As the legend, Bruce Lee once said "Water can flow or it crash." In terms of the modern day lifestyle regime, it's definitely crashing. Continuing on our series on hacking our environment for optimal performance we're diving into one of the most ubiquitous substances on the planet.
Now, this post won't be discussing the desecration of the Earths water supply, as this deserves a post of its own and frankly our goal isn't to send you into a spiralling depression. However, by the end of this article, hopefully, you will have a gained some insight into optimising your water consumption day to day to enhance the assimilation of micronutrients in your gut and mitigate potential health pitfalls. The keen preppers amongst you might have these methods down already. Let's jump in.
THE PROBLEM - Plastic
Cut it out. You know this already, yet you still use it. But if you want to get serious about your H2O, and by the way, you're 60% of the stuff so why wouldn't you be? You need to ditch it. Heres some reminders why.
1. Endocrine Disruptors (EDs)
Chemicals in plastic leach into your precious life-giving water. Especially if left to sit for extended periods or in direct sunlight. (Yes even BPA free plastic). In short, these EDs alter, block and even mimic natural hormones within the body. Yeah, that should scare you. The fact of the matter is there are a host of these chemicals found in our day to day lives and eliminating plastic from our environment is the most practical first line of defence.
Plastic bottles are the perfect breeding ground for the bacteria you've back washed. If you're guilty of refilling the same bottle for a couple days you've probably noticed this one. Enough said.
3. The Environment
Even with all these recyclings uses cases, we can't get through the sheer amount we produce. Bottles are not designed to be biodegradable so what was leaking into your water will now leach into landfill for the next millennia. As for the food chain, lets not even go there..
THE ANSWER - Stainless Steel / GlassYou're probably a busy person so the thought of carrying around a glass bottle is quite daunting which is why personally I'd go for stainless steel. There are toughened glass bottles you can pick up but if you're quite the thirsty individual, the bigger bottles can be on the heavier side so leaving the glass at the home or the office seems logical.
If you like your 1.5-2 litre bottles because you're drinking throughout the day, there are some great stainless steel options in this volume range you can pick up. Even some with insulation properties, although admittedly these are on the heavier side due to the double walled structure.
BONUS - Filter
You really want to be taking as much chlorine out as possible and so filtered water is ideal. If you really want to spice things up, grab yourself some binchotan charcoal and drop that into your drinking vessel of choice.
Just 1 gram has a surface area in excess of 500 m2 (about one-tenth the size of a football field). Contaminants are attracted to the surface of the carbon, where they will be held. It also releases minerals such as calcium, iron and magnesium back into the water which enhances its taste and provides micronutrient value.
These methods are not some panacea to holy water but they are an incredibly healthy place to start.