Introduction: How to Make Healthier Tasting Tap Water
This instructable has been an educational experience for me and the most enjoyable one that I have published so far. I began my journey last spring when I decided that I wanted to make an honest effort to drink more water. For many years we had very good tasting water because we lived in an area where the water was pure and we had a well; so no additives were ever added. I began drinking sodas when we moved to a home that was on city water. We have very hard water here and it tastes terrible.
This instructable will share the methods I used to try to make the water taste better by adding ingredients to the water.
While I was working on this project I read a news article about Portland, Oregon voting no on fluoride. Here is an article about that: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/06/04/fluoride-free-portland.aspx . I called our water company and found out that they add fluoride to our water even though we live in an area where fluoride is already in our drinking water. After reading this article I thought about the percentage of water that is in our body and decided that drinking healthier water could be a greater advantage than eating organic foods and it would be cheaper.
I decided to include the removal of harmful impurities to my project which posed a problem because of the cost of equipment or water testing. My next best option was to find inexpensive ways to remove all that I could; through simple methods. Years ago I read articles about this but at the time I had no use for them because we did not add chemicals to our water.
This instructable will share the methods that I used to improve the taste of the water and the final results. This project will be entered into the Scientific Method Contest and if you think it is worthy of your vote please come back when the vote button is at the top right corner of this instructable. I will be grateful for your vote and I thank you for your support.
Step 1: Question
Here are the questions:
What can be added to drinking water to make it taste better and improve the PH factor of the water?
Can harmful contaminants be removed from drinking water without the use of costly equipment?
Will removing these harmful contaminants alter the PH factor of the water?
Step 2: Hypothesis
Main objective hypothesis:
Adding lemon juice, wheatgrass, or chlorophyll will improve the taste of city water and alter the PH factor of the water.
Secondary objective hypothesis:
Wheatgrass will convert fluorine into a harmless compound and alter the PH factor of the water.
Adya Clarity added to drinking water will reduce levels of harmful contaminants such as: aluminum, lead, mercury, and arsenic as well as change the Ph. factor.
Step 3: Ingredients and Supplies
Ingredients added to the water:
Glass bottle storage for water
PH testing strips
Notebook and pen for documenting test results
Volunteer for tasting
Step 4: Testing Wheatgrass Method 1
Wheatgrass Method 1:
You can grow your own wheatgrass or purchase organic in the produce section of the grocery store.
Add water to a glass and wheatgrass as shown.
Swish the grass through the water and let set for a couple of hours.
Step 5: Testing ChlorOxygen Method 2
ChlorOxygen Method 2:
Fill a glass with tap water and add several drops of the ChlorOxygen stir and let set for a couple of hours.
Step 6: Testing Lava Rock Method 3
Lava rock Method 3:
Clean the lava rock
Place the rock in a glass
Fill the glass with tap water and allow to set for a couple of hours.
Step 7: Testing Lemon Method 4
Lemon juice Method 4:
Pour tap water into a glass and add a little lemon juice.
Step 8: Testing Mint Method 5
Mint Method 5:
Pour a glass of tap water and swish some mint through the water and allow to set for a couple of hours.
Step 9: Testing Adya Clarity Method 6
Adya Clarity Method 6:
I added a few drops of Adya Clarity to a gallon of tap water and shook it up. It did not take long before noticing stuff floating to the bottom of the jar. After I let it set a few hours I used the coffee filter and strained off the green stuff. The thing that surprised me was after I did this; the green color disappeared on the coffee filter. All I know is it was no longer in my water.
I had a small bottle of Adya Clarity and used it for several weeks. It made our water taste better. I had a dentist appointment before I began using Adya clarity and because my blood pressure was so high the dentist suggested that I see a doctor to find out why my medication was not working for me before he did any work on my teeth.
I began using Adya Clarity before my doctors appointment and after using Adya Clarity I had to get off my blood pressure medicine because my blood pressure dropped to dangerous levels. After I quit taking my medicine it leveled off and was normal. After drinking Adya Clarity I noticed a chalky taste in my mouth and plaque was coming off my teeth. I had more energy. Although I could not prove Adya Clarity removed harmful impurities from my water I do believe it was Adya Clarity that helped me feel better and get off my medication. If you look at the pictures you will see a film on the bottom of the bottle. What you see are the impurities that were in my water. I read that Adya Clarity makes the impurities inert. I will share more on Adya Clarity in my conclusion.
Step 10: Tasting Results
Tasting the results for 5 methods:
Lemon Water 4
Wheatgrass 1 favorite
Lava Rock 9 least favorite
Adya Clarity could not be compared in the taste method because I did not have any left.
Step 11: Conclusion of Tasting the Water
Each ingredient added did make a difference in the taste of the water.
Wheatgrass was the best tasting and the lava rock was rated 9 being the least favorite, perhaps it needed to soak overnight for better results.
I have used all of these methods to drink more water which helped me reduce my cravings for pop.
Step 12: Testing PH Factor
Testing the Ph. factor in the water:
Lava Rock 6.4
Tap water with nothing added 7.6
Step 13: PH Testing Conclusion
All of the test results indicated changes in the PH levels.
The bonus of these test were adding wheatgrass to drinking water has many medicinal benefits. I found many articles online about the benefits of drinking lemon water, mint water, and ChlorOxygen water. If you do a search you will be amazed at all the benefits. Each of the above will add important nutrients to your diet.
I conclude that further testing will be needed to determine what impurities have been removed as far as my test goes. However, I did a little research online and found a couple of renowned doctors that have proven Wheatgrass and Adya Water will remove impurities from tap water. Dr. Earp Thomas was a soil scientist who studied at the Pasteur Institute in France in the early 1900's and moved to the United States. Ann Wigmore asked him to test water with wheatgrass added to see if it removed fluoride. He found no traces of fluoride in the water. You can read the article from " How To Be Your Own Doctor" by Ann Wigmore.
While I was working on this project I noticed a news article about the Rajasthan University's study on the Tulsi plant removing fluoride in drinking water; published April 29, 2013 by True Activist.
The information I learned about Adya Clarity was the most exciting for me. Adya Clarity is comparable to the price of bottled water. It has a very long shelf life. It removes very harmful impurities from drinking water and Adya Water has some big boys backing their company. I read where they are cleaning up water in underdeveloped countries on their website. I used the drops and noticed beneficial results in a short period of time and experienced more energy. An independent lab did test on their product Adya Clarity and the results can be found here: http://www.blackmica.com/adya-clarity-update/ .
My conclusion on Adya Clarity is yes, harmful Impurities can be removed from drinking water without the use of expensive equipment. I found no information about the PH factor of water tested. I could not test the Adya Clarity using the Ph strips because I did not have any drops left. I recall reading (years ago) that removing harmful impurities from water will alter the Ph factor. It stands to reason because that is what we do when we add fertilizer to our gardens. It changes the PH factor. I have no proof though at this time.
I came across this video about structured water after I posted this instructable and decided to share
it here. I am not sure when Adya becomes structured but the drops added to the water makes structured water:
I hope there are some medical students that will be interested in researching some of these methods
and publishing a paper about it.
Step 14: Final Thoughts
I found a lot more articles on this information but it was a year ago and when I looked for it I could not find it. I read more about Dr. Earp Thomas and some of his studies and the trials he had faced in his career.
I am happy that today we have the internet and a lot of young people who are speaking out against the use of harmful additives used to treat drinking water and reducing waste in our country. We have a great community here at intructables and many of you are changing our country. Your hard work will reward you, maybe not today but in your lifetime and in your children's lifetime it will.
Thank you for reading my instructable and I hope you have a safe and Happy Spring!
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