Thursday, September 4, 2008

Toxins II- Water

Water, the gift that keeps on giving. Obviously if you've made it this far in life, you know- water is important. Humans can only go without water for 3-5 days before dying. The average body is 70 % water. Water in the body is responsible for nearly every bodily process you can imagine- digestion, absorption, circulation, excretion, transporting nutrients, maintaining body temperature, carrying out waste material, etc... You already know, you lose water through your sweat, going to the bathroom and whatever. So seeing how vital water is to your body's well being, don't you want to make sure you're getting enough of it? That's a good start, but you also need to be sure of the quality. Unfortunately, not all water is created equal.

You see, good quality water is beneficial to all disorders. Water can get rid of headaches, stomach, bladder, and anxiety problems, among others. Water flushes toxins out of the body allowing it to function properly and reduce the effects of most disorders that are caused by toxins in the first place.

Oh, you want to lose weight? Drink some water. Sore joints? Water. More energy? Water.
How simple. You need it anyway, why not make sure you are getting enough of the the quality water your body deserves? It is recommended to drink about ten glasses or 80 oz of water per day.

So water is cheap, easy to find and good for you. So what's the problem? Finding good quality water. It's easier than you think. Go to the grocery store and fill up the gallon jugs they have provided for you at the water refill machine. They are usually in most stores like Walmart, Pick n' Save, etc... And if you bring back your used jugs it will only cost you about 39 cents per jug. Not bad considering your other options....

So you drink water from the tap, eh? Why don't you go wrap your mouth around an exhaust pipe? You may assume that the water from your sink is clean and safe, but that is not necessarily the case. Regardless of the source, be it a lake, river, or a well, it can contain harmful chemicals and inorganic materials. Water can contain radon, fluoride, arsenic, iron, lead, copper, mercury, and other heavy metals. Other contaminants include- fertilizers, asbestos, cyanides, herbacides, pesticides, and industrial chemicals. They can get into water through soil or even plumbing pipes. More fun things you may get from your tap include viruses, bacteria, and parasites.

Grossly enough, some substances are intentionally added to the public water supply to kill bacteria, adjust the PH, eliminate cloudiness, etc... These include- chlorine, fluorides, carbon, lime, phosphates, soda ash, and aluminum sulfate.

Every year, almost one million people get sick from contaminated water while 900 DIE from water related diseases. Public water may have the contaminants under the "allowable" amounts, but the total of all of them may still be harmful to your health. Regardless, more than 1/3 of all community water systems have been cited for failure to meet the EPA's water safety standards. What a nice thought.

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