Whenever I’m grabbing a glass of water or filling up a pan to cook pasta, I don’t head for the sink. I head for my Berkey.
It looks like a retro coffee maker–a tall stainless steel cylinder with a spout–and it is the only system I trust to filter the toxins from the water I put into my body.
But why do I bother to purify my water? Because even though the water that comes out of my Denver, Colorado tap is plentiful and “compliant with government regulations,” the nation’s water supply is becoming more and more toxic each passing day.
As I’ve studied functional medicine, I’ve become more careful about avoiding toxins across the board. Toxins and chemicals can disrupt our immune system, gut, thyroid, brain … all of the processes our body uses to keep us alive. When people come to see me with multiple issues, I’m always suspicious of their drinking water. It’s one of the things we address in my care.
A while ago, I came across this quote from the Environmental Working Group (EWG), which made me pause.
“The disturbing truth shown by data is when most Americans drink a glass of tap water, they’re also getting a dose of industrial or agricultural contaminants linked to cancer, harm to the brain and nervous system, changes in growth and development of the fetus, fertility problems, and hormone disruption.”
Wow. I did more research and discovered that our water contains fluorinated chemicals called PFAS, lead from old pipes, prescription drugs, and even farmland runoff–which sends millions of tons of pesticides and fertilizer chemicals into rivers and streams.
Even though the federal government regulates drinking water standards, it’s not enough. The safety of our water can vary depending on who is in charge of our government, due to political and economic compromises. And even if those standards were steady, it’s up to often-underfunded cities and counties to take care of poor water quality. You only have to look at Flint, Michigan to understand how lack of funding and political pressure can compromise the health of you and your neighbors.
So, what can you do?
First, check out the Environmental Working Group’s guide to safe drinking water. The EWG’s standards are “based on what’s necessary to protect human health, with an adequate margin of safety,” according to their website. You can enter your zip code to learn about the safety of drinking water where you live.
Then, you can do what I do: Filter your water to make sure you and your family have the cleanest, safest water possible. You have lots of water filtration systems to choose from, but my preference is the Berkey, and specifically the Black Berkey Purification Elements system.
It’s affordable and extremely effective.
This system uses micropores to trap harmful contaminants. The micropores use adsorption and ion exchange properties to attract molecules and viruses, preventing them from passing into your drinking water.
The Berkey is a favorite for people who RV or live off-grid because it does such a great job of removing unwanted stuff from their water sources.
A lot of companies market their filters as the best, but how can we know?
👉Check out this short video: https://www.brighteon.com/6001296356001 for an experiment testing the ability of different filters to remove Glyphosate (Roundup), a toxic pesticide linked to cancer, infertility, and more.