You Are What You Drink

Okay, maybe. But, it makes sense. If you are what you eat, you are also most certainly what you drink. So, maybe we should try drinking a little healthier. You don’t hear much about that though, do you? It’s always talk about cutting carbs, omitting dessert (the horror!), and finding new salads. But behold – we can DRINK to our health!

Switching from sweet drinks to diet drinks is one way to do that of course. But water is really the way to go. There’s been lots of debate about bottled water versus tap water…no one seems to be able to agree. One thing is for sure though – water out of the tap is much less expensive. It just may not be as chemical free or taste quite as good.

Growing up, we lived out in the country. Like, way back there. There wasn’t even the option of trying the Town Water until years after I left home. So, we had well water. I’ve heard from numerous people that they thought we had the best tasting water they’d ever had.


It was great, that’s true, and I miss it sometimes. Unfortunately, my parents moved out of that house after Seven was born (Yay, they live closer to me now!), so, I couldn’t have glass of it even if I wanted. Now, we have Town Water.

It’s…okay. It is better downstairs than upstairs (don’t ask me why, I just live here), but it has that bit of chlorine flavor to it. When I was little, I thought it tasted great. Like a pool. But now, well, I know that’s not exactly what you’d want your water to taste like. It’s also not the quality of water I want Seven growing up on. Alas, I also don’t want to be a water buyer. I’m sorry, I just can’t get into store bought water. Sure, I’ll drink Voss or Acqua Panna if you put it in front of me, because I am a snob. But I’m not going to go buy it on purpose. I hope I don’t offend any of you – you go on with your bad selves and buy it. It’s just not for me.

There’s another option though…filtered water.

When I was in college (I lived in a small commune, yes, really), we had a pitcher that had a water filter. That was good stuff. But, it never failed that there would only be a swallow or two left in the pitcher when I wanted it. And then, in that same house, one of my housemates got into this really obscenely expensive magnet sales craze. It was insanity. One of the things she had installed was a water filter. Magnetized somehow. And it was supposed to make us INdestructible. Superheroes. Magnetic Machines.

It made us less thirsty, and her about $1000 poorer.

Now, here’s the good news. PUR makes an Advanced Faucet Water Filtration System that doesn’t cost a bajillion dollars. Equally good news? It took longer to open the box than it did to actually install. No special tools, just a turn on the old faucet, and bam – it was ready to go.

Other good points:

It’s Chrome, so it blends in. Yeah, it’s a little bulky looking, and you definitely notice it’s there. But, that’s a good thing, too…it reminds you that you’ve got the opportunity to pour yourself a clean glass of water, straight from the tap.

It’s versatile. Meaning, for times when you don’t need filtered water, such as for washing the dishes or for boiling, you can flip the switch and just have the regular old tap water. When it’s time for a drink, flip that switch again. So easy.

Value. For $35, you too can have filtered water. Some people spend that in only 2 weeks on bottled water. Winning! Sure, you’ll need to change the filter every once in a while, that’s a given. But, they’ve made that easy for you too – there’s an electronic change filter indicator light that lets you know when it’s time – no need to guess!

We all know how important it is to drink water. What are your tricks for making sure you and your family are drinking enough water? Please share your answers with me, I’d love to know!

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