Never drink straight from the tap

Yesterday, I told you about all the different kinds of bottled water. Mineral water, such as San Pellegrino, offers the most natural benefits. But it can be costly. Fortunately, you have a better option, as I’ll explain in a moment.

One option you should never resort to is drinking water straight out of the tap.

Bottled and tap water actually have nearly the same safety standards. However, tap water travels through pipes and can become contaminated with lead up to 15 parts per billion–versus the regulatory limit of only 5 ppm.

And lead is never a good thing in drinking water.

In fact, one theory blames the decline and fall of the Roman Empire on the advancement of public water. The lead pipes that carried the water may have eventually caused infertility in the population.

And the name we use today for plumbers actually comes from the Latin plumbus for lead, which also gave the chemical symbol Pb to lead in the periodic table of the elements.

Tap water also contains added chlorine and extra fluoride. And, as I explained yesterday, you don’t want either one of those elements in your drinking water either.

Bottled water is generally free of those added elements–but too few people understand that not all bottled waters are created equal. As I explained yesterday, there are actually four types of bottled water. And water from natural sources contains more important electrolytes and trace minerals than “dead water.”

But who wants to pay $3 for a bottle of good mineral water like San Pellegrino? Fortunately, you have a better, even healthier option. You can fortify even “dead” bottled water with the South African plant rooibos or “red bush.”

Water fortified with rooibos helps your cells make their own water. So you stay hydrated inside your cells.

In fact, most of the water inside your cells must be made by the cells themselves. But all the dead water and/or sports drinks in the world won’t properly nourish your cells and help them to generate their own water. Even water from natural sources, which contains electrolytes and minerals, does NOT hydrate the inside of your cells by itself. Which means it won’t keep you properly hydrated. Only things like rooibos stoke the fires of the cells to make more of their own water for “cellular hydration.”

For hundreds of years, the Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa were the only people on the planet who knew about rooibos. The lived and survived in one of the hottest and driest places on Earth. And they had very little access to water. But the water they did drink they infused with rooibos leaves.

During my research, I observed that men and women who drank tea made with rooibos looked fit and spry well into old age. Plus, they had enormous energy. And I became convinced that rooibos works by promoting hydration at the cellular level.

Last year, laboratory research finally demonstrated rooibos works exactly in the way I observed.

I recommend adding rooibos to any beverage hot or cold, throughout the day, for proper hydration.