The Toxins In Our Drinking Water
Water is the miracle elixir that can sustain us if we never drink anything else. The human body is composed of mostly water and it requires more water for nearly all of its functions. To digest and eliminate, the body requires water. Anything else doesn’t do what water can do. In fact most of the time people drink sodas, coffee, alcohol and these all cause dehydration in the body.
The Importance of Water
If you don’t drink enough water, you can’t properly flush your kidneys or liver, the colon can’t properly move your bowels, and this allows your body to retain the unhealthy toxins it takes in. As the waste remains too long in your body, you give your body more time to reabsorb the toxins back into your bloodstream and thus circulate these harmful chemicals to every organ in your body. Water is required for digesting and expelling everything, including the alternative beverages you choose to drink.
Is Your Water Safe?
Some people actually do drink enough water. However, they may not be drinking the right water. Tap water is safe because the government is watching it, right? No. There are more than 80 “regulated” contaminants and more unregulated toxins, like the rocket fuel component perchlorate which are present in most tap water.
Some people feel safe because they drink bottled water. It’s not that simple though. You still have to read the fine print. Deceptive labeling goes on even in the bottled water industry. If you’re going to drink the bottled water, then you have to do the research. Review the label closely, and check out the manufacturer as well. Do your best to find out if they have satisfactory standards.
What’s So Bad about Our Drinking Water?
Most water contains arsenic, fluoride, chlorine and a host of other unhealthy toxins. So when we drink it we are actually imbibing water that contains a mixture of toxic, poisonous chemicals that spells danger and at the very least overburdening work for our colons.
Arsenic is a very toxic heavy metal classified by the International Academy for Research on Cancer (IARC) as a Category I carcinogen, which means it is definitely a cancer causing agent. Arsenic occurs naturally in the environment but humans have a hand in its presence as well. The EPA set the acceptable standard for arsenic at 10 parts per billion in tap water. Several US states in the Midwest, New England and western area exceed this standard from time to time.
One of the most toxic substances we know of is fluoride and yet it is found in almost all brands of toothpaste. It’s added even though there is no data to support its effectiveness in the fight against tooth decay. Today you can find fluoride in bottled water, and even baby formula. Tap water is actually fluoridated, meaning it’s added to water deliberately, notwithstanding it’s almost as poisonous as arsenic is, and more toxic than lead. This substance is so toxic until the fluoridation process has been banned in several countries. Even some U.S. cities have caught on and started rejecting the process of fluoridation since 1990.
Chlorine is added to water to kill certain bacteria. This chemical can be inhaled in gas form and absorbed through the skin and therefore presents a danger even if you’re present in the room with it, to say nothing of drinking it. Once in the human body, it bonds with other compounds to form Trihalomethanes (THMs). These byproducts trigger the production of free radicals in the body and cause serious cell damage. In one research study, chlorine and chloramine was added to rats’ water supply and as a result the rats developed tumors in the liver kidneys and intestines. Even after this study which shows some of the dangers possible, the government continues to provide chlorinated drinking water to the public.