The Risks of Heavy Metal Toxicity from water on your Health

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Every day, you could be putting your health at risk without knowing it. Heavy Metals are trace metals with a density that is 5 times greater than water; meaning that it cannot be metabolized by the body. Recent studies show that we become more susceptible to the effects of heavy metals as we age. The most common heavy metals are mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium and aluminum. Overexposure to these toxins leads to chronic diseases, learning disorders, dementia and premature aging.

One of the most common ways these metals find their way into our bodies is through tap water. According to Alex Hertzog, our in-house certified water expert:

“Many of the pipes that lead from treatment plants to your home commonly become corroded, introducing metals to your water. A point of use filtration system is recommended for producing the highest quality of water at a fraction of the price of bottled water.”

Although public water systems are treated for various water contaminants before entering your home, many of these harmful toxins (such as aluminum) still slip through. Aluminum in water, and many other heavy metals leads to serious water health risks. This makes water filtration pivotal in keeping these contaminants from adversely affecting the health of you and your family.

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The Aqua Flo Reverse Osmosis System                         SenSafe Water Metals Check is
provides great tasting water by removing toxic                 designed to detect heavy metals
heavy metals and other waterborne contaminants.           with accurate and quick results.

Heavy metals are also consumed through food, the air you breathe and man-made products. To avoid ingesting these metals in your everyday life, practice common food safety procedures, invest in air purifiers and be aware of the chemicals that are used in common household products.

The Dangers of Arsenic in Drinking Water

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Arsenic is colorless, odorless and tasteless. A water test is necessary to determine if you are at risk.

Recent evidence from a region in Chile suggests a link between arsenic in drinking water and tuberculosis. Further research is needed to determine whether the element makes TB more deadly or whether it makes people who ingest it more susceptible to the disease. Tuberculosis used to be the leading cause of death in the United States. Today it is much less common here, but still affects people in other countries – especially those with weaker immune systems like children and elderly folk. Though TB is rare among Americans, we thought it would still be good to share with you the other, equally serious, dangers of water contaminated with arsenic.

Currently, the EPA has set the maximum allowable level for arsenic in drinking water at 10 parts per billion (ppb), and is considering lowering that limit, as ingesting arsenic can have dangerous consequences. A study by the National Academy of Sciences in 1999 reported that arsenic is linked to bladder, lung and skin cancer, as well as kidney and liver cancer. It also harms the central and peripheral nervous systems, heart and blood vessels, and causes serious skin problems.

Since arsenic is undetectable by human senses, how do you make sure your water is arsenic-free? Well, not everyone is at risk. So first, test your water for arsenic to determine if your levels are above or below the current maximum allowable standard. According to the CDC, currently about 80 percent of Americans are drinking water that contains arsenic at levels less than 2 ppb – well below the standard set by the EPA. However, two percent exceed 20 ppb. If you are within that 2 percent, it’s definitely time to get a water filter that removes arsenic.  These are easily found by visiting FiltersFast.com and typing “arsenic” into our new-and-improved search box. Yep, it’s that simple folks.

In addition to reducing arsenic, the Pentek RO-3500 Reverse Osmosis filter also reduces hexavalent chromium – a carcinogen that’s been found in the water supplies of 31 U.S. cities.