Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Water, Water Everywhere But Which One to Drink?

There are certain truths that we hold as self-evident. Truth: Water does a body good. As most of us have heard, our bodies are 55-65% water and optimal hydration is essential to every bodily function.

But, beyond this simple understanding, lie questions and confusion. Is all water created equal? Is tap water better than bottled water? What about water filters?

Bottled Water:
When on the go and caught without a backup, bottled water is a necessary option. However, for numerous reasons we do not recommend it on an ongoing basis. Bottled water is commonly found to be no better than tap water and in fact is often bottled from tap municipalities. In addition, bottled water resides in plastic which has cancer-promoting and hormone-disrupting properties, especially when it sits in hot trucks for shipment across the country. If you use bottled water, opt for Mountain Valley Spring Water which is from a spring in Arkansas and is one of the purest water options. In order to avoid plastic leaching into the water, be sure not to let plastic water bottles sit in a hot car.

Spring Fed Water Delivery:
Mountain Valley Spring Water has been bottled at the same natural, spring source for 135 years in Arkansas. It is the ONLY bottled water source that does not have additives such as chlorine.  Due to an FDA law, any bottled water that isn’t bottled at the source must include chlorine and other chemical additives. Since Mountain Valley bottles at the source, they are exempt from this law. In addition, their water is the only one that can be purchased in glass bottles. Although this is more expensive, it is well worth it to avoid cancer-causing plastics that other bottled waters are packaged in. You may learn more about the water quality here:

And if you wish to order, please visit this website for a local distributor:

Tap Water:
Tap water contains numerous chemicals including fluorides, chlorine, chloramines and ammonia. However, there are great filtration options that remove the chemicals. (See below for options). Our top water recommendation is to use filtered water with a carefully selected water filter.

Both from a cost and water quality standpoint, filtered water is the best way to go. There are numerous water filters available - Brita, reverse osmosis process, carbon filtration method or a pre-filtered water. Sorting through the filtration options can be a perplexing process - knowing which questions to ask is critical. 

We have researched water options for many years and are excited to have found one that we are so excited about that we personally installed it as our home system. Aquasana is a leader in home water filters and uses a unique selective filtration process combining carbon filtration, ion-exchange and sub-micron filtration to produce clean, healthy water. Their water filters have been named a “Best Buy” by Consumers Digest for six consecutive years and “one of the seven healthiest new products for your home” by Health magazine (June 2010).

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