Dangerous Chemicals Found in Un-Filtered Tap Water

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“Should I filter tap water?” is a question that I get a lot. The answer is always yes. The amount of chemicals commonly found in tap water is alarming. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) there are over 2,000 contaminants that could be in your tap water. Some of the most dangerous tap water chemicals are:

Lead: Commonly entering tap water through corroded pipes, lead can cause great harm to your health. According to some studies, lead in drinking water can be especially dangerous to children and pregnant mothers. Studies through the years have also shown that lead poisoning can cause developmental delays and learning disorders.

Cryptosporidium and Giardia: Many point to these common types of protozoa for the cause of gastro-intestinal diseases. These contaminants will almost certainly end up in the water system when there has been a sanitation breakdown.

Chlorine: Perhaps the most controversial of the water contaminants, it also could be the most prevalent chemical found in the water system. It is commonly used for sanitation purposes to kill off any harmful bacteria in the water supply. However, according to healthguidance.org, it has recently been linked to some cancers such as breast cancer, bladder cancer and rectal cancers.

What can you do to avoid these problems?

It may seem like perfect sense to turn to bottled water, in fact, millions do every year. However, there are a myriad of issues with bottled water. The plastic that many brands of bottled water are shipped in contain harmful chemicals, such as BPA. Once these chemicals come in contact with the water inside the bottle, the chemicals become absorbed by the water. Once you drink it, you are ingesting harmful chemicals to your body. Even more so, bottled water is essentially tap water in a bottle. In fact, there are harsher restrictions against the water coming from your local water supplier than there is on bottled water companies. The best solution to avoid these problems is through the use of water filtration. Water filters act as an important barrier between you and the over 2,000 known chemicals in drinking water. Without this “road block” in place, harmful contaminants will have free access to your body including the organs, intestinal tract, and more.

What type of tap water filters should you use?

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This largely depends on the type of chemicals in your drinking water. Some areas experience better water quality than others. It is best to use a water test kit to see exactly what is in your drinking water in a convenient and inexpensive manner.

As for water filter options, there are no shortage to choose from. Water pitcher filters provide clean, filtered water on hand at all times in the convenience of a water pitcher. Refrigerator water filters are critical in reducing water contaminants before they reach your body. Whole-house water filters provide filtered water through the entire house, which means clean water running through your faucet, shower and more. Faucet filters are convenient and so are reusable water bottle filters for filtered water wherever you are.

Reverse osmosis filtration is currently the highest quality filter system that you can use to remove dissolved contaminants from your water.  The price per gallon of a reverse osmosis system is just penny’s per gallon, and is a great way to drink and cook with healthy water.

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Prevent Water Borne Illness While Traveling in Other Countries

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Planning a nice, long awaited tropical getaway?

Outfits picked out?
You: Check!

Resort booked?
You: Check!

Sightseeing all mapped out?
You: Check!

Plane tickets purchased?
You: Check!

Passport?
You: Check!

Filtered Water Bottle packed?
You: Huh? Wait, what?

Do you have your filtered water bottle packed? If not, think about this. In many popular tropical travel destinations, water is not fully treated to remove waterborne organisms and pollutants that can cause illness. Waterborne diarrhea illnesses can be caused from ingesting contaminants when drinking water. For many travelers, the risk of acquiring gastrointestinal illnesses may be high due to bacteria, viruses or parasites that can be transmitted through contaminated water or food prepared with contaminated water.

Boiling water can help to purify water or some type of filtration to make it safe to drink. However, you did not book a trip to a tropical island or a foreign country, just to spend a lot of time boiling your water to drink. In addition to good personal hygiene practices, travelers want to enjoy their vacation and not worry about diarrhea or some other type of waterborne illness as a result of drinking contaminated water. Here are some suggestions to take that worry away, regardless of whether you’re traveling abroad, hiking or camping.

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When traveling out of the United States, regulations on water treatment may not be mandatory. Safe beverages such as bottled fruit juices, alcoholic beverages without ice, carbonated soft drinks, hot beverages such as coffee or tea may quickly quench your thirst, but do little for dehydration.  Replacement Filters for all of these bottles are available on Filtersfast.com. Let’s face it, you invested a lot of money on your tropical vacation, so why risk you or your family getting sick from water that is untreated.

How Much Water To Drink Daily- Dehydration Signs, Symptoms & Prevention

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Water dehydration is a very serious concern. Water dehydration occurs when the body does not take in enough water to replace the amount that it loses on a daily basis (through perspiration and excretion). Once this happens, you can begin to experience some serious (and potentially) life threatening dehydration symptoms. Prevent dehydration by knowing dehydration signs to look for.

What are the dehydration signs?

(According to mayoclinic.com)

Mild to moderate cases of dehydration are likely to cause:

  • Sticky mouth, dry mouth
  • Thirst
  • Dry skin
  • Headache
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Constipation
  • Tiredness

 

For extreme (or severe) dehydration, you can experience:

  • Lack of sweating
  • Extreme thirst
  • Rapid breathing, heartbeat
  • Low blood pressure
  • Very dry skin, mouth and mucus membranes
  • Little to no urination
  • Fever
  • No tears when crying
  • Extreme sleepiness and fussiness in infants, children; irritability and confusion in adults
  • Delirium or unconsciousness (in more serious cases)                 

              

How much water to drink a day?

Drink. More. Water. The recommended amount of water to drink is eight 8 oz. glasses a day (the 8 by 8 rule). However, this amount can vary depending on various circumstances such as weight, age, how active you are and any medication you may be on. It is best to know about your own body’s needs for fluids and to remember that you need to replace the amount of water that you lose during the day (through perspiration, urine, breathing, bowel movements). Drinking too much water can lead to water intoxication. <—Tweet this!

How can I drink more water?

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Carrying water with you may be the most convenient option as that gives you the ability of drinking water wherever you are. Vapur offers a line of reusable water bottles (read our Vapur Water Bottles Review) that are perfect for on-the-go use and can be stored practically anywhere. Filtered water pitchers (such as the Brita Bella Water Pitcher) are also a good choice as it gives you clean water whenever you are at home. In addition, set up daily reminders (leave a note on the refrigerator) and opt for water instead of soft drinks throughout the day.

Conclusion

Dehydration prevention is vital especially during periods of intense heat. Be more conscious to drink more water no matter what time of year it is. As a general rule, don’t wait to drink water when you get thirsty. Do it beforehand. Do you have any tips on how to drink more water during the day?