We see them all the time - people walking around with a gallon of water in attempt to drink more every day. Adult bodies are made up of approximately 70 percent water but getting enough is often a common complaint of many people.
Along with needed water for basic metabolic processes, water also keeps skin healthy and the digestive system running smoothly. Dehydration may cause fatigue, headaches and the inability to focus. But if you’re not drinking clean water, you may be pumping yourself full of dangerous water chemicals which have been linked to many health problems.
What’s Really In The Water You Drink?
If you’re relying on tap water to get you through the day, you may be putting yourself at risk for being exposed to the following chemicals:
- Fluorine compounds
- Trihalomethanes (THMs)
- Arsenic salt
- Radium salt
- Aluminium salt
- Copper salt
- Lead salt
- Mercury salt
- Cadmium salt
- Barium salt
There are three ways chemicals can enter our water system.
- First, they can be obtained from medical waste that leaks into the water.
- Secondly, chemicals can come from pesticides that are used on land and run off into the water.
- And thirdly, the chemicals that are used to make our water safe to drink by killing bacteria and other harmful microorganisms are left in the water once the treatment has finished.
Dangers of Chlorine and other Chemicals in Water
Drinking chlorinated water has been associated with an increased risk of colon and bladder cancer, as well as infertility and other reproductive problems.
The following is a list of a few of the many dangers associated with drinking water that contains chemicals.
Perfluocooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoates (PFOA) are commonly found in water. According to a 2009 study published in Oxford Journals, PFOS and PFOA’s increase the risk of infertility. PFOS contamination increased the risk of infertility anywhere from 70 to 134 percent and PFOA’s were associated with a 60 to 154 percent of infertility.
Those are big numbers for anyone who thought they were doing the right thing for their body by drinking more water. This study is a great example of why the type of water you drink is important.
- Thyroid Disease
The thyroid is needed to supply thyroglobulin protein, whose function is to form hormones by binding to iodine. These hormones have the ability to influence every cell, organ and tissue in the body. If left untreated, thyroid disease can lead to infertility, heart disease, weak muscles and osteoporosis.
A 2010 study found that PFOA’s may cause damage to your thyroid function. People who had large amounts of PFOA’s in their body were associated with twice the risk of developing thyroid disease.
- Digestive Problems
Chlorinated water may cause problems for your digestive system. Research shows that chlorine targets tissues all over the body and may affect the gastrointestinal mucosa, which is considered to be the environment in which gut bacteria live in.
- Increased “Bad” Cholesterol
Some chemicals found in water, such as PFOA and PFOS, may be problematic for your cholesterol levels. A 2010 study found that PFOA and PFOS were associated with raising LDL “bad” cholesterol and lowering HDL “good” cholesterol levels. PFOA levels were associated with higher levels of bad cholesterol and PFOS raised total cholesterol, including good and bad cholesterol.
How To Get Rid of Water Chemicals
If you turn to bottled water to prevent drinking chemical-laden water, you may want to think again. A study published in 2013 found that bottled water may be contaminated by more than 24,000 chemicals. The study tested 18 brand of water, all of which were found to be contaminated.
So what do you do when you can’t trust bottled water to be chemical free? You invest in an Energy Plus Water Filter for your home. The Energy Plus Water Filter fits neatly underneath your sink to remove chlorine, fluoride, lead, hardness, viruses, cysts, bacteria and other harmful ingredients in your water. You’ll never need to buy water again. With this Energy Plus Water filter system, healthy truly good for you water will be right at your fingertips at home.
If you’re not ready to invest in a home water system just yet, you may want to start by keeping jugs of chlorine free water in your refrigerator at the very least. Biocera Alkaline Jugs are an easy way to remove problem chlorine from your tap water at home and reduce the health risk out of your water. You can keep jugs of water handy at home or bottle it and take it with you while you are going through your day.