Health, Water Filters and You
Posted by Ty Woods on 18 January 2012 02:24 PM
If you are health conscious and desire to live a long and healthy life, it's important to consume a sufficient quantity of safe and healthy water everyday. When we don't get enough water, or the water that we take in is contaminated, our bodies aren't able to function at their maximum efficiency. The human body is made up primarily of water (70%), and must have water to survive and thrive.
Water is the most basic substance our bodies need to function. It's impossible to truly be in good health without getting enough water. On average, most people don't consume nearly as much water as their bodies really need, and many people exist in a constant state of some level of dehydration.
Even individuals who do consume enough water often put their health at risk by consuming the wrong kind of water. Unfiltered water is contaminated with chlorine, volatile organic compounds, lead, and other potentially harmful substances. Consuming contaminated water is dangerous, and certainly prevents people from being able to enjoy the health benefits of water.
When it comes to drinking water for wellness, it's certainly just as important to consider the quality of the water one is consuming as it is to make sure one is getting a sufficient quantity of the life sustaining liquid. The best way to make sure your body is able to function at peak capacity is to drink a sufficient quantity of thoroughly filtered water every day. You'll stay hydrated and won't have to worry about ingesting contaminated water that can be harmful to your health.
So what is the best source of filtered, healthy water then? The first answer for many people would be "bottled water". However, bottled water, due to several factors, is clearly not a healthier or purer alternative to tap water. Also, bottled water is outrageously expensive when compared to the cost per gallon of tap water. If one is choosing only between tap water and bottled water, tap water is plainly the more economical, and, in many cases, the healthier choice. Despite this assertion, tap water does not remain without its problems. The concerns over the quality and safety of tap water that sparked the growth of the bottled water industry are still entirely present. Tap water is nowhere near free from dangerous contaminants.
Tap water and even bottled water are flawed resources for healthy water – What about Water Filters?
Water filters currently provide the best and healthiest solution to the problems of both bottled water and tap water.
It's best to take a quick look at the good reasons why people choose to have their home water filtered. Some consumers simply want filters to remove what makes water smell or taste funny. Among the contaminants that do so and which filters can control are iron, particulates and chlorine, according to NSF International, an independent, nonprofit group that evaluates filters and certifies that they meet standards for removing substances from water.
Water filters remove more dangerous contaminants than any other purification method, and they are uniquely designed to work with municipally treated water. The water they produce is not subject to phthalate contamination, and filters are able to remove cryptosporidium from drinking water, a feat that neither municipal water treatment plants nor bottled water companies have yet to manage successfully.
Also, drinking filtered water is a far more economical practice than drinking bottled water. The pure water product of a water filter costs very little more than untreated tap water. Furthermore, because water filters use no more energy than is already required to propel water through a home’s plumbing system, they circumvent several of the environmental problems of the bottled water industry. Using a water filtration system means you will not be contributing to plastic recycling and disposal issues either.
At this point in time, there is simply no better choice-for purity and economy-than filtered water.