Water filters are becoming more and more popular in recent years and this is nothing but great news for anyone who is interested in helping people lead good and healthy lives. If you’ve been considering the use of a water filter pitcher or any other type of water filter and would like further advice on whether they’re the right solution for you, let’s take a look at some of the health benefits of drinking filtered water.
The Effective Filtration Of Chemicals and Contaminants
Filtered water is devoid of a lot of chemicals and water contaminants such as:
- Fluoride and Chloride. These chemicals are typically used by municipalities to cleanse the municipal tap water of contaminants. And they do this work rather well, but they are also not very healthy themselves. Fortunately, most countries, states and cities in the developed world use Fluoride and Chlorine sparingly and in such quantities that they are harmless to the human body. They are still chemicals, however, and in large quantities they can be harmful. For example, water filters greatly reduce the risk of rectal cancer, colon cancer, and bladder cancer by removing chlorine and chlorine byproducts from drinking water. And such large quantities are not unreachable – if you drink a lot of tap water or you take long and steamy showers, you might drink or breathe in too much Fluoride and Chlorine. Especially when it comes to breathing them in or inhaling them in the bathroom, a whole house water filter can be of great help as it doesn’t only filter your kitchen sink water, but it filters the water of your entire home.
- Arsenic. Depending on where you live, your tap water may contain dangerous levels of arsenic. Arsenic is a powerful carcinogenic, that has been linked to an increased risk of the development of several types of cancer.
- Aluminum. If your municipal water supply is unfiltered or poorly filtered, it may lead to an increased consumption of aluminum, a metal that has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease, hyperactivity, learning disabilities in children, skin problems, liver diseases and more.
- Cryptosporidium and Giardia. Water filters reduce the risk of gastrointestinal disease by more than 33 percent by removing cryptosporidium and giardia from drinking water.
Filtering your tap water with a faucet filter or any other type of filter can dramatically reduce the amount of these and a lot of other contaminants in your drinking water – allowing you to remove from your life all the risks and problems that they can cause.
Reduces Bottled Water Consumption
- Having filtered water at home also discourages us from drinking bottled water. A lot of people are conscious enough not to substitute water with beer and sodas, but still substituted filtered tap water with bottled water which isn’t a good substitute. Bottled water is – on a whole – significantly less healthy than filtered tap water. The plastic that leaks into it alone is (or should be) plenty of reason for us to avoid bottled water at all cost in most situations other than dehydration and lack of any other clean water sources around.
- Drinking filtered water is also extremely cost-effective. And while this is not a “health benefit” in and of itself, by making our pockets heavier, filtered water leaves us with sufficient funds to take care of our health in a lot of other ways itself. People keep comparing filtered tap water with bottled water, but a more accurate comparison would be “bottled water vs filtered tap water + a monthly fitness subscription + any food supplement that you happen to need, all for the same money as we monthly spend on bottled water”. We keep complaining about the price of gas and a lot of other things, all the while we are giving insane amounts of money per gallon for water that’s been taken from our municipal supply, filtered with filters that have been already applied to said water by the municipality and then enclosed in a thin plastic container for weeks and months on end. On average, bottled water is up to 1000 times more expensive per gallon than tap water + the price of getting a water filter for your home. This is a difference that each and every one of us an easily take and apply in a lot of healthy activities and foods instead.
Great For The Environment
- Drinking filtered water instead of bottled water also has a considerably positive environmental effect. And while this too isn’t a direct “health benefit”, keeping our environment plastic-free has a significant long-term health, comfort and wellbeing effect on us all. We don’t mean to get too sappy and “green”, but a large reason why the air in big cities is becoming harder and harder to breathe is because of the pollution emitted by the plastic and petrochemical industries, a big part of which are the bottled water brands. And the irony of it all is that we are increasingly contaminating our natural water supplies with our plastic and heavy industries, causing the need for increased filtration when its time to drink it. Basically, with each passing year the filtration factories of bottled water brands are having to filter said water from the contaminants that they themselves put into it in previous years. And we are asked to pay for it, instead of keeping our environment and lives clean and healthy with a simple and efficient home water filter.
As you can see, filtering your water at home isn’t just something you should do for the taste of it. Owning a great water filter can dramatically improve your wellbeing and overall health in ways that you haven’t even thought of before.