The water we put into our bodies directly affects our health and even more so over time. When you put better quality water into your body, you are increasing the potential for better health. But if we are constantly putting low quality or chemical treated water in our bodies then we are going to feel that as well. Changing the water we drink is very simple considering you could be benefitting now and in the long run. This is a great place to start with improving your health since so much of us is made up of the water we are intaking.
We need water just as much as we need air. And we not only like clean air, but there is also so much evidence that says we need clean air. So we are well aware to be cautious of the air we breathe but are we being cautious enough about the water we drink?
- According to the Environmental Protection Agency(EPA), 41 states had Action Level Exceedance (ALEs) in the last three fiscal years, meaning states have reported higher than acceptable levels of lead in drinking water. The Environmental Protection Agency reveals that only nine U.S. states are reporting safe levels of lead in their water supply. These include Alabama, Arkansas, Hawaii, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Tennessee. The EPA says that of more than 7,000 schools subject to the EPA Lead and Copper Rule, 431 reported heightened levels of lead between 2012 and 2015.
- The EPA keeps a list of about 100 unregulated contaminants that have made their way into water supplies from industrial sites and other sources.
- The NRDC conducted a comprehensive four-year scientific study of 1,000 brands of bottled water. The results showed that one-third of the bottled waters violated their own industry standards for water quality. Antimony, which is found in PET plastic bottles, in small doses can cause dizziness and depression; in larger doses, it can cause nausea, vomiting, and death.
- The recommended eight glasses of water a day, at U.S. tap rates equals about $.49 per year; that same amount of bottled water is about $1,400.
- In the U.S., public water is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which requires multiple daily tests for bacteria and makes results available to the public. The Food and Drug Administration, which regulates bottled water, only requires weekly testing and does not share its findings with the EPA or the public.
With the quality of our water in question, it is important to be cautious about what we drink every day. We have the option to choose high-quality water that is going to help our bodies like it is meant to. If we want to be healthy we need to make sure that our drinking water is healthy.