Most of us know that over 70% of the human body is comprised of water. We also know that water is extremely important for a multitude of reasons. What some of us do not know, nevertheless, is that the water we drink may not be as healthy as we once thought. And, when quality is lacking, it could have a negative influence on longevity. Let’s look at a couple of not-as-good-as-we-once-thought water sources.
- The Tap. We are in the comfort of our own homes, and water is available at our fingertips. Everything is great, right? Well, maybe not. Water delivered through the faucet can contain small amounts of pesticides, oil, sewage, nitrates, inorganic materials, rotting organic matter, radioactive gases, microorganisms, etc. Yikes, that’s not so good! Still, water treatment facilities take care of the hazards, right? Certain ones are effective, but some are better than others. Does chlorine handle the problem? Chlorine does help reduce contaminants but is not a panacea because it has its own detriments (like potentially increasing the risk of some types of cancer). And fluoride? Well, this additive has certain benefits, but it also has negatives. For example, it may be effective in supporting bone and tooth health in some people, but other individuals cannot expel excess amounts, and too much fluoride can be toxic.
- Bottled Water. Okay, some of us realize that tap water might not be great; therefore, we buy bottled water. We’re doing a positive thing, correct? Maybe not. Some companies actually use tap water in their bottles and sell it to consumers. Naturally, certain manufacturers are better than others, but many use plastic bottles to house the liquid. What’s so bad about plastic? Potentially, a lot. For instance, plastics contain chemicals that can leach, particularly in the heat. Plastic water containers exposed to warmer temperatures, like they can be in the storage or transit process, may result in chemicals seeping into your water. And, if that is not bad enough, this material spells trouble for the environment. Plastic takes years to break down; therefore, it clutters landfills and the earth. If you are sold on bottled water, glass bottles are better in almost every way.
So, do we stop drinking water? Of course not. Luckily, there is a healthier alterative, at least according to current data.
What is it? A home water filtration system. It seems this method allows everyone to get purified water and help the planet at the same time.
How is it used? Well, some systems connect to the kitchen faucet, and others work by pouring water into a filtered jug. For additional information about benefits and types (some are superior to others), go to www.waterfiltercomparisons.com.
Plastic bottles and tap water? It seems they could be all wet!