Water is the single most important substance we put into our body, without it, our body wouldn’t be able to survive. Every cell, tissue, and organ in our body requires water to function properly. In fact, the human body itself is about 66% water. Hydration plays a role in all aspects of health and can affect everything from mood, productivity, to optimal body functioning. Body fluids are lost on a day to day basis through sweat, exhalation, and elimination, which is why it’s so important we regularly replenish our fluids. While drinking water is vital, what may hold even more importance is the type of water you’re consuming!
While it may seem trivial to grab a glass of tap water from time to time, it’s likely you’re drinking more than just water. According to a 2019 study conducted by the EWG (Environmental Working Group) 284 chemicals were detected in U.S. drinking water including arsenic, copper, lead, carcinogenic compounds, disinfection byproducts (cancer-causing contaminants) and more.
In fact, a peer-reviewed study published by EWG scientists estimated that the contaminants found in tap water could cause 100,000 cases of cancer in the U.S. Now that you understand the severity, you may want to think twice before you reach for the tap!
While it may be convenient to reach for bottled water, it’s not necessarily safer. More than half of bottled water comes from the tap, it’s just filtered before bottled. A recent Consumer Reports investigation reported elevated levels of arsenic in bottled water brands owned by Whole Foods and Keurig Dr. Pepper. While this is certainly not the case for all brands, it’s important to be aware of what you may be exposed to. Another risk that comes with water bottle consumption is contaminants known as endocrine disruptors. Endocrine disruptors are chemicals found in everyday products such as plastic bottles and containers (even BPA-free) and are linked with adverse effects in developmental, reproductive, brain, and immune health.
Even if you weren’t at risk to any contaminants from bottled water, it still poses an enormous risk to the environment. Plastic bottles are not biodegradable, resulting in both land and water pollution. According to the Water Project, U.S. landfills are filled with 2 million tons of water bottles. The astounding 29 billion water bottles purchased each year has caused a surge in production and therefore in fossil fuels. 17 million barrels of oil per year are needed to meet the demand. Imagine the amount of fuel needed to fill one million cars, that is the amount of fuel used per year to produce water bottles.
Simply put, installing a water filter in your home is best for your health, your wallet, and the environment, but again, it comes down to what type of water filter you choose. Your health is the best investment you can make for yourself, starting with the basics, your water! This is something you’re going to need and use on a daily basis, so while there are many companies and options to choose from, choose wisely!
While the initial purchase of a new water system may seem laborious and expensive, in the long run it is worth your while. You have the option to finance your a machine over-time, where monthly payments may seem more manageable. As always, consider what is best for you, but consider your health an investment! Having a water filtration system in your home makes clean water accessible on a daily basis. When you prioritize your health, the possibilities are endless.
To purchase a system for your home, contact us at Livkraft Wellness La Jolla!
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