Most of us rarely think about our drinking water because we trust that the City in which we live is taking care to ensure we have safe water. But what about when you are traveling? Are you sure that the potable water you are hooking up to is really safe to drink? Why is it when we visit another Country we are advised not to drink the water? Is the water in other Countries unsanitary? And it is not only American’s who are told to be weary of drinking foreign water. I am sure that visitors to our Country are just as weary about our water.
The reason for the cautionary instruction is that water is not just two molecules of hydrogen and one molecule of oxygen (H2O). Water also contains minerals, chemicals, and microorganisms. The water you drink in Florida for example might be very different than the water you drink in California. If you live in New York you are going to be used to the components that are indigenous to that water source. However the traveler to New York might find the mineral content too high and might experience gastrointestinal upset. That being said, you don’t drink the water in Mexico because our gastrointestinal system is not used to the microorganisms found in the water in Mexico. The natives (Mexicans) don’t get sick because they are raised drinking that water. It is quite healthy for their system. Now you don’t have to travel out-of-the-Country to find water that might cause you to experience gastrointestinal upset.
It is no surprise that many Americans have chosen to consume bottled water instead of tap water. But you might not be getting what you think you are getting in bottled water either. There have been plenty of studies that have shown that some bottled water contains high bacterial counts than tap water! In addition, bottled water may not contain the important minerals found in our tap water that is necessary for normal body function such as: calcium, magnesium, fluoride, and sodium. So, what is the answer - Do you drink tap water, bottled water, and potable water? The answer is quite simple – you have the power of the Internet at your fingertips. I know before my husband and I pack up the Motor home and set out for our vacation we plan an itinerary, check the weather, road conditions, and make reservations at various RV campsites. So now we also check on the water grades for the cities we plan on visiting. In 2001, The Natural Defense Resource Council (NDRC) graded the water of nineteen cities. Visit the link below for more information: http://www.nrdc.org/water/drinking/uscities/map.asp
Prevention is the key. Be prepared and enjoy your traveling!
Disclaimer: Dr. Mundorff is a Registered Nurse and Board Certified Traditional Naturopath, and not a medical doctor. The information in this column is for educational purposes only and should not be used to self-diagnose and treat diseases, nor be misinterpreted as a prescription. This information is provided with the understanding that the author is not engaging in a health-care practitioner/patient relationship with her readers. In the author’s best judgment, the information and opinions expressed here are accurate and sound at the time of publication. Readers who rely on the information in this book as a replacement of the advice of a medical doctor assume all risks of such conduct. The author is not responsible for errors or omissions. Please consult your doctor before starting any alternative modalities.