I‘ve started this blog post 20 times and I never seem to finish.  Why?  Because water is one of those things that is profoundly simple, but highly complex at the same time.  It is a universal substance that most of us take for granted.  Oh, we might give it consideration enough to follow the latest ‘trend,’ but most of us never really investigate it to the level of what it really means to our health.

That’s why I finally decided to headline this post the ART of water.  Because art is something that is constantly changing depending on the perspective of the person who is making the consideration.

For example, if you were a mother of ten living in a village in Africa, and you had to send your 8-year-old son to walk ten miles daily to fetch drinking water for the family, your perspective on water would be totally different from that of an investment banker living on the upper East side of Manhattan.

As a holistic practitioner who makes it her job to scrutinize everything she puts in her body, H2O has become a complex, multifaceted necessity to life: in other words, a pain in the ass.  The number of options available to us increases every year, and ranges from free (municipal water services), to $20,000 for a whole home filtration system.

How did something so simple get so complex?

Information,  misinformation.  Capitalism.  Fear.  Greed.   Ignorance.  And assumption.

For example, most people I know drink bottled water under the assumption that it is safer/healthier/cleaner than tap water.  Well, according to the producers of the documentary, “Tapped,” nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, several experts quoted in the movie claim that the multi-billion dollar a year bottled water industry is the greatest scam of all time, and is mostly water that is tap water and inferior to the water available in our own homes.

What I do know is this: common sense prevails in these situations.  Water is meant to be a universal cleanser and hydrator.  It is meant to replenish our tissues, to help remove waste and to take nothing more in the process.  It contains trace minerals that are good for us, that help keep our systems alkaline, and is not supposed to contain anything harmful.

Here’s what I have learned over the past 15 years about filtered water:

1. Most municipal water sources contain chlorine and fluoride — both additives cause good bacteria, or probiotics that live in the gut, to die.  Chlorine also makes skin dry, fluoride makes bones brittle.

2. Most popular brands of water filters (Britta, for example), do not filter out chlorine or fluoride.

3. Most filters do not filter out hormones –  hormones, steroids and antibiotics in the agricultural run off from farming ends up in ground water, which ends up in the municipal water supply.  (Result: children’s bodies are maturing at much younger ages, in the single digits.  Males are forming ‘boobs’ in their physique from hormones added to chicken to increase the size and rate of production of chicken breasts in poultry.  And why women in menopause have such dramatic temperature fluctuations, or ‘hot flashes’ — we’re inundating society with hormones causing a roller coaster ride in our endocrine systems.

girl with water4. Most bottled water contains BPAs — harmful plastics leach into the water from bottles that sit in warehouses and hot delivery trucks.   The more BPAs it contains, the more estrogen is mimicked n the body, contributing to estrogen-dependent breast cancer.

5. The quality in tap water varies dramatically from city to city.  But once it leaves the city pipes it still has to come through your house.

6. For years it was thought that reverse osmosis or distilled water were the best waters you could drink.  Not so, since RO water and distilled water strip out any naturally occurring minerals.

7. While most of us tote water in bottles, we actually absorb 80% of our water from the shower!  So filtered shower water is just as important — if not more — than what we drink.  (Get a shower filter for your shower, they usually cost $40 a year.)

So after research everything from Kangen water ($6,000 a system) to tap, I have concluded the best most cost-effective system is the BG 12000 from Water, Inc.

This system is incredible: it takes out sediment, bacteria, hormones, chlorine  — it gives you pharmaceutical grade water right at your sink.  Which means you are maintaining all the natural minerals but only removing the yuckiness.  And for a small fee you can add in the fluoride pre-filter which will enhance your intestinal bacteria.

If you have children, this system is a must.  You can also get the ever hot tank add-on which will give you instant hot filtered water, and can run the line into your ice machine as well.  The system usually retails for about $1000, but if you order the system and mention this post you will be redirected to a dealer that will offer you special pricing, about $570.  In addition, for the first 20 people who order the system as a result of this blog I will refund the affiliate link fee I receive as a result.  Most general plumbers can install the system for about $200.

The air we breath and the water we drink are crucial to our everyday lives.  Can you think of a more important place to spend your money?



  1. Good stuff. I do think about bottled water vs tap all the time. Especially after all the research on early diagnosed breast cancer in the area I live in. Many researchers here in Marin County have expressed concern about the massive amounts of bottled water everyone is carrying around all day in their cars, gym bags, or on hikes and bike outings.
    Is there a filter that does not have to be installed, something easy for a rental home?

    • Yes, anyone who is living in an area where there is high risk of breast cancer needs to be sure any substances like hormones from agricultural run-off are removed from your drinking water. Nikken used to make a counter-top model, but it as far as I know does not filter hormones. Actually, the Water, Inc., folks make a BPA-free refillable water bottle, but it will do you no good unless you are filling it with hormone-free water. We are renting right now and we just installed the BG12000. It’s easy to install, and most landlords will not object. All you have to do is cut a hole in the sink for the spigot which you can either fill with an inexpensive under-the-counter soap dispenser when you are finished (about $10 at Home Depot), or you can simply cap it for future use. Either way, if you are going to be there for a year or more, the $200 installation fee comes out to $16.60 a month! That’s a lot cheaper and healthier than bottled water. And the system is removable so you can take it with you to your next destination. Plus it’s great to have it to cook with. If you are a tea drinker like I am, making herb tea is great with the insta-hot. I didn’t think we would use it and for cooking and tea making I use it all the time. Thank you so much for your comment. Namaste.

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