What does tap water contain? (Day 4)

Day 4 of  the 50 Day Health Challenge from Don Colbert’s Seven Pillars of Health takes a look at all the bad stuff that tap water contains. It really is a bummer, because 50 years ago you could dig a well and have pure and clean water to drink and now because we have polluted the heck out of our world, you can find only a handful of spots on the earth that have pure water.

Chemicals in our tap water

This wasn’t much of a surprise to me, but because of all the industrial pollution and even household items that we use, the water supplies of cities in the U.S. are all contaminated with chemicals.

Some interesting facts about all the chemicals in our tap water…

  • The government has identified more than 2000 chemicals in our drinking water
  • Most water-testing plants only perform test on as few as 30-40 chemicals

Agricultural pollutants

Apparently 2 billion pounds of pesticides are used on our agriculture each year! Which with 250 million Americans, that equates to about 8 pounds of pesticides for each of us! And as you could have guessed, those pesticides go into the ground and streams and make their way into municipal water supplies.

Drugs in your tap water?

You betcha. People take drugs (legal and non) and after consuming it, part of it goes down the toilet. Many wastewater treatment plants filter the water to be used for household use – while they filter the water, they still miss many of these drugs. Scientists have found antibiotics, homones, painkillers, and dozens of other drugs in public drinking water.

Chlorinated Water

Water treatment plants use chlorine to kill alot of microorganisms in the water supply. It does this effectively, but at a cost. Chlorinated water can destroy nutrients like Vitamin A, B, C, E. Some studies show that Acne can even clear up just by switching to chlorinated drinking water! There are a lot of studies to indicate that bladder cancer can be caused by chlorinated drinking water as well!

Fluoride in your tap water

There is a lot of debate over this one, but it seems pretty clear to me that there is very little (if any benefit) to having in our city water supplies. It does slightly help minimize tooth decay, but it is a very toxic substance – that is why you have to call the poison control if you swallow toothpaste! It also, “partially inhibits a hundred different enzymes in the body.”

If you want to find out more about why fluoride is so bad check out the Fluoride Deception.  Also, if you want to avoid using it in your toothpaste, I recommend making your own natural toothpaste.


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