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Water 101: The good, bad and ugly truth this Sunday

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Many of us drink and use bottled water everyday, believing that it is safer than tap water. But how safe and pure is the bottled water and tap water that we regularly use, and is ionized water good for us?

Join Gail Dixon this Sunday, Dec. 9, at 9 a.m. on the Partners in Health radio show with her special guest Tanya Marble, Enagic water distributor, for an in-depth conversation about bottled, tap and ionized water.

“A lot of people don’t realize that there are chemicals in bottled water, explains Marble.

Studies done by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reveal chemicals called phthalates that can leach into the water over time, altering testosterone and other hormones in humans, increasing one’s risk of developing cancer.

After conducting independent tests of over 1,000 bottles of water, the NRDC further concluded that “There is no assurance that water that comes out of a bottle is any cleaner or safer than water from a tap.” In fact, the NRDC went on to say that “an estimated 25 percent or more of bottled water is really just tap water in a bottle – sometimes further treated, sometimes not.”

There is currently no law that says that bottle water companies have to disclose where the water is coming from.

Tap Water

Some of the chemicals that are commonly known to be in our tap water include fluoride, chlorine and lead from pipes.

In addition other contaminates in our tap water reported by the Environmental Protection Agency include arsenic, barium, manganese, bacteria, viruses and parasites.

Cooking with Tap Water

“The truth of the matter is that chlorine is toxic. When you use the tap water that you are told is very safe to use in your cooking for instance, making your teas and your coffees and preparing your food; when you put your food into that water and you cook your food, all of the chemicals that are in that water actually get transferred into your food,” Marble says.

In comparison, Wisegeek.com describes ionized water as drinking water that has undergone a process known as ionization. “Essentially, this process segregates the acid and alkaline content found in H2O… When successfully ionized, this type of drinking water can help enhance the ability of the blood to carry oxygen and also assist in neutralizing free radicals in the bloodstream."

For more information, visit the Partners in Health website.

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