Choosing the most healthy water for tea will not only affect how beneficial your tea is, but how it tastes and smells, as well!
Teas and herbal tisanes are such good choices for supporting health and wellness.
Whether you adore green tea, can't do without your daily 'cuppa' black tea, or have a tea cupboard well-stocked with an assortment of caffeine-free herbal teas, you will benefit from the multitude of ways this beloved beverage nurtures our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
As you prepare to brew your next pot of tea, take a moment to consider the water you're using to make your tea, too. It's important to choose the most healthy water you can, because the quality of water can affect the flavor and aroma of your tea, and it can impact how healthful that cup of tea is for you, as well.
Here are some things to keep in mind about some of our usual sources of water for tea.
Even though public water supplies are typically monitored and controlled by local government bodies, municipal or public water may still have some undesirable additions that might cause you to think twice about using this water - as is - for making tea! Some potential concerns with public water supplies in many areas include...
Many public water supplies have had chemicals, such as chlorine and fluoride, intentionally added. Although these substances have been added to our water with the intent of protecting us from harm, chlorine and fluoride have been linked to certain health risks and concerns.
Chlorine is added to public water supplies to disinfect the water and provide protection against infectious illnesses. However, drinking, cooking, bathing, or swimming in chlorinated water can potentially cause tummy troubles, headaches, and fatigue, and irritate and dry the eyes, nose, throat, and skin, as well.
And, research indicates that long-term exposure to chlorinated water may increase the risk for heart disease, mental health issues, birth defects, asthma, a weakened immune system, and certain types of cancer.
Fluoride is another chemical that is commonly added to public drinking water. Although fluoride is intended to help in the prevention of dental cavities, the safety of fluoride has long been in question.
Research suggest that excess fluoride intake may negatively affect our bones, brain, endocrine system, immune system, and cognitive ability (including a lower IQ), and contribute to a greater risk of a variety of other health concerns and diseases (such as cancer, osteoporosis, and high blood pressure), as well.
Overexposure to fluoride can also have a cosmetic effect on the appearance of teeth (a condition called 'dental fluorosis'), causing permanent staining, roughness, pits, and even erosion of tooth enamel.
In parts of the world where prescription and over-the-counter drug use is common, residue from these medications ends up in our water supply - not only unintentionally through human waste, but also intentionally as unused or expired medications are flushed down the toilet or washed down the sink drain.
And, although public water supplies have been treated to meet government safety standards, studies have indicated that trace amounts of many different pharmaceuticals can still be found in many municipal water systems.
These aren't all of the unhealthy 'extras' that may exist in your municipal water system... Click here to keep reading about public water supplies, other common sources of water for tea, and tips for choosing the most healthy water for your delicious brew!
Teas and herbal tisanes can provide so many health and wellness benefits, and part of ensuring your favorite hot or iced tea is good for you is choosing the most healthy water for your tea! And, making good water choices for your household means you'll be providing the healthiest water you can for your family.