Most city tap water contains a chemical called chloramine. It’s replacing the regular use of chlorine by most cities. I called my city over a year ago and, yes, discovered they are using chloramine.Chloramine contains both chlorine and ammonia. We are drinking it and bathing in it! (Scroll to bottom of article for recommended bottled water sources.)
I stopped taking showers in 2012 when I noticed that I was having trouble breathing in the shower and my eyes would be itchy and red afterwards. So I only take baths and I use a carbon filter ball. Currently I do not soak in my bathwater because I know that chloramine is in my water. I hope to soon have a home filtration system that will remove chloramine.
Drinking Water. It’s highly likely that even if you drink bottled, filtered & purified water…you are still drinking chloramine. All water labeled “drinking” and “purified” water is just filtered city tap water. And the filtration process that is used usually doesn’t remove chloramine. Chloramine cannot be removed through reverse osmosis* and regular carbon filtration processes.
One choice you can make for a better drinking water is to choose spring or artesian water that has not been treated by reverse osmosis* or any that has had chlorine added to it.
While reviewing documentation that was sent to me by Ozarka (Nestle Waters), I noticed that they treat their spring water with chlorine during shipment from the source and then filter it out prior to bottling. This doesn’t seem like a good idea to me, so it’s not one of my choices either. In addition, the pH of the water is 5.6 which is much too low. (Water should be at minimum a bit above 7 pH and you don't want to go much higher than 9 pH.)
Choose water that is pure and perhaps only had the following processes: “filtered with carbon, carbon block, or a sand filter, ozonating water or passing water by an ultraviolet light.” If you drink your city tap water, it would be ideal to have a water filtration system that removes chlorine and chloramine, but at minimum use a carbon filter which will filter out chlorine and other germs. (http://www.drlwilson.com/articles/water.htm)
My favorite drinking water is Evamor. Yes, I know it’s quite expensive, but so are doctor visits and hospitals. I enjoy this water because of its naturally high alkalinity due to the mineral content. It’s not treated by reverse osmosis! Evamor water is bottled right at the source.
Don’t be fooled by water just because it claims to be alkaline. Many water companies, such as Smart Water, is just city tap water that has been treated using reverse osmosis* and then minerals have been added back to the water to increase the pH (alkalinity) of the water.
Reverse osmosis is NOT A GOOD CHOICE for drinking water…especially for long term. It DOES NOT hydrate the cells of our bodies well and it NO LONGER CONTAINS the necessary minerals that our cells require. In fact, it is void of all minerals and, as a result, has a lower pH than is ideal. Yes, it can remove bacteria and even viruses (if the systems are well-maintained), but we should not depend on it for daily drinking water.
For more details about what’s in your water, please read the information at this webpage…
I do not receive compensation for referring you to any of these waters or websites, I just think they are the best choices and the websites provide some valuable information that can benefit us all. Please read the links, they include some really interesting facts about things such as cholesterol, skin and stomach problems and other various health issues.
Remember, water is an important nutrient. It's a liquid "food" and just like you want to eat REAL FOOD you want to drink REAL and "unprocessed" water.
What is the difference between spring water, purified water and artesian water? (The following definitions were found at JustWater.com)
- Spring water – must be produced from a natural spring. A spring is a location where water flows naturally to earth’s surface.
- Purified water – water that comes from any source, but has been purified to remove any chemicals or contaminants. Types of purification include distillation, deionization, reverse osmosis, and carbon filtration.
- Artesian (Well) water – water produced from an artesian well. To be an artesian well the water in the aquifer (a subsurface rock unit that holds and transmits water) must be under enough pressure to force it up the well to a level that is higher than the top of the aquifer.
RECOMMENDED Bottled "Natural Spring and Artesian" Waters. (I found at my local grocery store):
- Evamor 8.8 -9.1 pH, Artesian Water Evamor.com
- Mountain Valley Spring Water 7.68 pH MountainValleypSpring.com
- Crystal Geyser (least expensive, 99 center/gal) 7.3 pH CrystalGeyserASW.com/
- Evian, Artisian Water 7.2 pH Evian.com
- Crazy Water, Well Water 7.5 - 8.2 pH Mineral Springs, TX DrinkCrazyWater.com
- Fiji 7.7 pH, Artesian Fijiwater.com
- Just Water 8 pH, Spring Water JustWater.com
- Hill Country Fare, Texas Spring Water (Customer Service says that the water is trucked to the bottling facility, but NEVER treated with chlorine...only micro filters and ozonation)
Bottled Waters NOT RECOMMENDED for Regular Consumption. Purified and drinking water is city tap water that has been treated through reverse osmosis and not recommended as noted above.
- Smart Water
- Real Water
- Pure Life
- Any water labeled as "drinking" or "purified" water.
- Water from home reverse osmosis systems
Recently I purchased distilled water in order to accompany my detox for a few days. I noticed that I was experiencing some of my previous symptoms and further investigation revealed that my distilled water source was city tap water that had been treated by a reverse osmosis system prior to the distillation process.
I don't think you can easily find a REAL distilled water source that's bottled. It would likely be easier for you to purchase your own home distillation system.