Is your current drinking water harming or enhancing the health of your family? We take it for granted that the water that comes out of our tap is safe and healthy, but is it really? You can’t see, taste or smell most of the common drinking water contaminants and these invisible nasties can have quite a dramatic effect upon your health and wellbeing.
If you’re still drinking water from your tap, here are five facts about your water quality that you need to know before you take another sip.
Chlorine and chloramine
Chlorine and chloramine are added to the water supply to inhibit micro-organisms such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium. These waterborne parasites can have devastating effects upon children, the elderly and the immune compromised.
If chlorine is added to water to kill bacteria and parasites, have you thought about what this chlorine in your drinking water is doing to all those good bacteria in your digestive tract? Could drinking tap water be slowly but surely chipping away at your levels of beneficial bacteria? There is an explosion of research into the bacteria and other microorganisms living happily ever after in your digestive tract. Researchers are discovering links between these microbial residents and health problems such as depression and mental health, cancer, auto immune disease, diabetes, heart disease and even obesity. Is it really worth the risk continuing to drink chlorine in your drinking water or cup of tea?
(source: Medicine News Today)
Lead is bad news for brains, especially developing brains in small children. So much so that lead has been phased out of petrol and banned from paint for many years. But what about your drinking water?
Did you know that lead solder was used in water pipes as recently as 1989? Do you know how old your home’s water pipes are? Or the pipes that supply your home or office? Macquarie University researchers have found lead and copper in the drinking water of homes across NSW. In some cases the level of lead found by the researchers exceeded the safe level set by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council. If you think you’re safe in the Bundaberg or the Wide Bay Area you’ll be alarmed to discover that the researchers believe that lead contamination in drinking water is an Australia-wide problem, as the source of lead and copper is the copper pipes and lead solder in household plumbing, not municipal water supplies.
Symptoms of lead toxicity in children include: learning difficulties and developmental delays, abdominal pain, constipation, hearing loss, loss of appetite, weight loss and seizures. In adults lead poisoning can cause mood problems, joint and muscle pain, high blood pressure, headaches, abdominal pain and fertility problems including reduced sperm count and miscarriage.
(source: SBS – Tap Water Contamination)
Taste is often overlooked in regards to drinking water quality but it’s incredibly important. If water tastes gross you’re not going to drink it and then run the risk of the myriad problems associated with dehydration . Or you end up loading your water with juice or cordial to make it taste good and then miss out on the health benefits from drinking pure water, and your health suffers from the excess sugar. High quality drinking water tastes sweet and pure, making you want to drink more naturally.
If you’re already aware of the potential health concerns with drinking unfiltered water and are already using or thinking about buying a filter, or, you’re drinking bottled water from the supermarket, you need to ensure that your water is pH balanced. The pH scale is used to measure whether a substance is acidic or alkaline and runs from zero to fourteen. A pH of 7 is neutral, anything under 7 is acidic, the closer to 0 the more acidic the substance is. Above 7 is alkaline with 14 being the most alkaline. Drinking water should be as close to 7 as possible.
Some filtered water can be acidic enough that it becomes bad for your teeth. The pH of your drinking water can easily be measured by using special pH measuring dip sticks available from pool supply stores. Some filtered and bottled water can be between a pH of 5 and 6. Tooth enamel starts to dissolve at a pH below 5.5 and dentine, another major component of teeth, dissolves at a pH below 6.5. Protect your teeth and ensure that your drinking water is pH balanced.
Another drinking water quality problem that’s often overlooked is the health of your wallet. Drinking filtered water is better for your health but replacing the different filters can quickly become expensive. A good quality water filter can have around five different filters in it, with some that need replacing every few months. Popular filter jugs also need their filters changed surprisingly often, especially if there are several people using them.
Many people don’t change their water filters as often as they need to due to cost or they simply forget. If you’re not changing your filters on time, your drinking water can become MORE contaminated than it was before being filtered!
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