Eat This: H₂0

Water is essential to life because of our big bag of hairy self – we are made of 60% water. Sure, you drink your however many glasses a day, and then you pee some out, lose some through your skin, breath, stool and all that can’t be out of balance with what’s going in, or you become dehydrated. Water and hydrated tissues help your body keep a normal body temperature, lubricate and cushion joints, protect your spinal cord and you know, that high tech computer in your skull called your brain. Water gives you energy, gives you supple skin, aids digestion, and your ability to detoxify. But what water is best to drink? It’s a huge discussion that often ends in frayed nerves with opinions and taste buds championing for what tastes best to the drinker. Water is crisp, clear, hopefully clean, but what if it could be cleaner? Sure your body will make the saliva, transport the nutrients, keep your circulation, blood pressure and absorption of nutrients going, with whatever water you drink, but let’s talk about what filter, if any, what system, kind and with all that’s out there from countertop jugs with changeable filters, to what comes out of your fridge or the good ol’ water cooler, what should you fill your glass up with? 

Let’s get into it today on EAT THIS with Lianne all about WATER – what’s good, better and best? With the help of two guests today, let’s see if we can come to a conclusion together, shall we?

I drink water and tea for the most part. I don’t love juice, pop or whatever else you find in the drinks aisle, so I put my attention on water that is best for my body and that I enjoy the taste of. I’ve often called myself a water snob. And a quick sidebar to that: this episode is being released on World Water Day! 

For years, like as long as I’ve been a nutritionist, I’ve had Reverse Osmosis water in my glass. It’s a robust under the skin filtration system that takes just about everything out of it. I learned about it first while I was studying Nutrition in the late 90’s and immediately started having it delivered in massive bottles. Fast forward to now, my daughters and I have been living in a condo for about 18 months and I’m back to having it delivered and I want a better way. It has come to my attention that while RO has been thought of as the gold standard, it’s also ‘dead’ water. Not having minerals and particles in it may not be the best, so this episode is in part for both of us, because in my quest for finding the best of what I drink most, I’ve come to ask more questions about water and thought you need to know what I’m finding out because you might ask the same. 

To help with the overall questions that might be on your mind, we welcomed back Dr. Davis Brockenshire, a functional medicine expert who has graced this podcast a few times and really is such a wealth of knowledge. We also welcomed Scott Miller, founder of Conscious Water.

Scott has been living and working on the water for over 25 years. He says that the water we consume is so extremely vital to our overall health and well-being and believes we can reach optimum health with the help of clean, purified water. That is how and why his company, Conscious Water, the main Canadian dealer of the Berkey system, has been around since 2011. He wanted a constant, reliable, pure water source for family and friends that was free from chlorine, fluoride, and arsenic, free from pesticide and herbicide toxic runoff, without the need for electricity or water pressure.

Make sure you listen to the episode to hear Dr. B and Scott tell us everything we need to know!



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  1. I listened to this podcast and would urge you to consult the City of Toronto’s annual water quality testing reports before you or your guests suggest claims relating to Toronto’s water. Your listeners would benefit from a follow-up/deeper dive to clarify. As an example, both of the latest annual reports indicate that the amount of reportable glyphosate in Toronto water was zero. It would be helpful if Toronto’s tests were done more frequently (and to see the 2020 report) but that zero is a good sign. I would like to better understand medications showing up in Toronto water. It’s not clear to me which chemicals in their reports are medications of concern in drinking water. This was also noteworthy: “Apartment and other buildings with more than six units do not have lead pipes, regardless of age. Lead is too soft to handle the pressure needed for these types of buildings.” Looking forward to hearing more on this important topic.

    • Thank you for your feedback, Karen. Dr. B was speaking generally and I do happen to know that Toronto water has ‘acceptable levels of medication in it. What exactly acceptable is, seems to be difficult to find out. Dr. B mentioned a particular level of estrogen in the water supply and understanding how much is in an ovulating female shows how the numbers relate. It takes some digging for sure. The podcast is listened to all over the world, so I’d suggest that people dig as much as they can in their own region as it will differ. Thanks for shedding light on the apartment buildings. Very good to know!

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