Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Where's YOUR Water From?

 Though I am not an environmental expert, I am a movement coach and  health expert and I understand the human body and how we interact with our external environment.  If you think about it, nature is very similar in design to that of the human body (or the other way around, whichever you prefer) in that our body is over 70% water and Mother Earth is over 70% water.  The water in our body is connected to a vast web of communication via our circulatory, nervous and lymphatic systems, which are paralleled in nature through the connection of trees, roots and plants, all relying on their local water sources for life.  We are connected to our environment, which means that what we do affects it, good or bad, and is especially true when talking about our drinking water.
The most important resource for all living things is water.  But most of us don't think about where it comes from, the quality of the water and the difference that sourcing it locally can make. There are many different waters to chose from. How to do we know which is best?
Tap water may be the first answer for some, but for me it is not an option.  Yes, it comes from a local source (or so we believe), but I cannot get past the fact that it goes through a rigorous, man-made treatment before it goes into my glass.  I'm not confident that tap water does not contain perchlorate, chlorine, remnants of prescription drugs and/or lead or copper that leach from the pipes that it flows through.  These health factors and more contribute to environmental toxic load as well as the toxic load in our bodies, all of which have been linked to major health issues.  
In response to the overall quality of our tap water, numerous companies now offer a variety of bottled water options.  Our demand has turned the bottled water industry into an economic powerhouse (and ecological concern), with bottled water now becoming one of the largest revenue industries on the planet.  Americans consume over 8.6 billion gallons annually while over 53 billion gallons are consumed globally generating over $61 billion in revenue every year.  Now here’s the kicker, over 40% of that bottled water is actually coming out of the tap (gasp!) and over half of those bottled waters have contaminants greater than many state health limits allow.  However, we keep buying it because we don't know which bottled waters are truly good for us.
In addition, many of us do not understand that in order to bottle water, we need another precious resource, Oil. 
Reason # 1 - Plastic. Over 17 million barrels of oil are used in the production of water bottles every year (enough to fuel one million cars for a year).  Unfortunately, only 1 in 5 bottles of water are actually recycled and the rest are contributing to over 3 billion pounds of waste. WOW!  
Reason # 2 - 99% of all bottled water that is consumed is derived from a source of over 1,000 miles away!  That’s a ton of oil used to get it to you, not to mention the fact that the water being used is in no way indigenous to your area (very important).  Think about overseas water brands like Fiji, Evian and Volvic; they are bottled water sources with greater environmental costs than any of us in here in the U.S. care to think about. 
This may look like a pretty grim picture for bottled water, but there are definitely better water alternatives.  So, the next time you find yourself holding a bottle of water, think about finding a local source, one that saves natural resources, supports and promotes recycling and has proven health benefits.  Crazy Water out of Mineral Wells, Texas is our choice for our clients and for us.  Not only because it’s local, fresh, clean and tastes great, but also because it is water how it was intended to be consumed … straight from the ground source via osmosis. No re-mineralization, no restructuring of water molecules and no bull. Our holistic health studio, The Movement Dallas, offers our clients Crazy Water #2, #3 and #4 endlessly, because we know the great importance of high quality water, supporting the local economy and helping to build a more sustainable local ecology.  Crazy Water is the only mineral water that is sourced and bottled in the United States, all others are imported. Plus, Crazy Water is committed to supporting the local food scene and provides options for recycling and reducing waste. They now offer glass bottling options as well that are soon to show up in Dallas. They have truly shown they are a leader in eco biz and continue to impress me with their endless pursuit to bring the highest quality, local water available.  Drink Crazy Water, live long and enjoy life.

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