If you are drinking tap water right now from your public water supply, there is a good chance that you’re going against your best efforts to achieve and maintain good health. As much as we all wish that the water coming from our faucets was pure, natural and mineral rich, the truth of the matter is that this is simply not the case and that the issues related to our water are serious and can’t be ignored if our health and vitality are important to us.
First it’s good to briefly understand where most of the water we drink comes from. Most cities get their water from rivers, which they then clean and disinfect which chlorine to kill the bacteria (which is not filtered out), before running the water through the pipes into our homes. Not only does this process introduce bi-products, which when combined with the organic material of the water can create toxicities in itself, we are also exposing ourselves to compounds such a mercury, fluoride (which I will talk about later), lead (enters through the corrosion of plumbing materials), bacteria, and a host of other contaminants, many of which can contribute to cancer, liver, kidney, gastrointestinal, circulatory and other health problems over the long-term. To add even more danger to the story, each of us are exposed to the sewage disposal of the town or city upriver from us, which although “cleaned” prior to being dumped into the water, puts us at risk to anything that people flush down their toilets. This is one of the main reasons that the issue of pharmaceuticals being found in our water supply is becoming a hot topic among health advocates. Although found in “trace” amounts, there is no way to tell what the long term effects of mixed pharmaceutical drugs that we’re never prescribed to us will do to our bodies and health.
To make matters worse, the fluoride added to more then 70% of our water supply is one of the major problems with today’s tap water. Although some believe this still to be a debate, for me the evidence clearly shows us that fluoride is a very harmful substance. Contrary to some people’s belief, fluoride is not natural in any way. The fluoride added to our water supply is called fluorosilicic acid and is a toxic waste product purchased from chemical companies who would otherwise have to find a way to dispose of it under the EPA’s safety standards. The Fluoride Action Committee (fluoridealert.org) is an organization that has done a lot of work to broaden the public’s awareness about the toxicity of fluoride. On their website you can find a list of potential health problems associated with fluoride ingestion that include brain damage, behavioral problems in children, susceptibility to bone fractures, poisoned kidney function, bone disease, gastrointestinal problems, impaired thyroid function and even cancer. Ingestion of fluoride among children can even damage the tooth forming cells causing a defect called dental fluorosis, contrary to what dentists may tell you.
Given that adult bodies are made up of about 70% water, children 90% and the elderly 60%, the quality of the water we drink is of upmost importance. High quality drinking water is the most basic element of human health. Pure water has the ability to eliminate toxins (rather then add them through tap water), optimize cellular and bodily functioning by carrying essential nutrients to your cells, reach proper hydration levels (which decreases aging signs, improves skin, decreases appetite, etc.), improve digestion and even help you lose weight to name just a few.
Without good drinking water, our efforts to achieve peak levels of health will be challenging if not impossible, which means that the quality of the water should be the first thing that people evaluate when addressing their health goals. In my next posting, I will talk about some of the options for obtaining pure drinking water as well as the importance of a good shower filter to alleviate the chlorine and other contaminants being absorbed directly into the bloodstream through the skin. Until then, I encourage you to do some of your own research into the make-up of your own water so that you are well educated on what type of filtration would benefit you.
Published On: February 28, 2011