DIFFERENT TYPES OF WATERS
THERE IS A SUMMARY OF DIFFERENT WATERS WE PRESENT ON OUR BROCHURE. SEE OUR FULL BROCHURE HERE.
WE FOLLOW WITH SOME WORDS ABOUT NATURAL COLLOIDAL SILICA IN DRINKING WATER, AS HEARTLAND SPRING WATER HAS A NATURAL SOURCE OF SILICA.
This is a water is lacking any minerals, and some writers say therefore lacking life...see the summary about this water by Dr Mercola, and also the words of Lawrence Wilson BSc.
Some people who are highly regarded and who promote use of distilled water (such as Paul C Bragg and his daughter Patricia Bragg; and George H Malkmus) also co-promote that people consume each day raw living foods and/or various glasses of mineralised fresh fruit and/or vegetable juices (often carrot or greens juices) and/or cider vinegar. The addition to a daily diet of raw foods and/or fresh juices and/or cider vinegar might balance out the negative effects of distilled water that are described by Lawrence Wilson and Dr Mercola on this page.
DR MERCOLA'S WORDS ABOUT DISTILLED WATER AND SOME DIFFERENT WATERS FOLLOW on this page --- as does the detailed commentary by Laurence Wilson BSc on DISTILLED WATER.
TO READ MORE ABUT THE DANGERS OF SOME WATER AND WATER TREATMENTS, SEE HERE. WORDS ABOUT GROUND WATERS COMPETE THIS ARTICLE ABOUT DIFFERENT WATERS.
IMPORTANT KNOWLEDGE ABOUT NZ DRINKING WATERS
Very few people take the time to investigate the water they consume; an oversight that may have serious side-effects. Some may become apparent in the longer term.
Auckland’s tap water - Includes water pumped from the Waikato River at a rate of 75,000,000 litres per day; and this is about to double. The Waikato River is a water cocktail: mixing treated sewage and hormones from 18 towns and cities; heavy metal toxins from numerous riverside dumps and industry; and chemical run-off (include dangerous cadmium) leaching into the river from adjoining farm land. Modern science suggests all ‘nasties’ CANNOT be removed - See book ‘Our Stolen Future’. PLUS tap water might have Chlorine (S5 poison), fluoride (toxic waste product from phosphate works), aluminum or cooper added - risks remain that the pipes delivering water to homes might add further contaminants to tap water. See our web site.
Bore water - This water is sourced by drilling into earth – some is too acid - some is too alkaline. Bore water may not be prepped by earth for human consumption-akin to unripe apples!
Bottled water - Some are promoted as being the most 'pure' water available. Some are filtered –purified or refined-sterilized, with much ‘goodness-trace elements’ GONE. Even some bottled spring water is processed/refined, some reverse osmosis treated. Some in bottles is from a tap.
‘Created’ waters – rather than adding artificial minerals or flavors, we can get natural minerals in spring water. Does any human know better than nature, what to best add to drinking water?”
Distilled water - All water found in nature has some dissolved trace minerals. Distilled water is a man made water which has none. Lawrence Wilson BSc writes: “Distilled water acts as a chelator in the body. In our experience with many clients this is a very serious problem. Distillation (as with reverse osmosis) creates a "hungry" water.” Distilled water is devoid of minerals/TDS. It can attract to itself the minerals it has had taken from it - then leach these minerals from us.
Filtered water - Earth filters spring water wonderfully. Many humans do it aggressively and with less care. Human filters can leave near no trace minerals. Check if a water analysis was tested before or after filtering/processing? If before, processed water in a bottle can be very different!
Rain water - Is considered by some specialist to be unsuitable for everyday water consumption? Rain water can be TOO ACID; minerals too low; or can be inclusive of acid rain & roof pollutants.
Reverse Osmosis Processed water - Filtering via a high pressure reverse osmosis (‘RO’) unit, can mess with the delicate molecular structure of healthy hydrating water. Are plastic membranes in an RO unit comprised of interfacial polymerization of m-phenylene diamine and trimesoyl chloride? Some researchers say RO water may be damaging long term - see our web site videos.
Read more HERE
NATURAL SILICA IN WATER
Hearltand Springs has a natural approx 45 mg/l of dissolved colloidal silica in this water.
Jame Sloane (see his video and positive words about drinking spring water here and here writes this about Silica on this web site:
The Importance of Silica In the Human Body
Silicon dioxide (SiO2), commonly known as silica, is one of the most common compounds on earth. The best known forms of silica are sand, quartz, and glass.
