4 Dangerous Things That Could Be Hiding In Your Tap Water

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The following article was written and contributed by a partner.

Water is the foundation of life; in fact every organism on this planet needs water to survive. Humans are 60% water. That’s a lot of water; a man weighing 70kg would have approximately 42 liters of water in them!

This is why it is essential to drink at least 2 liters of water a day.

Fortunately you can get water directly from your tap; this is much more convenient and cheaper than purchasing water every time you need a drink.

However, after you read the rest of this article you will want to consider purchasing an under the sink water filter.

Here are the 4 dangerous things that can hide in tap water and the reason why you should get an under sink filter:

1. Chlorine

Chlorine is added to water as it effectively kills bacteria and many different viruses. Unfortunately chlorine can also react with organic matter, such as decaying leaves. In this process it produces a product known as DBP.

DBP has been linked with causing cancer as well as other health issues.

2. Lead

Years ago water was pumped through lead pipes. Although the majority of these should have now been replaced there are still some in existence. It is also possible that lead can leach into the water system through aging infrastructure.

But lead can also enter the supply pipes after the treatment works through the ground, particularly through contamination from factories and other commercial premises.

Studies have shown that lead can cause brain damage, kidney failure, damage to your bones and even blood disorders. It is particularly dangerous for children.

Long term lead exposure is believed to have caused 853,000 deaths in the US during 2013.

3. Chromium-6

You might have heard of this chemical before, it is used in a similar way to chlorine although it will stay for longer in the water system than chlorine will.

This is the chemical that caused the issues referred to in the film ‘Erin Brockovich’.  Exposure to this chemical has been shown to cause cancer!

Considering there are at least 218 million US citizens using tap water treated with chromium it is time to consider getting your own water filter.

4. Fluoride

This is another chemical that is added to the water as it is believed to help prevent tooth decay. While there is research which backs up this claim there is a large amount of new research which shows that fluoride has undesirable side effects.

In response to this the US government has reduced the amount of fluoride they recommend putting in water.

Fluoride exposure is linked with causing neurological issues, damage to your immune system and intestinal issues.

Summary

The most worrying part of this is that these chemicals are added to the water supply in order to make it safer for you!

The best way of protecting yourself from these harmful chemicals is to purchase an under sink water filter. The filter must be carbon, this will ensure that all these chemicals and many more will be captured, leaving you with clean, healthy tap water.

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