Yes, I am afraid of water. This is not because of some traumatic event in my childhood. No this is a recent fear that has developed (one more thine to call me a freak about). Prior to my real food days I used to drink the standard 8 glasses of water a day. Now that I am further along in my real food journey I know this is unnecessary, yet I have other reasons for not drinking as much. You may know that I have had some health issues throughout my life all revolving around female issues. Real food and now homeopathy have helped to address some of these problems. And I might add, I am having some success with various aspects of my symptoms (for another blog to be labeled ‘TMI’, ha!)
Early on I had read a lot of information related to water quality, but it was not one of those things that caused me to freak out. I was merely focused on getting my food issues under control. As I have gotten healthier though, I have started tuning into my body and the cues it is giving off in different environments. Many of you making the transition to real and clean foods have mentioned that you have also noticed when things are good or slightly off much easier than when your body was in a perpetual state of chaos. I bet you can also pinpoint what causes a problem by retracing your food or environmental factors. Well, this is how I came to understand that there really is something to the water issue.
My Trip to California and Texas
Last fall and winter my husband and I traveled quite a bit. We were in Houston and San Francisco most of the winter with short trips home to Maryland for the holidays. I ate pretty much the same types of food as when I was home, since we were located in areas that had decent organic and pastured meat options. However, when I went back to Maryland both for the holidays and the end of our traveling in March, I noticed a huge differences in my energy levels. I became really lethargic.
I still can’t prove it and can only assume that it must be something in the water of my home state that was different from the other areas that I visited. So I started to research a little about water . . . . (For what it’s worth. . . somewhere a few months back I saw an infographic on the bests and worsts of each state.
I recall that the state of Maryland is known for having the worst water in the country! FOUND IT! Yes, MD is the worst state for clean water. Isn’t that great? NOT! )
Water is a Scary Big Business
From what I’ve read, I doubt there is any place on earth where the water is untainted by what we as humans have done to it. But what infuriates me the most about what I am learning is the fact that some of the most vulnerable among us are having their water taken from them. And worse yet, it is being tainted by corporations standing to profit. These same companies will turn around and resell the water back to these needy people for a huge profit. I am not against profit, but I am against EXPLOITATION. And that is exactly what they are doing when they trash the water then try to ‘profit off ‘cleaning it up!’ It’s appalling and disgusting. (yes there is a rant post planned in this series).
There are also big problems with the packaging of water. Most people erroneously think that bottled water is somehow healthier for you than tap water. It’s not. It is pretty much the same and likely worse — mostly because of the packaging itself. More to come about this issue as well . . . . .
Why a Water Series and My Resolve
So because of the fact that there are toxins in our water, corrupt multinational water corporations are exploiting poor nations, and bottled water is not a great option to begin with, I have had to re-evaluate the way I view water. You can take or leave what I am about to say in this series. I realize that some will think I am being judgmental or legalistic. But this is not a series to tell anyone else what to do. This is simply to educate people about what is happening in the world and our nation regarding water.
When I first wrote this post I thought I would just get some things off my chest. However, I quickly realized that I needed to go deeper and explain in detail how grave the global water problem is. Not only is our water purposely contaminated in some cases, but the potable water is quickly disappearing from the planet. It is important that we each understand our role in helping to fix the problem where we can. Here are the upcoming posts in the series:
Steps I am taking today regarding water because of what I have learned in researching water safety and health:
1) No more bottled water.
I stopped buying bottled water. Not only is it unhealthy due to the BPA or PET (Polyethylene terephthalate), but I will not support the corrupt practices of these bottling companies. They steal local water supplies and resell for 1900x the cost. Also, they often destroy local water habitats in the process.
2) I bought a whole house water filtration system.
Ok, so it is really hard to find a really good system. I agree that most systems do not work as well as they need to. The unit I really wanted to buy was the Radiant Life Brand, but alas my budget could not afford it. Maybe in the long run it may have been worth it, but I just could not shell out the cash at the time.
The version that I chose to buy was an Aquasana Home Water FIlter. I upgraded to the extra filtration to give a second flush of additional chemicals and toxins. However, it DOES NOT filter fluoride. This seems to be an ok option for me at the moment because my particular water supplier shows N/A for fluoride in its water testing. Also, to remove fluoride from the water you would need to strip the water of essential nutrients that our bodies need to absorb the water. Therefore we would need to add those minerals back in. If you are looking for fluoride removal Berkey water filtration (which is a countertop filtration system) can do this. You will need to find a source of mineral drops to add. Additionally, with a Berkey you will need a shower filtration so that your body does not absorb the chemicals (ie; chlorine which kills your good flora!) while showering.
3) Try to find a local spring when I travel.
There is a handy reference for springs that can be found around the country. It’s called Find a Spring. Many people bring their own containers and fill up. There are also comments on the pages that tell you how accessible the spring is as well as the condition of the water.
I hope you will join me and check out the other posts in this series.
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