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2020



WHAT'S IN YOUR WATER?





Water is one of the most essential needs for the human body just as air and food are required. It is stated that the body is made of sixty percent water. In a 2018 article by James McIntosh on medicalnewstoday.com it highlighted and explained 15 benefits of drinking water.


They are

1. It lubricates the joints

2. It forms saliva and mucus

3. It delivers oxygen throughout the body

4. It boosts skin health and beauty

5. It cushions the brain, spinal cord and other sensitive tissues

6. It regulates body temperature

7. The digestive system depends on it

8. It flushes body waste

9. It helps maintain blood pressure

10. The airway needs it

11. It makes minerals and nutrients accessible

12. It prevents kidney damage

13. It boosts performance during exercise

14. Weight loss

15. It reduces the chance of a hangover


When it is said that we need to drink water it is easy to expect that citizens would have access to clean drinking water. In many communities this is true, but even in industrialized nations there is always the issue of aging infrastructures. On the infrastructurereportcard.org it mentions that in the United States there are “one million miles of pipe across the country.” It notes that, “Many of those pipes were laid in the early to mid-20th century with a lifespan of 75 to 100 years.” In the public safety section, it discloses that “Drinking water quality in the United States remains the safest in the world. The EPA sets legal limits for over 90 contaminants in drinking water.”


If you have ever seen a city’s public works department digging up a broken old water main to replace the old pipe, you can get a good idea of what is in the water that’s delivered to your faucet. The water is tested at the water treatment plants, but there can be miles of old water pipe that brings it to your home, even if you purchased a new home in a new sub-division. The second line of defense for helping to keep your water clean for drinking is to add a water filter system to your faucet.


With the EPA setting legal limits for 90 contaminants to be in your drinking water, is there any reason why you shouldn’t filter these contaminants out before drinking the water? A link for an EPA document on drinking water contaminants and health concerns is listed below.


One option for drinking water is buying bottled water, however carrying enough cases of water home to meet the suggested amount of water to drink per person per day would be difficult and eventually expensive and the topic of drinking out of plastic bottles will be for another article.


It used to be suggested to drink eight 8 oz. glasses of water each day, as mentioned in the 2018 article How Much Water Should I Drink Each Day on healthline.com.


On the webmd.com website in the article Water and Your Diet: Staying Slim and Regular With H2O, it further suggested that, “It depends on your size and weight, and also on your activity level and where you live,” Nessler says. “In general, you should try to drink between half an ounce and an ounce of water for each pound you weigh, every day.” For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, that would be 75 to 150 ounces of water a day.” (Trent Nessler, PT, DPT, MPT, is the managing director of Baptist Sports Medicine in Nashville.)


In order to maintain a proper regiment of drinking clean filtered water every day for everyone in your home, a fantastic option is the Avalon A12 countertop bottle-less water dispenser with three temperatures.


It can deliver up to 1500 gallons of filtered water estimated at 6 months of use. With the first stage filter removing rust, dirt and sediment and the second stage filter removing water odor, residual chlorine, organic matter and lead to improve taste.


In the news every now and then there are reports about water quality and complaints that people have about what’s in their water. Taking the initiative to filter the drinking water that is delivered through your water pipes should be a concern.


What could be better than drinking a glass of clean water for your health?


What’s In Your Water?




Referenced Articles


https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/290814.php


https://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/cat-item/drinking_water/


https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-much-water-should-you-drink-per-day#section1


https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-10/documents/ace3_drinking_water.pdf


https://www.webmd.com/diet/features/water-for-weight-loss-diet#2 .





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