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Most health authorities agree that for healthy living,
you should drink eight or more glasses of water every day.
Do you know what is in the tap water that your drink?

Water is more than a thirst quencher. It is  a vehicle for carrying nutrients to your cells. Water also acts as a natural lubricant to limbs and joints.

Water is quite possibly the single most important catalyst in achieving or maintaining desired weight.

Water suppresses the appetite naturally and helps the body metabolize stored fat. Studies have shown that a decrease in water intake will cause fat deposits to increase, while an increase in water intake can actually reduce fat deposits.

Most people drink less water than their bodies require. The most common mild dehydration symptoms are:
  • Dizziness
  • Minor headaches

  • Sense of not feeling mentally sharp
  • Loss of appetite

There have been a half-million new chemicals developed since 1965 alone.

Most of these organic pollutants are modern hydrocarbon chemicals such as plastic and pesticides.  Some are no biodegradable. Most are soluble in water, and thousands are known to be toxic.

In 1991, the U.S. Congressional Research Service revealed that 10% of the 1.4 million underground gasoline storage thanks in the U.S. are currently leaking. There are also an estimated 16,000 municipal landfills and 181,000 industrial waste sites in the United States that leech contaminants into our water supplies. Agricultural pesticides and highway de-icing chemicals are other contaminants.

Contamination in the distribution system

Water can become contaminated during it's journey from treatment plant to home. Lead, asbestos and cement pipes used in municipal water distribution systems can allow harmful substances to leech into drinking water.

Contamination at home

Water can become contaminated right at home. Some homes have plumbing systems which use lead based solder to join copper pipes. Both can allow lead to leech into your drinking water.

Municipal Water

Chlorine, used by municipalities to disinfect water supplies, can react with  naturally occurring organic materials in water. For example, decayed leaves can create trichlorethanes, a suspected cancer - causing chemical.

Dr, Joseph M. Price, MD in his book "Coronaries /Cholesterol /Chlorine", wrote that the cause of arteriosclerosis, resulting heart attack, and strokes is none other than the chlorine in our drinking water.

A recent study by the US Council on Environmental Quality has established a definite link in the chlorination of water and cancer. One of the studies showed that the cancer risk among people drinking chlorinated water is 93% higher than among those who live where the water is not chlorinated.

COMMON WATER  QUALITY CONCERNS

Bad tastes and odors

These are caused by chlorine, commonly used by municipalities to disinfect the water supply. They are also caused by tea-like extracts of dead leaves, and by metals such as iron and copper.

Asbestos

It occurs naturally in rock, and is linked to several types of cancer.

Bacteria and viruses

They can cause infectious diseases such as typhoid fever and hepatitis. A chemist in a Texas university examined a glass of water under a high powered microscope. He found tiny bits of paper which turned out to be toilet paper, and 85% of the water contained blood- worms and hair shavings!

Arsenic

This can cause damage to the kidneys, liver, and nervous system. It can also cause cancer.

Heavy metals

High levels of cadmium, mercury and lead in drinking water can cause nerve damage, mental retardation, birth defects and cancer.

Lead

It is estimated that 40 million Americans currently drink water containing more than the limit set by the EPA. Lead poisoning can cause mental retardation and birth defects.

Synthetic organic chemicals

One example is pesticides, which are carried into groundwater by rain. They can cause respiratory and nerve disorders.

Trichlorethanes (THM's)

These are formed when chlorine reacts with organic matter in water, such as from decaying leaves. They can cause cancer.

Volatile organic chemicals

Example of these are gasoline, solvents, and industrial cleaners. They can cause many illnesses including liver cancer and leukemia.

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