Many of us stumble out of bed and reach for a cup of coffee or another caffeinated beverage to jump start our adrenal glands back to the land of living. If you aren’t a coffee drinker then you may reach for a bowl of cereal or a piece of toast to get your sugar high so you can get out the door. Stop the assault on your adrenals and get off your morning sugar high before you dig yourself into a hole that you can’t get out of easily.
I’m not suggesting that you go “cold turkey” and give up your caffeinated beverages and your processed carbohydrate breakfast. That is definitely the quicker route to improved energy in the morning. My suggestion is to start your day … with a tall glass of clean water before you start your daily routine.
Your body is composed of about 75% of water. A shocking number of people are trying to function while chronically dehydrated.
While water plays many key roles in our bodies, water’s chief functions are to maintain a stable environment inside and around our cells, allowing us to acquire sufficient nutrition and aiding elimination of waste in cells.”
Paul Chek – Eat, Move and Be Healthy
The water you consume needs to be clean and free of toxins if it is going to help your body with its natural detoxification process. Pollutants regularly occur in our municipal water supply that is deemed safe. Yes, there are regulations for what is considered a safe amount of certain chemicals allowed to be in our tap water but that is one opinion.
If you’re not drinking extremely clean water, then you body’s going to take in and bio-accumulate the toxins found in bad water. Things like the plastics in bottled water. Or fluoride and chlorine, which are added to industrial and tap water. Or phosphoric acid and lye, which are added to sources of water to balance out the pH levels.”
Daniel Vitalis – Hungry for Change
How can we minimize our exposure to heavy metals, chlorine and other toxins found in tap water?
There are several options depending on your budget and your concern for the environment. After doing some personal research I’ve decided that I’m no longer comfortable with the quality of filtered water from my jug system. Here are my top 3 choices when it comes to sourcing clean water. I encourage you to do your own research and find a solution that makes sense to you and fits your budget.
Filtered Tap Water
Mountain Fresh – A Calgary based company that installs a 3-stage filter under your sink. The filter only needs to be changed every 10 years depending on the amount of water you use. This system requires an initial investment but is very convenient and environmentally friendly.
Monashee Spring Water – A Canadian owned company that delivers jugs of spring water from near Valemont, British Columbia to your door. The only initial investment is a water dispenser unit so this is another economical way to get your water. You do get mineral rich water but you also need to have a place to store your extra jugs and pay attention to a delivery schedule.
Evian, Volvic and Fiji are some of the top quality brands of bottled water that are commonly available. Look for bottled water from artesian wells or natural springs. Many bottled water companies just use municipal tap water and sell it back to you so do your research. Bottled water has to be the least environmentally and wallet friendly option.