I was doing some reading this week and come crossed this great quote from one of my favorite teachers David Wolfe.
“If you don’t get a filter you are going to become a filter”
He’s talking about water, and it got me thinking about all the water I drink. What is in our water? Do we really need a filter?
Here at The Ahimsa Life water is every thing! The best thing you can do to keep your body healthy is drink enough water. But whats in the water coming out of our tap?
First thing you need to do is become educated. Visit the National Water database. On this site you can input your zip code and your water company and get the latest test results about the water in your area. I just did mine, and I am glad I am using a filter. My water has over 138 contaminates in it, including radiated soil and Tetrachlorethylene, a common solvent used in dry cleaning, automotive, and metal work! Commonly called “dry cleaning Fluid”, the health effects of drinking water contaminated with Tetrachlorethylene are liver problems and increased cancer risk.
For me, personally that was enough to make me do some thing about the water my family uses. I glanced at some of the others, and saw words like radiation particles, radioactive, and decided I did not even need to look in to the 137 more toxins.
My next question was is the filter I am using good enough? Whats the best way to remove these toxins?
There are six types of filters you can get, pitcher/large-dispenser, faucet mounted, faucet integrated, on-counter, under-sink, and whole house.
With in Those six you have a few types of systems for removing water toxins, the most common are
- Carbon filters (pitcher, tap-mounted or large dispenser) are affordable and can reduce many common water contaminants, like lead and byproducts of treatment processes.
- Reverse osmosis filters remove contaminants that carbon filters can’t eliminate, like arsenic and perchlorate (rocket fuel), but can be costly.
I suggest you make the choice on which one is right for you by looking at your budget, and reading up on what best removes the toxins you have in your water. The EWG web site also has a list on what filters work best for your specific toxins.
The best filter for toxins in my area is a filter containing GAC (granular activated carbon). With a quick search, I found some on Amazon, they were between $89-$100 for counter top versions that can connect directly to my faucet. Since I do not like to buy plastic water bottles, and drink a ton of water, I think this sounds like a pretty good deal to me.
Did you go to the National Water Database and check out the water in your area?