Water, Water All Around

Discussion in 'Diet & Nutrition' started by Camelia, Dec 30, 2002.

  1. Camelia

    Camelia New Member

    Reading one of the Tmag articles this week referring to diet, it mentioned the importance of water (duh) and the limited availability of healthy sources for water. It mentioned that the only good sources of water come from the distilled kind, or water purified from a reverse osmosis filter.

    I have read conflicting information regarding the supposed benefits of distilled water, and am much too poor to consider the expenses associated with an osmosis system. [​IMG]

    What does everyone else do to minimise the toxins contained in the toxic sludge that passes for a water supply these days? I personally use one of those Britta faucet attachments with the carbon filter, but am unsure whether I am getting sufficient value for my money considering the amount of water I drink per day.
     
  2. restless

    restless New Member

    I don't understand how can they recomend distilled water at all.

    Personally, I only drink bottled water and rotate brands every month or so.
     
  3. stevie

    stevie New Member

    i live in london (was born and raised here too) and drink over 2 litres of tap water every day. I have been doing this for many many years. I havent read the article and dont think i will!!!!!! Maybe i will buy a Britta.....but are they no good?
     
  4. Aaron_F

    Aaron_F New Member

    I dont really care either way, I have a distiller, but hardly use it.

    There was other points in that article which were shocking. He was recommending somewhat around 3.5L of WATER per day, on top of all the other fluids you take in. THe thought of not counting water taken in with coffee, diet soda or tea is pure stupidity. While there is chemicals in the fluid, its not as though it isnt water. Caffeine may be a diuretic, but its a pathetic one at best. All fluid should be counted, not just the water intake.
     
  5. Agreed, Aaron. Many mainstream source love to quote that coffee is a diuretic, but none clarify that it's only diuretic RELATIVE to water. It's not like you would die of dehydration if you drank nothing but coffee. (Although doing so would be foolish for other reasons.)

    In and around most major cities, the water supply is extremely safe compared to, say, 50 years ago. That having been said, there may occasionally be discoloration, an unpleasant flavor, etc, which is harmless. And, very rarely, an occasional short-term threat because of a treatment or supply incident (they always make the news.)

    If you DO go with a Britta or other simple in-line charcoal filter, don't worry about whether it's the greatest. These simple filters will still pull out the major portion of most contaminants. (Somewhere in the ninety-x percent range, depending on the contaminant.) Efficiency doesn't go up awfully much as the price skyrockets for high-end filtration systems.
     
  6. Camelia

    Camelia New Member

    My decision to buy a Britta filter (very cheap really) was based on a consumer watchdog magazine's assessment of the various water filtration systems. Though the water tastes 100% better through this simple filter than directly from the tap, I've always wondered if it is doing the job well enough.

    Thanks edizu for clarifying that the Britta does the job as good as the higher costing filters.
     
  7. brucep

    brucep New Member

    I always found the best water in the dam on my uncles property. Muddy as anything and with a few dead Kangaroos and pigs for flavour you couldn't get a better drop on those hot 40 degree days !! Mind you the Sulphur would give you the trots!! :D :D :D

    cheers

    Bruce
     
  8. Spencer

    Spencer New Member

    Even i, a master at "splitting hairs" has to bow before this thread [​IMG] [​IMG] .
     
  9. RainierWolfcastle

    RainierWolfcastle New Member

    Maybe you should use it for something else.

    Rainier.
     
  10. Bryan Haycock

    Bryan Haycock Administrator

    With distilled water you lose all the minerals. I would agree, any claims about water sources and health are irrelavent (splitting hairs) beyond infectious organisms, high levels of heavy metals and other inorganic poisons, and radio activity.

    Once again, the difficulty of coming up with content each month, or worse yet, weekly for T-Mag, leads to this kind of heair splitting. Hair splitting that causes more confusion than benefit.
     
  11. Camelia

    Camelia New Member

    In light of the constant barrage of reports of toxins found in every day tap water and considering the fact that many of us drink (especially in an Australian summer) upwards of 3.5 litres a day, I can hardly say my question is simply 'splitting hairs' as you label it. There have been more than one outbreak of severe gastroenteritis where I live as a result of giardia and cryptosporidium pathogen contamination in the main water supply, which resulted in the whole city having to boil their drinking water for at least a week before they could rectify the problem.

    I also question the cumulative effect of drinking litres of chemically treated and fluroridated water day in and day out for many years and the eventual effect on my family and my own health. The chemical cocktail we drink today is quite different from the pure rainwater my grandparents used to collect in a tank many years ago.

    Splitting hairs? - Hardly.
     
  12. thedon

    thedon New Member

    Where do you get britta filters in aus camelia ?
    whats the cost ?
     
  13. Camelia

    Camelia New Member

    I forget the exact cost, but I remember they were less than 100$. The filters are attached to the tap, and takes about 5 minutes to install.
     
  14. thedon

    thedon New Member

    where do you get them in aus , i've searched the net and found nothing .
     

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