If Tap Water Came With an Ingredient List

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We all know at least one health fanatic. They not only eat healthy foods they also peruse labels like they’re investigating a crime scene looking for hidden fats, sugars and preservatives. They buy organic whenever possible and they’re always on the lookout for the next superfood –acai, kombucha, gogi berries, and chaga. They ride their bikes to work, would never consider getting a yearly flu shot and they sweat it out in hot yoga at least three times a week. So when you ask them what kind of water they ‘re drinking and they give you a puzzled look, what’s your response? Water comes out of the tap so it’s clean and filtered and healthy to drink, right? Nothing could be further from the truth.

If water came out of the tap with a list of ingredients this is what it might look like: fluoride, chorine, lead, mercury, PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, arsenic, perchlorates, dioxins, HCB, or Hexachlorobenzene, dacthal and MtB. Top that up with a splash of Giardia and Cryptosporidium – these types of protozoa are responsible for widespread and severe outbreaks of gastro-intestinal diseases. They will make their way in the water system whenever here has been a sanitation breakdown.

Trace pharmaceuticals are also emerging as a pollutant in our water supply. A high percentage of pharmaceuticals in wastewater enter the water supply when people dispose of medicines in the sink or toilet. Most, if not all, pharmaceutical products — whether used in animals or in humans — are used in doses at which some amounts are passed through the user and back into water systems.

A vast array of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones — have been found in the drinking water supplies of many North American towns and cities.

Most recently microplastics and microbeads have found their way into our water table and are showing up in our drinking water and even in tap water. Microplastics come from a variety of industrial and waste sources, including from larger plastic debris that degrades into smaller and smaller pieces. In addition, microbeads, a type of microplastic, are very tiny pieces of manufactured polyethylene plastic that are added as exfoliants to health and beauty products, such as some cleansers and toothpastes. These tiny particles easily pass through water filtration systems and pose serious health risks.

It’s great that we are becoming more health conscious as a society but how can we ignore water as a health food especially since the human body is on average 50-65% water?

The good news is that there are simple solutions to ensuring that the water that your body needs is clean and fresh and as free from chemical, organic and plastic contaminants as possible. Best Water filtration systems remove from 5 microns to as small as .1 microns of fibers. Since most of the fibers are 10 microns in size, these filters would remove almost all of the plastic fibers from tap water. Also our specialty filters such as the bone char fluoride removal filter can provide an additional level of filtration to any system.

Take a look at our ionizers and filters which now infuse dissolved hydrogen (the superfood of water) into every drop: www.waterionizer.org or call 1-877-771-1942 to speak to one of our water experts to get more informaton to help you decide which system is best for you and your healthy lifestyle.

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Julia Abelsohn

Julia Abelsohn is a writer, editor and clinical aromatherapist. She has been sharing her expertise and passion for health and wellness for over 25 years. When not at her desk she can be found exploring the many trails and green spaces near her home in Edmonton, Alberta.

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