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The power of clean, health-giving water

Do you know what's really in your glass? By Karin Ridgers

I have always had a fascination for water. In the 1990s there wasn't as much awareness about water (or plastics) as there is now. I remember working in my previous life in private banking and seeing copious amounts of lattes being consumed daily by the majority of my colleagues.

Free hot drinks from a vending machine meant that another set of co-workers could enjoy hot chocolates and coffees too during the day.

I won't say that I abstained completely, however I was the one with a refillable bottle, downing several litres of water daily, alongside herbals teas. I love the taste of water and feel many benefits after these years of drinking several litres most days.

But now, with the knowledge that micro plastics are abundant in our water, I am greatly concerned. So, I was delighted to chat with my friend, as well as client for over 10 years, Roddy McDonald, whose passion for good quality water outweighs my own!

Why is water important?

\"Water accounts for nearly 70 per cent of our physical body and flows freely out of our taps,\" Roddy says.

\"Consequently, few people really reflect on its life-giving and life enhancing properties. We take it for granted, yet good, clean, energising water is vital for our well-being. Water has a much more vital role in the quality of our health than we might think.\"

Sadly, much of the world's water has been polluted both chemically and energetically. Most people in the Western World assume that the water coming from our taps is safe and healthy, but is it?

It will meet internationally recognised standards, however is that really water that is beneficial for our health? Roddy continues: \"Personally, I believe that water should be regarded as the number one nutrient for the body.

It is vital that we keep the body properly hydrated with good water to help preserve our health, our vitality, our immunity and our fitness.

Of course, it is not only important that we drink good water, however we must also ensure that the water we drink is properly absorbed. That is one reason why we need adequate levels of electrolytes in our diet.

I do believe it is important that along with good health-enhancing water that we consume adequate levels of unprocessed salt to supply the body with electrolytes and trace minerals.\"

Is our tap water really clean?

\"In the UK, many of the areas of concern of the latter half of the last century, such as lead, are not as major an issue,\" Roddy says. \"However, there are areas of considerable concern and rightly so.

Current concern are micro plastics, drug residues (both illicit and prescribed), hormone residues, pesticides and glyphosate (Round Up). There is also concern regarding chemicals added during water treatment including fluoride, chlorine and chloramines.

We are told by the authorities that these contaminants are at safe levels, but there is no research to show what impact that a cocktail of these contaminants, even at very low concentrations, can have on human health.\"

Is our tap water really clean?

\"These natural mineral crystals have been carefully combined and formed into filter media referred to as bioceramics,\" Roddy says. \"These filter media now offer a lot of potential to enhance the properties of water.

 

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In Asia, they understand that water should have a number of properties to be classed as health-giving water.\"

These properties are:

1. The water must be as clean as possible of contaminants.
2. The water should have an alkaline pH.
3. The water should have good structure.
4. The water should have antioxidant properties.
5. The water should have good energy.

\"Now, with advances in bioceramic technology it is possible to achieve these criteria to varying degrees. It is important to firstly clean the water of impurities.

Not only is bioceramic technology used in drinking water systems, but it has also applications in vegetable growing.

It is also used as an alternative to using washing powder for clothes washing significantly reducing the environmental impact of detergents, not to mention reducing potential allergic reactions to these chemicals.\"

It sounds like bioceramics can bring health-giving water within the financial reach of most people. They are used in domestic water systems, in jug filters, in drinking water bottles and also in shower
heads to remove chlorine from the water.

And I should know, as I have a Biocera shower filter and my hair and skin felt amazing after the first time I used it. When I shower at the gym it doesn't feel as good on my skin!

Water seems to be another emotive subject - like veganism, and as a vegan who cares about the planet (and animals, of course) as well as what I consume, I wonder what else can be done to improve water quality for all.

To learn about Roddy's work, check out Water for Health Ltd, water-for-health.co.uk.

For more from Karin, visit veggievisiondating.com and mad-promotoins.com.

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