The Most Healthy Water for Tea - Making Good Water Choices for a Healthier Cup of Tea!

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.

Choosing the Most Healthy Water for Tea

Most of us typically make our hot or iced tea with water from our public water supply, water from a well, or bottled water

Wherever your tea water comes from, it's important that you stay informed about your water source (or sources) so you can be confident that you're making the best water choices you possibly can.

Healthy Water for Healthy Tea

Here are some things to keep in mind about some of our usual sources of water for tea.

Water from Public Water Supplies

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...

Public water supplies may contain a variety of chemicals and toxins.

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.

Other Sources of Fluoride

Our public water supply is not the only source of fluoride for many of us - we can also be exposed to fluoride in certain prescription medications, toothpastes, foods, and beverages (including certain teas).

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. 

Public water supplies may contain traces of prescription and OTC medications.

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.

Health Benefits of Tea

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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.

Another way to protect our planet...

Here's something we can all do to protect our planet's water supplies (and ourselves, too)... Why not encourage your family and friends to return unused prescription and non-prescription medications to their local pharmacy, instead of flushing them or washing them down the drain?

More about Making Tea

Making Tea - Some brewing and serving suggestions to help you make the perfect cup (or pot) of tea. You'll find some tips for making tea with loose leaves, too.

Iced Tea Tips - Making your own iced tea from scratch is so simple, and the delicious taste and wonderful health benefits will ensure you aren't tempted at all by ready-made bottled iced tea!

Healthy Water for Tea - The water we use to make tea affects the taste and healthfulness of our tea... Learn more about different water sources and how to make the best water choices for making tea. 

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