Silica is essential to both plants and animals for integrity of their tissues. Although, silica must first be converted in to another compound, known as orthosilicic acid (Si(OH)4), before it can be utilized in humans.
Orthosilicic acid is formed in nature as silica is dissolved by water. Though, silica is poorly dissolved by water generally. The presence of acid increases the conversion of silica in to orthosilicic acid. In the human body, this acid is provided by the stomach. When silica is ingested from water or plant sources, stomach acid (hydrochloric acid) aids in the conversion of the silica in to orthosilicic acid. As we age though, stomach acid levels decline, leading to declining silica levels in the tissues. Antacids and acid blockers also decrease tissue silica levels for the same reason.
Silica is essential for the formation of the proteins collagen and elastin. Collagen gives tissues strength, while elastin gives tissues elasticity. As levels of collagen and elastin decline, various disorders may occur. These include:
Osteoporosis- Silica is a piezoelectric material that generates electricity under pressure. When the collagen matrix is stressed, which applies pressure on the silica molecules, an electrical current is generated that electrodeposits minerals in to the collagen matrix. This allows bone to gain density. As a component of collagen and elastin, silica also aids in giving bone its flexibility, and therefore much of bone's strength and shock absorption. Without silica, the bones would be unable to mineralize, and even if the bone could mineralize it would easily fracture like a piece of chalk. Silica aids in the absorption of calcium, and displaces the heavy metal lead, which is detrimental to bone. Although calcium is better known as an important nutrient for bones, silica is actually the most important nutrient for proper bone health and strength. Decreased silica levels leads to poor bone mineral deposition in bones, and loss of flexibility and shock absorption, increasing the risk of fracture.
Osteoarthritis (joint inflammation)- Silica is essential for the formation of cartilage, and its strength. Declining levels of silica lead to softening of cartilage, and increased risk of damage or deterioration to spinal discs and joint cartilage. In addition, silica has mild natural anti-inflammatory properties, which further helps prevent cartilage degradation.
Emphysema- Loss of elastin in the lung alveoli prevents normal expansion and contraction of the alveoli.
Diverticulitis (inflammation of the diverticuli)- Loss of elastin in the intestinal diverticuli prevents these pouches from contracting back to their normal state. The anti-inflammatory effects of silica help reduce pain of diverticulitis.
Tendonitis (inflammation of the tendons)- Loss of collagen and elastin in tendons increases the risk of damage to tendons from overstretching and tearing. Silica can help reduce inflammation of the tendons.
LAWRENCE WILSON BSc --- about DISTILLED WATER
Distillation consists of boiling and evaporating water and then recondensing the vapor or steam back into liquid water. This is a very natural process, and is exactly what occurs when water evaporates into the air and then falls to the ground as rain.
When water is distilled in nature through evaporation, all solid matter is left behind and only pure H20 rises into the air to form clouds that eventually drop their moisture as rain. This is nature’s premier water filtration system, in fact.
When water is distilled by mankind, by boiling it and recondensing it, all solid matter is left behind except chemicals that volatilize at a lower temperature than the water. Most industrial distillers have methods to capture these substances to prevent them from remaining in the water.
For this reason, I find that industrially distilled water is the very best, not home distillers of any kind. I do not recommend buying a home distiller for this reason.
Advantages of distilled water. Distillation does not significantly damage the subtle properties of water such as its spin, moment, specific gravity and other subtle qualities of the water. In fact, distilling is the best and really the only way to remove the “memory” of damage to water that is known to occur when water is contaminated in any way.
Good quality distilled water is free of most chemicals and all toxic metals. It is also free of pathogens such as bacteria and viruses.
Problems with distilled water. These are many and include:
1. Distilled water acts as a chelator in the body. This is a very serious problem, in our experience. Distillation (as with reverse osmosis) creates a "hungry" water. This means it is devoid of minerals and, as a result, distilled water tends to attract to itself whatever minerals it touches.
When one drinks distilled water, as soon as it enters the body it begins to grab onto and hold onto minerals. This process is called chelation. When the distilled water passes out of the body through the kidneys, some of these minerals are lost to the body. Since it is a mild form of chelation, if one drinks distilled water for more than a few weeks or months, over time it will remove some vital minerals from the body. This is extremely harmful today because most of us are low in vital minerals to begin with.
