Let’s talk water.
We all need it. In some organisms, up to 90% of their body weight comes from water. Up to 60% of the human adult body is water.
But do you actually know what is in your drinking water? It’s not just H20.
After the birth of my little one, I started looking into what was in the City of Austin’s water. Two added ingredients stood out — chloramine (mixture of chlorine and ammonia) and supplemental fluoride.
In the early 1970’s, the City of Austin started adding fluoride to the drinking water, apparently to help Austinites with their dental health.
Did you know?
97% of the western European population drink non-fluoridated water. Guess what? There is not a cavity epidemic in those areas.
A few neighboring towns south of Austin– San Marcos , Tx and Buda, Tx stopped supplementing their water with fluoride in 2015 and 2017, respectively. I have not heard of a cavity outbreak there either.
In 2014, fluoride was documented as a neurotoxin — on the same list as lead, methylmercury and arsenic. BUT my city is still adding it to our drinking water.
Another interesting fact — 53 studies have linked fluoride with reduced IQ in children. IQ reductions have been significantly associated with fluoride levels of just 0.15 to 1.38 mg/L. When I checked my city’s most recent water quality summary for the 4th Quarter 2018 — fluoride levels at the tap were from .61-68.
Must Read –
“U.S Water Fluoridation: A Forced Experiment that Needs to End“ is an informative article that discusses the history of fluoride and why we need to stop supplementing our water.
If you haven’t already, find out what is in your tap water. It can be as simple as searching online for your water provider. Then reading the latest water quality report. From there you can decide what is the best water filter for your household.
Water Filter Resource:
The EWG (environmental working group) has an extensive Water Filter Buying Guide.
Personally, I have Puronics Whole House Non-Salt Water Filter as well as Purmax Tankless Reverse Osmosis (RO) System at my kitchen sink. I have read mixed reviews on supplementing with trace minerals when you have an RO system. The thought is that the RO system does such a good job of cleaning everything out of the water — even the minerals — that you need to add them back. I do supplement with a few drops of these trace minerals in our household RO drinking water. From my research, reverse osmosis systems are the most effective at removing fluoride among other water contaminants. The carbon filter in your refrigerator or that Brita water pitcher aren’t removing much.
If installing a permanent RO system is not feasible, then you could look into a portable system like this one from aquatru or having water delivered to your house. Not the best on carbon footprint but better then buying individual bottled waters. If you live in the Austin area, Cielo is a company that will deliver 5 gallon glass bottles to your home.
If installing a whole house water filtration system isn’t in your budget, consider using a faucet filter for your bath and/or shower. This will help to filter the chlorine or chloramine out of the water. CuZn makes a bath ball filter & a turbo shower filter for either chlorine or chloramine treated water– again another reason to know what is in your water.
For more information on chlorine, chloramine & CuZu filters, check out inspired living’s article here.