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Tap water, Bottled water, Other sources of Water?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 26, 2010 at 2:34 PM

What is the best source of water for those on paleo? (Lets assume we don't live where there is reasonable access to a well, spring, or some other ideal source that our ancient ancestors might have used.)

It's not obvious to me how to weigh the pluses and minuses of the various options: tap water contains minerals (good, healthy from our paleo perspective) but also chemicals added (bad and not paleo). Bottled water is probably cleaner and safer (good in general) but also has the minerals removed.

Any recommendations?

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

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on June 01, 2012
at 12:39 AM

using the website to find a spring link is so cool!

F15e0bae42dbf0b8cfc71e62902497b4

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on December 03, 2011
at 09:52 PM

no, that WITHOUT the brita it tastes coppery.

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

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on December 02, 2011
at 05:57 PM

Ur saying that water filtered through Brita tastes coppery?

03aeff8d87a3b53a449b5b8e9158da98

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on March 31, 2010
at 01:32 PM

HealthRediscovery - sorry, no studies off-hand. 42 - You're right! This is terrible. I broke the one I had last year and bought a replacement. Looks I better be more careful now!

C53665c3f012fa1ede91033b08a8a6e7

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on March 31, 2010
at 12:52 AM

Hm, looks like DWR no longer sells that filter/pitcher.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 26, 2010
at 09:56 PM

I like the concept of buying a basic mineral filter, and pouring distilled water (available in most grocery stores) through it to add some stuff back to it. It's not a perfect solution, but it's better than the chlorine and fluoride found in most municipal water

78ecfc8268ec58cdc189301f4b071088

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on March 26, 2010
at 09:05 PM

Oooh, I had no idea about findaspring or that you could bottle spring water like that. That would usually be perfect to satisfy the paleo need. Unfortunately for me, I'm in Argentina, where they have lots of bottled water but the country isn't developed enough to have a service like findapsring. thanks!

Eae21abfabb19c4617b2630386994fd9

on March 26, 2010
at 05:22 PM

very elegant! Have you measured the minerals, or do you have any good sources on charcoal ash re-mineralization?

Eae21abfabb19c4617b2630386994fd9

on March 26, 2010
at 05:20 PM

very elegant! I doubt it is actually adding significant amounts of minerals.

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Be4b60059db3511771303de1613ecb67

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on March 26, 2010
at 03:05 PM

I drink filtered water from a Berkey gravity-fed filter system in which I have added the fluoride filters. This filter has been around for a long time and is highly regarded. If I owned my own home, I'd get a reverse osmosis, whole-house filter. But since we live in an apt and travel a lot, we can take the Berkey with us.

http://www.bigberkey.com/

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Eae21abfabb19c4617b2630386994fd9

on March 26, 2010
at 04:52 PM

A good source of spring water. You may even be able to bottle your own for free, but (as per your question), if we assume you can't, you may still be able to find a distributor (a company that delivers water to homes and businesses) of good spring water close by. To me this makes a lot more sense- just bottle good water at its source instead of worrying about filtering it.

Consider the normal alternative- take (polluted ?) water, filter it some, add a bunch of toxic chemicals to kill pathogens, and send it to your home. At that point you have to filter at the toxic chemicals they added in addition to what might be existing. And filtering out fluoride is a pain. By the time you are done filtering (this is very true in the case of reverse osmosis) you have a mineral-depleted water that needs to be re-mineralized to avoid losing minerals every time you drink water. Spring waters generally has very high amounts of minerals so you can actually gain them as you drink water.

I am lucky to live somewhat close to what some consider one of the best spring water sources in the world, so I get a lot of good minerals without having that bad of an environmental impact. Of course I am using the re-usable large water jugs, so no plastic being thrown away. And I am within walking distance of a distributor, so I get a big discount for picking up the water myself.

78ecfc8268ec58cdc189301f4b071088

(1670)

on March 26, 2010
at 09:05 PM

Oooh, I had no idea about findaspring or that you could bottle spring water like that. That would usually be perfect to satisfy the paleo need. Unfortunately for me, I'm in Argentina, where they have lots of bottled water but the country isn't developed enough to have a service like findapsring. thanks!

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

(6259)

on June 01, 2012
at 12:39 AM

using the website to find a spring link is so cool!

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F15e0bae42dbf0b8cfc71e62902497b4

on March 29, 2010
at 10:03 PM

I've got no fear of fluoride (my dad's a dentist, I grew up taking fluoride SUPPLEMENTS :gasp: due to un-fluoridated water in my neighborhood), so I'm very happy drinking my city tap water pored through a Brita for taste reasons (kinda coppery from old pipes).

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

(5152)

on December 02, 2011
at 05:57 PM

Ur saying that water filtered through Brita tastes coppery?

F15e0bae42dbf0b8cfc71e62902497b4

(2036)

on December 03, 2011
at 09:52 PM

no, that WITHOUT the brita it tastes coppery.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on March 26, 2010
at 09:56 PM

I like the concept of buying a basic mineral filter, and pouring distilled water (available in most grocery stores) through it to add some stuff back to it. It's not a perfect solution, but it's better than the chlorine and fluoride found in most municipal water

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99ac392257e444e014be6d4da6a900e4

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on March 26, 2010
at 08:22 PM

Zero Water works awesome but the filters are $15 and last about a month. For that much, you can finance a drinking system from one of the large companies like Culligan which is what I have.

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03aeff8d87a3b53a449b5b8e9158da98

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on March 26, 2010
at 05:16 PM

I use this mineralizing filter/pitcher, which is imported from Japan. I just wish it were bigger, since I need to refill it twice a day, more on workout days.

03aeff8d87a3b53a449b5b8e9158da98

(3268)

on March 31, 2010
at 01:32 PM

HealthRediscovery - sorry, no studies off-hand. 42 - You're right! This is terrible. I broke the one I had last year and bought a replacement. Looks I better be more careful now!

Eae21abfabb19c4617b2630386994fd9

on March 26, 2010
at 05:22 PM

very elegant! Have you measured the minerals, or do you have any good sources on charcoal ash re-mineralization?

C53665c3f012fa1ede91033b08a8a6e7

(2269)

on March 31, 2010
at 12:52 AM

Hm, looks like DWR no longer sells that filter/pitcher.

Eae21abfabb19c4617b2630386994fd9

on March 26, 2010
at 05:20 PM

very elegant! I doubt it is actually adding significant amounts of minerals.

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