Water Purifiers: Some Methods are Better Than Others
The topic of clean water and water purifiers are of utmost importance to your brain health.
Consider these facts:
* The cells of you body are approximately 75% water.
* Healthy brain cells consist of 85% water- giving them the highest water content ratio of any other cell in the body-
* and giving the brain a consistency similar to that of 1/2 done Jell-O.
* As we age- the relative water content of the human body declines.
* With aging- and depending on an individual’s daily water intake- cellular water content may fall as low as 40 percent.
Think of a well-hydrated brain cell like a grape- and a dry shrunken brain cell like a raisin.
Which cell do you think can adequately function and maintain itself?
Your brain needs to be fully hydrated so that the circuitry works well and it functions at optimum levels.
One of the easiest ways to keep optimal brain health and reduce the risk of dementia is to drink enough water!
Studies have shown that about 73% of Americans are partially dehydrated. Are you?
If you wait until you feel thirsty before you drink water- you are already dehydrated.
Having dry mouth is a later sign of dehydration.
What’s in Your Water?
Never drink water straight from the tap! Most municipal water supply systems are outdated and filled with contaminants.
The U.S. Public Health Service released the results of research and surveys of waters from various water systems in the U.S., and over 80 carcinogens (cancer promoting agents) were found.
Most of these were from the breakdown of chlorine in water systems or its combination with other chemicals.
Chlorine itself is a carcinogen. Chemicals from agricultural fertilizers, chemical industries, pesticides and homes pollute our waters.
Water Quality and Alzheimer’s
Research has shown that elevated levels of cholesterol promotes the production and accumulation of amyloid-beta: the sticky plaque associated with Alzheimer's.
This sticky plaque gums up the connections between brain cells and interferes with communication between cells and can even lead to cellular death.
Studies indicate that the quality of drinking water impacts the neuropathology induced by elevated cholesterol.
Studies comparing tap water to distilled water show that the accumulation of amyloid-beta increased approximately 2.5 fold among animals on tap water, but only 1.9 fold among animals on distilled water.
This is a significant 28% reduction due to the use of distilled water.
These findings illustrates a truly simple life-style change (drinking clean water) that reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer's and related dementias.
Clean Your Water!
It's simple: If you are not cleaning your water with some type of water purification system- YOU are the filter!
In order to ensure that you aren’t drinking contaminants, your first line of defense is to clean your tap water with a good water purifying system.
Water purifiers vary in technology and price- and fall into 3 main categories:
Simple Filtration: With this relatively inexpensive method- tap water passes through a fine strainer and/or activated carbon.
An example of this type of filtration is a Brita water filter shown on the left and is available at many locations (e.g. Walmart) near you.
While unpleasant odors and tastes diminish- simple filtration does not remove many common contaminants effectively including bacteria, viruses, parasites, lead, arsenic, copper, nitrates and sodium.
This simple type of water filter leaves much to be desired- but it is still better than drinking tap water.
Reverse Osmosis: With the reverse osmosis water purifier- high pressure forces water through a synthetic semi-permeable membrane to reduce inorganic minerals.
Pictured on the right is an under-the-counter reverse osmosis system.
On a larger scale- this type of filtration is typical at local bottled water companies which deliver water to your home or make their product available at your grocery store.
Unfortunately, reverse osmosis systems vary greatly in their ability to rid water of chlorides, nitrates, viruses, bacteria, arsenic and other contaminants.
Their performance level depends on numerous factors, including pH, water temperature and pressure, dissolved solids, the initial water contaminant level, how often the membranes are replaced, and system maintenance.
Steam Distilled: Based on mother nature’s primary method of purification- water distillers use evaporation and condensation to separate pure water from all contaminants.
Distillation- especially when combined with carbon filtration- is the single water treatment technology that provides the greatest reduction of contaminants including biological, organic and inorganic elements.
Water distillers are the 'King of the Hill' for water purifiers!
If you are buying bottled water- make sure you are getting what you are paying for.
Most of the bottled water carried in supermarkets is filtered using reverse osmosis technology.
As you are now aware, the quality of reverse osmosis water can vary.
If you are going to pay retail and go through the trouble of lugging home big bottles of water- make sure the type of water purifier being used is a water distiller.
For the sake of simplicity and convenience- many people choose to distill their own water at home- using a distilling water purifer.
It's cheaper- and easier than dealing with large bottles in the store.
I have an on-the-counter distilling water purifier in my home similar to the one pictured above.
It purifies one gallon of water at a time.
You would not believe the amount of gunk that collects at the bottom of the water distiller when making just one gallon of water!
Remember- if you don't purifiy your water- YOUR BODY is the filter!
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