If, like me, your New Year's resolution is to live a healthy lifestyle that includes a healthy diet and a regular exercise routine, you will want to start by flushing all the toxins that have accumulated in your system after the festive season's overindulgence of fine foods and party fare. Right up at the top of your health 'to do' list, along with healthy eating and regular exercise, should be 'drink plenty of water'. This will not only help flush toxins from your system, but offers many additional health benefits too.
Every living thing on this earth requires water to survive, humans are no exception. Like other living organisms, we are made up of trillions of cells, and each and every cell in our body is made up of 70% water. Water is essential for our health and well being. It is also an essential component of our body fluids. Water transports nutrients to the cells in our body, and eliminates waste products from the body. It is released as perspiration to keep us cool and prevent the body from overheating. Without water, we would die. Doctors recommend drinking eight classes of water a day for good health. This is to keep the cells that make up our body rehydrated, and to flush out toxins from the body, for optimal health.
However, it is all very well flushing out toxins by drinking lots of water, but if the water you drink contains pollutants, you are simply adding more toxins to your body to replenish the toxins you are eliminating. For optimal health your body requires pure, uncontaminated water, free of toxins and impurities. The safest way to guarantee that your body is being rehydrated and cleansed with toxin-free water is to use a home water filter to remove any impurities that may be lurking.
Private wells and boreholes usually contain untreated water, therefore drinking water from these sources may contain both naturally occurring pollutants leached from the soil, and contaminants that have entered the water through runoff. Drinking water supplied by public systems has to adhere to strict safety guidelines as set by the US Environmental Protection Agency, and consequently drinking water from public sources is treated to remove pollutants. However, this water only has to have contaminants removed to meet the required standards set for human health, and while this typically reduces pollutants to within acceptable levels, some contaminants still remain. Furthermore, very often the chemical disinfectants that are used to treat the water, present health problems of their own.
People with compromised immune systems – aids and cancer patients, and people with immunodeficiencies – are especially at risk from exposure to even low levels of drinking water contaminants, and drinking regular tap water may cause serious illness. In these cases filtered water should not be considered an option, but rather a necessity. The elderly; and infants, who do not yet have a fully developed immune system, are also vulnerable to illnesses caused by bacteria, microbes, and viruses in drinking water. Other drinking water contaminants such as heavy metals (lead, mercury), pesticides, and other chemicals can cause long-term health issues when exposed to consistently over a long period, with some pollutants known to cause developmental problems and learning disorders in children.
There are various types of drinking water filters available, and your choice will depend on the impurities that you need to remove from your drinking water. Carbon filters are suitable for many applications, but when choosing a carbon filter you will need to take special note of the quality of testing results. The better the testing results, the more effective the filter will be at removing tiny pollutants, invisible to the naked eye, which can very often be the most damaging to our health.