You know that drinking clean water (and lots of it) is key to good health, but you’ve probably been making these three common mistakes because it’s easy to do.
In fact, you’re sort of set up to make mistakes because the information isn’t readily available.
Mistake #1 – Drinking Unfiltered Tap Water
Tap water has contaminants that you shouldn’t drink. When you consume these contaminants, you make your body work harder removing things like chloramine, chlorine, arsenic, MTBEs (gasoline additive), and nitrates. What’s the point of making your body work harder?
You probably think that your local water department has got you covered.
Of course, water departments have guidelines, but a couple hundred contaminants have yet to be regulated, and your water department isn’t perfect, so even regulated contaminants exceed safe levels from time to time.
So, avoid mistake #1 and do your body a favor by drinking filtered water. It’s simple. Don’t know which filter or brand? Check out The Minimalist Guide to Water Filters to find the perfect solution in a flash. Many solutions don’t even require a plumber.
Mistake #2 – Drinking Bottled Water
You might be scratching your head on this one, but the bottled water industry is completely unregulated, so no one is watching out for you.
The water quality might be better or worse than your tap water. No one really knows.
In a Natural Resources Defense Council study, 22% of bottled water brands contained chemical contaminants at levels above health limits. That’s almost a quarter over the limits for what’s deemed healthy. According to the NRDC, if consumed over a long period of time, some contaminants can cause cancer or other health problems.
Also, phthalates can leach from the plastic bottles or lids on glass bottles after being stored for just ten weeks. Phthalates are regulated in tap water, but not in bottled water. (source: NRDC: bottled water)
Mistake #3 – Thinking Your Water Pitcher Is Effective
If you’re using one of the widely used water pitchers, you’re not getting much contaminant filtration. Most of water filter pitchers remove less than 10 contaminants, and many focus solely on chlorine.
So, if your water company uses chloramine, your water pitcher is not doing you much good.
About 20% of water departments, especially in the South, use chloramine instead of chlorine to disinfect water.
Effective water pitcher filters do exist, but don’t bother buying the ones in a big box store. Check out which water pitcher filters we recommend that remove over 50 contaminants.
So, which if any, of these mistakes were you making?
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