2. Distilled water lacks nutrient minerals. Almost everyone is already low in nutrient or vital minerals, and we need to obtain more of them any way we can. One can absorb some minerals from drinking water. In fact, good water can supply 30 or 40 trace minerals that the body needs in small quantities. Unlike spring water or even tap water, distilled water is lacking minerals, so it is less desirable for that reason.
3. Distillation produces a slightly acidic water. Some people do not like this fact. However, it is not quite the truth. Used for short periods of time up to three or perhaps even 6 months, distilled water often removes so many toxic chemicals and metals from the body that the overall effect is alkalinizing, even though the water itself may be slightly acidic in its pH. In other words, it does not matter that the distilled water is acidic, provided the long-term effect of the water is to make the body more alkaline.
However, if distilled water is continued for more than a few months, it begins to leach out some vital “alkaline reserve” minerals that are the ones responsible for making the body more alkaline. Therefore, long-term use of distilled water will eventually cause the body to become more acidic if it is used for more than a few months.
4. Metal contamination. A minor problem with distillation is that metallic distillers, even stainless steel ones, can possibly give up some chromium, nickel, molybdenum, and iron into the water. It is not a lot, however, as most is bound up in the stainless steel. An all-glass distiller would be superior, if such a machine were available. I have not heard of such machines, however.
Adding minerals to distilled water. Some doctors and some designer waters begin with distilled water and add minerals to it to offset the problems of drinking pure distilled water. However, mineral science is very complex and there are over 40 trace minerals that our bodies need in minute quantities in many cases. No one, in my view, is very good at figuring out 1) which minerals to add, 2) how much of each, and 3) in what form to add them.
Also, as explained above, water is type of energy and a type of ‘whole food’. Any time you alter it, some of its properties may be damaged or destroyed. I have reviewed dozens of water products on the internet and elsewhere. None are very good, in my view, or worth the money. For this reason, I do not advocate adding minerals, sea salt or anything else to any drinking water.
Summary: Most people should avoid distilled water for the reasons listed above. I rarely suggest it for a short time only to help with a healing reaction. Drinking distilled water for longer than this, however, always results in vital mineral deficiencies.
DR MERCOLA OD
These are his words quoted in this article.
Spring Water - Living Water – Keeping the Balance
"In choosing the right type of water for you and your family, you want to aim for pH balance. Distilled water is too acidic and alkaline water is too alkaline. The ideal pH of your water should be between 6.5 to 7.5, which is neutral.
Mountain spring water is in this ideal range. It is some of the healthiest water on the planet because it is "living water".
Living water, like "living food is in its raw, natural state the way nature intended.
One of the main reasons I am such an advocate for eating raw, organic vegetables is because these "living foods" contain biophotons, small units of light stored by all organic organisms, including you.
Gravity-fed spring water is alive in much the same way. When you take this vital energy into your body, you are re-charging it with health and encouraging it to return to a whole and balanced state.
Now, when I mention mountain spring water, I don't mean the two-gallon jugs you see sitting on your grocery store shelf. I'm talking about water you bottle yourself from a gravity-fed spring. There's a great website called FindaSpring.com where you can find a natural spring in your area. This is a great way to get back to nature and teach your children about health and the sources of clean water.
It is important to bring either clear polyethylene or glass containers on your trip to collect the water so no unsafe chemicals can contaminate your pure drinking water on the way home. If you choose to use glass bottles, be sure to wrap them in towels to keep them from breaking in the car.
With all the different types of water out there and all the hype that goes with each, it can be very easy to get confused about which types of water are really best for your health. And, if you find yourself struggling with the environmental concerns of bottled water versus the dangerous chemicals in tap water, I understand.
That's why I created this page to help clear up some confusion and help you take control of your health.
Symptoms of Dehydration
Since most of you are no longer tuned in to your bodies the way your ancestors were hundreds of years ago, you may be overlooking your body's many cries for water.
There is a silent and growing epidemic of chronic dehydration. So many suffer from it yet are simply unaware of the symptoms.
Are you one of them?
The major symptoms of dehydration are thirst, dry skin, dark colored urine and fatigue but take a look at some commonly overlooked symptoms of chronic dehydration.
· Digestive disturbances such as heartburn and constipation
· Urinary tract infections
· Autoimmune disease such as chronic fatigue syndrome and multiple sclerosis
· Premature aging
· High cholesterol
· Weight gain
Types of Water – How Your Choice Makes the Difference
When it comes to water, there's more to choose form than simply tap versus bottled.
Let's closely examine each so you can make informed decisions about your water and your health.
