By Chef Centehua
Water is essential for all living organisms. In fact, our bodies are made up of at least 75% water. Water becomes our blood, so its quality is of utmost importance. We depend on clean water for our bodies to function correctly. Water is one of the most receptive of all natural elements: everything we do to it, we do to ourselves. Our precious resource is under attack because of the massive amounts of chemicals poured daily into our water sources. There have been over 1,000 cases of water contamination, as well as neurological and respiratory cases due to drinking contaminated water.
Every part of the world has its own water issues. Here in the U.S., we are faced with water pollution from chemicals washed into our natural streams from factory farms, conventional farms, fracking, and a long list of chemicals intentionally poured into our drinking water. Some states have been seriously affected by fracking, which is the process of drilling and injecting chemical fluids into shale rocks in order to fracture them to obtain natural gas. Approximately 40,000 gallons of chemicals are used per fracturing! These chemicals include the carcinogens formaldehyde, mercury, uranium, lead … to name just a few.
Another source of water pollution is the fluoridation treatment by large water suppliers. State laws mandate this fluoridation in hopes of preventing tooth decay. This is controversial because fluoride is an extremely toxic poison, an industrial waste product. In the 90s, British scientist Jennifer Luke discovered that fluoride accumulated in the pineal gland, which is located between both hemispheres of the brain. Our pineal gland is responsible for the secretion and synthesis of the hormone melatonin. Melatonin protects the cells from free radicals, and regulates sleep-wake cycles as well as the onset of puberty in females. In my opinion, proper nutrition and hygiene are the best ways to maintain dental health. I find government claims that dumping toxic chemicals into our water is somehow good for our health and well-being absolutely ridiculous and insulting to our intelligence. Fluoride is just one chemical in a long list of many things that have no place in our bodies or in our earth. (I could write an entire blog just on the diversity of toxic substances currently in our water supply.) So what do we do?
Well, one thing I feel is important is investing in water filters. The reason I consume wild and organic foods is to avoid chemical residue, so drinking and bathing in chemical water is incongruous. Our skin is the largest organ of our bodies, and it absorbs most everything we apply topically. When we shower, the steam opens our pores and we absorb a lot more. My favorite shower filter is made by : it removes fluoride, chlorine, lead, etc. Pure and Clear also makes a good filter that is certified to remove fluoride. These products can be purchased online.
It’s important to do a little research before purchasing drinking water filters, too. Those pitcher water filters are the least effective. Reverse osmosis filters and ion exchange filters are good. There are a few places that sell alkaline water and, depending on your budget, you can find good home water filtration systems like the Kangen water system. If you are filling up at a local source, it’s best to store water in glass; however, this is not feasible for everyone, so I recommend buying at least 5-gallon capacity BPA-free jugs. You also can purchase some glass growlers at breweries. Drinking water from little plastic bottles is not only an obvious detriment to our environment, but I personally feel it’s like drinking plastic tea. I recommend buying water bottled in glass, if necessary: it’s worth the extra bucks.
I personally feel it’s not enough to remove the chemicals from the water. I am grateful to live in a place where I can drive to a natural spring and collect my water straight from the source. As I mentioned before, water is highly receptive, and on an energetic level I feel better when drinking unprocessed water from a pure source. I hope that as we learn more about this precious element we understand the importance of protecting natural water sources such as springs. There has been much research done on the molecular structure of water, and how it reacts to vibration and intention. This of course is something that I personally resonate with, but the point here is to rethink our water source. We need to research what is being done to municipal water sources so we are able to make educated decisions and necessary changes regarding our health.
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