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Filtering your water before consumption has many benefits, from effectively removing many illness-causing and life-threatening contaminants from your water, to making it taste and smell better.
Here is a list of 9 reasons everyone should consider filtering their water.
Chlorine is an important chemical used to clean our water of contaminants. However, studies have shown that consuming even the small amounts of Chlorine in our tap water over a long period contributes to higher risks of certain types of cancer including bowel, colon, and rectal cancers. Filtering your water removes the Chlorine leftover from the city's filtration system.
Water is not just brought into your body by drinking it. It’s also absorbed through the skin, especially during hot showers when your pores are opened and more receptive. Adding an inline shower filter to your home means water filtration for the entire household and increased protection from harmful chemicals for you and your family.
Many other heavy metals can be found in water all over the world. Depending on where you live, your drinking water could contain substantial levels of several dangerous metals such as aluminum, mercury, arsenic, and lead. Consuming these metals has been linked to a host of illnesses such as Alzheimer's, autism, liver disease, learning disabilities, and various types of cancer.
Water filters like the Berkey Water Filtration System, are incredibly effective systems to remove many contaminants in your tap water including chlorine, chloramine, arsenic, and fluoride.
Some chemicals found in our drinking water cause an unpleasant odor and unpalatable taste.. Water that smells bad is unlikely to be consumed often, leading to increased chances of dehydration. One of the benefits of filtered water is its ability to remove these contaminants and thus the odors that go with them.
Aside from dangerous heavy metals and chemicals found in and deliberately added to our water, there is a host of other harmful bacteria, organic compounds, pathogens, and viruses that filtered water cannot fully remove. While our cities and towns water filter technology is much better than they were a century ago, they still do not completely filter out other dangerous pollutants such as pesticides, drugs, and hormones.
You may not think that drinking filtered water can affect your antioxidant intake, but studies have shown that it can. The oxidation-reduction potential (ORP) is the measurement of energy measured in water. The lower the measured number is, the higher amount of antioxidants there are in your liquids. Certain filters can reduce the ORP number for increased antioxidant absorption.
A good water filter will remove the harmful contaminants that can make us sick while leaving healthy mineral deposits our bodies need to function well. Minerals like copper, magnesium, and iron are all beneficial and thus left in our water by good quality water filters. Drinking filtered or alkalized water can have a significant positive detoxification effect on your body.
By removing harmful contaminants, filtered water can make your water taste much better. The difference between tap vs filtered water can be quite noticeable. The benefit of great-tasting water is that clean and refreshing water is likely to be consumed more often, resulting in higher hydration levels and better overall health.
If you are filtering your water instead of buying it bottled, you are saving a lot of money. Instead of wasting money on single-use plastic bottles that just get thrown away afterward, invest in a good quality BPA-free portable water bottle filter that can be reused hundreds of times. A bottle of water can be more than 50 times more expensive than a glass of filtered water. Saving sufficient money on our water costs can leave more money for investing in our health in other ways.
Drinking from a quality home water filtration system actively discourages drinking from single-use plastic water bottles that end up in our landfills and oceans. Plastic bottles also are known for leaching harmful chemicals into the water. Plastic bottled water should be avoided at all costs for the health of ourselves and the planet.
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