It is widely believed that Cleopatra’s beautiful skin can be attributed to bathing in milk and honey. But what if that wasn’t her only beauty secret? What if the water she drank also played a significant role?
One thing we know for sure: Cleopatra didn’t drink SmartWater or tap water that had toxic chemicals like chlorine and fluoride added to it. Back then, her only water sources would have been wells and the river Nile itself.
Ancient Water Purification Methods
It turns out that the origin of water filtration dates back to ancient Egypt, where–as early as 2000 B.C.–water was passed through a cloth sleeve to filter out some of the larger impurities before drinking.
The Egyptians would also allow smaller sediment to settle at the bottom of a large urn and siphon the upper layer of water for drinking, and used almonds to clarify river water.
The ancient Greeks would also sanitize water by boiling, straining, exposing to sunlight, charcoal filtering, and filtering water through sand.
Ancient Water Ionization Methods
Even more interesting is that in Grecian and Roman times, water was stored in urns of copper and brass overnight. The end result of which was clear and sweet drinking water, due to the electrolytic reaction that took place in the copper and brass.
Copper is a chemical element with a very high thermal and electrical conductivity, and brass is a mixture of copper and zinc, an alkaline mineral. So it appears that ancient Greeks and Romans are the actual founders of water ionization, a discovery which took place before Christ was even born!
Presumably, only the rich could afford these urns and this water purification method, and thus it is conceivable that Cleopatra would have drank ionized water, regardless of if she were aware of the science behind it. (Although Cleopatra ruled Egypt, she was of Greek decent and eventually joined Cesar in Rome.)
How You Can Benefit From This Ancient Beauty Secret
Today, technology allows us to create our own ionized water through the use of a kitchen appliance called a water ionizer which turns ordinary tap water into healthy alkaline ionized water for drinking.
Dermatologist Dr. Nicholas Perricone, author of The Perricone Prescription says, “The fountain of youth did not spew forth diet soda and OJ–it’s always been good old H2O…If you do not drink water, your organs and cells cannot function. How can your skin be soft and plumped up if you refuse the elixir of life?”
Alkaline ionized water is up to six times more hydrating than tap or bottled water, contains three times more antioxidants than a glass of OJ, and is able to hydrate cells to twice their size. The result? Deeper hydration and clearer, softer, more youthful skin.
Fortunately, we do not have to result to labor-intensive, time-consuming ancient methods of filtration and ionization. We now have the luxury of installing a pre-filter which only needs to be changed about once a year, and a water ionizer which will produce alkaline ionized water instantly.