In an effort to optimize our environment, the things we ingest and experience daily, we cannot neglect taking a look at our water supply and investing in a quality filtration system.
Tap water is treated with a large number of chemicals in order to kill bacteria and other microorganisms. In addition, it may contain other undesirable contaminants like toxic metal salts, hormones and pesticides, or it may become contaminated by chemicals or microbes within pipes (e.g. lead, bacteria, protozoa).
Here are a few of the chemicals known to be in tap water and their effects on health:
Chlorine – linked to respiratory problems and damaged cells. Long term effects show memory loss and impaired balance.
Flouride – a known neurotoxin and endocrine disrupter. Can be harmful to the thyroid gland. Several countries have banned it with some United States cities getting on board as well.
Lead – toxic to almost every organ in our bodies, especially children. Lead exposure can result in behavioral problems, learning disabilities, stunted growth, brain damage, and other developmental issues. It has also been linked to autism, reproductive problems for men and women, prostate cancer, cardiovascular and kidney damage.
Mercury – toxic to the brain, can cause blindness, nerve damage, impair of motor functions, weakness, rashes, memory loss.
PCBs– have been shown to cause cancer and negatively effect the immune, reproductive, nervous, and endocrine systems. These are chemicals that are used for industrial purposes and have been banned but still remain prevalent in our water.
Arsenic – acute exposure can cause GI symptoms while long term exposure has been shown to lead to skin, lung, and bladder cancers.
DDT – though this insecticide was banned in the 1970’s, the molecules are able to travel within the atmosphere. It has been declared a cancer risk and has been shown to cause reproductive problems and liver damage in animals.
Herbicides and pesticides – shown to damage kidneys, liver, thyroid, cause skin lesions. These are the things used on our food – be sure to wash your produce (I like this fruit and veggie wash– vinegar works too!) and go organic for the “Dirty Dozen”.
Pharmaceuticals, medications, birth control pills have also been found in the water supply of 46 million Americans.
Myth: Boiling water removes toxins.
Fact: Boiling water kills harmful organisms but does nothing to remove toxic chemicals, compounds, salts, and metals.
What can we do?
I know it’s a lot to think about. But when we consider getting to the root of our symptoms or diseases, we have to start at the ground level. In this instance, our water supply – the thing we drink, cook, and bathe with- is imperative to our health.
A Step In the Right Direction
Consider purchasing a water filtration system. The tested and proven Berkey Water Filter is the leader in all things purified water. The Berkey Water Filter water filters last 10 times longer than other filters and are so powerful that they even remove viruses.
Owning a Berkey Water Filter gives you the ability to utilize almost any outside natural water source and transform it into the best tasting, purest drinking water possible. All while using a natural method without the use of chemicals or complicated processes.
The Berkey removes viruses to purification standards, pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites to undetectable levels, and harmful or unwanted chemicals to below detectable levels.
Investing in a Berkey was a HUGE positive move in moving toward my health goals. Being able to know we’re drinking and cooking with the cleanest water puts my mind at ease. The shower head is on my Christmas list!
Consider adding the Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie to your routine to add some extra force behind getting these bad guys out.
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