A simple formula we all learned in grade school – H20, two parts hydrogen, one part oxygen. At that time, water was just something to run through on a hot summer’s day, or fill up in our squirt guns. Who would have thought it would become so critical to our health and wellbeing?
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a drop of a mere 2% of your body’s water supply can cause signs of mild dehydration such as trouble with basic math and problem solving, decreased short-term memory, and difficulty focusing your eyes. Are you having trouble reading this article, are you feeling thirsty?
According doctors, mild dehydration is one of the most common causes of chronic fatigue.
Consuming adequate amounts of water helps to maintain blood volume and oxygenation. When blood flows it carries oxygen to your muscles, which keeps them energized. Proper hydration also helps us to keep going during exercise or activities by decreasing muscle stiffness and soreness.
Increasing your water consumption will not only make you healthier, and improve your looks by losing weight, proper hydration keeps skin healthy, and younger looking too!
And yet, some experts estimate that as many as seventy-five percent of Americans have mild, chronic dehydration. That is a deplorable statistic in a leading western nation where water is readily available running into practically every residence.
How Safe Is Your Drinking Water?
So, we need adequate amounts of water to be healthy. As shocking as the statistics are about Americans not drinking enough water, here is another intolerable statistic.
According to a recent New York Times report, most sources of drinking water in the US — including those that go into bottled water – exceed acceptable levels of toxins identified in the Safe Drinking Water Act due to heavy industrial and environmental pollution. Toxins, bacteria, and chemicals penetrate and pollute our water supply on a regular basis, making entire communities sick, and exposing individuals, especially children, to long term health risks including cancer and other serious conditions.
According to the EPA and The NIH, it is likely we have reached a point where all sources of our drinking water, wells, lakes, rivers, and even glaciers, contain some detectible level of toxic contamination.
How Can You Ensure Clean Water for You and Your Family?
A good quality water filtration system installed in your home is the only way to guarantee the purity and safety of your family’s drinking water.
If you want the best and most effective form of home water filtration, most experts recommend reverse osmosis filters. Reverse osmosis is a somewhat more sophisticated method of purifying water than traditional charcoal filtration.
Reverse osmosis is a technical process that takes harmful chemicals and microorganisms out of water, and shunts the now purified water into a clean storage tank, leaving behind a briny wastewater. The water in a reverse osmosis filtration system is pushed through a very fine semi permeable membrane, before it is drawn into the pressurized storage tank, from there it is usually filtered again with an activated charcoal filter, before it is tapped into your glass, further removing more impurities, chemicals and odors. Reverse osmosis filtration is one of the most effective methods of water purification on the market today.
Reverse osmosis water purification systems, when coupled with other technologies can remove 90-99% of all contaminants from municipal water, and deliver clean, healthy drinking water right from your tap!
To Your Health
Contact your local water utility, and ask to have your water tested. They will provide you with a comprehensive water analysis, and once you know what’s in the water coming into your home – you’ll know if you need a filtration system to improve its quality before you drink it.
In Irish its “Sláinte”, in Denmark they say “Skaal”, the Spanish and Latin Americans say “Salud”, Jewish people say “L’chaim”, in Russia its “Na zdorovje”, and here it’s simply “Cheers.”
But no matter how you say it, if you want it to be true, the next time you raise a glass, and toast “To Your Health” – be sure it’s filled with cold, clear, purified drinking water!