Water is, quite literally, the river on which our good health flows. Water carries nutrients to our cells, aids digestion by forming stomach secretions, flushes our bodies of wastes, and keeps our kidneys healthy. It keeps our moisture-rich organs (our skin, eyes, mouth, and nose) functioning well, it lubricates and cushions our joints, and it regulates our body temperature and our metabolism.
Water also plays a crucial role in disease prevention. (In a study conducted at the Centre for Human Nutrition at the University of Sheffield) researchers concluded that women who stay adequately hydrated reduce their risk of breast cancer by 79 percent. (Another study, at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle), found that women who drink more than five glasses of water a day have a 45 percent reduced risk of colon cancer compared with women who drink two or fewer glasses of water a day.
Many doctors believe that proper hydration can help prevent chronic joint diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, because water reduces inflammation and promotes cartilage health. Adequate water consumption can also slow the signs of aging and improve conditions such as constipation, diabetes, hypoglycemia, obesity, arthritis, kidney stones, dry skin, wrinkles, cataracts, and glaucoma.
With all the above said is water from your tap as health friendly as you would like to believe. Well as I mentioned in a previous blog, your Liver plays an important role as a detoxifier, breaking down or transforming substances like ammonia, metabolic waste, drugs, alcohol and chemicals, so that they can be excreted. These may also be referred to as “xenobiotic” chemicals. If we examine the liver under a microscope, we will see rows of liver cells separated by spaces which act like a filter or sieve, through which the bloodstream flows. So what if the water in your taps contain a disinfection Byproducts such as:
Chlorite – Anemia; in infants and young children effects their nervous system.
Bromate and Haloacetic acids – which increases risk of cancers
Total Trihalomenthanes – causes Liver, Kidney and central nervous system problems and increases the risk of cancer
Or it contains disinfectants and chemicals like:
Antimony – Increases blood cholesterol and a decrease in blood sugar
Arsenic – Skin damage, circulatory system problems and may increase risk of cancers
Barium – Increase blood pressure
Cadmium – causes kidney damage
Copper – (short term exposure) – Gastrointestinal distress – (Long term exposure) -Liver or Kidney damage
Fluoride – Causes bone disease (can cause children to get mottled teeth)
Which are all byproducts of external factors such as; old plumbing systems, decay of natural man-made deposits, discharge from industrial factories and even erosion of natural deposits and can all harm our health. Do you think this would have a baring on the ability of your Liver to detoxify the body and stay efficient and healthy??
Our water supply is monitored and measured by the National Primary Drinking Water Regulations or (NPDWRs or primary standards). Who set what they call the MCLs (Maximum Contaminant Levels) which they say there is no known or expected risk to our health.
Brilliant, it’s nice knowing that someone has our backs.
So think about your liver and the work it has to do to filter the toxins in the body anyway and how it works overtime with the daily toxins already in our bodies. Then maybe it would be wise to invest in a little of the future right now and get a filter system fitted to your home water supply.
Remember – Water is the second most important thing the body needs next to oxygen, don’t ignore it.
Just a thought!