Water is the most important element on earth. In fact, our bodies are made of over 60% water! A few weeks ago, I read in disgust about a recent Ecoli scare that prompted a recall of over 14 brands of water. This included nationally recognized brands such as Acadia, Acme, Big Y, Morning Fresh and many others. It made me start thinking, what else can we sadly expect to find in our water? After a lot of research, I came up with 5 of some of the worst things that you can easily find in your drinking water! Another reason why I do not recommend drinking unfiltered tap water.
Here are a 5 things that you can easily find in your drinking water.
1. Pesticides– Dangerous pesticides and fertilizers can easily be found in water because of very lenient laws which do not prohibit dangerous fertilizers and pesticides to be used in farms and environment in general. An EWG.ORG analysis found over 97 agricultural pollutants in our nation’s drinking water. It is important to be very careful of what kind of water you are drinking everyday. Think about it, why spend a lot of money on organic food which are free of harmful pesticides only to drink the pesticides in your water?
2.Chlorine– There are so many dangers of chlorine in our drinking water that I do not even know where to begin. The reason why chlorine is so dangerous is because it easily combines with other chemicals and natural organic materials to became many carcinogenic substances that are quite harmful to animals and human beings. Chlorine has also been linked to heart attacks, strokes, premature senility and sexual impotency.
3. Pharmaceutical drugs– Lets face it, U.S.A. is the biggest consumer in the world for pharmaceutical drugs. Because of this, a vast array of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones — have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans . What is sad is that, water municipals are not required to disclose their results of pharmeceuticals screeenings in their water
4. Radioactive contaminants– Because of numerous radioactive fall outs, radioactive elements have being found in numerous places in the U.S. Radioactive iodine-131 had been detected in drinking water samples from 13 U.S. cities. Some of the side effects of consuming radioactive elements include vomiting, diarrhea, drowsiness , respiratory failure among others.
5. Phthalate- Phthalates are a family of chemicals used in plastics and many other products. Phthalates are a group of chemicals used to soften and increase the flexibility of plastic and vinyl. This contaminants have now being found in our tap water which is unhealthy because of how they adversely affect our thyroid systems. The Thyroid system is important because it regulates our metabolism, our brain functions, reproduction and also play a role in fertility.
What to do?
One of the best things you can do is buy a water filter. This will really help filter out most of the contaminants in your tap water. Remember to also get yourself a shower filter! Remember that your skin is your biggest organ and if you do not want it on your body, you should not put it on your skin!