It's a small wonder that water is called the "elixir of life." Many ancient civilizations- from the Egyptians and Greeks to the Chinese and Native Americans-used water as therapy to heal injuries and treat diseases.
You see, water also helps to:
> Aid in proper digestion
> Improve oxygen delivery
> Remove toxins and waste products
> Transport and increase nutrient absorption
> Cushion and lubricate joints
> Regulate body temperature
> Generate cellular energy
> Improve immune function
Obviously, when we don't drink enough water we risk negative health issues. Just as clearly, if you do drink clean, pure water you can give your health a boost - throughout life.
Where there's a will, there's a way
First, we have to face some facts. (Fair warning, some of them are rather startling.) For example, an astonishing 2,100 chemical compounds have been found in our water, yet the EPA has established enforceable safety standards for only 87!
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that up to "33 million cases of gastrointestinal illness associated with public drinking water systems occur in the U.S. annually."
Many municipalities, as hard as they try, simply aren't equipped to handle the influx of modern waste, oil spills, etc. - into our public water supply.
Home water pipes and water distribution systems are often caked on the inside with unhealthy inorganic, biological and chemical deposits. In some cases, these pipes might even leach toxic levels of copper and lead.
Another threat lurking inside these older pipes is biofilm-layers of bacteria that can harbor pathogens like E. coli. Even well water doesn't escape contamination because ground water pollutants may also seep into that source.
The answer is action, not fear
The reason for sharing these facts is not to generate fear, but to provide information and encouragement for you to take positive action.
Ask yourself, "Over the course of my life, how will these chemicals and trace pollutants affect my health and that of my family?" It is likely you will drink approximately 2,920 glasses (183 gallons) of water every year. There could be undetected contaminants in each glass you drink-having a cumulative negative impact on your health. Can you possibly think of a better reason to be certain the water you and your family drinks is reliable, 100% homemade steam distilled?