Saturday, October 31, 2009

Do You Have Clean Drinking Water? No.

By Peter Abertoning

An extremely important factor for your health is you diet, and this includes what you drink. A vital factor in your health is the cleanliness of the water you drink, and most Americans aren't drinking clean drinking water if it comes from the tap.

Drinking clean water is essential to our health from a number of different points of view. Right now thousands are dying of Cholera in Zimbabwe from drinking water contaminated with Cholera.

Just because there is no Cholera in the US doesn't mean we have clean water. There is a multitude of contaminants in our drinking water, and although they won't kill us as fast as Cholera, they can still, over time, add up to impact seriously on our health.

Here's an example. Everyone knows that if we ingest lead into our bodies it isn't good for us at all. None other than the US EPA has stated that lead in our drinking water is the number one health problem for our children, and that this can lead to learning and developmental problems and behavioral problems, and more.

Is that possible? We're drinking water with lead in it? Isn't our water supposed to be clean?

There is a real problem with lead in our drinking water. How does the lead get into our water? Often right there in our house, because around 98% of household plumbing has lead in it around the joints where there is solder.

The EPA recognises that there is no safe level of lead in our water, that any exposure to lead is dangerous, especially to children.

And lead is just the start of the contaminants that we find in our drinking water that means that clean drinking water is just a dream.

So what do you do to make sure that you and your family have clean water to drink? How do you get the purest drinking water possible? Should you buy bottled water, for instance?

The FDA says that "Companies that market bottled water as being safer than tap water are defrauding the American public." That's because there is simply no government regulation requiring bottled water to be safer than tap water. And studies have even shown that some bottled water is just tap water. And you pay more for bottled water, for the same quantity, than you do for gas.

And bottled water is an environmental disaster, with countless plastic bottles manufactured to go into landfill.

So clearly drinking bottled water isn't the answer to clean water. So what do you do if the prospect of drinking lead or any one of the other contaminants like drugs, pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, chlorine or more repulses you? You use a high quality water filter. The best water filters will remove just about all contaminants from the water you drink. The best filters will filter 99.99% of chlorine for instance.

How can you be sure? Because the best drinking water filters are tested to rigorous standards by independent bodies that make sure that the results that are claimed are actually achieved. If you look at the data for the best water filters you can see every contaminant listed, and before filtering and after filtering levels stated. The best drinking water filters are achieving filtering levels above 97% for just about all serious contaminants, including some you've probably never heard of.

Here's an example. Did you know there was bromochloroacentontrile in your tap water? Never heard of it? What in the world is it? How dangerous is it? It doesn't matter if you use the best water filter you know that over 97% of it is gone.

So if you're beginning to get worried about contaminants in your drinking water like lead, you have good reason. You have a right to clean drinking water, but you won't get it from the faucet. To get seriously clean drinking water you need to use the best drinking water filter possible.

And you'd be forgiven for assuming that the best drinking water filter was the most expensive, but it's not. Find out more about drinking water filters at my website.

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