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Tap Water vs. Filtered Water

Water Talk

I don’t think I need to tell you how important water is – we all know how vital water is to our survival. The majority of us, as humans, are made up of water ranging from 45-70%. Our cells, organs, muscles, even our teeth are composed of water. Research even shows that our brains are made up of 80-85% water.

The importance of water has always been known, but there are so many that don’t stop to think about the quality of water that they are consuming. When we are first born babies are around 78% water, which declines over time. I once heard the phrase ‘aging is just dehydration’ and scientific studies back this statement.

For the majority of my life, I had zero ideas as to what may be in my local tap water. I grew up in a city where the water tasted good from the tap so I assumed that meant it must be great to drink. I really never pondered the possible health implications that come from drinking tap water. One day I heard someone talking about filtered water so I decided to do some research. From the information I have gathered I can never go back to drinking water from a city tap. Although cities do have water health and safety requirements there are just not enough controls in place for optimal body functioning.

The Yuck

Contaminants pollute the water and then we are consuming them into our bodies. Yes, there are regulations but they meet bare minimum standards. We often think about giving ourselves the best technology, clothes, cars, etc. but do you think of the best quality of water you can consume? If you are already aware of this, kudos to you. Keep on drinking that good stuff. If you don’t believe me take this as a prompt to do some research and if you are happy with the tap water in your area – then, by all means, drink it. It’s all about awareness and taking responsibility for our own health.

Once I learned this information there was no way I could turn back. These days, though, when I see the frequency in which my filter needs cleaning and the dark colours that appear after one week have got me ever-thankful that I am not ingesting that within my body.

The fact of the matter is that with evolution our bodies have not adapted in time for all the chemicals in today’s everyday life. From city pollutants to pesticides to chemicals in packaged foods, shampoos, soaps, cleaning products, the list goes on we are been bombarded with things that can accumulate and be detrimental to our health.

Heavy metals like lead, chlorine and copper can find their way into your water system and those elements within your body can affect many of our natural systems. Aluminium, arsenic, fluoride and other impurities are found in lab testing of tap waters of highly developed cities. When we consume these unnatural contaminants our bodies have to work hard to process and filter them within the body’s systems and makes it more difficult for water absorption to take place. This indicates that filtered water, overall, allows for better functioning of the body and brings you more towards optimal health.

What Can I Do?

Filter! Filter! Filter!

I have also found that the filtered water tastes so much better. Have you ever been to another city where their tap water tastes funny at first before you adapt to it? The tap water in your hometown you have just become accustomed to the taste over the years – at least I did anyway. Moving away from plastic bottles and investing in a water filter saves the planet a lot of excess plastic use as well. Also, did you know each plastic bottle has a number on it that represents the quality of the plastic? Some plastics need to be kept under a certain temperature for chemicals not to leach in.

Investment in a water filter, in my opinion, is vital. There are a variety of in-home purification systems and it’s good to do your research in terms of knowing what will be best for you. Ceramic filters, reverse osmosis, carbon filters or UV light are a few examples. Although not optimal, even a countertop purifier is going to change the quality of tap water. It is useful to note that some “good” minerals may also be removed from the water during filtration there are systems that add minerals back in to the water and could be something to look carefully at.

 Sum it Up

In conclusion, there are different options and based on budget and preference you should choose what is best for you. I had no idea that tap water wasn’t healthy and it’s a vital message I want to pass on. Taking care of your health and becoming aware of what you’re putting into your body is an important part of overall health!!!

And hey, if you go to a restaurant or a mate’s home and they have tap water, don’t freak out. If you have a water filter at home and you are consuming the majority of filtered water then the odd glass of convenient tap water is likely not to make as big of an impact on your system as if you were consuming it exclusively.

Happy hydrating!

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