PROBLEM: Unsafe Drinking Water
Water is clear and pristine—a perfect way to hydrate your body. But is it? When you turn on your faucet, fill up your glass and take a sip, what are you ingesting into your system? Research shows most tap and well water in the United States isn’t safe to drink due to potentially high levels of pollution.1
From chlorine to lead, each glass of water could possibly contain these toxins. No matter the amount, trace or substantial, it could potentially pose a risk to you and your loved ones. Even the smallest trace of lead in your water may potentially lead to health problems in children including reduced IQs and learning disabilities.2
The greatest source of lead in water doesn’t come from the water itself, but from the pipes in your own home. Homes with lead pipes and fixtures have a greater risk of putting lead into your water. However, even lead-free plumbing can pose a risk.3
Another danger that may be flowing through your water is fluoride. Over half of the public water systems in the U.S. add fluoride to drinking and culinary water consumed by millions of households—purportedly to improve dental health. However, if a person consumes excessive levels of fluoride over a span of many years, they could suffer from “bone disease (including pain and tenderness of the bones); children may get mottled teeth.”4
In response to chemicals possibly coming through their tap, many have started to rely on bottled water, but the water that flows from that bottle may not be as clean and pure as manufacturers would lead you to believe. The Natural Resources Defense Council conducted a four-year scientific study in which they concluded that bottled water sold in the United States was “not necessarily cleaner or safer than most tap water.”5
But what do we do when water is an element necessary for survival?