Not until we extend the circle of compassion to include all living things
shall we ourselves know peace."
~ Albert Schweitzer
The wet weather in New England this season
reminds me of the quote from Samuel Coleridge's The Rime of The Ancient
Mariner, "Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink." But
what about the water we drink? Where do you get your water? Is it from the
tap, a bottle or filtered somehow? Which source is really best?
According to a study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), bottled water
contains disinfection byproducts, fertilizer residue and pain medication as
well as carcinogens leaching from their own containers—yummy! Unlike tap
water, the bottled water industry doesn’t have to disclose the test results
of contaminants. The EWG further discovered that 10 popular brands of bottled
water purchased in nine states, plus Washington D.C., contained “…38
chemical pollutants altogether, with an average of eight contaminants to each
brand…Four brands were also contaminated with bacteria.”
Corporate beverage bottlers marketing to consumers have made us all a little
nervous about drinking tap water. I recently received an annual report on
local water quality and it actually tested rather well. The report indicated
the presence of some sort of acid in parts per billion that was far below
acceptable levels. The downside, of course, is that there must be
‘acceptable’ levels of contaminants at all.
Then again, last spring the national news reported on the increasing water
contamination due to medications in our water supply. Apparently, we don’t
yet have the technology to remove such miniscule contaminants via public
utilities. I researched “under-the-sink water filters” and learned that
only the Reverse Osmosis filters can remove those small particles. However,
they also remove minerals, and later studies have indicated that
de-mineralized water is more acidic. When body fluids are more acid than
alkaline, the production of free radicals goes up, which increases our cancer
So what are our best choices? According to an online Water Filter Comparison
website, “The healthiest water is produced by selective filtration,” or
products that have the ability to remove contaminants and not minerals.
Filtered tap water is rapidly gaining in popularity over other water sources.
EWT recommends using either the carbon filters, which remove many common water
contaminants, such as lead, or reverse osmosis filters to remove the
contaminants that carbon filters can’t (including arsenic). This brings us
to another decision: Do we remove smaller, harmful contaminants and risk the
effects of de-mineralized water or do we let those particles slide and opt for
the minerals? Maybe we should go for the cleanest filters we can buy and
supplement with minerals. In any case, navigating our way out of this stream
of pollutants is one of many increasing challenges for the 21st century.
To learn more, the “EWG’s Guide to Safe Drinking Water” is available on
their website, www.ewg.org. Supplement information is on my website, under
USANA Health Sciences http://yourhealthpotential.usana.com.
with Jicama Sticks
avocados ½ small red onion, finely diced 1 small tomato, finely diced 1
jalapeno pepper, minced (use seeds if you like it hot) ¼ bunch
cilantro, minced Juice of one lime ½ teaspoon sea salt ½ teaspoon
pepper 1 large jicama
cut each avocado in half, remove the seed and scoop out the meat into a
mixing bowl. Add onion, tomato, pepper, cilantro, salt, pepper and lime
juice. Mix with a fork until you reach the desired texture for you
guacamole. Peel the jicama and slice into sticks. Dip one into the
guacamole to taste and adjust seasonings as necessary. Enjoy!
Recipe used by permission from
The Institute for Integrative Nutrition
are a super-fruit, containing nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and
phytonutrients to help prevent many chronic diseases, including heart
disease and breast cancer. They also contain lutein, which may help
maintain good eyesight.
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