HYDRATION & PROTEIN
(Plastic in our tap water and oceans creeping into our bodies)
Every month I seem to find the next new best thing for our body, what to do and what not to do. This can become so frustrating, challenging, and kinda makes me a little neurotic. What I do enjoy is the opportunity to explore and possibly tweak my daily habits. Here are a few of my 2023 additions and changes to my daily diet:
WATER – I have a tendency to drink too much water. It is best to drink 2 cups of water on an empty stomach a few times a day. Never drink more than three cups in an hour as it starts to exceed the amount of fluid our kidneys can handle. It also can dilute the electrolytes in our brains.
WATER FILTRATION – I have been a fan of filtering our home water with various systems. Unfortunately, our water, no matter where you live, is contaminated and it takes a very advanced filter system to eliminate the unhealthy elements in our tap water.
Berkey Water Filters far surpasses other water filters in filtration capability. According to BERKEY “The element’s filtration media is a combination of micro-pores, which trap harmful contaminants, and revolutionary material with adsorption and ion exchange properties that essentially attract molecules to the media, preventing them from passing into your drinking water”. A pair of BlackBerry Elements (filters) will last up to 2-5 years without changing. Think about other systems with plastic filters we throw away every 4-8 weeks. I have found the water from the BERKEY is so smooth, tastes better, and gives me peace of mind I am drinking water that addresses over 200 typical contaminants found in tap water and other freshwater sources.
The Berkey system does require some space but so worth it. I ordered the medium one and it looks perfect on our kitchen counter. I did
get a special glass container I continue to fill and keep in the fridge for chilled water. I liked the Purefold 100 Ounces Large Glass Pitcher with lid.
PROTEIN – I have always enjoyed fish at least once a week and thought I was very diligent about the source of the fish I was buying. Unfortunately, it has been confirmed in a study throughout the United States. Pretty sad but true there is plastic in just about every fish we purchase which will ultimately end up in our system. I did ask our local Whole Foods Fish Guy and he confirmed it is almost impossible to find fish without plastic in their system. So, looking like being a vegetarian may be the best choice for me with the exception of when I can purchase Hudson Valley Trout which is absolutely amazing which I discovered at the Union Square Farmer’s Market. It is now available online. 🥰
FYI, it can take up to 4 years to eliminate 50% of the plastic already in our bodies. I do realize just about everything we touch will have some residue of plastic. How to completely avoid is the challenge. Awareness is the key.
Wow, thanks Una for your always insightful sharing, recipes, etc… you’re the best! Miss you! Kar
Looking forward to purchasing Berkeley Water system. Love this!