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What is the Best Water to Drink? Home water filters are the most practical and affordable solution.

Drinking plenty of water is one of the cornerstones of a healthy lifestyle, but there are some potentially dangerous chemicals found in our drinking water supply. So it's important to seek out healthier alternatives to unfiltered tap water.

What is the best water to drink? Let's examine some of the options:

Bottled Water
Better than tap water, but not environmentally sustainable

In light of concerns about tap water safety, many people turn to bottled water. And in some cases, bottled water may be a better choice than tap water. But relying on bottled water is far from ideal for several reasons:

1. Many brands of bottled water, are simply filtered tap water. These bottles are often cleverly labelled with words and images designed to evoke a false sense of quality and purity.

2. Plastic bottles can leech BPA and other plastic chemicals into the water. There are a few brands of spring water available in glass, but you won't often find these brands in your local shops. In addition, like tap water, bottled water is often tainted with fluoride, chlorine and other chemicals.

3. The bottled water industry is not environmentally sustainable. The production and shipping of bottled water (and even the recycling of bottles) uses up unnecessary resources and contributes to pollution.

Spring Water
Better than bottled water, but not practical

Fresh spring water obtained directly from an uncontaminated source and stored in glass may in fact be the best water to drink. Spring water is naturally filtered, rich in natural minerals and is known to have incredible healing properties.

Unfortunately though, for most people, collecting spring water on a regular basis (or using bottled water exclusively) is not a practical solution. Most of us live in areas where we are pretty much forced to rely on the municipal water distribution system for our drinking, cooking, cleaning and bathing needs.

Water Filters
The best all-around option for most homes. Investing in a high-quality home water filter is probably the most practical and affordable long-term solution to the problem of tap water contamination. It's important to do your research before purchasing a water filter, because the vast majority of water filters on the market will not effectively remove most chemicals.

Through research, it's believed that reverse osmosis water filters specifically designed to effectively remove fluoride and other contaminants are the absolute best option. A good reverse osmosis filter will remove chemicals like fluoride, chlorine and even radioactive water contaminants. And you can install these filters in your home by yourself without too much effort.

There are many companies that sell these types of filters. My favourite are from a company called Pure Water Freedom. These filters, which are available in a variety of forms and price levels, combine an activated alumina fluoride cartridge with a reverse osmosis system. Combining these two technologies creates what I have found to be the most effective and affordable water filtration system available.

Note: A water distillation unit will also remove chemicals from your water; however, many experts caution against drinking distilled water long term, as it tends to be overly acidic and can deplete minerals in the body.

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