CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF WATER | #movementmonday By Sam Bederman
Sometimes, you turn your Toronto City tap on and you get a glass of water that looks cloudy; maybe milky is a better term. And then, miraculously the water glass clears. It seems the pressure when contained in the pipes causes air bubbles and once released through the faucet that pressure-cloud explodes into your glass. Like any bubble, they rise to the surface and diffuse into the air above. Silently, the water begins to appear clear. Does that make your head cloudy?
According to a recent Toronto Star report, 13% of Toronto water has unsafe levels of lead in some cases; the levels are 2,000 times over the “safe” limit. 1 If the curdled milk-water coming through your faucet isn’t enough to make you want to turn off the tap, maybe potential for lead poisoning will lead you down the natural spring pathway to your next 8 bottles? But wait…have you considered what a landfill looks like?
Understanding water, water sources, filtration systems, chemicals, minerals and water as a business is like learning to speak another language. In order to demystify if bottled water maybe the healthier choice over tap water, it is important to also consider the role of water as a billion dollar industry and how it impacts our health and environment. 30% of Canadians drink bottled water in their homes instead of drinking from their tap.2 Some people claim it is easier for them to consume their adequate intake, 8 servings of 8oz of water per day, if they drink it from a bottle? (Have you ever tried a glass straw?) It is interesting to note those who are adequately hydrated seem to have a lower body mass index (BMI) than those who may be considered over weight or obese. There are several studies that reveal an interesting link between dehydration and obesity.
Now hear this billion-dollar Water Industry, this is a beautiful and teachable moment to seize and spread the power of knowledge. Teach the world about what a clean environment would be like and how to get back to some basic practices. Help the world obliterate Obesity as a disease. You have 10 million supporters in Canada alone, teach us how to drink through a straw and reduce our carbon footprints.
In Water’s defense, convenience and food consumption has been messaging packaged goods since the early 50’s. Those were the heydays of plastics, chemicals, and artificial flavours. Fast-forward to the disco era and in walks that tall bottle of water. Convenience just got a lot sexier with a bottled water in your bag. But please realize, from the onset of this millennium, scientists began to consider the human dangers and toxicity BPAs were creating. When we consume, reuse, and recycle anything with a BPA, these industrial chemicals leach onto our food and water and ultimately interfere with our hormones.
Food for thought, the next time you grab for a bottle, it may have you inconveniently, running back to the Well.
MOVEMENT MONDAY: Baddah Konasana
Regular practice of this asana increases the blood flow to the abdomen, pelvis, and back to stimulate them. It keeps the kidneys, the prostate and the urinary bladder healthy and is very beneficial for pregnant women to ease the pain during labor and prevent varicose veins. Baddha Konasana helps to treat arthritis of the knee, hip and pelvic joints. This posture allows the bodily fluids to behave like a lubricator and have benefits of flushing the body, much like a glass of water.
Start by sitting in Dandasana (staff pose). Bend the knees and bring the heels towards the perineum. Press the heels and the soles of the feet together. The outer sides of both feet should rest on the floor and the back of the heels should touch the perineum. Widen the knees away from the hips and down to touch the floor. Interlock the fingers and clasp around the feet. Sit straight, spine erect, lift the chest and roll the shoulder bones back. Look straight ahead.
Sam Bederman: Certified Yoga Instructor, (CYA-RYT) and Iyengar trained, uses Yoga to assist with healing injuries, aiding in recovery from surgeries, managing chronic and degenerative issues, and as a preventative measure to increase stability and mobility for overall well-being. Sam is a mother of 2 kids, two dogs and the founder of Yogabodii. Visit: yogabodii.com