Every day, more than 240 million Americans use their water faucets to drink, bathe, and cook. We take it for granted that local municipal drinking water sources are safe from bacteria, drugs, and other harmful chemicals. However, drinking water safety is not always guaranteed.
Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released information on what substances were found in America’s major cities water treatment facilities. Many cities water systems showed detectable levels of medications like anti-depressants, hormones, heart medications, along with other drugs and caffeine. Yes, our daily caffeinated coffee fix is showing up in our water systems.
Antiquated water treatment plants still are in operations across a number of American cities. For over 100 years, most city water facilities have relied on chlorine as an affordable method for water treatment. Unfortunately, certain parasites like cryptosporidium can survive in chlorine treated waters and cause chronic diarrhea and malabsorption of key nutrients. Many people are not diagnosed with this parasite, putting their body in harm’s way down the pathway of chronic diseases. Furthermore
Chlorine has been linked to destruction of essential fatty acids needed for our brain and nervous system to function properly. Modern treatment facilities use other chemical processes to protect our drinking water. Chlorine has also been linked to causing damage to arteries that carry blood from the heart to other organs of the body. The body’s own natural source of gut microorganisms, acidophilus, is destroyed by chlorine leaving the immune system vulnerable to becoming sick.
Another chemical common used, fluoride, is regularly added to drinking water for protection of tooth decay. Despite studies showing that fluoridation is not really necessary, Americans continue to add fluoride in water. In Western Europe, despite not adding fluoride to drinking water, no increase in dental decay is observed.
Fluoride has never approved as safe or effective for ingestion by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA recommendation is for topical fluoride use on teeth instead of ingesting in water. Worse yet, the fluoride added to the drinking water is neither food or pharmaceutical grade quality.
Some of the health risks tied to drinking fluoridated water have been problems with low thyroid function – slowing our metabolism and increasing our risk for high cholesterol and depression. Fluoride robs our body of the necessary iodine needed by our thyroid to make healthy hormones. Additionally, bone loss, headaches, nerve problems, fatigue and diarrhea have been linked when too much fluoride is in our bodies.
The best ways to protect your family is to have your water tested and to drink filtered water. For more information, contact your local city water plant for a drinking water report showing what is in your water.
To insure that you and your family members are protected, the supplements below can help restore nutritional losses caused by chlorine and fluoride. Increase your intake of iodine foods like shellfish, sea vegetables, strawberries, and dairy products.
- Food Based Women’s Multi-Vitamin
- Food Based Men’s Multi-Vitamin
- Kid’s Chewable Multi-Vitamin
- Ultimate B-Complex
- Psyllium Husks
- Vitamin D
- Calcium Complex (MCHA)
- Antioxidant Complex
- Fish Oil
- Alpha Lipoic Acid
- Grape Seed Extract
- May 2013