Is “Healthy” Water Really Safe Today?

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Most consumers today in developed nations assume that their tap water and purchased bottled water from the grocery store is clean and verified by either national or international standards. We take water for granted and don’t really put that much thought into it.

But have you ever stopped to think about if your “healthy” water really is safe for consumption? 

By definition, we consider healthy water to be water that is both clean and mineralized.

Clean Water

Clean water is water that exists without contaminants and toxins in it. It’s safe for consumption without risk. Clean water is regulated by the World Health Organization, and on a national level, by the Environmental Protection Agency. Public water systems then treat it before it reaches households, filtering out particles and bacteria.

The drawback: This water is only protected until it enters the location. Clean drinking water monitoring by the government is underfunded in the U.S., and according to the EPA, 40% of the country’s tap water systems fail to meet their standards. Yikes.

Mineral Water

Mineral water is water that contains minerals that are beneficial for our bodies and overall performance. This water is typically found in mineral springs, bottled, and distributed to consumers today. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the U.S. and the European Union in Europe regulate mineral water.

The drawback: The FDA looks at mineral water like it looks at food. There are “allowable levels” for chemical, physical, and microbial contaminants in bottled water. Since the FDA manages mineral water, it doesn’t have the same EPA infrastructure to ensure that it’s clean by the time it hits our shelves.

What Should You Do?

In order to ensure a standard for healthy water is being met around the world, we all need to do our part. For starters, try and reduce plastic consumption by cutting back on water bottles and buying one biodegradable bottle that you fill with water and carry around with you each day. The small steps will add up.

3 Compelling Reasons Why You Need to Drink More Water

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Drinking water is the very essence of our being today. Comprised of more than 60% of waterourselves, we need a constant influx of fresh, clean water to ensure our health is preserved and protected. When your water intake does not equal your output, your body quickly becomes dehydrated, resulting in lethargic movements, underperformance, blurry vision, and a slew of other negative side effects.

Here are just 3 reasons why you need to prioritize drinking water every day:

1. Bodily Fluid Balance:

Since more than half of you is made up of water, you need a lot of water coming in to ensure your body stays in homeostasis. Your body needs water to digest, absorb nutrients, circulate your blood, create saliva, transport nutrients, and maintain your body temperature.

2. Weight Maintenance:

Although water doesn’t have any magical weight loss characteristic for your body, substituting it for the higher calorie beverages, like soft drinks and juices, is a major step toward maintaining an ideal weight. If you simply replace your 3 soft drinks with water each day, that’s an upward of 600 calories you’re sparing in the process.

3. Muscle Stimulation:

When your cells aren’t delivered with the water they need to maintain their electrolytes, you become fatigued. Your muscular performance suffers, and you feel tired and unable to complete the tasks ahead of you. Especially when exercising, water fuels your muscles and propels your body forward, making you able to withstand strenuous fitness regimes and demanding daily schedules.

The list goes on. Water is the most essential resource for any living organism to survive today. Though constant water consumption is beneficial for your health in the short and long term, try and do your part to cut back on the plastic waste as a result of the water bottle industry.

Paris Installs Sparkling Water Fountains, Continues to Outclass the Rest of the World

by ELISE TAYLOR

by ELISE TAYLOR

Oh honey, you didn’t think Paris would settle for regular water fountains did you? Paris, the world’s nucleus for art, fashion, beauty, gastronomy, and, like, everything cultural ever? No, no, no—regular water will just not do!

This past week, reports surfaced that every arrondissement (roughly, neighborhood) in Paris will be outfitted with at least one sparkling water fountain, thanks to a new government initiative. The city has experimented with sparkling water fountains since 2010, and, after positive feedback over the last few years, is expanding the initiative.

Many of the fountains are installed in local parks or green spaces, which means for Parisians, the urban picnic is getting a major upgrade.

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