The human body is comprised of 70% water, so it's not much of a stretch to say that "the basis of vitality and long life is water." If you want to feel good and be at your optimal health level, you should drink water on a daily basis. But not just any type of water. PROBLEMS WITH COMMONLY USED WATERS: Tap water Tap water is a healthier option than soft drinks. But according to the Environmental Working Group, there have been 315 pollutants found in America's tap water since 2004, and over half of these pollutants are completely unregulated and can legally exist in any amount. What's in your drinking water? Many prominent scientists are alarmed by the content of some drinking water and actively seek to change the processes involved. The practice of making water safe to drink actually involves adding large amounts of extremely poisonous chemicals to it. Key scientists are now providing evidence that long-term ingestion of small amounts of chemicals like these could be the cause of some major health problems. Here is a list of just a few of the chemicals routinely added to our water supply: Liquified chlorine Fluorosilicic acid Aluminium sulphate Calcium hydroxide Sodium silicofluoride Even if the water leaves the source in a relatively clean state, don't forget that your water travels through pipes, which may have been underground since Victorian times. It is almost impossible for the water not to become contaminated by something undesirable. Contaminants in Tap Water Tap water is treated with a large number of chemicals in order to kill bacteria and other microorganisms. In addition, it may contain other undesirable contaminants like toxic metal salts, hormones and pesticides, or it may become contaminated by chemicals or microbes within pipes (e.g. lead, bacteria, protozoa). Typical Tap Water Content: Chlorine Fluorine compounds Trihalomethanes (THMs) Salts of: arsenic radium aluminium copper lead mercury cadmium barium Hormones Nitrates Pesticides Fluoride in water Another very important health hazard is fluoride, which is added by some water authorities in the UK and other countries, and is also present in many toothpastes and mouthwashes. Around 10% of the UK’s water supply is fluoridated, despite a huge and ever-growing body of evidence that the science behind this mass medication programme is questionable to say the least. At the current levels of contamination, the public is starting to question the quality of tap water and wonders if it is safe enough to drink. Based on these facts, it's no wonder that the demand for properly filtered water is constantly increasing. Bottled water Bottled water is not necessarily healthier than tap water and yet it costs much more! Although associated with healthy water, bottled water is not guaranteed to be any healthier than tap water. Often the only difference is the added minerals which have no proven health benefits. A four-year study by the Natural Resources Defense Council shows that 1/3 of the bottled water tested contains levels of contamination which exceed allowable limits. Bottled water can also be slightly acidic, which may affect your body's pH balance. Finally, the environmental impact caused by the production and disposal of plastic bottles is harmful to our ecosystem Reverse osmosis water Reverse Osmosis is a filtering process which may be effective in areas that do not receive municipally treated water and is commonly used in bottled water facilities. The problem with this process is that dangerous chemicals like pesticides, herbicides, and chlorine are molecularly smaller than water and can pass freely through the filter. Reverse osmosis removes healthy, naturally occurring water minerals. These minerals not only provide good taste, they also serve a vital function in the body's system. When stripped of these minerals, water can be unhealthy. Also, 2-3 gallons of water are wasted for every gallon of purified water produced. Maintain and improve your health by drinking water that is clean, free of pollutants, containing healthy minerals and has a positive pH level. We at Health Optimizing highly recommend Delphi Ultra MX and Alphion MX water filtering systems to ensure you get the best quality water, our basis of vitality!