Welcome to the drinks section of the Superhuman Food Pyramid. In this series, we will explore the variety of drinks available to us, as well as their effect on our health. Today’s article will focus on the wholesome benefits of filtered water and some recommendations on how to maximize its use.
You probably are already aware that your body is made up chiefly of water. It goes without saying that the quality of water you consume on a regular basis has a profound impact on your overall health and wellness. Filtered water, just as its name implies, is water that’s been subjected through a variety of water filtration media for purposes of decontamination. Filtered water isn’t only free of contaminants, like sediments and potentially pathogenic microorganisms, but it is also devoid of noxious metals and chemicals that are commonly found in tap water, and even in some bottled water brands.
Read further and discover more about the benefits of filtered water and why the Superhuman Food Pyramid recommends it to help in your quest to Become Superhuman.
Filtered Water Benefits:
Filtered water is typically free of water disinfectant chemicals such as chlorine, chloramines, chlorine dioxide and bromine. Exposure to these is associated with a host of conditions, with children and pregnant women especially at risk. For instance, long-term exposure to bromine, a chemical compound used as a flame retardant and as a pesticide, may result in low blood pressure, which may then bring about systemic poisoning of the vital organs like the brain, heart, kidneys and liver. Drinking filtered water then helps minimize your exposure to these harmful elements.
Filtered water is typically devoid of metals like mercury and lead, as well. Mercury, for instance, has been found to be present in our drinking water due primarily to improper disposal of mercury-containing dental amalgam. Mercury from said source will of course eventually find its way to the water table. Mercury has long been linked to a host of allergies, cancers, as well as neurological pervasive developmental disorders like ADD, OCD, autism, and depression.
Lead, on the other hand, is another type of metal that’s an ever-present environmental contaminant. Lead typically finds its way to the water source due to drainage pipe leaks. Old houses are most likely installed with dated plumbing materials like lead pipes, as well. Lead is a known carcinogen, and is associated with prenatal and birth defects. Filtered water consumption, especially in children and pregnant women, is then recommended for these very reasons.
Of course, you probably already know the myriad benefits of water. It aids in detoxifying the body, for instance. So the purer the water you drink by opting for the filtered variety, then the more you enhance your body’s ability to rid itself of toxins.
Also, drinking filtered water promotes overall health as the body need not have to expend energy on detoxification as it would when drinking unfiltered water. Because this is the case, the body is then less taxed thereby resulting in improved metabolism, enhanced weight management, guaranteed joint lubrication, as well as efficient skin hydration.
Filtered Water Practical Uses:
As was mentioned, a variety of devices are used for water filtration. Each type of water filter targets specific contaminants, as well. For instance, activated carbon water filters are efficient at taking chlorine out. Ozone water filters, on the other hand, are particularly effective at eliminating pathogens.
Since this is the case, it is then crucial to know what’s exactly in your water so that you know the type of water filter to use. A Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) should be useful for this purpose. Issued yearly by public water suppliers, this certificate details the contaminants present in the water. Once you know what these contaminants are, then you are better equipped at deciding which type of water filter to go for.
In the next post, I’ll tell you the benefits of soda water and why you should drink it to help in your quest to Become Superhuman.
In the meantime, if you care to jump ahead, here is a complete listing of drinks to avoid as well as consume regularly and moderately on the Superhuman Food Pyramid:
- Filtered Water
- Soda Water
- Coconut Water
- Greens Drinks or Powders
- Non-Caffeinated Teas
- Coconut Milk
- Raw, Grass-Fed Cow or Goat’s Milk
- Sports Drinks
- Smoothies (With Natural Ingredients)
- Arabica Coffee Regular and Decaf
- Caffeinated Tea (includes Green Tea)
- Anti-Oxidant Drinks or Powders
- Rice Milk
- Almond Milk
- Red Wine
- Energy Drinks
- Flavored Waters
- Soy Milk
- Regular Cow’s Milk
- Instant Coffee
- Blended Coffee
- Mixed Drinks
- Hard Alcohol
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