Drinking Water Types: Is it Worth Buying Bottled Water?
‘There are many things you can do to upgrade your health and wellbeing. One of the simplest things is to change the quality of your water’
Janet Parker, co-founder of Zazen Water
This was the simple and powerful message from Janet Parker, the co-founder of Zazen Water and one of the speakers and sponsors at the 2018 Wellness Summit in Melbourne. Around 70% of your body is water, and the quality of that water is determined by the quality of the water you drink. That means your peak performance can be maintained by good quality water.
Janet’s underlying message is that not all water is equal.
Understanding the importance of the quality of water wasn’t new to me. Over the years, I have taken many actions to upgrade the quality of water that my family drink, including:
drinking water sourced from vegetables – I juice a lot of greens every day including celery and cucumbers, which are full of water
collecting water from a spring. We found a spring using www.findaspring.com when we were living in the UK and collected water from that spring every week. The water was super charged and alive
filtering our water with a reverse osmosis filtering system (removes all the bad stuff, but it takes out the good minerals too)
Janet’s message and purpose of helping people to live longer and healthier lives through the water they drink resonated hugely with me. She has created a unique type of water filter that not only takes out the toxins that you can find in tap water, but also adds in the missing minerals that your body deeply needs, alkalising it and making water not only that tastes delicious but is in a form that allows the water to penetrate deep into your cells, cleansing and hydrating wherever it goes. I have to say, since switching to Zazen water a few weeks ago, I feel so much better. My wife Heather has also felt amazing since switching to Zazen, with clearer and smoother skin, a clearer head, and she actually feels younger.
These filters are now in situ in many schools and workplaces, maintained and supported by an army of ‘Water Angels’.
Some years ago, I shared a great model that Elwin Robinson created, grading different types of water on quality. Here is my version. At the top, you have fresh spring water, with no water at all at the very bottom. When deciding what water to get, aim as high on this scale as you can. If there’s a spring near you but you’re too busy to go and collect it yourself, consider employing someone to go and collect it for you or take it in turns with a neighbour.
The Different Types of Water
Fresh pure spring water – fresh means you collect it (or have it collected) from a spring. Pure means that spring water has been reliably tested. Preferably the water also has a low TDS count (total dissolved solids) ie it has a low quantity of inorganic minerals dissolved in it because they can be hard work for your organs to process. The purest water is glacial water.
Pure spring water – we can buy bottled spring water. Glass bottles are ideal but may not always be available. Make sure it is good spring water and not simply bottled filtered tap water.
Filtered well water – if you have access to a well and can filter it properly, then this can be high quality water, though not as alive as spring water.
Well-filtered water – this is water (probably tap water) that has been put through an advanced filtering system
Alkaline water – some advanced filtering systems can alkalise water. Alkaline water is good for helping to take acids out of the body but is less useful for hydration purposes.
Distilled water – like alkaline water this is good for cleansing but not good for hydrating. It’s water that has been boiled and condensed to remove all impurities, so it’s certainly pure but it is also completely dead. Some people believe you can add vitality back in with crystals and salt.
Tap water – nasty stuff, though it does depend on where you are. It’s likely to contain fluoride, chlorine, PCBs, hormone residues and heavy metals, which are all toxic. Water should be flushing toxins out of your body, not putting more in. Some tap water is better, but it’s still toxic to some extent unless you are one of the few who get spring water through the tap. For most of us, it will be waste water that has been through a water treatment plant.
Take action now
Upgrade your water through better filtration: Buy a new zazen Alkaline Water System and the zazen Shower Filters from www.zazen.com.au and receive 10% Discount off the recommended retail price (RRP) when you use the code: rawenergy10
The Zazen Water Ambassador Program
The mission of the Zazen Water Ambassador School Program is “To create a generation of wellness children through educating them in the classroom on the benefits of hydration and by implementing enhanced learning environments with water technologies that improve their physical and mental wellbeing”. The Program addresses the fundamental need for children to be properly hydrated with the right quality water throughout the day.