Detox Series - Water
Posted on September 15 2016
Living in LA, most of us are quite aware of the drought situation and do what we can to conserve. Besides conservation of water, have you thought about the quality of your water that you shower in, wash your face with, brush your teeth with, wash your fruits and vegetables with? Unfortunately our water in in the US has been known to have a vast amount of chemicals and pollutants. Our water is filled with chlorine, fluoride, arsenic, VOCs (volatile organic compounds such as herbicides and petsicides) lead, mercury, endocrine disruptors and more. The EWG (Environmental Working Group) started an independent study to test the water in major cities and suburbs around the US and in LA, over 22 known harmful chemicals and pollutants have been found as per the EWG Tapwater Database.
To add to this concern, just last month, a Harvard study showed that PFAs were found in many US water tests. PFASs are typically used in fire retardants, oil and water repellents, furniture, waterproof clothes, take out containers and non-stick cookware.
Gone are the days where we can drink water from the tap but what is the best method of filtering our water and what is the best drinking water?
If it is a feasible choice, having a reverse osmosis water filtration system for the entire home is a wonderful luxury. Not all reverse osmosis systems are created equally but be sure to obtain one that can filter out chemicals such as chlorine, fluorides, metals, VOCs (volatile organic compounds such as herbicides and petsicides) and endocrine disruptors. But for those that don't have that option, choose different filtration systems for different water sources.
Shower - I will keep saying this until everyone realizes it, your skin is your largest organ. So warm or hot water that you shower with is opening up your pores and getting absorbed into your bloodstream. A great option is the Sonaki charcoal filter with the Vitamin C attachment.
Bath - I love occasional baths to detox and de-stress. However if you do not have a complete filtration system for the bath water, in order to reduce the toxicity of the water, add a scoop of Vitamin C powder in addition to adding magnesium salts and a packet of Pursoma.
Water for fresh fruits and vegetables and cooking - a charcoal based filtration system is a great option. Some high-end fridges come with them but the Berkey water filters are a big favorite. They remove VOCs,metals, chlorine, fluoride, nitrates, bacteria and parasites but unfortunately cannot remove endocrine disruptors.
Drinking water - first of all, avoid any water in plastic bottles. Even if the claim is that the plastic is BPA-free, they are still filling up our landfills. Don't be fooled by distilled waters as that is basically the same as filtered tap water. Real natural spring waters delivered to your home in large glass containers are truly the best option.
Don't be overwhelmed. Let's be grateful that in this country we have choices. There are places in this world where humans walk hours with a bucket to collect water from a somewhat OK source for their families. Take a deep breath and figure out the best solution for you and your home. Remember, all we can do is try our best and remove as much toxicity from our lives as possible.