Most of us know drinking pure water is essential to life – so what is in our water that is potentially harmful to our health?
Chlorine and lead is in everybody’s water, but there are also traces of pesticides, herbicides, industrial solvents and bacteria. Almost every chemical we use in our society works its way into our water supplies.
What people are not aware of is that municipal water treatment does not take those contaminants out. The treatment only kills certain bacteria and removes the visible particles, it does not take out synthetic organic chemicals, this needs to be done in our own homes.
What can these 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 to synthetic organic chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides, chlorine and trihalomethanes, which are added when chlorine is put in to our water. Colon cancer, bladder cancer and breast cancer have all been directly linked to an increased consumption of synthetic chemicals.
What to do…
Bottled water does not necessarily mean that you are getting chemical free water and the common misconception is that bottled water is purer than tap water. There are fewer regulations governing bottled water than tap water and most studies show that bottled water contains most of the chemicals that tap water does. Furthermore, any liquid that is stored in a plastic bottle is going to contain some of the chemicals from the plastic that leach into the water, which some studies have shown contain carcinogenic properties.
The environmental consequences of bottled water are tragic and statistics show that 60 million plastic bottle are thrown into landfills every day in America alone, where it takes thousands of years for the plastic to decompose. Filtering your water in your own home and decanting it into environmentally friendly glass or stainless steel reusable bottles can not only save you money, but will go a long way to reducing the devastating impact that plastic is having on our environment.
The only way to get chemical free water is to filter it in your own home…
- Less expensive
- More convenient
- Better quality
- Environmentally friendly
You can fill your own reusable bottles right at your kitchen sink with a good quality home water filter, giving you pure, healthy filtered water at a tenth of the price.
What about the water we bathe and shower in?
Recent studies published in the American Journal of Public Health and reports published by the World Health Organization show that we take in three times more chemicals when we shower than we do from drinking water.
The steam from the shower opens the pores of the skin, making it extremely porous and prone to absorbing all the chemicals that exists in the water. Futhermore we inhale these chemicals into our lungs, so at the very least it is important to make sure that the water we are bathing and showing in is filtered and chemical free.
A standard water testing kit available from any pool supply shop will allow you to test the chlorine levels in your water at home. When we conducted our own tests on tap water, the results showed the water to be on the borderline of what is considered safe to swim in, so anyone can see the potential harm of drinking and bathing in unfiltered tap water.
What should we do in our homes?
Filter your water…
There’s many ways to filter your water at home:
Point of use water filtration - a water filter can be installed in the kitchen, either on the kitchen bench attached to your existing tap, or under the benchtop with a separate tap, providing you with fresh, pure water for drinking and cooking.
Shower filtration - a shower filter can be easily installed in your bathroom to ensure you are bathing in clean, chemical free water, reducing the amount of toxins absorbed through the skin. These filters can also reduce the flow of water, saving you money on your water bills.
Central filtration- a whole house water filter can be installed very easily and economically, ensuring that all the water entering your entire household, which is used in the bathroom, kitchen and laundry, is clean and chemical free.
Aquasana has a superb range of effective and affordable water filtration products, available here at Vitality 4 Life.