Monday, June 7, 2010

Water Blogged!

We all know the importance of drinking water on a daily basis and most of us know that tap water is filled with numerous contaminants, however, with so many types of water now readily available, it can be difficult to know which water is the best option. We hope that this blog will make the choice a little easier!

First, we would like to talk about distilled water. Distillation is a process in which water is boiled and changed to steam. Once the steam cools down and changes back to liquid form, it has been distilled. This process eliminates salt, bacteria and contaminants, however, it also eliminates naturally occurring minerals. If you have ever done any research on distilled water, you have probably come across an article or two stating that it can actually be hazardous to your health. It is true that minerals are essential to the body, but we can obtain minerals through our food sources and through supplementation. There is great product that we carry called Concentrace Trace Mineral Drops that can be added to water. Although, Distilled water may not be the best choice for daily consumption, it has the unique ability to absorb toxins from the body and is therefor ideal for fasting or cleansing.

Next up, Reverse Osmosis water. This process uses a membrane to cleanse the water. A substantial amount of water pressure is applied and the water solvent passes through the membrane, while the larger ions or molecules (salt, contaminants, etc.)cannot.
The membrane also works through "ionic exclusion," the greater the charge, the better it is at keeping the ions out. Reverse Osmosis water is not as pure as distilled water, however it does maintain some trace mineral content. We have a water machine at each one of our three locations where you can purchase both Deionized (which is similar to Distilled water in purity) and Reverse Osmosis water at 49¢ per gallon. We also carry several size water containers for filling.

And finally, we will discuss bottled water. The majority of bottled water is either purified tap water or spring water. Spring water is pumped from, you guessed it, natural springs in the earth. Spring water is rich in minerals and trace elements, however you should be cautious, not all "spring" water truly comes from a spring. Bottled water has come under a lot of fire in recent times. One reason being the mislabeling problem. Bottled water also has a major impact on the environment. On a daily basis, 37,800 eighteen-wheeler trucks are on the roads to deliver this bottles water. To keep up with the demand, the production of the bottles takes the equivalent of about 17.6 million barrels of oil! Believe it or not, it actually takes seven times the amount of water in the bottle to make the bottle itself! The end result, a plastic bottle made from polyethelyne terephthylate, which can potentially leach harmful chemicals in to the water which we then put into our body.

Approximately, thirty million plastic water bottles are disposed of, not recycled, daily. That's an astounding number. We are proud to say that our Healthy Home Market water is bottled in biodegradable ENSO plastic. These bottles can be recycled, but if they make it to the landfill, they will begin to quickly biodegrade. You can feel confident about the water inside of our bottles as well. We source it from a pure natural spring here in NC! Enjoy our store brand water with confidence!

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