The Hidden Toxins in Our Water Supply
Chemical toxins are present in all aspects of human life in the 21st century. Clean, pure water is one of the greatest natural resources in the world. Every metabolic function depends upon the presence of water. Cities are built around abundant supplies of water. There are many industrial toxins present in our municipal water sources that must be avoided.
Water is absolutely necessary for optimizing energy production and detoxification abilities within the body. The ideal source of water is as pure and unadulterated as possible from a natural spring. Unfortunately, our water supply is loaded with toxic contaminants. Here are a few we all need to be aware of and take measures to avoid and in this article, I will go over exactly what to do to reduce your exposure to these toxins.
This is a powerful cancer causing agent (1, 2). In 2001, the EPA lowered the maximum level permitted in drinking water from 50 ug/L to 10 ug/L due to the well-established carcinogenic risk. The Natural Resources Defense Council estimates that as many as 56 million Americans living in 25 states drink water with unsafe arsenic levels (3).
This toxic heavy metal is linked with neurological, gastrointestinal and liver damage. Most city water has elevated levels of aluminum. Aluminum competes with calcium for skeletal absorption but does not mimic calcium’s effects in the body. High aluminum reduces skeletal mineralization (4, 5, 6).
It also retards the absorption of phosphorus, zinc, & selenium. Zinc and selenium are key immune system modulators. Aluminum causes deficiencies in these critical minerals and malcoordinates the immune system.
This halogen molecule is a highly potent free radical in the body that damages neurological tissue, injures the immune system and hampers thyroid function among many other problems (7, 8).
In a 2006 report by the National Research Council of the National Academies it states, “Fluoride is an endocrine disruptor in the broad sense of altering normal endocrine function (9).” It is important to reduce your exposure to flouride and the other chemical toxins in typical tap water.
This is used to sterilize the water and rightfully so as many infectious diseases can be attained through contaminated water. Natural springs should never be sterilized but city water absolutely should be.
Unfortunately, when chlorine is not filtered out of the water and is instead consumed in tap water it destroys the natural microflora throughout the body. This adversely affects natural immunity and dramatically increases the risk for immune disorders and cancer (10).
One of the most dangerous forms of chlorine includes chlorine vapors and chloroform gas. The FDA and other US government agencies have reported that most homes in the US have measurable levels of chloroform gas. This seeps out of toilet bowls, dishwashers, showers, etc.
These vapors dramatically increase the risk of asthma, airway inflammation and respiratory allergies. Chloroform gas is known to cause acute dizziness, nausea and fatigue (11).
DisInfectant ByProducts (DBP’s):
These are used along with chlorine to destroy any form of life in the water. These chemical toxins include trihalomethanes, halogenic acetic acids, haloacetonitrils and haloketons among others.
DBP’s are considered to be far more dangerous for consumption than chlorine. They are powerful carcinogenic molecules that destroy the liver, kidneys and nervous system (12).
Prescription and Over-the Counter Drugs (OTC):
Studies have shown that even minute amounts of RX and OTC drug exposure causes human cells to grow and mature abnormally. There are numerous small drug combinations within tap water that are extremely hazardous for consumption (13).
Some individuals have extreme allergic reactions to certain drugs that may also be present in a very diluted form in the tap water they are drinking. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection tested their water and found a number of different drugs to be present (14). The most common ones included:
OTC pain relievers such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen
Birth Control Pills
Blood Pressure & Cholesterol Meds