As a society, we are becoming increasingly aware of how what we put in our bodies affects our health. Food gets the majority of attention, because it directly impacts our weight and the appearance of our bodies. Most people are aware that foods can contribute to disease, allergies, depression, and countless other ailments. Often, people don’t realize that the water they consume can have the same detrimental effects. After considering what is found in most drinking water, it becomes obvious that water filtration should also be a priority.
By law, tap water is required to be safe to drink. Sadly, the standards defining safe drinking water are far too lax. To illustrate, stores are required to sell food that is safe to eat, meaning it is free from bacteria and pathogens that will directly cause death or injury. It is against the law to sell contaminated meat and produce, or packaged food that has been compromised. All the same, stores sell food that has been overly processed and contains ingredients that make humans unhealthy. It’s common knowledge that those foods will harm us, but they are widely available and it is our choice whether to consume them or not. The same is true of tap water.
In order to kill any bacteria and parasites that may be in drinking water, it is chemically treated. Would you be comfortable knowing your meat had been soaked in bleach, chlorine, or other chemicals? In an emergency situation, that may prevent us from becoming sick, but done continuously, it would be harmful to our bodies. Chemical processing allows for many other contaminants to filter through, one being prescription drugs. Traces of prescription drugs that have been dumped into public water sources are being found in samples of tap water. The consequences of ingesting a diluted cocktail of antipsychotics, antibiotics, and other drugs over the course of years could do an indefinite amount of damage. There is also concern over what is added to drinking water in an attempt to make it healthier. For instance, many municipalities add fluoride in what is considered to be a safe and beneficial amount. However, fluoride is considered to be a poison, and there is debate over whether it should be consumed at all. It should never be consumed by children under two. Once water reaches your pipes it collects more dangerous debris. Many homes built before the 1970’s used copper and lead in the pipe joints. As these corrode, copper and lead are poured into every glass of water you drink.
Clearly, the water you drink has a direct impact on your health and you need to be confident in its purity. The best way to do this is to implement a water filtration system at home, such as reverse osmosis. Reverse osmosis uses high pressure and a filter to remove particles better than typical filter systems, which do not use pressure. Nothing is added to the water and the contaminants are not simply heated or chemically treated, as with other systems. Dissolved solids, metals, chemical contaminants, and organisms are removed, leaving only clean water.
A quality water filtration system is an essential part of any healthy lifestyle. Simply removing contaminants from what you consume can prevent many health issues and may resolve unidentified ones. It provides peace of mind, ensuring your water is free of pollutants that you may not yet be aware of. Reverse osmosis is one of the most efficient and effective filtration systems and will provide years of pure, clean water at home.