The earth is made up of 71% water. Ironically, the human body is approximately the same composition. Water is a massive force for life, not only keeping land animals and plant-life hydrated and growing, but our lakes, rivers, and oceans are home to hundreds of thousands of species.
Water plays critical and irreplaceable roles in the functioning of the human body, including detoxification, regulating body temperature, increasing joint health, regulating digestion, improving mood and focus, regulating hunger and body weight, and improving the health and appearance of our skin. We should all aim to drink half our body weight in ounces EVERY DAY (so if you weigh 200 pounds, try to drink 100 ounces of water daily).
Depending on where you live in the world, water might be abundant or scarce. Water scarcity affects 65% of the world, including areas of the US. When water is scarce, contamination levels in the water rise. Even in places where it’s abundant (like my home near Lake Michigan), water quality might not be the best, since high demand on treatment facilities and distribution centers directly impacts water quality, affecting corrosion, breaks and leakage, and biological growths. A friend of mine recently had to relocate a water main for his work, and took these photos of the interior piping of our Chicago water system:
A few good questions to ask about your water sources are:
Is your water sourced from a well, municipality, or store-bought plastic bottles?
What is your water transported through? What materials are coming into contact with your water?
How old is that infrastructure?
Do you use an external filter to purify your water, or do you allow your body to be the filter?
I personally introduced an eSpring water filtration system into my home back in 2005, and immediately noticed a massive improvement in the taste, smell, and appearance of my water. In doing so I started saving money and also reduced my carbon footprint (by eliminating the revolving door of purchased plastic water bottles going through my home). But my main motivation was personal health. Not only was I eliminating my exposure to harmful chemicals found in plastic, but eSpring destroys 99.99% of waterborne pathogenic viruses and bacteria through ultraviolet light technology (NOT through chemicals). It also kills more than 140 potentially harmful contaminants through a patented multi-stage carbon-block cartridge. Inductive coupling and an easy to read monitor add ease and durability to the eSpring design.
Drinking adequate amounts of water is a key factor in healthy living, but if the water is corrupted, it may end up doing harm in the long run. I’d encourage everyone to add a high-performance water filtration system to their home - let your filter be your filter, and give your liver and kidneys a break!