Is Your Drinking Water Safe?
So you’re remodeling your home, maybe doing a kitchen or master bath renovation…did you ever stop and think about your water? The very water you cook with, drink, and bathe in can have a major impact on your health. Maybe you haven’t thought to consider this, but now is a great time to do so. Let’s talk about the differences in water purification and water filtration, and touch on some of the options that might be convenient to add to your current home renovation.
Filtration vs. Purification
According to Nancy Hearn, CNC at Water Benefits Health, “Water filters that use filtration methods such as adsorption, carbon, activated carbon, kinetic degradation fluxion (KDF), and particulate filtration produce filtered drinking water. Water systems that use purification methods such as reverse osmosis (R.O.), distillation, ozone, and ultraviolet produce purified water.”
Many health experts recommend using water filters for filtered drinking water over systems such as reverse osmosis. The main reason for this is that purification systems remove all the healthy minerals in water that our bodies benefit from. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently published a study showing evidence of many health risks associated with consuming demineralized water. Additionally, reverse osmosis may not remove some critical contaminants including synthetic chemicals, volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), chlorine, and pharmaceuticals.
What About Bottled Water?
Many of us opt for 5 gallon or the convenience of single serving water bottles. You might be surprised to know that half the bottled water sold in the US today may be equivalent to regular tap water, and that bottled water is not highly regulated. The biggest issue with bottled water is that despite what the label says, you never truly know what you’re getting.
Not to mention the plastic bottles used in bottled water production contain a chemical called bisphenol A or BPA, a proven carcinogen. Some of the health risks of BPA, a hormone disruptor include disruption of normal child brain development, hormone related cancers such as prostate and breast cancer, early onset puberty, and altered immune function.
So What’s in My Water?
Here are some elements commonly present in municipal water supplies:
Arsenic: A powerful carcinogenic, arsenic has been linked to an increased risk of cancer.
Aluminum: Aluminum has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease, hyperactivity, learning disabilities in children, skin problems, liver disease and more.
Disinfection Byproducts (DBPs): DBPs are harmful elements that result from disinfecting water with chlorine, a powerful carcinogenic.
Fluoride: While fluoride is generally recommended by dentists for oral health, it can actually cause a wide range of health problems such as a weakened immune system and cellular damage that accelerates aging when ingested.
Metals such as lead, iron, copper, cadmium, mercury, and arsenic: Metals can be present in water, often leaching from pipes sourcing the water. Lead contamination can be especially dangerous for children and babies. According to Joseph Mercola; “Lead contamination may be far more widespread in the U.S. than previously realized, as municipalities have dragged their feet when it comes to replacing old water pipes.” Affects may include reduced growth and development, cancer, organ damage, nervous system damage, auto immunity, and in extreme cases, death.
Pesticides and Nitrates: More common in rural areas, wells may be at risk also for agricultural runoff including pesticides, and nitrates which come from fertilizer. If you happen to own a private well, you are responsible for annual testing to be sure your well is not contaminated.
Pharmaceutical Drugs: Emerging compounds and incidental contaminants such as Phenytoin, Naproxen, Estrone, Ibuprophen, and Nanyl phenol have all been found in drinking water. It is not currently known the risks that these drugs and chemicals may have on human health and especially the health of children, elderly, and the immune compromised.
Yikes! What Do I Do Now?
Now that you’re sufficiently freaked out about your water (sorry!), don’t worry because here at Advance Design we have a solution! First of all, we can perform a simple water test so that you can see easily which, if any of these elements are present in your water. You can enjoy the full health benefits of properly filtered water for your family for years to come with a properly “prescribed” water filtration system, designed especially to address the specific issues in your water. Ask our designers to perform a water test in your home and recommend the best option for healthy water tomorrow.
Check out our favorite water filtration: Body Glove BG-3000 Water Filtration System
Health Benefits of Proper Water Filtration
Simply put, the benefits of water filtration should be obvious and include efficient nutrient absorption, weight loss, proper detoxification, skin and body hydration, and overall good health. Filtered water tastes better than tap water, and is less expensive than bottled water. It naturally protects the body from disease and is essential for the developing immune systems of growing children. It’s the last line of defense of over 2,000 known toxins you might otherwise be exposed to every day! And lastly, I shouldn’t even have to mention its way better for the environment producing zero waste!
Contact us or call us today 847 836-2600 for help with your next remodeling project, and ask us to include a water filtration package for your new kitchen or bath!