Water - can we live with it?
Well we certainly can’t live without it. We can live without food for up to five weeks but we can only live without water for up to 5 days. In today’s world we cannot be certain exactly what is in the water we drink from the tap, or even the bottled water we buy. Is it pure water? What exactly is in our tap water and is it good for us?
In order to kill off harmful bacteria and other microorganisms to make clean water our drinking water is treated with a large number of chemicals. Along with these chemicals your water can contain toxic metal salts, hormones and pesticides, lead and more.
Chemicals typically found are:
- Fluorine compounds
- Trihalomethanes (THMs)
- Arsenic, Radium, Aluminum, Copper, Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, and Barium
- Hormones and Pharmaceuticals
According to Medical College of Wisconsin research team “The addition of chlorine to our drinking water began in the late 1800s and by 1904 was the standard in water treatment, and for the most part remains so today. We don’t use chlorine because it’s the safest or even the most effective means of disinfection, we use it because it is the cheapest. In spite of all our technological advances, we essentially still pour bleach in our water before we drink it. According to the U.S. Council Of Environmental Quality, “Cancer risk among people drinking chlorinated water is 93% higher than among those whose clean water does not contain chlorine.” “
Flouride has also been added to our drinking water for many years in order to help fight tooth decay. Ironically, it is now believed that excess flouride can actually can lead to dental fluorosis or skeletal fluorosis, which can damage bones and joints. Some believe that it can also cause thyroid and neurological problems. Most people who decide they want to drink pure water are filtering to remove the flouride from their tap water.
Even in pure water you will find trace elements of some heavy metals such as copper and zinc that are essential for our body’s metabolism. Higher concentrations can lead to poisoning as they tend to bioaccumulate over time leading to being stored in the body faster than can be broken down. A build up of lead can affect brain and nervous system development, increased blood pressure and kidney damage. Activated Carbon treatment water filters can distinguish between pollutants and the 'good' trace minerals we need to live.
Arsenic is not just for murdering people in old detective novels there are actually trace elements in our water. Probably something we don't want to be drinking every day if we want to drink pure water. High levels of arsenic can cause acute poisoning and death. However, exposure to lower levels can have serious side affects such as a decreased production of red and white blood cells and damage to blood vessels. Swallowing or breathing low levels of inorganic arsenic for a long time can cause a darkening of the skin and the appearance of small “corns” or “warts” on the palms, soles, and body. Long term consumption of arsenic may increase the risk of cancers such as skin, liver, bladder and lung. Filtration through activated carbon will reduce the amount of arsenic in drinking water by 40 - 70%.
What to do?
It can seem like turning the tap on in our own home is like drinking a lethal cocktail. Developed countries like Australia has tap water that is ‘safe’ to drink, however, for those of us who like to take care of our body as best we can we will always choose to find the best foods and drink to maintain a health body. Filtering your tap water with an Aquasana filtration system is one way to do that and to ensure that most of the nasties in the water will not reach your glass.
Of course there are good things in our clean water too like Calcium, Potassium and Magnesium which a good filtering system leaves behind.
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