Which Water is the Best Drinking Water?

There are so many different options available today when it comes to water that it can be difficult to choose which water is the best drinking water. There is spring water, distilled water, remineralized water, purified water and tap water to name a few. Lets explore some of these options together in an attempt to find out which water is the best drinking water.

 

“Water is the driving force of all nature.” Leonardo da Vinci

Differences Between Distilled Water, Spring Water, Purified Water and Tap Water

Distilled water is water than has been purified using distillation. The water can be taken from many sources such as tap water, well water, lakes, streams or even snow. Once taken from the source, the water is purified using the distillation process. This consists of boiling the impurities as well as the minerals out of the water and then collecting the water droplets from the condensed steam in a separate container. Distilled water can also be considered a type of purified water.

Spring Water is water that has been gathered from a stream. Spring water is the most popular type of water and can be found at most stores. Spring water may sound like the most natural, but it is important to note it can contain contamination such as arsenic and coliform. One must also consider many distributors label water as “spring water” when it is really just bottled tap water or even worse, taken from an unknown source.

Purified Water is water that can come form almost any source, but has been purified to remove any contaminants that were contained in the water. Deionization, reverse osmosis and carbon filtration are the methods most often used to remove any chemicals from the water. It is important to note, like distilled water the original minerals have been removed from the water through the purification process.

Tap Water is water taken from a tap or faucet usually found in your house. This type of water comes through the pipes in your home from the main supply of your cities public water system. Tap water is water that has not been purified or distilled, but it may be treated and can contain fluoride.

 

“Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.” W.H. Auden

Distilled Water vs Spring Water vs Purified Water vs Tap Water

This is a tough topic to discuss as there are many varying opinions on which water is best for you to consume. Some will say tap water is the best for you as it can contain fluoride which is good for the health of your teeth. While others will argue tap water is one of the worst types of water as it can contain inorganic minerals and often has fluoride added which can be bad for your body.

Because of its popularity and natural sounding name, you might think spring water is the best water. But when you look a bit closer this may not be the case. Many different types of inorganic minerals such as lime and calcium can be found in natural spring water and they may not be the best way for your body to obtain these minerals. My understanding is that fruits and vegetables transform inorganic minerals from the earth into minerals that our body can actually use. This is why I prefer distilled water and purified water over spring water and tap water.

 

“I cannot emphasize enough the importance of drinking distilled water for cleansing the blood stream, for reducing arthritic pain & lowering blood pressure. It has also been known to reduce cholesterol & triglycerides. In fact, the only effect on the body is health.” Chester Handley

 

In conclusion, when it comes to drinking water, I enjoy distilled water over tap water or spring water as it tastes great and the impurities that other types of water may contain have been removed. If you are getting minerals naturally through proper nutrition then you shouldn’t have to worry about getting minerals from your water, and the focus should be on drinking the purest form of water available. Ultimately though, the choice is yours. Do a bit of research and find out which type of water best suits you. I would appreciate your take on the best type of water for human consumption in the comments section.

For more information on the magic of water be sure to check out my article on Dr. Masaru Emoto and watch the video below. Have a great day and make sure to drink enough clean, healthy water!






Sources:

United States Environmental Protection Agency

The Importance of Distilled Water on Aging

The Truth About Tap

Free PDF Books on Water

The Free Dictionary

 

The Many Benefits of Meditation

What is meditation?

Meditation is an ancient tradition that has been practiced since the early stages of human kind. There are many different types of meditation that provide many different benefits to both mind and body. Meditation most often consists of relaxing the body and opening up the mind to induce different states of consciousness not normally experienced through your normal everyday activities. Many different religions from all around the world practice different forms of meditation such as reflection, contemplation, mantras, and even some forms prayer.

 

“Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak.” Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

How does meditation work? How do I meditate?

To begin your meditation it is recommended you find a comfortable position. Lying down on your back, sitting in a chair, on the floor in a cross leg position or simply standing are all good positions for meditation. Whatever position you choose, make sure you back is straight and avoid slouching as this can affect your meditation.

Once you are comfortable in your chosen position, close your eyes and begin to focus on your breathe. Breath in slowly and deeply bringing the air into the lower part of your stomach, hold for a few seconds and then breathe out. On the breathe out you should also hold for a few seconds before breathing in again. After a few breaths you should find a nice rhythm and can now release the focus on your breath and turn it instead onto your intention for the meditation. This can vary from relaxation, to focusing in on emotional states such as love, anger, happiness, or you can simply enjoy the ride and go with the flow of where you mind takes you. The important part here is to retain focus on your intention by avoiding the urge to go to sleep or let your mind wander aimlessly as it often does during normal wakeful hours. If you find yourself doing this that is okay, simply redirect your attention on to your desired focus and continue breathing.

