January 21, 2014

the wild side of water

wild water - life in blush

It’s easier to get free WiFi than it is to get free, clean water and people act like there’s nothing wrong with the world.

The current chairman of Nestlé, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, freely stated he believed “access to water is not a public right” and that the answer to global water issues was privatization.


Like most things in life that are driven by supply and demand water has become a commodity and commodities in our marketplace are always protected by those, like Nestlé, who have a lucrative hold on them.

It’s no secret that bottled water is shite, but what about the ‘processed water’ (as coined by Daniel Vitalis) we get from our taps, or that comes from filtration? ‘Wild water’ versus ‘processed water’ has yet to become a fashionable debate, but in my opinion processed water will indeed be considered as detrimental to our health as processed food.

Now, I have to admit I was a bottled water girl for years, feeling pretty proud of the fact I was guzzling so much water. Then I realized that bottled water was essentially fake..and dead.

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In North America, the water that’s pumped out of aquifers (and falsely labelled ‘spring water’) goes through sub-micron filtration, ultra-violet radiation and even ozonation to prevent the living organisms, like algae that naturally occur in water, from photosynthesizing and turning green. What you end up with then is a sterilized and pasteurized version of water.

Then I turned to distilled/demineralized water and found out it was no better.

Demineralized water that has not been remineralized , or low-mineral content water – in the light of the absence or substantial lack of essential minerals in it – is not considered ideal drinking water, and therefore, its regular consumption may not be providing adequate levels of some beneficial nutrients. –F. Kozisek, WHO guidelines for drinking water quality

Pure H20 can’t occur naturally in nature. It has to contain solutes like magnesium, calcium potassium, and probiotic organisms (which are critical to our endocrine system as it helps to produce neurotransmitters like serotonin), otherwise it needs to leech from its environment -in this case you – to create balance. By leeching minerals out of us it actually damages our blood vessels and creates a net mineral loss in our body.

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Ok, so how about tap water?

I remember David Suzuki saying he would rather drink tap water over bottled water any day, and while tap water is better than bottled water it still has its issues. Primarily that it’s been treated with at least four chemicals -chlorine, fluoride, sodium hydroxide and phosphoric acid. Not to mention the host of other pharmaceuticals that creep into some municipal water sources.

Chlorine, added to water as an antibiotic, continues to act as an antibiotic as it enters our digestive tract, which is where all of our immune bacteria live; fluoride, added to water for the health of our teeth (a false myth as it actually makes our teeth more brittle) targets and calcifies our pineal gland which is responsible for regulating our sleep cycle and protecting the body from cell damage.

It doesn’t matter how much you exercise, how many green juices you knock back or organic food you consume, if you’re drinking bottled water that leeches petrochemicals or tap water that calcifies your pineal gland how healthy are you actually going to be?

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Humans, in their current form, have existed for about 200,000 years and drank wild water exclusively. Wild water, or surface water -like streams, rivers, lakes or springs, have not been refined, chemically purified or processed in any way, but in today’s world it’s extremely rare for us to consume unprocessed water of any type.

All of this is kind of leaning on the depressing side, non? Well yes and no. There is in fact a solution.

Through www.findaspring.com I was able to find a source of free, clean water not too far from where I live and was able to give myself ‘water sovereignty’ (I feel like there needs to be some kind of war cry inserted here). Water, Mr. Brabeck-Letmathe, that is in fact our basic human right.

The irony of it all is that there’s a huge Nestlé plant right near this source of spring water that will most likely try to shut it down. But this water is SO GOOD and so hydrating that I refuse to give it up.



This baby goes with me everywhere now.

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  1. Dangers of Tap Water: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBh7WV_qrOc
  2. Harvard Study Confirms Fluoride Reduces Children’s IQ: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mercola/fluoride_b_2479833.html
  3. Pineal Gland: http://fluoridealert.org/issues/health/pineal-gland/
  4. The Privatization of Water: Nestlé Denies that Water is a Fundamental Human Right: http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-privatisation-of-water-nestle-denies-that-water-is-a-fundamental-human-right/5332238
  5. Demineralized Water? ReWild Your Water, Part 1: http://www.danielvitalis.com/tag/wild-water/


  • Have you watched the documentary “Tapped”? Interesting stuff right there. I was already slowing my roll on bottled water prior to the movies release, but that put the breaks on it right there. I am a tap water gal, but filter it to the best of my abilities. It is what it is.

    • lifeinblush

      scary stuff non?! a good option, when working with the water you have, is to put it through reverse osmosis and then remineralize it by adding small amounts of a whole, unrefined sea salt or land salt. The WHO recommends drinking water whose TDS (total dissolved solids) is around 100-400 ppm; you can measure this by using a TDS meter.

  • Margie

    What a well done, extensively researched, very interesting article on drinking water. Lucky are the people who have access to fresh spring water at the source and actually take advantage of that huge benefit by taking the trouble to get it (which in third world countries would not be considered trouble at all, but a privilege!).

    • lifeinblush

      thank you! thank you! xo