important thing about water is to find a pure source and drink enough of it.
Chronic dehydration seems to follow many people. Some people just don’t like to drink water. They drink dehydrating drinks like coffee. Or sodas loaded with sugar. Or worse yet, diet sodas with additives that affect the brain.
Water is still the best choice for most of one’s drinking. Aging seems to affect how much a person drinks. My husband when he worked always kept water in the refrigerator in his office and drank often. Now I have to give him a glass to get him to drink. He’s an O so now I’m encouraging seltzer water with a little flavor. He is really bad about getting enough water.
As for me, I love water, and it’s my main beverage besides my morning cup of coffee (or two) and afternoon green tea. Sometimes when I think I’m not getting enough water for the day, I put in my several quarts in a container and see if I have used it up in a day.
The 64,000 dollar question is how much water do you need? This varies by individual and depends on age, exercise, weather etc. Sometimes an average is about 8 cups a day.
Certainly another issue with water is how is the water being used in the body. Every time I see Dr. D’Adamo, my intra and intercellular water is out of whack. I have yet to come up with a solution to this problem. I do not limit my salt intake, so certainly this could affect cellular water. My blood pressure is low, and I have not studied the salt issue enough to come up with my own salt recommendations. I do know that when I see Dr. D’Adamo, I am certainly eating out for 48 hours before the visit, and certainly restaurants use a lot of salt. Well, this is just another issue to study and work on.
Another issue is those plastic bottles of water. All plastic is not created equal. They have numbers on the bottom, and the thicker plastics which have higher numbers are better for you, but that is another story.
Another consideration is the weather. When it is very hot outside, one needs to drink more water to stay hydrated.
And yet another consideration is chlorine in the shower water. It is healthier NOT to get all that chlorine absorbed through one’s skin in a hot shower. There are many types of chlorine filters that just twist into the showerhead. Just do an internet search.
With all this water talk, I am going to drink a big glass of water. Cheers!
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