Up to 60% of our bodies are made of water. H2O is responsible for many biological processes in our bodies and nothing would live and thrive without it on this planet. It contains vitamins and minerals essential for our wellbeing, but can also carry toxins and heavy metals that can harm us. SO just what are the concerns with tap water and your health?
What’s in tap water?
Chlorine and fluoride found in tap water have a good purpose for being in the water, as they kill bacteria. However these chemicals are neurotoxins, and recent studies showed that they can affect intelligence levels in small children. Imagine what they could do in our bodies when being present for 60-70 years!
Heavy metals are known to lower intelligence and intuition, they damage our liver and kidneys and are linked to Alzheimer’s and dementia as one of the main causes. Another issue with tap water is the extensive amount of calcium carbonate, which can be seen as limescale in your kettle. Calcium carbonate isn’t particularly water soluble, which is why our bodies are unable to eliminate it, and it is stored inside the body. This type of calcium causes tissues, veins and arteries to harden, becoming less flexible. Combined with the bad type of cholesterol and plaque, this clogs and narrows the veins and arteries, which can cause cardiovascular disease.
Our body can only break down a certain amount of this harmful type of calcium, and it gets stored in organs and joints and can cause arthritis. Another thing that can be found in the water are female hormones which come from contraceptives. Over time, they can throw off the hormonal balance in both men and women. Most of us don’t know what really is in tap water as the water companies don’t advertise their filtration results. Surely they are doing what they can, but is it good enough for your family’s health?
Here I would personally recommend a 5 stage reverse osmosis filtration system which clears out 99.9% of unwanted chemical compounds. (I have no ties to this company. You could find other similar filters – just be sure to choose a good reverse osmosis filter.)
Such systems are very effective and can be installed under your sink.
They also clear out all the minerals from the water. You can get an extra sea or pink Himalayan salt module which will again enrich the water with minerals. Or you can just get a mineral-rich supplement such as chlorella or other superfood, which will help you to get minerals and vitamins into your body.
And it’s not just about the tap water. Most people don’t know that our body can absorb up to one glass of water while showering. So even when you filter your drinking water, a shower or bath filter would be good idea to protect yourself from toxin absorption (http://www.vyair.com/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=215).
Of course, this brings up another question about heavily chlorified public swimming pools. Where possible, try to choose ones that perhaps use different techniques to treat their water or have sea water there.
Best wishes and health,