August 31, 2010
Like me, you may have heard and even suspected that bottled water is not always up to "snuff". Well, now researchers from C-crest Laboratories in Montreal have discovered that some bottled water contains more bacteria than the water that comes out of our taps. Really! Apparently, no more than 500 colony forming units of bacteria per millilitre should be present in drinking water. Some brands had as much as 100 times more than the permitted limit; while others had as much as 70,000 cfu per millilitre. Granted, it did state in the article that this kind of bacteria doesn't usually cause any disease in healthy people. But, it could make infants and the elderly sick, as well as pregnant women. Now, combine this with the fact that it's difficult to know how long bottled water has been sitting around and it would seem that tap water is better. At least, we know that tap water has been rigorously tested. Yes, I know it has chlorine; but if you let it sit around for 24 hours before you drink it, apparently the chlorine is gone. That's not too difficult if you keep 2 jugs on the go. Also, just think of all the plastic water bottles, that we can keep out of the landfill sites. Reusable stainless steel bottles are very convenient.
For several years, I drank distilled water or dead water as it has been called. I then began adding minerals to it, to replenish what had been taken out. At present, if I need a drink, I use tap water that has gone through the filter under our sink and also through a Britta filter. I use this water to make my herbal concoction of tea that I drink. In my concoction, I use white oak bark, burdock root, dandelion root, horsetail, red clover, calendula, eyebright, oatstraw and stinging nettle. It makes for an interesting tea and protects many of the organs in my body, in addition to being a good detoxifier. As well, water that has been boiled apparently kills all bacteria.