Have you seen the docuseries on Netflix called “Down to Earth”, with Zac Efron and Darin Olien? We watched it and are so impressed by the message that it portrays. In this post I will be focussing on the second video / episode where they travel to France, and discuss: the importance of water for our bodies’ survival, the need for us to rather have eco-friendly reusable bottles, and the safety of the water that we drink.
In case you have not seen the docuseries (which came out in July 2020): basically it is about how Zac Efron (a hollywood actor) and Darin Olien (a 49 year old wellness expert) trek across the world in search of sustainable ways of living.
It is an eight part docuseries where they travel to Iceland, France, Puerto Rico, London and many other places, to speak to top eco-innovators, and look (sometimes in a very humorous way) for a “new perspective on some very old problems”.
Darien Olien is a “guru of healthy living and superfoods”; a self-proclaimed “exotic superfoods hunter”, who wrote the health guide SuperLife: The 5 Forces That Will Make You Healthy, Fit and Eternally Awesome in 2015. Olien has traveled the world, exploring the health properties of foods that have sustained indigenous cultures for centuries.
The end goal of “Down to Earth with Zac Efron” is to:
Inspire people to make better choices in their everyday lives for the sake of their own health and the planet.
In this second video the duo stresses that even small choices, like the kind of water that you drink every day, makes a long-term difference in your quality of life.
Zac Efron and Anna Kendrick’s (an American actress and singer) minds are completely blown away by water sommelier (someone who has made a profession out of tasting and judging water) Martin Riese. They learn about natural waters, where they are sourced, TDS (Total Dissolved Solids: like potassium, magnesium, calcium and phosphorous), and mineral profiles.
In the documentary they claim that purified water is bad for your body, because you actually need all those minerals and nutrients that they filter out.
I did some separate research, and found out that the following are definitely true (facts) from the Down to Earth water documentary:
- Pure and filtered water are not good for you. From Livestrong.com, “While purified water is fine to drink on occasion, you don’t want to make it your main source of drinking water since it contains the chemical chlorine. In the same way that chlorine kills germs and bacteria in purified water, it also kills the helpful bacteria we need to function, such as the digestive flora acidophilus that lives in the intestine and helps it to function.” Chlorine can destroy essential fatty acids, which make up the cells of the brain and nervous system. There is also the possibility of the chemical reacting with leftover organic matter in the water and creating carcinogens.”
- Water is incredibly important for our bodies to survive and be healthy. From webmd.com, “Drinking Water helps maintain the balance of body fluids. Your body is composed of about 60% water. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.”
- Reusable bottles (stainless steel ones and not plastic ones) are so very important to store our drinking water in, because as you can read in bebottle.com: “A reusable water bottle takes less oil to produce, replaces all the plastics that you would have used and thereby reduces both your carbon footprint and helps reduce the plastic burden on landfills, oceans, streams and other places that plastic waste ends up.” You end up saving money and Mother Earth when you use eco-reusable bottles and reusable straws, instead of the single-use plastic alternatives.
I found these incredible eco-friendly reusable bottles at Tree Tribe.
Tree tribe are an incredible company that produces sustainable outdoor lifestyle products. If you would like to know more about them, you can read my post on them here: The Eco-Friendly Tree Tribe
They have a beautiful range of eco-friendly options to suit different styles and needs: lots of colors, designs, and sizes to choose from.
Their eco bottles keep warm drinks warm and cold drinks cold for up to a day. They are also backed by a lifetime guarantee!
And as a bonus, you can say no to spillage when you sip from a reusable straw. A great addition to your zero waste collection – they have stainless steel, glass, or bamboo, it’s up to you!
Tree Tribe Water Bottles are double layered for insulation – keeping cold water cold and hot liquids hot – with no condensation or outside temperature change.
Their eco-friendly reusable bottles are as tough as nails, and made with food grade stainless steel. Use them for water, coffee, tea, juice, wine… on hikes, at the gym, or as your daily drinking cup. You’ll love it!