We all know how important it is to drink lots of water to stay healthy & vibrant. Of course it’s best to skip tap water which can be loaded with fluoride, chlorine, pharmaceutical drugs & other nasty chemicals. Those plastic pitchers with the filters in them that you stick in the fridge (and the filters for the tap) don’t do much to change this. I know how confusing it can be to figure out what the best water is (bottled? reverse osmosis? distilled? alkaline? fancy french mineral water?)
After coming across the work of Daniel Vitalis and David Wolfe several years ago, I’m convinced that water harvested straight from a spring is the best, cleanest water you can drink. Check out this video for a good primer – or listen to this talk by Daniel to find out just how deep the rabbit hole goes. ;)
Daniel has put together a free resource called www.findaspring.com that you can use to track down or share info about a spring in your area. If your town isn’t listed, it’s a great idea to ask around – there may be a spring nearby that the locals have been using for years.
I’ve been visiting the Fountain of Youth spring in Schiller Woods just outside of Chicago. (As you can see, this place is poppin’, even in the winter. It’s best to go on a weekday.)
It’s still unclear if this is a true spring or a well, but either way, the water comes from an aquifer (as the forest preserve manager in this video mentions) and is better than any other water I’ve tried.
When I started drinking it, I noticed right away how much more hydrated I was and that my skin wasn’t as dry in the winter. (I also get extremely thirsty when I don’t have access to this spring – that other stuff that’s being passed off as water just doesn’t cut it anymore.) My mom is hooked on this water as well and has been going every week for the last year and a half to fill up.
Let me know in the comments if you do this – it can be a fun trip and a good opportunity to spend time in nature.
If you can’t make it to a spring: Mountain Valley Spring bottles true spring water in glass and also delivers in some areas. You can also find it at most Whole Foods and some other health food & grocery stores. ( I’m not affiliated with them – just spreading the word!)
Photos © Liz Davison
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