In this post I talk about the many health benefits of removing impurities from the drinking water, and gravity water filters that are a great, portable option to utilise as main purified water sources at home and work.
These very effective filters don’t need any special plumbing or electricity connection, so you’ll save money as well!
Importance of clean drinking water
Most people nowadays are aware of how important it’s to drink and cook with home-filtered water and installing an effective, good quality water filter is essential to reduce daily toxin exposure. Fortunately most Australians have access to tap water that has been treated and disinfected to ensure basic safety for consumers.
According to The Australian Drinking Water Guidelines tap water “should contain no harmful concentrations of chemicals or pathogenic micro-organisms, and ideally it should be aesthetically pleasing in regard to appearance, taste and odour”.
However, too often ensuring safe drinking water comes at the cost of the lingering taste and smell of disinfectants such as chlorine, presence of added ingredients such as fluoride, and traces of other pollutants including heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides.
All these can be problematic for individuals with sensitive immune systems and malfunctioning digestion, to name a few.
Effects of chlorine and fluoride in drinking water
Chlorine is added to our water to destroy germs, bacteria and living organisms. Sounds good BUT we are also living organisms and our bodies are also affected by chlorine internally when we consume tap water as well as externally via the skin when we shower!
Whilst it’s an effective water disinfectant, it also kills the good bacteria in our guts contributing to the development of the many digestive complaints I see in practice every day.
Fluoride is also a controversial addition to our water supply and there is a continuous debate going on concerning its pros and cons (read more about this in my post here). Also, it’s worth checking out the report on fluoride from the prestigious medical journal, The Lancet, which has officially classified fluoride as a neurotoxin — in the same category as arsenic, lead and mercury.
Food for thought indeed.
I have been using water filters for many years and recently I needed to change my old reverse osmosis filter to the gravity water filter that is portable, easy to use and,