Water quality is a subject that’s been big news lately. Australian residents are being warned of lead in their water due because of some plumbing products. Australia’s tap water is some of the worlds safest water so let’s take a look at some of the nastiest water contaminants that may be pouring out of your faucet.


Toxins in Your Drinking Water

1. Fluoride

Adding fluoride to drinking water is a process that began back in the 1940s to help reduce tooth decay. It sounds like a noble cause, but fluoride is a neurotoxin and an endocrine disruptor. It can harm the thyroid gland and calcify the pineal gland. It’s so toxic that several countries have banned water fluoridation

2. Chlorine

Chlorine has disinfectant properties that make it useful for cleaning products and swimming pools. It’s even used to sanitize sewage and industrial waste. Chlorine is added to drinking water as a purification technique, despite not being completely safe.

Chlorine is a reactive chemical that bonds with water, including the water in your gut, to produce poisonous hydrochloric acid. Chlorine exposure can cause respiratory problems and damage cells. Long term effects include memory loss and impaired balance.

3. Lead

Corroded pipes are releasing up to ten times the allowable amount of lead into the water. Lead is toxic to almost every organ and affects children the worst. Developmental issues, stunted growth, deafness, behavioural problems, learning disabilities, and brain damage can all result from exposure to lead. If ingested during pregnancy, lead can cause premature birth. Lead exposure has even been linked to autism, prostate cancer, and reproductive problems for both men and women. It’s damaging to the cardiovascular system and kidneys, too.

4. Mercury

Although mercury is a naturally occurring element, “natural” does not mean “safe.” Mercury is extremely toxic and can cause brain damage, blindness, nerve damage, cognitive disability, impairment of motor functions, headaches, weakness, muscle atrophy, tremors, mood swings, memory loss, and skin rashes.

A byproduct of mining and industrial practices, mercury vapour can linger in the atmosphere and ride the winds halfway around the globe.

5. PCBs

PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, are chemicals used for industrial purposes such as insulation, machinery, oil, paints, adhesives, electronics, and fluorescent lights.

Although PCBs were banned in 1979, they’re still present in landfills and pose a danger to the environment. PCBs break down slowly and infiltrate the environment. They have been found in snow and sea water thousands of miles from where they were produced.

Animal tests have found PCBs to cause cancer and negatively affect the immune, reproductive, nervous, and endocrine systems.

6. Arsenic

Arsenic, despite being poisonous, is used in a multitude of industrial processes. Environmental contamination may result from improper waste disposal, or from poorly-planned wells that hit a natural source.

Arsenic poisoning can cause vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and even death in severe cases. Long-term exposure can lead to skin cancer, lung cancer, and bladder cancer. In Taiwan, arsenic causes “Blackfoot disease,” a type of gangrene that causes blood vessels to die and rot.

7. Perchlorate

Perchlorates are a key ingredient in rocket fuel and explosives. They dissolve easily and seep into groundwater from military and industrial sites. It’s believed that perchlorates have contaminated much of the Colorado River. The problem is severe; almost all humans will test positive for perchlorates, which attack the thyroid.

8. Dioxins

Dioxins are released during combustion, such as the burning of hazardous waste, forest fires, cigarette smoke, and burning oil and coal. They settle in the environment and destroy water sources.

Short-term exposure can cause lesions and respiratory problems. Long-term exposure can affect the immune, nervous, endocrine, and reproductive systems. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has declared dioxins are carcinogenic. In developing fetuses, dioxin poisoning can cause birth defects or stillbirth.

9. DDT (Dichloro-Diphenyl-Trichloroethane)

DDT was used as an insecticide in the 1940s to combat insect-borne diseases like malaria and typhus. It had widespread use as an agricultural insecticide until it was banned in the United States in 1972 due to environmental concerns.

It remains in use in other parts of the world and is still a major health concern for all of us. DDT molecules are persistent and can travel vast distances in the atmosphere.

Animal testing has found DDT causes reproductive problems and liver damage. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has declared DDT is a cancer risk.

10. HCB

Until 1965, HCB, or Hexachlorobenzene, was used as a pesticide. Production has been banned, but it is still formed as a byproduct from the production of other chemicals. A large dose can result in death. Smaller doses can lead to liver disease and skin lesions. The EPA has classified HCB as a probable cancer source.

