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Is Your Water Making You Sick?

Water: Life cannot exist without it. It is the basis of all living organisms from plants to humans. Our bodies are made up of over 50% of it, but I bet you have never even considered that the quality of your water plays a major part in your health and well-being.

So what is in your water supply? Well, this depends on where you in the world and whereabouts within your country. The main contents include:

  • Chlorine
  • Calcium
  • Fluoride
  • Phosphorous
  • Salts of: arsenic, radium, aluminium, copper, lead, mercury
  • Hormones
  • Nitrates
  • Pesticides

We focus on 2 of these within this article, but if you would like more information on exactly what’s in your water supply, please contact your local authority.

Fluoride

Fluoridation is actually uncommon and is almost entirely banned throughout most of Europe and if you are in the UK, fluoride is added to just 10% of the drinking water supplies. Most of the artificial fluoride added to water supplies comes from silicofluorides, which are chemicals produced mainly as by-products from various manufacturing processes.

Fluoride in drinking water is functionally different to the naturally-occurring calcium fluoride. Hexafluorosilicic acid is the type of fluoride most often used for adding to drinking water in the UK. It is derived from phosphate fertilizers and aluminium producers and contains 28 co-contaminants, many of which are listed in the UK Deregulation Act as reported poisons.

Dental Fluorosis – this is the damage caused to permanent (secondary) teeth. Dental Fluorosis is a biomarker and a manifestation of toxins within your body. If it is found in milk teeth, this is linked back to when the fetus and infant have been exposed to high levels of fluoride via the placenta, in baby formula, drinking water and bath water. Mild dental fluorosis appears as white chalk marks, as pearly streaks or small pitted areas. In more severe cases, the teeth are stained brown with darker patches where the enamel is missing.  

Hypothyroidism - Did you know that fluoride was used in the past to treat hyperthyroidism and that it was frequently used at levels below the current "optimal" intake of 1mg per day. Fluoride is able to mimic the action of thyroid stimulating hormones.

A study led by Stephen Peckham of the University of Kent in Canterbury, England compared national data on levels of fluoride in drinking water to trends for hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) as diagnosed by family physicians across England. They found hypothyroidism rates were nearly double in urbanised regions that had fluoridated tap water, compared with regions that did not - "fluoridation of the water supply has shown that iodine deficiency that may be caused by extra ingestion of fluoride is related to hypothyroidism."

Some water filters can remove fluoride, most require a separate filter than those that come as standard in order to do this. A Reverse Osmosis system is the most optimal. We at ‘Nature & My’ offer a reverse osmosis system that removes up to 99.9% of all impurities to include fluoride and a free-standing water filter that removes up to 97%.

Lowers IQ – To date, 57 studies have investigated the relationship between fluoride and human intelligence. 50 out of these 57 studies have found that elevated fluoride exposure is associated with reduced IQ. The studies, based on IQ examinations of 12,000 children, provide compelling evidence that fluoride exposure during the early years of life can damage a child’s developing brain.

Chlorine

Chlorine is a chemical typically used as a disinfectant in public water supplies as an effective way to reduce the level of pathogenic bacteria in our drinking water. Unfortunately, this chemical, and other common chemical disinfectants, have a damaging impact on our bodies’ beneficial bacteria as well.

When chlorine is used as a water treatment, it combines with organic matter to form compounds called trihalomethanes (THMs), also known as disinfectant by-products. One of the most common THMs formed is chloroform, which is a known carcinogen. Other THMs are formed when chloramine is used as a disinfecting agent. These compounds are toxic when consumed, inhaled, or applied to the skin.

Chlorine and chloramine vapors are associated with greater risk of asthma, and damage the mucosal lining of the respiratory tract. Free radicals in chlorinated water have been linked to liver malfunction and weakening of the immune system. While there hasn’t been substantial research on the topic, it’s reasonable to assume that chlorinated water adversely affects beneficial intestinal flora. Chlorine is a powerful antimicrobial agent, and is an effective pesticide against many different strains of bacteria. The compounds in disinfected water may be able to reach the gut not only through our drinking water, but also through daily showers and baths.

While our bodies can filter out much of the chlorine from our drinking water, the THMs and other disinfectant by-products we inhale during showers and baths may be much more harmful, since the chlorine gas we inhale enters directly into our blood stream. Therefore, even if you filter your drinking water, the amount of toxins you are exposed to from your daily shower or bath, through inhalation or skin absorption, may be cause for greater concern. The chloroform dose from a single, 10 minute shower is equal to, and possibly greater than, that from the average 2 litres of water you drink on a daily basis.

Chlorine filtration is fairly simple, provided you use some level of technology to remove it from your shower or bath water. We at offer a whole home water filtration system that eliminates over 99% of chlorine gases.

Our aim at ‘Nature & My’ is to provide eco-friendly and healthier solutions to some of the everyday products and items you use or consume on a daily basis. Remember, little changes make a BIG difference.

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1 comment

  • Really interesting that our water supply may not be as safe as we all think it is, especially with the latest headlines that most tap water in the UK and around the world is full of micro plastics! even more reason to use of your water filters. I think i will purchase the gravity filter as i am moving soon and i like the fact it is portable. Thanks for the post

    Jim

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