Clean Pure Water
Although water is so important to our survival, much of it isn’t fit to drink. According to data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), over 4 percent of US rivers and lakes are too polluted for swimming or fishing. Pollution of our drinking water also appears to be reaching crisis level.
Antidepressants, antibiotics, fertility drugs and angina medications, hair care and skin products, lawn chemicals, industrial waste, agricultural waste, nitrates, herbicides and pesticides ALL make it into our water supplies.
Therefore, bottled water is more and more popular. American Water Works Association estimates consumers are paying an average cost of $7.50 per gallon for bottled water ALMOST 2,000 times the cost of an average gallon of tap water and twice the cost of a gallon of gas). Water is the second most commonly purchased drink in America after sweetened carbonated sodas, with sales topping $15 billion in 2015.
Bottled Water Does Not Mean Safe
Bottled water companies go to great lengths to present their products as pure and from mountain springs and ancient glaciers. Yet according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) revealed a far from pristine picture. Most contained at least eight different pollutants, including heavy metals, radioactive isotopes, caffeine, chlorine, pharmaceuticals, fertilizers, solvents, plasticizes and propellants.
To date, the EPA has estimated there are 87,000 mostly man-made chemicals capable of causing endocrine disruption, which can cause cancer. And, if that is not reason enough, the plastic used in single-use bottles contain #1 polyethylene terephthalate (PET) also poses a cancer threat.
Not What You Think
Today 43 percent of consumers are interested in enhanced vitamin water and energy sounding “smart” waters. Many vitamin waters contain sugar or artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, which has been linked to neurological dysfunction. And, in many cases these products are just filtered tap water.
So, where does this all leave us? Drinking bottled water as a substitute for tap water is not the answer because of the wide variety of pollutants as they contribute to the body’s overload of toxins. If drinking bottled water is a necessity, such as during travel, don’t leave bottles in the sun or in a hot car, as heat and UV radiation contribute to an even greater release of toxins as does microwaving and running plastic bottles through the dishwasher and reusing them.
Here are some options for cleaning up your water:
Faucet mount filters: Most are activated carbon filters. They help remove chlorine, sediment and VOCs. Costs $20-$50.
Filter Pitchers: Granular activated carbon and resin filters bond with and trap contaminants. Most remove or reduce organic compounds (VOCs). Cost $20-$50.
Refrigerator filters: They filter out minerals, slats or dissolved inorganic compounds. Costs $25-$150.
Reverse osmosis Units: Units force water through a semi-permeable membrane under pressure. Costs $200-$500.
I would recommend checking out the costs of the replacement filters when comparing these units. Many of the filters are expensive and add to the overall expense of the unit over the following years.
I am Shirley Noah, I teach the 9 pillars for health. A step-by-step approach to good health. Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.