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    5 Ways to Achieve Healthier Drinking Water in Your Home

    By Holly / March 15, 2016

    Water is a necessity to a life of good health, so much so that the Institute of Medicine recommends the daily intake of approximately 2.7 liters of water for women and 3.7 liters of water for men (from both food and beverage sources)

    To state the obvious: water is good enough to drink if it’s safe. If drawn from a contaminated source, it can be the cause of several diseases, including typhoid fever, hepatitis A, Giardia intestinal, and Shigella. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg as far as water-borne diseases go.

    Fortunately, we’ve come a long way from having to boil our water to make it safe to drink. Here are a few options that allow us to achieve healthier and safer drinking water at home.

    1. Install a Water Softener (But Leave a Tap for Hard Water/Drinking Water)

    Groundwater (which flows through our taps) naturally contains an assortment of minerals such as magnesium and calcium (depending on where you are in the world). “Hardness” indicates the levels of these minerals, which can be a nuisance to appliances such as coffee makers, juicers, dishwashers, and washing machines—where they can build up into hard deposits. Many people use a water softener to eliminate these minerals.

    Like most things in life, there are pros and cons to using water softeners.

    On one hand, they can help make your silverware and glassware cleaner by preventing mineral buildup. Soft water also makes clothes washing easier, preventing the formation of soap curd caused by the bonding of soap particles to minerals, thus taking longer to foam and lather.

    On the other hand, completely removing essential minerals from water can have potential adverse health effects. In fact, drinking hard water with calcium may reduce your risk of osteoporosis.

    The solution is simple:  leave a tap specifically for hard water, which you can allocate for drinking water.

    1. Install a Reverse Osmosis System

    A reverse osmosis system treats water by filtering it through membranes under high pressure to remove mineral and chemical contaminants.  Most bottled water companies, in fact, manage their water through reverse osmosis systems.

    The CDC recommends reverse osmosis to eliminate the presence of lead in water, which studies have linked to an assortment of health problems, from physical and mental development, learning disabilities and short attention spans, to high blood pressure and fertility issues.

    There are also studies supporting the use of reverse osmosis-treated water patients undergoing cancer treatment. Radiation and chemotherapy can compromise a person’s immune system, making them susceptible to potentially dangerous microorganisms, which reverse osmosis systems can filter out of the water.

    1. Install a Water Ionizer

    Used in Japan and several countries in Asia for more than 40 years, water ionizers have a long history of reportedly making water healthier. Most (not all) Ionizers have been certified as an approved medical device by the Ministries of Health in Korea and Japan, and this trend is slowly catching popularity in other parts of the world.

    Water ionizers are appliances that can be attached to regular faucets, treating water with an electric current and turning it into ionized, or alkaline water with a low pH level.

    Ionizer companies claim that drinking ionized water exclusively offers several significant health benefits, from reducing free radical damage to the cardiovascular system, preventing cancer, and making your skin look better.

    1. Filter your Water

    If you can’t invest in a reverse osmosis system, even affordable filtration solutions like carafe filters and faucet filters can go a long way in making your water safer to drink.

    A carafe filter acts as a pot filter, sitting on top of a water pitcher to filter water as you pour it out.

    Faucet filters, also known as point-of-use carbon filters, filters water from the tap through a carbon bed, removing contaminants like lead, pesticides, chlorine, and some bacteria. These filters are designed to be attached directly to your faucet or hose, directly to a cold-water line, and even a showerhead.

    1. Check Your Water Quality

    If you have a water line connected to city water (as most homes and apartments in cities do), water companies are mandated by law to monitor their water supply for contaminants and provide a supply that’s within the safety levels outlined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    You can request a report from your city’s water provider by calling the number on your monthly utility bill. If your home has a private water well, have the water tested by sending a sample to a testing facility, which you can find at water.epa.gov if located in the US.

    In today’s world, water safety shouldn’t have to be a problem, but unfortunately, that’s not the case. Many cities and municipalities don’t provide the safe water they promise, evident as is the case in Flint, Michigan – so it pays to take extra precautions yourself.

    Follow the tips in this guide to ensure your drinking water is safe and healthy, but when in doubt, have your water supply tested by an independent testing body and inform your local government unit if it’s not safe.

     

     



    About the author

      Holly

      Thank you for reading my article! I am Holly Nunan, a mother of three daughters aged four, six and eight. I'm an Exercise Physiologist with a passion for exercise, fitness, raising healthy children and natural and alternative remedies. I have a simple mission to help each reader that comes to our website to take away one new piece of healthy information that they can immediately apply to their life. If I've helped you find that today, it's mission accomplished!

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