Better water for life
A lot of people today are concerned about the quality of water that they drink and are starting to look at alternatives to tap water – bottled water, Brita filters, Reverse Osmosis and water softeners are some of the common options people often consider. Three years ago I began researching which was the best option for my family and I’m going to share with you today what I discovered.But let me start by first asking..
Why is the quality of the water we drink so important?
Our ability to absorb water decreases with the level of toxins we ingest. As these toxins build up, our cells are unable to effectively absorb water. Without optimum absorption we can still be dehydrated at tissue level regardless of how much we drink!
Independent testing has shown that tap water in many areas may present significant amounts of pollutants. Chlorine or ozone added to combat these dangers, are themselves toxic. Contaminants and deliberately added chemicals can build up our toxicity levels which will result in a weakened immune system and compromised health and wellbeing. Reducing the amount of both the contaminants and chlorine can result in water that offers the potential for better health.
COMPARISONS OF WATER SYSTEMS
An economy filtration system, Brita filters have become a supermarket favourite. Offering reduced carbonates in the water, Brita is well known for reducing the scum that can form on our cups of tea and coffee and makes a tastier brew. However, in terms of combating the toxic elements in our water it is not really making much difference. Information from the Brita website of their trials:
- No reduction in: aluminium, chlorine, copper phosphorus or nitrates
- No results state for pesticides, herbicides, insecticides and fungicides
- Reduced levels of calcium and magnesium
- The water is slightly acidic
Reverse Osmosis systems
By passing tap water through a series of semi-permeable membranes the final water is completely clean – containing only pure H2O. This is wonderful in terms of completely eliminating contaminants in the water but it contains none of the essential minerals that should be ingested via water. The Canadian Health Department recommend a daily mineral supplement should be taken if you are drinking RO water. The other down-side of RO is the filtering process only recovers 5 – 15% of the water entering the system – the rest is waste. Not good for water conservation and expensive if you are on a water meter.
Hard water does cause damage to domestic machines but has no ill health effects on people. Water softeners work in a combination of two ways: they remove calcium and magnesium and add a salt/saline. The result is ‘softer water’. There is a connection between people with diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and muscle related illnesses drinking softened water and their conditions worsening.
Bottled water is usually free of chemicals to ‘clean’ the water (although there are reported cases of bottled water being little more than treated tap water), but depending on the source may still contain levels of leached pesticides, herbicides, insecticides and fungicides – Evian was in the news recently regarding this. The on-going cost of bottled water can soon mount up with bottles being sold commonly for around £1 each.
The environmental cost of bottled water is equally formidable. A mountain of discarded, non-biodegradable containers is a potential ecological disaster. These plastics may pose a health risk in more ways than their harm to the environment. Certain chemicals in the plastic containers are known to leach into the water these containers hold, especially if the bottles are stored or on shelves for any appreciable length of time. On consuming this water, these chemicals may be absorbed and retained in body tissue.
Nikken’s PiMag Water Systems
PiMag® Water Technology includes a system of multiple filters that provides a defence against a broad range of tap water contaminants. Among the filtration media employed is a natural carbon filter that captures microscopic particles. Charcoal carbon is a natural material that operates on the adsorption principle. It provides a vast amount of surface area for adsorption, and thus makes an extremely effective filter medium.
The PiMag Waterfall®, a gravity-fed device, features several stages of filtration. The water flows between spheres of pi ceramic material during this process. The final stage features a bed of mineral stones, based on the agitation/tumble filtration provided in naturally-cleaned streams.
The slightly alkaline water produced by the PiMag Waterfall may help offset the acidic nature of a typical modern diet and other environmental conditions. It decreases oxidation reduction potential — a high ORP contributes to oxidative decomposition. An ionising effect further reduces potential oxidation by providing ions to neutralize free radicals.
Similar filtration, pi and magnetic technology is incorporated in the PiMag® Sport Bottle. This system also produces alkaline water to help decrease oxidation reduction potential.
Pi and magnetic systems
A unique feature of PiMag® Water Technology is the addition of pi minerals to the process. Pi water was originally discovered by Japanese scientists in the 1970s. Observation had suggested that the water from an isolated hillside stream had a remarkable effect on the plant life in the area.
The scientists examined the environment and found that it contained an unusual collection of topographical features. The surrounding hills contained magnetite and calcium. The watercourse flowed over silicates, the material that forms natural crystal. The water from it was found to have an atypical combination of minerals, and was naturally alkaline. This alkalinity helps to balance the acidic diet and stress-induced acidity that is commonly experienced in modern life.
Duplicating these conditions in the laboratory resulted in a form of this “pi water.” Magnetic technology was added, as a magnetic field assists in conditioning water without adding salt or other chemicals.
My personal story
I was concerned about the quality of the water I was able to provide my family with and started looking into the options for water filtration and purification back in 2013. There was a bewildering amount of contradictory information available and the more I looked into the options, the more indecisive I became. When I came across the technologies Nikken offers for health and really looked into the philosophies of the company, I became very interested to know more and invested in the PiMag Waterfall.
Within 10 days I noticed my energy levels increasing and was flattered by a surprising amount of compliments on the extra glow in my skin. I loved that my children (2 boys – aged 7 and 11 at the time), after some initial scepticism, started helping themselves happily to water and stopped nagging me for cordials to mask the taste of the water they had previously hated drinking by itself.
Perhaps most amazing was the difference the water made to the quality of life of my elderly cat. At 18, she was suffering from arthritis that was severely restricting her movements and made her cringe in pain on being picked up or even stroked. Medication had offered her no relief. Two weeks after I’d been giving her the PiMag® water to drink alongside her usual foods, we were thrilled to see her upstairs for the first time in 5 years. Now she is playing with us like she is a kitten again and she’s enjoying lots of strokes and cuddles to make up for all those that she’d missed out on in recent years.
We now use PiMag® water everyday – for drinking, cooking and even showering in (a PiMag® shower system is also available – great for preventing absorption and inhalation of chlorine whilst showering and for creating smoother skin and softer hair)!
Find out more
When you next pop into The Wellbeing Centre you are welcome to sample the PiMag water for yourself. Our visitors enjoy fresh, alkaline water whilst waiting in reception. For more information visit my Nikken website or contact me.