How Is Your Health Affected by Contaminated Water?

How contaminated water affects your health

Our bodies are about 60% water and every organ depends on water to function properly. Apart from drinking enough water every day, its quality is also very important for our health. The US EPA has set standards for more than 80 contaminants that may occur in drinking water and pose a risk to human health. Microbial and organic contaminants cannot always be detected by human senses and you might go years before realizing a problem exists. Whether your water comes from a community water system, a well or you are using bottled water, you can unknowingly be increasing your risk of heart disease, cancer, and other conditions arising from contaminated water.

Some common waterborne contaminants include: aluminum, ammonia, arsenic, barium, cadmium, chloramine, chromium, copper, fluoride, bacteria, viruses, lead, nitrates/nitrites, mercury, and uranium.

Low Quality Drinking Water Affects Your Health

A typical American uses around 80 to 100 gallons of water every day. Everyone knows that water and health are linked, but good quality water can also help your appliances function properly and have a longer lifespan. According to the CDC, the top causes of disease outbreaks related to drinking water are Giardia intestinalis, hepatitis A, norovirus, and Shigella.

Delays in physical and mental development, short attention spans, and learning difficulties in children are linked to high levels of lead in drinking water. Also, Cryptosporidium is responsible for life-threatening diarrhea and arsenic in drinking water can lead to nerve, heart, skin and blood vessel damage.

Arsenic is highly dangerous even in trace amounts that naturally occur in well water, doubling the risk of developing stroke and dying from it, heart disease and atherosclerosis. Diabetes, skin, bladder and lung cancer can develop if one consumes water contaminated with arsenic.

Softened water can save you money by keeping your appliances working at top efficiency and the amount of dish and laundry detergent you use can be cut by half. Studies conducted by the independent test firm Scientific Services S/D, Inc., of New York, revealed the following benefits of softened water:

  • in washing machines, softened water can reduce detergent use by 50% and save energy by making it possible to wash in cold rather than hot water
  • cold water washes with softened water achieved the same or better results when it came to removing stains and whitening fabrics
  • in dishwashers, softened water can achieve the same cleaning results as unsoftened while using less detergent

Fluoride has long been in the center of attention for many who claim that water fluoridation is harmful to health. The American Dental Association admitted that fluoridation does not reduce the number of cavities. If cavities are left untreated, they will soon become larger and can even affect the deeper layers of your tooth. This can lead to severe toothache, infection, and even tooth loss. As a result, you may want to look into options such as dental implants to see how they can restore your smile and improve your overall oral health. But it is important to be aware that fluoride doesn’t prevent cavities from occurring. Also, according to US regulatory agencies, 3 parts per million of fluoride in water:

  • produces severe fluorosis of the teeth and bones
  • is neurotoxic
  • is a cell toxin
  • produces organ damage

Dentists that I know say they can always tell when a patient has been drinking fluoridated water because the enamel of their teeth is soft. Fluoride destroys the teeth – that’s what fluorosis is. It just starts making little pits in the enamel, and the whole idea was that you were supposed to be making your teeth stronger. It doesn’t – it destroys them.

Dr. Russell Blaylock, renowned neurosurgeon and editor of the Blaylock Wellness Report

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Fluoride can also injure the nervous system and even cause cancer. Degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s are possibly linked to drinking fluoridated water. Cancer, behavioral problems, thyroid suppression, male infertility and impotence are also some examples of what may happen to the body when too much fluoride is present. Once in the body, fluoride is very difficult to remove, but some nutrients, including vitamin C and magnesium, can decrease its toxicity.

Dr. Russell Blaylock, renowned neurosurgeon and editor of the Blaylock Wellness Report

Water Treatment Solutions

Depending on what contaminants are present in your drinking water and your daily water use, you can either choose point-of-use (POU) solutions or water treatment systems for the entire building. POU solutions provide the final barrier to the contaminants of concern before water is consumed or used. Some POU technologies can also be applied at the point-of-entry and include:

  • activated carbon
  • reverse osmosis
  • UV technologies
  • distillation

Periodically, especially if you are on a well system, you should get your water tested by a reputable laboratory. If the test results show that your water is contaminated with arsenic, chromium or other contaminants, you will need to find someone who is able to correctly interpret the results in order to find the best water treatment solution for your problem.

At Dime Water Inc., our engineers are always prepared to help you choose the right water treatment technology to meet your needs. Contact us at 760.734.5787!

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