Have you ever drank water straight from the hose? I have. I used to mountain bike all day as a kid and come back home and drink my weight in water straight from the hose! That was a normal occurrence. I also drank straight from the tap and never thought twice about it. However, after a health scare in 2015 when I was diagnosed with Lyme disease, I started looking at good health differently. I did a ton of research on how to naturally heal from disease and learned that a crucial step was to eliminate toxins from food, water, and various products you put on the body. The body can’t heal if it’s in a toxic state. That was happening to me. I had to change my entire lifestyle if I wanted to get better and that included being smart about the water I’m drinking and showering in daily.
The majority of people drink water right out of the tap. They trust the local government that the water supply is clean. It’s a rude awakening when you find out the majority of the time it’s not. In fact, most tap water around the U.S. is loaded with various toxins, heavy metals, and other chemicals! Yes, the EPA jumps in and makes sure that the water supply meets certain standards, but those standards are poor. Even if it’s just a small amount of toxins and chemicals that are allowed, consuming it daily over time can lead to some very serious health issues.
Here are some of the common toxins, chemicals, and heavy metals found in tap water and their side effects.
- Flouride – A neurotoxin that can negatively affect the thyroid and pineal glands.
- Arsenic – Various cancers can develop from long-term arsenic consumption.
- Chlorine – Can dry out skin and hair. Can also destroy good gut bacteria, which is essential for a healthy immune system.
- Mercury – Can lead to a number of issues, including brain damage, headaches, memory loss, and nerve damage.
- Lead – Can also lead to brain damage and developmental issues.
- PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) – Can lead to cancer and other immune system issues.
- Dioxins – Can cause respiratory problems.
- Dacthal – Damages organs such as the adrenal glands and kidneys.
There are many others found in tap water, but those are just the most common.
Whole House & Reverse Osmosis Systems
What can you do? Few things. First, stop drinking from the tap. Second, get yourself a whole house filter system. We have a 2 stage system by a brand called Home Master that we purchased for a little less than $400. We also have a water softener as well. You can also install a reverse osmosis system under your kitchen sink. I installed one myself in our new home down here in Texas and it took about 30 minutes to do. We purchased the best one from Home Master called Hydroperfection. The only issue with RO systems is that they remove a lot of healthy minerals. Just add a pinch of Himalayan Salt to add the minerals back in. I believe the RO system that we purchased adds back in minerals during the filter process, though.
What about bottled water? It’s better, but not much better. Many of the well known bottled water companies actually use tap water, but they filter just a little more. However, there are still many brands that have a number of toxins within their water. It’s also very poorly regulated. To make it worse, the mark-up is ridiculous. For what it costs to purchase bottled water, you might as well just install a very good RO system. In the long run you will save a ton of money.
These are an option, but there are a few things to watch out for. First, the filters wear out very quickly. You will have to replace them regularly. Second, mold can build up in the lines. Be sure to clean them out as best as possible on a regular basis.
So no, not all water is created equal. Most of the water out there anymore is crap. Just like with crap food, you might not notice a difference right away, but over time it can tear down the immune system and lead to a lot of health issues. It’s better to be careful about the water you’re consuming. Questions? Email me at Josh@JoshSpencerFitness.com, message me on Facebook, or DM me on IG (@TheJoshSpencer).