 

“Meditation is meeting eternity in the present moment. It is resolving every problem as it comes. It is resolving every tension as it creeps in. It is facing the challenges of life in a non-fearful way.” ~Vimala Thakar

The Many Benefits of Meditation

The list of benefits from meditation are many, and have been proven medically. Benefits of meditation can vary from person to person as each practitioner is different in their approach. However some basic benefits from meditation are…

 

  • Increased attention span
  • Improved brain function
  • reduced stress / reduced aging
  • Release what is holding you back / fears
  • Increased immunity which helps to fight diseases
  • deeper appreciation for life
  • helps you to feel more grounded
  • Deeper feelings of contentedness
  • Makes you a happier person
  • Increased empathy and compassion
  • Helps you relax, providing you with good restful sleep

 

“When you have achieved a state of deep meditation, you unlock the door to your subconscious mind. That is where the power to create the life you desire lies.” ~Adrian Calabrese

 

Always remember that meditation is not some practice that is rigid and set in stone. You create your own meditation space and gain your own personal experiences from meditation. I have a private space set aside just for meditation purposes where I can light candles, Incense, and play music which helps to get me in the right frame of mind and set the mood. It’s all about personal preference. You can meditate for 5 minutes or 5 hours at a time, it is completely up to you. Just relax, breathe deep, and enjoy your alone time…with you!

 

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Sources:

Wikipedia Meditation

Zen Habits Meditation Guide

Live and Dare Benefits of Meditation

25 Amazing Quotes to Inspire your Meditation Practice

 

The Wim Hof Breathing Method

Who is Wim Hof?

Born April 20, 1959, Wim Hof is the official holder of 21 Guinness World Records! One of his most famous World Records includes the Ice Endurance feat which placed Wim shoulder deep in ice for 1 hour and 52 minutes. Through the practice of his various techniques Wim Hof has been able to stand the extreme colds of Mount Everest without a shirt, to running a marathon through the harsh heat of the Namib desert with no water. It is performing such feats under extreme conditions like these that have eared Wim the title of “The Iceman”. And by perfecting his method of breathing it is believed that you can accomplish the same.

 

“What I am capable of – everybody can learn.” Wim Hof

What is the Wim Hof Method?

Much like the Yogic technique of Pranayama breathing or the Tummo meditation, the Wim Hof method is a particular style of breathing that has been proven to boost your immune system and give you the ability to withstand harsh physical conditions.

 

“Unless you are willing to experience new things, you’ll never realize your full potential.” Wim Hof

 

The basic idea behind the method is controlled hyperventilation. First get into a comfortable position such as cross legged or lying down on your back… now get then ready to breath! You begin the Wim Hof method by breathing in and out deeply and at a rapid pace for a certain number of breathes. 30 plus is recommended. Once that is complete, you breathe out completely so little to no air is left in your lungs. This is held for as long a period of time as you feel comfortable. When you feel like you can not hold this any longer, you take a deep breath in filling your lungs with oxygen. Your breathe is then held for about 10 to 20 seconds before you release and repeat. At this point you have completed one full cycle of the Wim Hof breathing method. Wim recommends you do this cycle at least 3 times to get the full benefit of the practice.

 

“If you can learn how to use your mind, anything is possible.” Wim Hof

 

It is important to note that this is the very basic form of the Wim Hof method, and that Wim offers an online course over many weeks that will properly teach you the basic and advanced forms of this technique. For more information on these advanced breathing techniques you can click here. Please note I am currently not receiving any compensation for this. However I have practiced the Wim Hof Method for a while now and am a firm believer in its many benefits. I would encourage you to do the same if you feel it is right for you. I hope this information was helpful to you and wish you the absolute best in your journey. If you are already a practitioner of the Wim Hof method or have any questions on the topic, please feel free to comment below. As always… Be well family!

 

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Sources:
Wim Hof Method
Iceman Wim Hof
Super Human Health
Inside the Superhuman World of the Iceman

 

Dr. Masaru Emoto and Water

Dr. Masaru Emoto was a Japanese researcher, photographer, and author who wrote many books on the power of human consciousness and the effect it has on water. He was born on July 22, 1943 in Yokohama, Kangawa Prefecture. However, it wasn’t until 1994 that the idea to freeze water and observe it with a microscope under varying conditions was realized.

