In our modern era, tap water is the most polluted it’s ever been even though it “looks” clean. Tap water has been tested positive for pesticides, manufacturing chemicals, heavy metals like lead, particulate matter (including toilet paper), prescriptions such as birth control and anti-depressants, as well as steroids from cows.
A growing concern is the amount of prescription medications that are accumulating in the water supply which is currently not subject to testing and monitoring under federal or state laws. After the Chicago Tribune conducted their own testing of Chicago’s water supply they reported, “The tests also found caffeine, nicotine and cotinine, a nicotine byproduct, all of which researchers consider to be indicators of pharmaceuticals from human waste.” Source: http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/chi-water-testing-14-jul14,0,4303601.story. The reason medications are showing up in the water supply is because the body does not metabolize and absorb them 100%. A significant amount passes through the kidneys and is eliminated through urine which enters the sewage system. Water treatment plants are able to reduce the concentrations but not eliminate them.
Faucet filters and pitchers like Britta, help to remove lead and the taste and odor of chlorine but not all contaminates. Low quality filtration will not remove Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) which are chemicals from industrial products such as paint, office printers, building materials and household cleaning products. VOCs can be extremely toxic and affect the body in different ways from increasing asthma symptoms to increased risk of liver disease.
It’s important to have properly filtered water, as it’s been shown to:
* Protect the body from disease and cancer attributed to toxic materials in drinking water
* Increase absorbability
* Impact the development and immune systems in children
As with most products, water filtration systems are not made the same. Many recommend reverse osmosis systems which can be costly and they waste some water in the filtration process. Small filter membrane systems are sufficient units.
Some things to look for when considering such an investment is:
* The type of membrane * Frequency of filter replacement
* Versatility of where the unit can be mounted * Size of the unit
* Difficulty of installation * Overall cost
Dr. Gruby has spent hours of research, looking for a water purification system that was both effective and economical. He recommends the Watts Premier Water Filtration UF-3 System as it’s an efficient, easy-to-install unit that is not unreasonable to maintain. https://www.wattspremier.com/