We need water to survive, and it is responsible for every bodily function.

Even mild dehydration can cause symptoms like headaches, difficulty concentrating, dry skin, dizziness and tiredness, along with increased thirst as our bodies cry out for hydration.

The type of water we drink is incredibly important as it can affect us in varying ways. Sadly these days we are exposed to all kinds of contaminants in both tap and bottled water including chlorine, fluoride, lead, drug residues such as hormones from the oral contraceptive pill, antibiotics, other pharmaceutical and recreational drugs, heavy metals, pesticides, industrial waste and bacteria.

While the UK tap water quality is among the best in the world and safe to drink, it doesn’t get rid of all contaminants.

Chlorine is also added to the water as an antibacterial to cleanse it from harmful, disease-causing bacteria and other microbes.

While a tolerable daily intake (TDI) has been set, the chlorination of tap water poses potential health risks due to exposure to trihalomethanes (the result of a reaction between the chlorine and natural organic matter in the water), which have been linked to health issues including cancer.

If this sets alarm bells ringing, and you would like to protect yourself and your loved ones, investing in a good quality water filter can purify your drinking water and lessen your exposure to harmful toxins.