You may have heard that tap water isn’t all that good for you. You may also have heard that it’s increasingly advisable to consider using some kind of water filtration system in order to remedy this situation and improve your health.
But this may have led to the question of: what is in tap water? Let’s see if we can’t answer that question…
Good Old H20
So, tap water is predominantly water at least. That is to say that it is good old-fashioned H20, which is highly important for hydration and for improving our health in a number of ways. The body is 70%+ water (depends on who you ask) so it should come as no massive shock to learn that we need it in order to perform and feel our very best. It’s generally suggested that we get at least 7 gallons per day, but we could likely consume more and be all the better for it in most cases. In fact, the vast majority of the population is chronically dehydrated, leading to weight gain, headaches, indigestion, malabsorption (and accompanying malnutrition) and much more.
So yeah, we need to be getting more water than most of us are – leading the vast majority of us to spend more time at the sink.
The problem is, it’s not just water coming from the tap. In fact, we’re getting a whole lot of other stuff that isn’t nearly as good for us. Drink more tap water and you get more of the bad stuff. It’s a catch 22.
The Bad Stuff
So what does that bad stuff include? Here are just a few of the problem additives:
Fluoride is added to the water in order to try and minimize tooth decay. Local councils have been doing this since the 1940s but it has always been a little controversial.
If you’ve heard of fluoride, it’s probably because you can find it in your toothpaste. It’s actually a natural mineral, so it’s far from dangerous when consumed properly. The problem is that fluoride is not designed to be consumed in these large quantities. Fluoride is actually considered a neurotoxin, meaning it can cause minor brain damage. It is also an endocrine disruptor and is capable of calcifying the pineal gland. It can cause low energy, brain fog, movement disorders and more. And ironically, it can also damage your teeth through a condition called fluorosis, which causes white marks on the teeth.
Chlorine is another one you’ve probably heard of before. Chlorine can be found in water in swimming pools and acts as a disinfectant. It doesn’t taste great and it can make your tap water a little unpleasant for that reason.
At the same time, chlorine has a number of negative effects in the body. It can bond to other substance for instance in order to create a poisonous gas called hydrochloric acid. This actually happens inside the gut and it can lead to respiratory problems, damaged cells, memory loss, poor balance, and more!
Lead isn’t added actively into the water, but it gets there anyway! That’s because lead lines the inside of many water pipes and that means that it can enter the water as the pipes corrode. This means that you might have 10x the amount of lead in the water than you would expect to find naturally.
Lead is harmful to every single organ in the body and has been shown to cause stunted growth in children, behavioral problems, premature birth during pregnancy and much more. It has also been linked to autism and prostate cancer.
PCBs are polychlorinated biphenyls. These substances are used in a large number of industrial processes which leads tot hem finding their way into oils, paints, adhesives, and more. They’re technically banned by still exist in landfills around the world, from where they are able to indirectly contaminate the water. We drink. This can pose a very serious risk to our health.
Did you know that male testosterone levels are going down by 1% every year? That’s an incredible rate and it’s a very serious problem as it can lead to weight gain, depression, infertility, impotence, poor muscle tone, mood swings, and a whole range of other problems.
Tap water is one of the main reasons for this due to the large amounts of used feminine products that get disposed of, as well as the presence of estrogens in many plastics etc. In short, any man interested in building muscle, losing fat, increasing their strength or being generally more ‘masculine’ would be very well served by avoiding tap water.
Arsenic is one of the most famous poisons in the world and it is found in our tap water. Wow. This is another substance that gets used in a wide range of industrial applications and can be found due to improper waste disposal. Arsenic is only ever found in small quantities but over time, it can build up inside our bodies ultimately causing a lot of damage and maybe leading to skin cancer, lung cancer, bladder cance, and ‘blackfoot disease’.
Don’t believe that your tap water can really cause such health problems? Then consider that in Taiwan, incidences of blackfoot disease are much more common. They also have higher levels of arsenic in the water. Coincidence?
Mercury is a naturally occurring element and heavy metal. It can be found in a number of dietary sources and isn’t a bad thing in itself. However, when you consume too much mercury (as commonly happens to people who eat large amounts of oily fish), it can again build up in the body and lead to headaches, tremors, vomiting, mood swings and more. It is found once again in our tap water.
Suddenly, using a water dispenser and water filter is starting to see like a very good idea!