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Is Your Water Making You Sick?

I thought I was doing the right thing. For well over 15 years our family has had distilled water delivered to our door from a local water bottling company. It was once touted as the healthiest water to drink. Who doesn’t want healthy water? Little did we know that that very water was leaching minerals from our bodies and making us sick.

Is your water making you sick? Access to healthy drinking water is a must! I won’t pretend to know everything about the water you drink but I’m happy to share what I’ve learned in my search of healthy water.

Let’s Take A Look At 6 Water Sources

Distilled Water

Distilled water is boiled and evaporated away from it’s dissolved minerals. The water becomes acidic and is able to absorb and eliminate toxic substances from your body. That’s not bad, right? The problem is the acidic water also draws trace minerals like magnesium right out of your body. We need minerals! The triple whammy is, distilled water will also draw contaminants from the container it’s stored in, making it even less desirable.

Studies show there are benefits of drinking distilled water for a few weeks at a time when your goal is to cleanse and detoxify.

There’s no need to detoxify for 15 years! After having a hair mineral analysis done and discovering both kids and I (the hubby hasn’t had the test) are deficient in minerals, I had to go digging.

Tap Water

Tap Water

It’s the easiest way to drink water, right? But what is in that tap water? There is an allowable maximum contaminant level set by the EPA. Because of this, many dangerous contaminants are still present in tap water even after treatment. Contaminants such as arsenic, aluminum, lead, mercury, fluoride, chlorine, and prescription and OTC drugs.

Are you kidding me? I go to the trouble of ordering aluminum free deodorant and yet I’m still exposed to it in my tap water? Bottled Water

Bottled Water

What exactly is bottled water? There’s a high chance that the bottled water you’re paying for is nothing more than, you guessed it, tap water.

Not to mention the fact that drinking water from plastic bottles is never a good idea. It isn’t good for your health, it costs more, and it’s a huge source of consumer waste.

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Life Factory glass bottles are an excellent substitute when you’re on the go. These glass bottles are pretty close in size to the average plastic water bottle making them perfect for school lunches! Living Water

Living Water

Living Water is in its raw, natural state. The way nature intended. It’s not too acidic or alkaline but is the ideal neutral pH of 6.5 to 7.5. You can find a natural spring in your area by logging onto Find A Spring. It’s a pretty cool idea!

Let’s be real though. Not many of us have time to hike to a natural spring to gather living water in our glass jugs for the week. It would be a fun thing to experience, for sure, but probably not realistic on a weekly basis unless you live nearby.

Reverse Osmosis

Reverse osmosis systems include an ultraviolet light designed to kill bacteria and a granulated activated charcoal filter. They are commonly mounted under the sink and may require hiring a plumber for installation. Reverse osmosis removes trace minerals from your water which you will want to add back in.

Carbon Filters

Granular carbon filters and carbon block filters work a lot alike with one important difference. Granular carbon filters allow water to create pathways through the loose carbon without being filtered. Carbon block filters are compressed with carbon in a solid form which eliminates channeling. Carbon filters are generally gravity based and leave trace minerals in your water. I thought I was doing the right thing. For well over 15 years our family has had distilled water delivered to our door. Little did we know that that very water was leaching minerals from our bodies and making us sick. Is your water making you sick?

After both our naturopath and internal medicine doctor asked us to consider purchasing a water filtration system, I went on a mission to figure out which water system would work for our budget and health needs.

We are working to undo the damage done by drinking distilled water for so many years. Not only are we supplementing trace minerals, we have also purchased a Berkey which filters our water and leaves trace minerals in place.

The Berkey uses a compressed carbon filter, is gravity based, free standing, and easy to use. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t cheap. I went to work selling on eBay and used the proceeds to purchase our Berkey. Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

Reasons We Chose The Berkey

1) For our Health

Since trace minerals have been depleted in our bodies, it was super important to us to drink water that contains those trace minerals naturally. The Berkey allows trace minerals to remain in our drinking water! To learn more about how the Berkey works, click here.

2) Emergency Preparedness

The Berkey doesn’t rely on plumbing. It is a free standing unit in which you pour water into the top chamber and it uses gravity to filter down to the bottom chamber. People have tested chlorinated pool water, lake water, water with red dye, and rainwater in the Berkey. Every time the Berkey produces great water to drink. Of course, the lifespan on the filters was tested on regular tap water. The harder the Berkey works to filter your water, the more often you will need to change the filters.

3) Cost Factor

Although the Berkey has a large upfront cost, it’s cost per gallon is under two cents!

We averaged three, five gallon jugs from the bottling company and paid $22/month. That’s $1.47/gallon!

Okay, I’m going to get a little math-y here: with the cost of the Royal Berkey with two black elements, the Berkey stainless steel wire stand, glass level water spigot, and six sets of the PF2 Fluoride/Arsenic filters, my cost would be $584.93 plus tax. Why six sets of the PF2 filters? Because each set is good for 1,000 gallons. Each set of black elements is good for 6,000 gallons. See where I’m going with this? I told ya I was going to get all math-y!  Of course, we didn’t actually purchase six sets of the PF2 filters. I’m simply trying to do the math! Moving right along, $584.93 divided by 6,000 gallons = .10/gallon! Of course you need to factor in your tap water too but I’d say that’s not too shabby!

4) Removes Fluoride with Optional PF2 Filter

Fluoride has been deliberately added to many municipal water supplies. This addition has become incredibly controversial and, in my opinion, unnecessary.

5) Environmentally Friendly

We are no longer using 5 gallon plastic jugs that will some day end up in the landfill. The Berkey also allows us to easily use our Life Factory glass bottles eliminating the need for store bought plastic water bottles.

No matter what you decide: Any filter is better than no filter. If you don’t use a filter, YOU become the filter.

Is Your Water Making YOU Sick?

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kay ~ the barefoot minimalist

Saturday 5th of March 2016

WOW Bridget! That was an excellent article! I had a really bad time with water a few years back. It's a long story, but I ended up in the ER twice in one day because of it and lost 30 pounds in a month not because I wanted to, but because I was so sick. I'm so glad you stopped the distilled water. I'll bet you all will feel much better very quickly!

Sunshine and Rainy Days

Sunday 6th of March 2016

I would love to hear your story, Kay! It's amazing how diligent we need to be with everything we put in our mouths and bodies. There's just so much to think about. I'm hoping we will be able to stop mineral supplements soon!

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