Toxins in the Water Source & benefits of filtered drinking water

Did you know that the Federal Law regulating tap water is so out of date that it contains many chemicals that scientists have shown to pose serious health risks, and its (GASP!)LEGAL?

Yep! You heard that right! That means that every time you wash your hands, bathe or brush your teeth you are coming into contact with many dangerous toxins in the water. These contaminants are impairing the health of you and your family. Unless you have a damn good water filter (a Brita won’t cut it!) you are ingesting these chemicals every time you drink or cook with that water. This post is here to share with you about the toxins in the water and how you can avoid them!

There are many dangerous chemicals in municipal water sources. Here are the most common chemicals found today: 

  • Arsenic– This carcinogen present in our water supply causes cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders and other developmental disorders. John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has linked arsenic exposure to high blood pressure and Chinese research has has confirmed that it adversely effects the male productive system reducing sperm quality. This toxin paired with mercury and lead is known to cause horrible neurological effects on developing fetuses and young children and research is showing that prenatal exposure to arsenic can lead to diseases later in life that can develop up to 20 years after exposure.
    • Chlorine– This additive has been added as water treatment for years to kill pathogenic bacteria. Chlorine combines with other matter within the water and creates compounds of disinfectant biproducts which create chloroform and chloramine, known carcinogens that are toxic when inhaled, consumed or absorbed by the skin. Research shows that areas that have higher levels of chlorine added to the water source also have increased risks of cancer, poor birth outcomes, asthma and auto-immune disorders.
    • Lead– This poisonous metal has found its way into tap water due to old lead pipes. This neurotoxin leeches into the water and poses serious risk for those who consume it. Lead damages the developing brain and nervous system as well as other serious problems.

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Drinking Water: Filtered Tap or Bottled?

It is a fact that plastic bottle’s impact has been very detrimental on the environment. The making of the plastic bottle in the US uses over 1.5 million barrels of oil, enough to run 100,000 cars for a year. About 80% of the bottles are not recycled, causing about 38 billion of them to continue to clog landfills every year, where they take over 700 years to even begin to decompose.

On the other hand, many parts of the US provide quality tap water. In fact, bottle companies like Pepsi’s Aquafina and Coke’s Dasani use filtered municipal water. And for children, tap water is even beneficial — it contains fluoride.

So, if plastic is a petroleum based product and a source of phthalates, a very harmful chemical, and filtered tap water is a safe option that not only is beneficial but also can be less contaminated than bottled and cheaper, why is bottled water so popular? Many people are yet to consider all the benefits about filtered tap water and the negative impact of the bottled water. Furthermore, bottled water has been a convenience for the “on the go” lifestyle.

Spread the news and lead by example. Install a filtered system at home (many are quite inexpensive) and use an aluminum carrying bottle. Kick the water bottle habit, protect the environment, save money and live healthier… UpGreen!

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Why You Should Drink Filtered Tap Water

There are two major benefits to having filtered tap water flowing through your home.

One is that filtered water taste great. Many filtration systems alter the pH balance of the water, giving it a crisp taste. People are more likely to drink great wasting water than bland, ordinary water. Drinking more water is a very healthy habit as well.

The other major benefit of drinking filtered tap water is the benefit it could have to your health. Filtered water has many of the contaminants that are in ordinary tap water, removed or reduced.

You see, despite North America having one of the safest water supplies in the world, there still remain residues of many contaminants in it – even after city water treatment. Now ingesting these contaminants may not cause immediate death but could have a cumulative adverse effect on health.

Take chlorine for example, long used to disinfect water supplies all over the world. Chlorine is linked to asthma and other respiratory illnesses. Drinking chlorinated water and even taking a shower can exposure you to risks.

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