In my last post, I wrote about the benefits of drinking water. Now, let’s talk about the way we get the water we drink. Water consumption is critical, but sometimes the vessels we use can negatively impact our health – especially if we are already sick or prone to certain illnesses.
Water straight from the tap can be so contaminated. It’s full of chemicals that we don’t even think of and sometimes the pipes or water systems are toxic, too.
Think about it: People who take medications for anything from a headache to cancer, when they go to the restroom, urinate a portion of those drugs out. And, where does it go? To our water supply. Factories, make various products using water, and then where does that unused dirty water go? To our water supply. Farming and gardening chemicals, like weed killers, soak into the ground or either run off when it rains into our water supply. These are just a few ways that our water gets contaminated. Then we put this water into plastic bottles and the contamination continues.
Even though plastic water bottles are a quick grab-and-go item, they’re problematic because they add toxins on top of the chemicals that are already in your water. PBA -(Bisphenol A) is found in many water bottles, baby bottles, plastic containers you put in your microwave, plastic bags etc. When heated or left sitting for a long period of time, especially in the radiating sun, harmful chemicals get into the contents. Also, a lot of bottled water is just tap water that has been filtered another time.
So, how do we get healthy drinking water? First, get a good water purification system. There are different levels to this. My dream is to one day own a total house water purification system because water soaks into your body when you bathe, too
There are plenty of water purification systems on the market. Some of the best cost a bit more, but not as much as a whole house unit. Below is a partial comparison chart of some of the top rated water filter pitchers:
Fascinating, right? I’m a true believer in doing the most to achieve healthier water intake. But, a total house water purification system is not in my budget right now. So, I am addressing the water I use for cooking and drinking by filtering it manually.
The brand I currently use is the Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher. This filter was one of the top rated for getting out the most contaminants without taking out the necessary minerals that your body needs. Yes, it did cost a bit more than the average water pitchers you can purchase at the big box stores but there are discounts available. I posted a big one back on Black Friday. But there are plenty of coupons you can use to get a discount. Like I said, it’s a start and I’m really loving it – especially because they have additional incentives if you subscribe for their automatic filter renew. All you have to do is select how many months you want to go before you receive a new filter.
Let’s talk containers. Now you’ve got a good filtered water, what do you put it in? Well, a lot of companies are making PBA-free plastic water bottles now, which do help with those concerns. However, there still may be some issues about additional chemicals leaching from the plastics.
Another option is glass. Glass containers and bottles are probably one of the safest vessels for storing and drinking water. They are reusable You don’t have to worry about chemicals leaching into your water and they can easily be recycled. However, there is the breakage problem. A lot of companies are wrapping their bottles in silicone to help with this problem.
A third option is stainless steel. These are reusable and you won’t have to worry about the PBA and other chemicals from plastic bottles. Plus, they are durable. You’d have a hard time trying to break one of these bottles. However, there are some concerns over some metals still being leached into the water.
So, now what? Because drinking water is essential to our overall health but chemicals in water can be detrimental to it, there are affordable ways to help alleviate this problem including…
-Buying a good water filtering system for your home
-Purchasing water filters for the sink and filtering water pitchers
-Selecting a sustainable drinking vessel for on the go, like one made of glass or metal
Thanks for stopping by! be sure to look out for part 2 of this blog and follow my journey on IG: @teatimewithmemaw!