While you are changing exercise and eating habits, consider changing the quality of your water. Yes, that’s right, your water can have a negative impact on your body. Whether you have city or well water, water quality experts recommend additional water treatment solutions to removing additional elements that can be in your tap water.
Approximately 85% of the U.S. population receives its water from community water systems. Municipal water treatment facilities are required to meet the standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the authority of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), however, these standards may not filter out enough to prevent common negative health side effects for example:
- Possible responsiveness change to medications
- dry skin
- dry hair
Some studies may link high levels of lead in drinking water to delays in physical and mental development, short attention spans, and learning difficulties in children. There’s also evidence that high levels of arsenic in drinking water can lead to nerve, heart, skin, and blood vessel damage. And Cryptosporidium, the bacteria found in animal and human solid waste, is responsible for potentially life-threatening diarrhea and has been found in our drinking water.
Not to mention the network of pipes and pumps that are aging and degrading into the “cleaned” water before it reaches your faucet. Even the water you cook with can still negatively affect the foods you eat even though it is cooked. At the very least, you might not be getting all the vitamins and minerals you expect from boiling vegetables or cooking meats because of the water.
Hard water may also have a negative impact on your body’s skin as well as your organs. High levels of calcium and magnesium in water can affect several organs in the body and possibly cause health problems. These problems may include an increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and neural diseases as well as certain types of cancer for those who drink hard water. In children, it has been suggested that there may be a correlation between hard water and stunted or slowed growth. Generally, these minerals are not removed from the water filtration process at the municipal facilities. A water softener system and other home water filtration can eliminate these and other elements in your water.
We don’t mean to scare you, but we’re seeing more science asking the question on the health impacts of poor-quality water – read more at WQA.org. If your goal is to get healthy, try starting with better water. Our goal is to educate you, our neighbors, and people in general about the benefits of good water quality and provide a solution that is customized to your home and your health.
To schedule a consultation or to have your water tested, contact North Carolina Water Consultants.