Most of us know drinking pure water is essential to life – so what’s in our water that’s potentially unhealthy?
Chlorine and lead is in everybody’s water, but there are also traces of pesticides, herbicides, industrial solvents, bacteria. Really, every chemical we use in our society works its way into our water supplies.
What people aren’t aware of is that municipal water treatment doesn’t take those things out. It’s designed to kill bacteria, take out the visible particles, but does not take out synthetic organic chemicals; we need to do that in our own homes.
What can those chemicals do to our bodies?
Synthetic organic chemicals increase the risk of degenerative disease and cancer. Almost all types of cancer are linked to increased exposure of synthetic organic chemicals; pesticides, herbicides, chlorine, trihalomethanes; the things that happen when they put chlorine in your water.
Colon cancer, bladder cancer, breast cancer have all been directly linked to an increased consumption in synthetic chemicals.
What to do… bottled water?
Bottled water doesn’t necessarily assure you that you’re getting chemical free water. The regulations that govern bottled water are more lapsed than the ones that govern tap water. Bottled water is less regulated than tap water so it’s a misconception people have that bottled water is necessarily any purer than tap water.
Most studies show that bottled water contains at least most of the chemicals that tap water does. Any water that’s stored in a plastic bottle is going to contain some of the chemicals from that plastic that leach into the water.
Filtering your water in your own home doesn’t have the environmental impact that bottled water does of throwing away plastic bottles everyday. Bottled water is more expensive, it’s less convenient and tragic on the environment. 60 million plastic bottles get thrown into landfills every day in America alone.
The only way to get chemical free water is to filter it in your own home…
- It’s less expensive
- It’s more convenient
- It’s better quality
- It’s environmentally friendly
You can fill your own refillable bottles right at your kitchen sink with a good quality home water filter and you’ve got better quality filtered water at 1/10 of the price.
What about the water we bathe and shower in?
All the most recent studies such as the American Journal of Public Health and the World Health Organization have published reports that say we take in 3 times the chemicals when we shower than we do from drinking water.
The steam that you inhale plus the pores of your skin are open because of the warn water and you absorb chemicals through your lungs and your skin. So it’s at least as important to make sure the water you’re showering and bathing in is chemical free water, as well as your drinking water.
With a standard water testing kit available from any pool supply shop, you can test the chlorine levels in your own water. When we tested our water, we found the tap water to be borderline as what’s considered safe to swim in, so it’s pretty easy to grasp that it’s probably not the best water to be drinking, showering and bathing in.
What should we do in our homes?
Filter your water…
There’s many ways to filter your water, point of use water filtration; a water filter can be installed in the kitchen either on the bench, fitted quickly and easily to your existing tap or under the benchtop with a separate tap for your filtered water so you can easily filter your drinking water, cooking water, water you’re making beverages with; coffees, teas, juices, etc.
With a whole house filter, for not much more than $1000 you can filter all your water throughout your entire household where you’re bathing, drinking, showering, cooking, laundry, everything in good healthy chemical free water.