Important Insights on Water
Water is roughly 70% of our body composition. If that fact alone does not stress the importance of water maybe this one will. The average human can only survive about 5 days without water. There is a lot of debate on what kind of water to drink: tap, well, distilled, filtered, mineral, spring, etc… Each side has strong evidence to support their case. How do we determine which water is best for human consumption? Dr. Weston A. Price observed healthy humans dietary habits in their natural healthy state and we shall do the same.
Dr. Weston A. Price’s book “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration” does not have much in it concerning water drinking habits. There is mention of peoples from colder climates drinking melted snow and coastal tribes would store their water in huge bath tub sized shells! Maybe there is more information in his raw data.
The Australian Aboriginal obtained water through digging wells, plants and rainfall. Most ancient peoples obtained their drinking water from a fresh non-polluted spring feed source. Water would be collected in jugs, vases and pouches from a nearby spring fed lake, river or stream. The Aztec empire built an elaborate dual channel spring fed aqueduct.
A spring is where water first emerges from underground to the surface. Rainwater seeps down into the water table then flows into a subterranean channel. During this process water is being filtered and enriched by the miles of underground minerals it flows through.
Our Best Water Options in the Modern World:
Tap/Filtered Tap/Drinking Water: Avoid
Tap water, filtered tap water and bottled purified/filtered drinking water should be avoided. Tap water’s source is usually polluted such as a big body of water with heavy industrial traffic. Once water is collected chemicals are added so that unwanted particles clump together and sink to the bottom of the collection pool. Then water is filtered and “enhanced” with fluoride, chlorine and who knows what else. Finally the water travels to its destination through miles of dirty plumbing.
Avoid drinking and touching tap water. Yes touching. Skin absorbs substances directly into the bloodstream. If you wouldn’t eat/drink it, don’t put in on your skin. Think about the last time you took a bath or went to the pool. Remember how often you had to pee? It is because water is directly absorbed thru the skin.
It is okay to wash clothes/dishes in tap water. Wear gloves when washing dishes. Water filters only remove a small fraction of the harmful substances in tap water. Avoid bathing/showering in tap water. This is impossible when living in the city. It is best to take quick short sailor showers. Cherish and relish baths from fresh clean well water. More on this topic later...
Distilled Water: Special Use
Distilled water is the purest and most unsaturated form of water which means it is devoid of nutrients and easily absorbs minerals. This makes it a great detox tool but prolonged use is dangerous for it will leach precious nutrients from the body.
Ground/Well Water: Consume*
Ground/well water is great source of water if available. This water has traveled through the water table being filtered and enriched along the way. There are many variables at play to determine whether your well water is drinkable. This topic is beyond the scope of this article but usually if you live off in the country there is a high chance it is drinkable. Some people have in home treatment systems to varying degrees but many use pure water straight from the well. Ground water is the best and most economical source if available and circumstances are right.
Short informative video about groundwater: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNWAerr_xEE
Spring/Mineral Water: Consume
Rain falls then seeps into the mountain water table high above pollution. As water travels through the water table it is naturally filtered and enriched. When water nears the surface it is collected and then transported to a faculty. Here it is run through filters and ozonated to kill bacteria then bottled.
Sparkling mineral water is spring water with added minerals and carbonation (carbonation is fine). Most spring water is stored in plastic bottles. Plastic bottles are okay, cancer is caused by malnutrition not rubbing up against plastic. Very few companies bottle in glass and it is a lot more expensive. See below for the most economical sources of bottled spring water.
Our body composition is roughly 70% water therefore the water we consume is extremely important. It is recommended that we consume half our body weight in ounces daily. For example if you weigh 150 lbs. then it is recommended to drink 75 oz of water daily. There are free water tracking apps available.
The majority of healthy ancient people obtained their water from a spring feed source. Unfortunately in the modern age most fresh water sources are contaminated but there are still plenty of options. Ground/well and spring/mineral water are your most natural and nutrient dense options.