Choosing healthy drinking water to make your hot or iced tea will ensure your tea tastes great and is good for you, too!
Teas and herbal tisanes are naturally good for us... Chock-full of so many benefits, tea is a gentle, natural, proven way to support and nurture good health and wellness.
Part of ensuring we can enjoy as much of tea's goodness as possible is to make our tea with healthy drinking water.
Whether you make your tea with water from your municipal water system, water from your own or a local well, or bottled water, it's important to stay informed about the water you use regularly so you can make smart, healthy choices about water for you, your family... and your tea! :)
Here are a few more things to keep in mind about public water supplies and other sources of water for tea... (If you missed our first page about healthy drinking water for tea, you'll find it here.)
Although our municipal water systems are typically managed by local government bodies, these public water supplies may still contain some unhealthy (or even dangerous) additions that give cause for concern about using this water - unfiltered - for you and your family.
Some additional concerns with water from municipal systems include...
Unfortunately, some of our planet's water sources have been contaminated by seepage from industrial heavy metal compounds, and many public water supplies have worrying levels of these toxins.
Exposure to excess amounts of heavy metals or other toxins (such as mercury, hexavalent chromium, lead, and arsenic) can cause serious health concerns and damage to the human body and mind - including respiratory, neurological, gastrointestinal, and skin issues, as well as cancer.
Other toxins that may be found in public water supplies are residue from chemical pesticides, herbicides, and other toxins we put on our farmland, lawns, and gardens. The run-off from these toxic synthetic chemicals has also been associated with numerous health risks, such as chronic disease and hormonal issues.
Many water supply systems are quite old, which means that public water often travels through outdated, contaminated pipes to reach our homes. This provides opportunity for additional harmful contaminants to leech into the water by the time it pours out of our kitchen and bathroom taps.
While well water may be a safer option than public water supplies in some areas, natural water supplies can be contaminated by the run-off from synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and other chemicals in widespread use by non-organic farmers.
These toxic chemicals have been well-documented as having many health risks (including being carcinogenic).
Well water can also be contaminated by manufacturing (such as oil spills in areas of oil drilling and production). And, we often pollute our own natural water supplies by using toxic chemicals on our lawns and gardens.
Keep reading here to learn more about another common source of water for tea - bottled water. You'll also find some tips for choosing the safest and healthiest water for you and your household.
Staying in-the-know about your water supply involves not only knowing what is (or could be) in your water that may be a potential risk or health concern, but also being aware of what isn't in your water that should be there (such as certain essential minerals).
Why not set aside a bit of time to get to know your water better? Not only will you ensure that your lovely pot of tea tastes great and is good for you, but you'll be able to rest easy, knowing you're making intelligent, healthful choices for you and your family.