Tap, bottled or filtered?


What kind of water is safest for us to drink? The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reported that the biggest polluter of US rivers and streams is commercial agricultural chemicals that are sprayed onto crops, and then run off into the waterways. It is questionable whether other countries are much better. Is tap water really safe enough?

If possible, install a whole-house water filtration system in order to filter out these agricultural chemicals, as well as chlorine, heavy metals and other contaminants that are frequently found in water supplies, even in cities. If the water turns your tub green, you don’t want to be drinking it, and you don’t want to be bathing in it as your skin absorbs about 70% of those contaminants. If you live in an apartment or condominium, it may be easier to install tap and shower filters. The water tastes better, and makes for softer skin in the bath or shower. Filtering your own water is better than buying bottled, as many of the bottled waters are not contaminant free and are sometimes worse than tap water, AND the plastic bottles cause an enormous amount of garbage.

For more information on water, please read Your Body’s Many Cries For Water by Batmanhelidj. To get information and ratings on water filters, go to www.bestfilters.com. If you would like to get your water tested so you know what contaminants you need to filter out, go to www.aquamd.com.

Chek, Paul; How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy! Chek Institute, San Diego, CA, 2004.



  1. Judy Ritsema said,

    December 3, 2007 @ 12:16 am

    I am looking for a water filtration system that takes out flouride, along with as much contaminants as possible. I have researched it and I can’t seem to find one that does remove flouride. Dr. Mercola says reverse osmosis does, but I am not sure.
    Do you know of any brands and/or filtration systems that do?
    Thanks in advance for your prompt attention. I most enjoy your articles. They are informative and I always seem to learn something to apply to my own healthy lifestyle.

    Judy Ritsema

  2. Vreni said,

    December 3, 2007 @ 1:53 am

    Hi Judy,

    Yep, fluoride is a problem. Did you check this company Fluoride Master? I admit I have not researched this company thoroughly, but did notice that they advertise that they sell filters that filter out fluoride. It isn’t clear to me whether or not they are using reverse osmosis, so you may need to ask the question.

    I believe that reverse osmosis will remove almost all the fluoride, as well as lead, arsenic etc., which is good. Unfortunately it also removes calcium, iron, manganese etc. which our bodies need. So, if you go with reverse osmosis, do add some unrefined organic sea-salt (gray and moist) or some pasculite clay back into any water you are drinking, so your body can get these minerals in an easily assimilated form. Demineralized water is a bad idea, in my opinion.

    Good luck getting the filter you want, and thank you for letting me know you like the tips, and for posting a comment!

    Vreni 🙂

  3. Charlie said,

    February 18, 2009 @ 12:58 am

    Past Due for a reply but I keep seeing the same misinformation being spread.
    Do not worry about a water filtration system removing calcium, iron, etc., it is a myth that these are a necessary part of water. Do you think that the evaporated/distilled water that forms cloud and falls as rain is full of minerals?
    You can get plently of minerals from eating a healthy diet. Apparently it looks as though the majority opinion is that reverse osmosis filters can remove fluoride but how much depends on the filter.

  4. Donna Hoffman said,

    August 21, 2009 @ 4:04 pm

    Hi, I know where to get a great whole house filter that removes fluoride and most other contaminants. You may wonder, why whole house? But that’s actually important because we soak up and breathe in all those chemicals during bath and shower.
    The filter is called the Contamin-Eater with ABA2000 and can be found here: http://www.ezclearwater.com/whole-house-filters.php

    FYI, Reverse Osmosis does indeed remove fluoride, but is expensive, very wasteful of water, and problematic for whole house use.

    Hope that helps!

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