Water is essential to life.
Firstly we are so lucky in Australia to be able to be able to just turn on the tap and have constant running water. But Im here to teach you a little more about whats hiding out in your beloved tap water....is it really as pure and safe as you believe?
How often have you considered where it actually comes from and what journey its been on before it arrives to you?
People often joke about me not drinking tap water but hopefully by the end of this post you will have a better understanding on why I choose not to.
More than 35 different chemicals are approved for use in our drinking water to make it safe and palatable for us to drink.
Things like ammonia, aluminium, chlorine and hydrogen peroxide are said to be needed to control algae, remove microorganisms, reduce (not remove!) pesticides and herbicides, soften, buffer or modify the pH as well as control corrosion in distribution systems.
All water regulators in Australia must adhere to guidelines laid down by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
The guidelines can be found in the document 'Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, 2004
At first glance, the safety standards seem quite adequate. Municipal water is monitored for 70 different contaminants, including cryptosporidium, bacteria and some pesticides.
But is this really good enough? Considering the 1000s that are in our environment. And the tests are only conducted over a short period rather than long term effect of the chemical sh*t storm.
Did you know that when your poor body is already dealing with 1 chemical the detoxification pathways cant take care of the others that are coming streaming in.
So when they say your water is clean, yeh its clean, its been disinfected!
Before you make your decision on whether your tap water is tested and safe to drink lets have a look at whats to be found in our water.
What is the problem with tap water?
Bacterias- Blue-Green Algae and Cryptosporidium
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)
Mercury and Cadmium
Pharmaceuticals - medication residues
Phthalates are endocrine-disrupting chemicals
Hormonal disrupting chemicals
What does this mean for your health you ask?
Overloading the body with more toxins
low immunity and gut health
After doing months of research last year I decided to choose to buy a Berkey. They aren't cheap initially but that last years before you need to change the filtration. After comparison to some water filtration systems, most dont even remove all the nasties found in tap water.
The filter purifies so dramatically, you can actually successfully filter swimming pool or pond water into clean drinking water.
There are some other amazing purifiers out there but this is just the personal choice I made after dong my own research on what was out there.
But I do know that charcoal is amazing and affordable way to make sure water is free of nasties. Part of the Berkey process is actually a charcoal filter also.
Also the pottery purifiers you can get are quite good too - the remove almost 100% of lead, chlorine, bacteria, heavy metals and nitrates and much more...
You’re probably thinking…why cant I just drink bottled water?
Many bottled water companies have been tested and some of the companies actually found they were using TAP WATER.
Bottled water is also expensive, creates landfill waste so its bad for the environment and the plastic bottle chemicals can leech into the water youre consuming.
Sadly, this is only the start of the story.... we are exposed to chemicals and toxins in so many other ways on a daily basis.
Our bodies are incredible and can detoxify some chemicals so its not necessary to freak out and decide to wrap yourself in a cotton wool bubble, however take care to minimise exposure where possible.
Lastly, I need to clear up a common misconception too.
Some people believe that they can remove toxins from tap water by boiling it.
Boiling water kills harmful organisms but does nothing to remove toxic chemicals, compounds, salts, and metals.
**This is not a complete list of toxins, but what has been known to be found lurking in our waters, to keep informed accurately check your local area listings.
An article I find over the weekend // food for thought :