Distilled Water – Use with Caution
Some health conscious people have been misled into believing that distilled water is healthy for them.
As I've stated before, this is simply not true.
The problem with distilled water is that it is boiled and evaporated away from its dissolved minerals.
The water then becomes acidic and seeks to balance itself by drawing minerals right out of your body. It will also draw out contaminants from the container it's stored in for this same reason.
What's worse, any contaminant in the water that vaporizes at a lower temperature than the water, such as volatile organic compounds, like disinfection byproducts that are thousands of times as toxic as chlorine, will be condensed and actually concentrated in the finished distilled water.
So what you end up with is water that contains even more dangerous contaminants than what you started with!
I only recommend using distilled water for a short period of time and only for the purpose of detoxification, as this water can help pull toxins from your body.
Drinking it long-term, however, will most likely invite health problems.
In my interview with water filtration expert, Houston Tomasz, I asked for his thoughts on the growing use of alkaline water.
There are several potential problems with alkaline water.
First of all, most water ionizers and alkalizers are marketed by multi-level marketing (MLM) companies with questionable ethics
Some people experience an initial "high" when they start drinking alkaline water. This can easily be attributed to detoxification, and the fact that they are likely just becoming better hydrated.
Detoxification is about the only benefit of alkaline water, and this benefit is limited to very SHORT TERM USE (no more than a week or two).
An additional concern is that many individuals have stomach dysfunctions like GERD or ulcers that are largely related to having too little stomach acid. Long-term use of alkaline or ionized water can interfere with your body's natural digestive process by reducing the acid needed to properly break down and absorb food. This could then lead to an upset of your body's good bacteria, which can then open the door to parasitic infection, ulcers and malabsorption.
For more information, please review my special report on this topic.
"Vitamin" Waters – Do NOT Be Fooled!
If you've recently switched from soda to vitamin water because you believed it to be a healthier choice, you may be disappointed by what I have to say about them:
Vitamin waters are nothing more than a clever marketing scheme designed to promote a product that is just as unhealthy as soda!
Vitamin waters may contain dangerous high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), artificial colors, additives, preservatives and caffeine.
What's even worse is these manufacturers usually use distilled water to make their products, which, as you've read above, is one of the worst types of water you can put into your body!
Now that you know which types of water to avoid, let's take a look at the water you should be drinking for optimal health!
Tap Water – Danger in Every Glass
Plain old tap water: It's easy. It's convenient and it comes right out of your kitchen faucet. However, as I'm sure you've heard, most tap water is contaminated with a host of pollutants that increase your risk of serious health problems.
Let's take a look at some of these contaminants and how they can adversely affect the health of you and your family.
As I've been stating in my articles about water since 2001, the level of arsenic in US tap water is incredibly high. This poisonous element is a powerful carcinogenic, which has been linked to an increased risk of the development of several types of cancer.
In 2001 the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lowered the maximum level of arsenic permitted in drinking water from 50 ug/L to 10 ug/L due to the established cancer risk.
The Natural Resources Defense Council estimates as many as 56 million Americans living in 25 states drink water with arsenic at unsafe levels. For more information, see the USGS website, which offers maps showing where and to what extent arsenic occurs in ground water across the United States.
You may have heard how aluminum increases your risk for Alzheimer's disease, but did you also know that the aluminum added into your municipal water supply can cause a wide variety of other health problems?
If you still believe fluoride in your drinking water prevents cavities and helps build strong teeth, you've fallen for a cleverly devised mass-deception.
As this recent study done on children in India shows, fluoride is anything but a cavity fighter. Excess fluoride (Ed Note: any of the toxic industrial waste type added to city waters is dangerous) is a well-known toxin that actually leads to an increased risk of cavities and can cause a wide range of health problems, including weakening your immune system and accelerating aging due to cellular damage.
Prescription and OTC Drugs
You may have been told that if you dispose of your unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs in the trash instead of the toilet that you do not run any risk of it ending up in the water supply. Unfortunately, this is not the case.
As I mentioned in this previous article, water that drains through landfills, known as leach rate, eventually ends up in rivers. Although not all states source drinking water from rivers, many do.
According to studies, human cells do not grow normally when exposed to even minute amounts of prescription or over-the-counter drugs.
Some drugs that were never meant to be combined are mixed together in the drinking water you consume every day. Millions of people have drug allergies. Are you among them? If so, how do you know the strange symptoms you've been experiencing are not due to ingesting small doses of the drugs you're allergic to from the water?
