The importance of drinking pure water
« Water is life ». Even if it sounds obvious, it is important to remember it from time to time. No life would have appeared on earth without water. And no life can survive in its absence.
After an immersion of 9 months (the embryo is composed of 95% water during the first days of existence), our body evolves but remains very dependent on this essential element. As an adult, a man is composed of 60% water and a woman of 55% (which has more adipose tissue - it is not us who say this, but the scientists!) Some plants are composed of more than 90% of water.
If you weigh 80kg, you are made of almost 50kg of water…
If it is possible to go without food for several weeks, not drinking (water...) means dehydration in 24 hours and death in 3 days maximum.
Water, an essential component of our body, is everywhere: in our brain, our tissues, in the heart of our cells... That is why it is important to pay attention to the quality.
By eliminating an average of 2 liters of water per day through perspiration, breathing and urine, we need to rebuild our stocks by assimilating daily 2 to 2.5 liters of ingested and absorbed water. It is therefore recommended to drink 1 to 1.5 liters of water per day.
Which water to consume?
Today, the water we consume comes essentially from two sources:
bottled water and tap water
There are two types of water: mineral water and spring water. Both are from underground sources. Many people think, wrongly, that they are a panacea. But did you know that more than 90% of the most consumed brands contain, for example, micro-plastics, whose health risk, even if it is still debated, seems quite possible?
Some contain undesirable substances (to say the least) such as arsenic or barium. Others contain such high levels of fluoride that they would simply be banned from the public water supply because they do not meet the drinking water standards in Europe.
Did you also know that a bottle of water must be consumed within 48 hours after opening to avoid the development of certain bacteria?
And what about the carbon footprint?
What about the transportation of water by truck to the point of sale, generating substantial pollution and contributing to the increase of greenhouse gases. In addition to this, there is the pollution generated by your car journey to get your supplies and then bring the empty bottles to a recycling collection point. Bottled water has a carbon footprint 65 times higher than tap water, because of transportation and the packaging it generates.
Not to mention the millions of tons of plastic that need to be recycled and that end up in part in nature and therefore in our bodies...
Finally, inconvenient to store, it also represents a significant cost in the context of a family's daily consumption. In fact, it is the most expensive consumption method.
Most of this water, like bottled water, is of underground origin. This water is very controlled, and with rare exceptions, potable - at least according to the administrative definition that governs it.
Drinking it avoids pollution due to its transport or recycling of its packaging (and yes, there is none!) and it costs far less than bottled water.
But clean water does not mean free of harmful substances for daily use. More and more people in Europe have access to water that is polluted by pesticides or nitrates, resulting from conventional agricultural activity. But also polluted by bacterial contamination, arsenic, or lead, partly because of pipes containing toxic components.
Setting aside the risk of pollution by undesirable components, since they are present in both bottled water and tap water, it seems objective to say that drinking tap water has obvious advantages.
No need to store it, no need to go to the supermarket to get it, always available (unless you stop paying your water bill!) and it is the least expensive (by far) compared to bottled water. It is less expensive, but requires additional filtration to remove residual pollutants and contaminants.
But if the water I have access to is potentially polluted, then what can I do?
Filter it with a Berkey® water purifier of course!
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