What Is Lurking In Your Drinking Water?
A guest post by William Fryer MA Oxon
Take a look at this photo. This is what was left behind in our distiller after about one month of operation. There was also quite a bit of limescale left behind too. It’s very difficult to say what it consists of. There is obviously some limescale in the bottom and then the orange liquid is probably a bit of a chemical cocktail, it smells a bit like emulsion paint.
What contaminants are most likely to be present in your tap water?
‘Pesticides’ is the term covering a wide range of substances such as weed killers, insecticides, fungicides and other similar chemicals. Whilst DEFRA work hard to safeguard drinking water supplies, these chemicals can still be detected. They have a range of harmful effects including anxiety, headache, convulsions, ataxia, depression of respiration and circulation, tremor, general weakness, and potentially coma & death. Luckily pesticides, being VOCs, are fairly easily removed with an activated charcoal filter. Most water filters use activated charcoal filters. And some water distillers have an activated charcoal filter built in.
Growth hormones designed for livestock to encourage growth or milk production can sometimes find their way into our water supply through affected waterways. These can have effects on the human body and are fairly easily removed with a water distiller.
If you like this post then also check out this one on Fluoride in toothpaste.
Small amounts of pharmaceuticals such as antibiotics can be found in drinking water. This can find its way into our water supply by several different routes: some people flush unneeded medication down the toilets and others take the medication which is then passed through their system into the water supply. Studies have shown that while drinking water is treated and cleansed, some traces can still remain in your drinking water and haven’t yet been proved to be harmless. The only way to ensure 99.99% of these impurities are removed is by using a water distiller.
Recent research shows that the metabolites of cocaine (after they have passed through the body) are present in a lot of London tap water. These are very hard to remove other than by distillation.
The white stuff that lines most UK kettles is Calcium Carbonate (also known as limescale). When people ingest too much of this mineral it can lead to hardening of the arteries and contributes to kidney stones. Not only that, but water hardness can also cause skin irritations, acne and wrinkles. Hardness is easily removed by distillation.
When arable farms use fertilisers such as ammonium nitrate, these fertilisers can be washed into our rivers when it rains, meaning the nitrates end up contaminating our drinking water. When they get into our body, these nitrates can interfere with the blood’s ability to transport oxygen which can be fatal for children. Nitrates are easily removed by distillation.
Fluoride has been artificially added to our drinking water in some areas with the intention of improving the health of our teeth, yet there is little evidence to suggest it actually does that. I personally object to this in principle because I see it as forcibly medicating a population. In some cases, it causes a condition called fluorosis which discolours and damages the teeth. Furthermore, fluoride has been associated with lowering IQ, arthritis, bone cancer and abnormal foetal development in pregnant women. It is easily removed by distillation.
Chlorine (and chloramines) has been added to our drinking water in order to kill bacteria in the water, however it can have a damaging effect to the human body too and has been linked to cancer and genetic damage. While water companies argue that chlorine evaporates from the water within half an hour, it’s unlikely that you will leave your water for half an hour for this to happen. Distillation removes chlorine.
Bottled water contains micro-plastics
Recent research shows that even bottled water is potentially unsafe. In a study, 93% of the bottled water tested contained microplastics, the 7% which did not, all came in glass bottles.
So how do you get no-tox, pure water?
The only way to get absolutely pure water is to use a water distiller. Other technologies exist: Reverse Osmosis creates pretty pure water but only distilled water is absolutely pure. Meanwhile water filters do not generally remove many of the contaminants in water at all. If you do get a distiller make sure it is a quality make that will last and ideally can be serviced in the UK. Also make sure you get one with a charcoal filter to remove VOCs.
William Fryer MA Oxon
William is a Human Scientist and director of http://www.megahome-distillers.co.uk/. Having worked for 22 years in the corporate environment he is now studying a medical degree. His interests include: human beings, white water kayaking and walking in rugged environments.
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