Pregnant women should be especially wary.
The toxic substances you take into your body from tap water will have a negative effect on the development of your unborn child.
Disinfection Byproducts (DBPs)
Most tap community water supplies are treated with chlorine and although it may not be the healthiest element you can consume, it is far better for you than what is left behind.
In my video, "Tap Water Toxins – is Your Water Trying to Kill You?", I interview water filtration pioneer Robert Slovak about the dangers of disinfection byproducts.
Disinfection byproducts are the result of disinfecting water with chlorine. It is important to note that while consuming chlorine is certainly not healthy, DBPs are TEN THOUSAND TIMES more dangerous!
In addition to being a powerful carcinogenic, DPBs have also been linked to liver, kidney and nervous system problems.
So, Bottled Water is the Way to Go, Right?
If you're thinking you're safe from all of the harmful contaminants I listed above because you drink bottled water instead of tap water, I'm afraid I must be the bearer of some bad news:
40 percent of bottled water is bottled TAP WATER!
Yes, you read correctly. As I stated in my article about the deceptions of bottled water, 40 percent of bottled water is just bottled tap water, which may or may not have received additional filtration.
Drinking from plastic bottles is not a good idea.
Plastic bottles can contain a chemical called bisphenol A or BPA (Ed Note: One can source plastic bottles free of BPA) , which is a synthetic hormone disruptor that has been linked to serious health problems such as:
· Learning and behavioral problems
· Altered immune system function
· Prostate and breast cancer
· Risk of obesity
· Early puberty in both genders
Aside from the health risks, the devastating impact bottled water has had on our ecosystem is staggering!
We often think of water quality as a matter of taste, clarity and odour, and in terms of other properties which determine whether water is fit for drinking. For other uses different properties may be important. Most of these properties depend on the kinds of substances that are dissolved or suspended in the water. Water for most industrial uses, for instance, must not be corrosive and must not contain dissolved solids that might precipitate on the surfaces of machinery and equipment.
Sterile water is tasteless and odourless. A molecule of water contains only hydrogen and oxygen atoms. Water is never found in a sterile state in nature. Both groundwater and surface water may contain many constituents, including microorganisms, gases, inorganic and organic materials.
The chemical nature of water continually evolves as it moves through the hydrologic cycle. The kinds of chemical constituents found in groundwater depend, in part, on the chemistry of the precipitation and recharge water. Near coastlines, precipitation contains higher concentrations of sodium chloride, and downwind of industrial areas, airborne sulphur and nitrogen compounds make precipitation acidic.
One of the most important natural changes in groundwater chemistry occurs in the soil. Soils contain high concentrations of carbon dioxide which dissolves in the groundwater, creating a weak acid capable of dissolving many silicate minerals. In its passage from recharge to discharge area, groundwater may dissolve substances it encounters or it may deposit some of its constituents along the way. The eventual quality of the groundwater depends on temperature and pressure conditions, on the kinds of rock and soil formations through which the groundwater flows, and possibly on the residence time. In general, faster flowing water dissolves less material. Groundwater, of course, carries with it any soluble contaminants which it encounters.
Scientists assess water quality by measuring the amounts of the various constituents contained in the water. These amounts are often expressed as milligrams per litre (mg/L), which is equivalent to the number of grams of a substance per million grams of water.
The suitability of water for a given use depends on many factors such as hardness, salinity and pH. Acceptable values for each of these parameters for any given use depend on the use, not on the source of the water, so that the considerations important for surface water (as mentioned in Freshwater Series No. A-3, entitled "Clean Water – Life Depends on It!") are equally applicable to groundwater.
The natural quality of groundwater differs from surface water in that:
- for any given source, its quality, temperature and other parameters are less variable over the course of time and
- in nature, the range of groundwater parameters encountered is much larger than for surface water, e.g., total dissolved solids can range from 25 mg/L in some places in the Canadian Shield to 300 000 mg/L in some deep saline waters in the Interior Plains.
At any given location, groundwater tends to be harder and more saline than surface water, but this is by no means a universal rule. It is also generally the case that groundwater becomes more saline with increasing depth, but again, there are many exceptions.
As groundwater flows through an aquifer it is naturally filtered. This filtering, combined with the long residence time underground, means that groundwater is usually free from disease-causing microorganisms. A source of contamination close to a well, however, can defeat these natural safeguards. Natural filtering also means that groundwater usually contains less suspended material and undissolved solids than surface water.