Watch the Water You Drink

What you drink really affects your health. We hear on TV we should drink eight to 10 glasses of water a day. Do you think they mean tap water?

No. They mean water as clean and pure as you can get it. Of course, some designer water has been found to be nothing more than regular city water, but there are brands you can trust. To drink eight to 10 glasses of city water is to put toxins and chemicals into your body. If you want to feel healthy, do drink lots of water, but make it either bottled water, filtered or delivered.

Here are some of the things scientists have found in regular drinking water:

Chlorine by-products
Well, I don’t want to scare you but you get the idea. And just in case you need more proof this information comes from the Centers for Disease Control. According to it, almost a million people become sick in the U.S. each year and the cause is the water they drank.

If the water tastes of chlorine, don’t drink it.

Have your water tested annually by a laboratory.

Buy a carbon filter system. You can buy a pitcher that uses a carbon filter if you can’t afford a system for your sink.

One of the major sources of lead poisoning is lead pipes, especially in older homes. You will be using your tap water to cook so you need to be careful. One way to make sure you don’t get too high a concentration of lead is to let your water run for three to five minutes. This helps to flush your pipes of any accumulation of lead.

Cooking is safer if you don’t use hot tap water. Hot tap water is not safe for humans to drink.

If you have water delivered to your home, keep it in a glass or clear plastic jug. Ask the company for a detailed report on their water. If possible, have it tested once a year by an independent lab.

If you can afford to have a filtration system built into your home make sure it combines carbon-blocking with electrochemicals. This removes most of the contaminants. The cost for adding this system is from $500 to $1000.

Less expensive, but also good, are the under-the-counter models. Make sure you have a stainless-steel faucet not one made of brass-lead alloy. Otherwise have the faucet changed also.

Healthy water does take some thought, but it is your body. Be careful what you put into it.

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