This is how you can make drinking water safer, purer

Water is the elixir of life and no life can sustain without water. A human being consumes two to three liters of water every day on an average and this brings us to a standpoint where we need to think how safe is our drinking water and how does water storage affects drinking water.

In the olden times, our kitchens thrived on steel and clay pots. Now, it is plastics, which is not safe. We tend to store water in all sorts of plastic bottles, jugs or containers, worse is Pepsi, Coca-Cola bottles. It can be a low grade or high-grade plastic but we need to remember that plastic is plastic. Plastics carry lot of chemicals and bacteria. Drinking water from plastic storage tanks is not safe. These containers are made using several chemicals like polyethylene, polypropylene, bisphenol, high density polyethylene, polyethylene terephthalate and cross linked polyethylene. These chemicals cause several health risks.

When you store water in plastic bottles, harmful substances like fluoride, arsenic and aluminum are produced, which can be poisonous for the human body.

Storing water in plastic containers is not safe as harmful chemicals such as BPA in plastic, cause a health risk by clinging to the water molecules. Dioxin production takes place when plastic melts in hot environment and with every passing year, summers are becoming unbearably hot. Imagine how much plastic can actually get mixed with water when it comes in contact with scorching sun. When water is left in plastic bottles under the sun for a longer time, heating takes place and this releases a toxin called Dioxin, which when consumed can accelerate breast cancer. Our RO systems are connected to the overhead water tanks that are made of plastics mixed with colours and dyes.

Biphenyl A, which is found abundantly in plastics, is responsible for diabetes, fertility issues, early puberty in kids and behavioral problems. Plastics lead to liver cancer and a reduced sperm count and this happens primarily due to a chemical called phthalates present in plastic.

Another stupid concoction that is sold in plastic bottles is ‘TONIC WATER’ or ‘VITAMIN WATER’. These are simple marketing gimmicks to fool people like you and me. Not only does the concoction gets deteriorated as such bottles stay in transit and logistics for a long time before it reaches supermarkets, these bottles are also exposed to varying temperatures. I mean, a truck driver, who delivers plastic bottles with water or such fancy waters is the least concerned about your health. He parks his truck in the sun for I don’t know how long, may be days together, before he finally gets them to a supermarket. In the process, the water has already deteriorated. In addition, the Tonic water has high-fructose corn syrup and chemical additives that should never ever go inside your mouth.

Plastics tend to influence our immune system. The plastics when ingested cause havoc on the immune system.

Now, that enough has been said about plastic bottles storing water, the question arises how to store water and remove impurities from drinking water.

I would suggest the traditional clay pot, also called ‘Matka’. Water stored in a matka or earthen clay pot is devoid of BPA. The water is cooler than water stored in plastic containers. It is also known to enhance metabolism and adds a natural taste to water. Matkas or earthen pots are made of two types of mud clay: the first is taken from the surface of the earth and the second after digging more than 10 feet deeper into the earth.

Clay is alkaline in nature and doctors state that an alkaline diet kills cancer cells. The alkaline clay interacts with the acidity of water and neutralizes the pH balance. If you have gastric problems or acidity, try having water from a matka and it will help cure the problem.

As stated earlier that plastic bottle water causes the sperm count to fall, clay pot water helps improve the level of testosterone in your body.

Clay is nature’s answer to remove all forms of radiation from the body. So, imagine what it can do to water. Obviously, make is safer and purer for consumption.

I once did a story on uranium’s presence in the water in Punjab’s Malwa region, which was picked up by news channels and scientists from various countries and had led to a massive research on the subject. During one of the interviews, I was told by a professor, who was well read in the concerned subject that storing water in clay pots can remove arsenics and uranium from water.

What happens when a toxin bonds with a clay? When toxins and clay unite, an electromagnetic bond is formed which often converts the toxin into another compound thereby neutralizing its toxicity and is harmless to the body.

Apart from matka, water can also be stored in glass and steel containers but clay pot remains by far the best way to store and purify water.

Happy drinking!

 

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Alleppey: Venice of the east

Alleppey or Alappuzha is a popular place in Kerala and people from all over the world come here to bask in nature, enjoy the beach, see history and taste the local cuisine. There are 10 places that make Alleppey a preferred tourist destination and we have listed them out here.

Kuttanad backwaters

Backwaters are a popular sight in Kerala. They are peaceful, tranquil and beautiful. Kuttanad comprises iridescent waterways, canals, lakes, rivers and rivulets. The backwaters are surrounded by hills and the sea and are a sight to behold. Backwater cruising happens the best here. To add to the beauty of it all, paddy fields provide lush views to tourists.

Krishnapuram Palace

Tourists come here to know the culture of Southern India. It is highly recommended to spend atleast a day here and take a look around. It is situated amidst lush surrounding that promise peace of mind.

St. Mary’s Forane Church

When in Alleppey, visit St. Mary’s Forane Church as it is beautiful and goes back to 835 AD. The church is renowned for events, Friday Liturgy and educational institutions. Tourists must come and spend some time with God at this church. It also gives us a glimpse of the Christian life and serves as a pilgrimage.

Alleppey Beach

The wide stretches of soft clean sands and beautiful crystal clear water promises a perfect getaway at Alleppey. One can watch the sunrise and the sunset while at the beach and soak up lots of sun during the day. The beach is easily accessible and is clean. While at the beach, do visit Alappuzha Sea Bridge remains that stands as an epitome of the time gone by. This place had once served as a major port of Kerala.

Karumadi

This village is popular for its black granite statue of Buddha. The village is in close proximity of Alleppey and has played a major role in development of Buddhism. The statue based here does not have a left side and this is what makes it all the more interesting.

St. Andrew’s Basilica Arthunkal

The Basilica is based in Kumarakom, which is close to Alleppey and has a splendid architecture. It is also known for the annual festival called Arthunkal Perunnal, the feast of the patron saint. The green surroundings make it even more charming.

Marari beach

Another splendid location at Alleppey is the Marari beach. The village Marari is close to the beach and offers delectable food to taste and a fun filled day out at the beach. The beach is clean and has clear waters, which is ideal for swimming and walking.

Edathua Church

During the month of May, this church organizes huge feasts and people throng to this place to be a part of these celebrations.

Pandavan Rock

The rock is famous for its historical importance and people believe that the Pandavas had stayed here while they were on an exile. It is just right for a picnic with family as tourists have to walk in order to reach the rock and the walk itself is a nature lover’s delight.

Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple

Every year this temple attracts a huge number of devotees for its Kettukazhcha festival. The festival is colourful and divine. There are performances and animals are decorated for the festival.

To know more about Alleppey, contact holidayfreind@gmail.com.