We are told that in order to maintain a healthy body and mind we should all be consuming at least 2 litres of water a day. Not only does water improve our well-being, it also aids weight loss and boosts our concentration. In the UK we are supplied water that's completely safe to drink (potable) via our taps, but do you really know what is in your tap water?
Clear water doesn't necessarily mean safe water! Pathogenic bacteria and cysts such as Cholera, Giardia, Cryptosporidium, E Coli and Shigella are all invisible to the human eye and can cause serious diseases. Unfortunately there are no guarantees that disinfecting the water will kill them all off, and on occasion we do get outbreaks of these bugs contaminating our water and rendering it undrinkable.
Chemicals such as Liquefied Chlorine, Fluorosilicic acid and Calcium hydroxide, to name but a few, are added to our water supply to disinfect it and kill off the bacteria and cysts. The downside is that they have to be administered at the correct levels in order for them to be safe to consume, but they still taint the water with an unpleasant odour and taste. Heavy metal contamination occurs from our water travelling through old lead and copper pipes, some of which have been underground since Victorian times.
When these pipes become damaged they allow organic chemicals such as pesticides and herbicides to seep into our drinking water and pose serious health problems. The female hormone oestrogen contaminates our water supply in high levels due to the millions of women on HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) or the contraceptive pill. This is not filtered out on a large scale, therefore anyone consuming water straight from the tap is, in essence, consuming small quantities of this hormone. Recent studies have linked this to male fertility problems.
The Environmental Agency has also released findings to show that male fish in our rivers are actually changing sex as a direct result from exposure to high levels of oestrogen in the water. Women are also at risk, as elevated amounts of oestrogen in the female body can lead to fat storage around the buttocks and thighs.
- Removal of one or more of the following (depending on the filters selected)-
- Retains healthy salts and electrolytes which are vital to your health