 

“To understand water is to understand the cosmos, the marvels of nature, and life itself.” Masaru Emoto

Dr. Masaru Emoto and his Experiments on Water

Dr. Emoto held the belief that water is the template for our physical reality and that emotional energy could change the structure of water. He hypothesized that water could react to positive thoughts and that contaminated water could be revitalized through the power of prayer and positive visualization.

Some of Dr. Emoto’s most well known experiments consisted of exposing water in glass containers to different words, pictures, and / or music. He would then freeze and examine the properties of the water crystals with microscopic photography. Through his experimentation, Dr. Emoto was able to prove that water from pristine locations (virtually unaffected by humans) such as a mountains, rivers and streams produced a more beautiful crystalline design. While water taken from polluted areas near cities showed far more damage to the water crystals design. Still, the most astounding experiments conducted by Dr. Emoto included playing music for water, which caused the crystals in the water to form absolutely beautiful formations.

 

“Words are the vibrations of nature. Therefore, beautiful words create beautiful nature. Ugly words create ugly nature. This is the root of the universe.” Masaru Emoto

 

His results confirmed his beliefs that water exposed to positive thoughts and words would result in beautiful crystalline structures, while the negative thoughts and words would result in deformed crystal formations. However as he observed the frozen water he came to realize he never observed the exact same crystals twice. For that reason he did not consider the results of his experiments scientific, but he did consider them to be accurate and true.

Dr. Emoto began sharing his results with the world in his first publication “Messages from Water” in 1999. He continued to publish even more of his findings in various books throughout the following years which included a children’s book that can be download online for free by clicking here.  In 2008, Dr. Emoto published the findings of his experimentation in the Journal of Scientific Exploration.

 

“Understanding the fact that we are essentially water is the key to uncovering the mysteries of the universe…” Masaru Emoto

 

Through his work, Dr. Masaru Emoto was able to prove that human consciousness has an effect on the molecular structure of water. And it is because of this I sometimes question how our thoughts affect our everyday lives and the physical bodies that we inhabit. It is common knowledge that a full grown adult can range from a make-up of 50% to 60% water, while a newborn baby is upwards of 70% water. So I ask… How are your words, thoughts, and emotions affecting you?

 

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Sources :
Dr. Masaru Emoto’s Official Website

Masaru Emoto Wikipwdia

Interview with Dr. Masaru Emoto “The Magic of Water”

The Double Slit Experiment

In 1909 a British physicist by the name of Geoffrey Ingram Taylor proved that single photon can also act like waves. One of the initial experiments that sparked the ideas of quantum physics. This is the double slit experiment

What is the Double Slit Experiment?

To perform this experiment, scientists took a particle of matter called a photon. The idea was to shoot this photon at a target. Before the photon could reach the target it would pass through a barrier with a one slit opening. The scientists shot the photon at the target and it passed through the barrier and hit the target exactly as expected. The scientists were pleased with the results of the experiment as the photon / particle acted as they hypothesized it would.

Next they tried the experiment again, except this time they replaced the one slit barrier with a two slit barrier. This time when the particle was shot through the two slit barrier something interesting happened. The particle actually disappeared! When it reappeared the photon had reached the target but was no longer just a particle as it appeared in wave form and had passed through both of the slit openings at the same time. What this meant is the particle changed from a particle of matter into a wave of energy to accommodate the conditions of the newly formed experiment.

The conclusions from these experiments was that the consciousness of the scientists must have affected the outcome of the experiment. The fact that the scientists knew there were different openings affected the way that the particle worked. Similar experiments were conducted in 1927, 1961 and 1971 using electrons and produced similar results… That our consciousness has an effect on the world that we live in.

 

“Reality exists only where the mind creates a focus…” Sutra from Mahayana Buddhism

 

On February 26, 1998 this experiment was repeated again by the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. And once again this highly controlled experiment produced similar results. The scientists were able to demonstrate how a beam of electrons reacted to being observed. However the most shocking aspect of this experiment was that it revealed something unexpected. What it revealed was, the greater the amount of “watching” the greater the observer’s influence on what takes place.

The implications from these double slit experiments are quiet astounding. And I often wonder wonder what consciousness truly is, how it works, and what is its ultimate effect on this reality that we occupy. When reflection on such things I am reminded of the age old question… If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?

 

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Sources:

Double-slit experiment

Davisson–Germer experiment (1927)

Jönsson of the University of Tübingen Experiment (1961)

The Merli–Missiroli–Pozzi Two-Slit Electron-Interference Experiment (1974)

February 26 issue of Nature (Vol. 391, pp. 871-874)

Mahayana sutra in english