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Whole Water Goes With Wholefoods
On this blog, we’ve been talking about whole food, so I thought we should also look at the idea of whole water.
Just as our bodies need the nutrients from whole food that are not present in processed industrial food, so too do our bodies need nutrients (such as minerals and electrolytes) found in clean whole water from Nature.
Tap water does typically contain these nutrients since it originates from Nature, but then the municipal treatment process introduces various chemicals (like Fluoride, Chlorine, Chloramine) which then cause additional and undesirable byproducts to form in the water (Chloroform, THMs, HAAs and others). Further, contaminants from industrial (VOCs) and agricultural (Pesticides) processes, heavy metals, micro/nano plastics, drug residues and radiation from aged/leaking power-plants can also finds their way into the water supply.
Bottled and purified water is better than tap water, however, if this water was treated with reverse osmosis, distillation or de-ionization, then the natural nutrients will be missing. Even the better quality artesian bottled water that has it’s nutrients in tact is compromised by leaching plastic chemicals from the bottle it sits in.
The difference between wholewater and tap water is astonishing. The first time I drank water from a spring I was amazed at the difference. The first time I submerged my body in a natural body of water, I didn’t want to leave. I just wanted to soak that water into my body for hours. This happened on the Caribbean Island of Domenica, lying in one of a set of cascading pools with fresh water continuously pouring in from the pool above, in a jungle, at a location where I had been take by a guide. Very unspoiled environment.
Having had these experience with wholewater as Nature provides it, processed and treated industrial tap water, whose primary concern is that it be free of bacteria, is hardly the same.
Awareness of the importance of minerals and other beneficial factors in drinking water has existed for thousands of years. The Vedas of ancient India. In the book Rig Veda, give these essential properties for good drinking water:
- cold to touch
- nutritive value (minerals and trace elements)
- transparent (1)
That water contained minerals and trace elements had been assumed in the past, because water does not occur in Nature that is without minerals. Rainwater may lack minerals, but once
- the water falls to the Earth as precipitation,
- drains through the soil (rapidly cooling while sinking deeper and deeper) until it reaches a certain level),
- rises through the soil in response to the warmth of the Earth’s heat and is vitalized with various metals, salts, and gases,
- and bubbles to the surface as a spring,
it is full of nutrients that human bodies expect to receive from natural water.
Demineralized water has only been produced in modern industrial times, used mainly for industrial, technical and laboratory purposes. These water treatment methods have only been offered to the general public after consumers began to demand equipment to remove toxic chemicals from their household tap water.
Studies for drinking water standards in spaceships and others have established that drinking water should contain minimum levels of certain essential minerals (and other components such as carbonates). Unfortunately, in our industrial times, there has been more attention given to the health effects of contaminants than to the beneficial or protective effects of drinking water substances.
However, in the late 1970s, the World Health Organization (WHO) considered the possible adverse health effects of removing some substances that are naturally present in drinking water. They also commissioned a study to provide background information for issuing guidelines for desalinated water. The second study was conducted by a team of researchers from the A.N. Sysin Institute of General and Public Hygiene and USSR Academy of Medical Sciences. The final report, published in 1980, concluded that “completely demineralised water… has a definite adverse influence on the animal and human organism”. (2)
Wholewater, then, at the very least, should contain minerals and trace elements.
Just as the nutrients in wholefood nourish your body according to Nature, so too does wholewater nourish your body with nutrients you may not have had in a lifetime of drinking processed and polluted industrial tap water.
And it’s worth noting that cooking wholefoods with water devoid of minerals will actually pull the minerals out of the food, making it less wholesome. So it’s paramount to have a filter system that keeps the naturally occurring minerals in the water.
I’ve been using and recommending PureEffect Filters/Revitalizers since 2012 because they do more than just remove toxic pollutants—they also adjust the quality of the water to help restore your tap water back to its “naturally pure” whole state.
(1) Sadgir P, Vamanrao A. Water in Vedic Literature. In: Abstract Proceedings of the 3rd international Water History Association Conference, Alexandria: 2003.
(2) Guidelines on health aspects of water desalination. ETS/80.4. Geneva: World Health Organization, 1980. 4. Williams AW.