You've heard it a million times before, folks: drink. your. water. And it's true--hydration is one of the cornerstones of health and wellbeing. But of course, as with most things, the topic of drinking water is not exactly what we talk about... This is why today's newsletter will be Part 1 in a 2 part series all on clean water. This week it's all about safe water in the home.
So what's wrong with our water? Well, unfortunately there's no easy answer to this question, as water safety can vary significantly by geographic location and income distribution. A study done by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) examined close to 49,000 water treatment plants in the US and concluded that areas with higher income seemed to have fewer chemicals found in their water sources. In contrast, regions with a median income below poverty level reported significantly higher contaminants, some with up to 14 different chemicals present in their tap water.
Beyond this, geography can play a role. Areas that are rural are more likely to be exposed to run-off from pesticides used in agriculture, whereas city areas are subject to the day to day run-off of waste, trash, and other pollutants. Regardless, the EWG positively tested for over 250 contaminants in water sources across the country. To learn more about this study click here.
In efforts to clean up drinking water, utility plants can legally add-in chemicals such as fluoride and chlorine. While these are meant to combat tooth decay and kill harmful bacterias, many studies suggest the risks might outweigh the benefits. As stated by Earth Easy, fluoride is thought to be linked to a variety of health concerns including gastrointestinal issues, hormone imbalances, and even some cancers. And while chemicals such as chlorine are meant to knock out harmful bacteria and decrease chance of water-borne diseases, we think we can all agree that drinking chlorine is probably the last thing we should do if we're on a journey towards greater health.
So what do we do about it? The best solution that we can offer you is to filter your water. And this can look different for every household depending on budget and if you want to filter your whole home, including shower and bathroom (which we highly suggest), or just your drinking water. Here are some of the products and filter systems we recommend:
Berkey Water Filters--this is the Cadillac of water filter systems. With products ranging from water bottles, to shower heads, to tap spouts they can help to do full coverage of your home when it comes to water purification. It should be noted that this tends to run on the pricey side, but it's the top notch purifier.
Brita--this company is probably the more well-known name brand, and offers affordable options for water purification. They are especially great for table-top pitchers, but they do offer all other products such as shower spouts, water bottles, etc.
Santevia--this company utilizes an Alkaline Gravity Water System to restore your tap water to a clean, great-tasting, mineralized and alkalized state, using the power of gravity alone – no chemicals, artificial materials, water pressure or electricity! It alkalizes our water naturally. They have shower and bath filters, pitchers, countertop stands and stand-up dispensers (great for work environments!)
Soma--dedicated to sustainable packaging, this company utilizes recyclable materials to decrease their carbon footprint. They're in a similar price range as Brita, but unfortunately only offer water pitchers and bottles. This may not be ideal for entire coverage of your home, but it's a great option otherwise.
PUR--this brand is known for it's ability to take out 99% of lead contents out of water and over 70+ contaminants. Again, this is a relatively affordable and effective option!
If you have any recommendations for water filtration email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. And stay tuned for Part II next week where we'll discuss chlorine pools and how to opt healthier alternative!