What's in our water?
As humans we are constantly being reminded to drink more water, some advisors telling us two litres per day, 8 glasses, some even more. In fact a lot of these figures and statistics are very outdated but even still it's good advice to drink more water. Though what if I was to tell you that the water that we trust to drink (in order to stay healthy) is laced with harsh chemicals that can actually be detrimental to our health.
Although you would like to think that pure drinking water should be a fundamental human right, Water quality tests have proven to contain chemicals such as Chlorine, Fluoride, arsenic and even lead!
A lot of these chemicals are added to our water in order to stop bacteria breeding in the water, others such as fluoride are added for "our benefit", we are told that drinking fluoride improves dental hygiene although there are no studies proving that ingesting fluoride affects the teeth in any way at all, in fact there are a lot more studies linking fluoride to many harmful diseases. I'm not sure about you but I would rather be the one making the decision when and how much fluoride enters my mouth.
Lead has been found in water supplies due to Lead water pipes leaching into the liquid. Old pipes are slowly being replaced by new plastic pipes ("that's better" I hear you say), but every time this is done, more and more of this heavy metal is disrupted.
If it wasn't for the addition of chlorine in our drinking water then our supplies would be full of germs and pathogens, however this still leaves the problem of ingesting harmful chlorine every time we drink a glass of water. Not to mention the consequences of chlorine mixing with other organic compounds and creating harmful by-products.
Don't just take our word for it, the internet is brimming with useful information regarding contaminated drinking water, but what can we do about it?
Many people are convinced that converting to drinking water from bottles such as Evian and Volvic water stops this problem. I can tell you from my own personal research that unfortunately this is not the case. Looking across many brands there does seem to be some that are a lot safer to drink than others, however it is a myth that bottled water is deemed safer to drink and considering that it is sold at a premium of £1 - £1.50 a bottle, normally sitting in a leaching BPA plastic bottle for God knows how long, this option is well out the window for our household.
So what can we do about it?
Water filters have been around for some time now, Brita seem to be the well known mainstream brand for water filtration, it removes chlorine, most heavy metals, lots of contaminants that cause limescale in your kettle so it's a great all round option. Brita filters can be found in many supermarkets.
Some people decide to get an in-line water filter for their mainline supply to their homes, personally I think this idea is great, I would love to have one of these, but weighing up the huge costs of the equipment, installation and maintenance, it's not really a feasible option for me.
After much research I was very happy to stumble across Fill2Pure. Their filters remove Chlorine, up to 90% of Fluoride, Lead, Mercury, Copper and many other heavy metals and contaminants. Cleverly, the Fill2Pure manages to bypass many minerals in the water that are beneficial for human consumption and unlike many other filters it works just as effectively towards the end of it's lifetime as they are when they are new, they just tend to run a bit slower. What's even better is that the new Fill2Pure filters have an alkalising system that actively alkalises the drinking water. They're on the steep side at around £70-£90, however this is a lot cheaper than the in-line versions and if you weigh up drinking plastic bottles of water you're quids in after just a month. Bearing in mind these filters are good for six months it's a worthwhile investment considering it's the best quality water you can lay your hands on.