In Anatolia, Turkey in the late 1950’s, over 4500 people suffered HCB poisoning as a result of tainted grain. Over 500 people died, including children. 30 years later, follow-up studies found that the breast milk of women in the area still contained up to 150 times the amount of HCB allowed in cow’s milk.

11. Dacthal

Dacthal (dimethyl tetrachloroterephthalate, or DCPA) is an herbicide that contaminates soil and water sources. Unlike HBA and DDT, Dacthal is still in use today. Animal tests have found dacthal damages the adrenal glands, kidneys, liver, thyroid, and spleen.

12. MTBE

MtBE (methyl tertiary-butyl ether) is a gasoline additive that can render large quantities of groundwater completely undrinkable. In 1996, the city of Santa Monica, CA found this out the hard way and the city had to shut down 50% of its water supply and pay for replacement water.

The health effects of MtBE are not understood. Animal tests have linked it to kidney damage, seizures, and problems with fetal development.


Further Concerns and Safety

Some people are under the impression that they can remove toxins from water by boiling it. Boiling water kills harmful organisms but does nothing to remove toxic chemicals, compounds, salts, and metals.

If poor-quality tap water is a problem for you, I recommend investing in a quality water filter.

There’s no question — we absolutely cannot live without water. But do we really need to drink alkalized water for our survival? Perhaps not for our ultimate survival, but the science is starting to realise that it maybe be very useful for a healthy & longer life. Advocates of alkaline water believe it can help our bodies stay disease-free, and generally improve all aspects of our health.

What is Alkalised Water?

Alkaline water is less acidic than regular water, this means that it is rich in compounds, including calcium, silica, potassium, magnesium, and bicarbonate. Proponents of alkaline water believe that it can perhaps use the word offset rather than neutralise neutralize the acid in your bloodstream, therefore, helping your body metabolize nutrients more effectively, leading to better health and performance. The idea of drinking alkalised water helps to neutralise the effects of acidosis and helps your body to absorb much-needed nutrients more quickly.

Types of Alkalised Water

While everyone is raving about the effects of alkalised water and alkalised water’s popularity has increased over the years, what most people are not aware of is that there are different ways to Alkalise water, and especially important is the fact that not all alkalised water produces the desired effect.

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Artificially Alkalised

Artificially alkalinised water has undergone a process called ionization or electrolysis to “trick” the water into thinking it has a certain pH, water ionizers split apart water molecules separating the hydrogen and oxygen molecules with electricity to create alkaline water. The water is run over platinum and titanium plates which cause the exchange of ions that make water more alkaline in its pH.

Ionised water does not contain the extra minerals such as magnesium and calcium and some studies show regular consumption of Ionised water for 30days or more, can lead to possible side effects.

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Naturally Alkalised

Naturally Alkalinised water has a chemical makeup that is vastly different from artificially alkaline water. In nature, water flows down mountain streams and picks up alkaline minerals from the porous rock through which it runs, affecting its pH and making it naturally alkaline. Nothing more is done to the water to make it “alkaline”.erals such as magnesium and calcium and some studies show regular consumption of Ionised water for 30days or more, can lead to possible side effects.

A water filtration process known as Reverse Osmosis is quite popular in many countries around the world. Reverse Osmosis systems remove all negative pathogens and heavy metals from the water as well as all of the good minerals to create what is called PURE WATER.

The downside of the Reverse Osmosis systems is that the membrane filter which removes all of the pathogens & heavy metals are non-selective in what they remove meaning all of the good minerals are removed at the same time as the bad pathogens. Drinking PURE WATER completely free of minerals is very dangerous for the human body & should be avoided at all times. If you do drink PURE WATER free of minerals this water when consumed will search for minerals within the organs in your body & rob them from many of your vital organs.

In order to counteract this now mineral deficient “PURE WATER,” it is essential to ADD BACK minerals to the water. The benefit of this concept is that the pathogens have been removed by the Reverse Osmosis system & with technology inbuilt into the filters using natural minerals derived from nature we can input the desired minerals back into the water & therefore our bodies that create higher natural pH or alkalized system.

Benefits

Promotes better hydration: Alkaline water has smaller molecular content making it easier for the body to The body can be hydrated more effectively by drinking alkaline water instead of everyday tap water.

Alkaline Water is an antioxidant: Antioxidants help protect our bodies from free radicals that can cause various health problems, by drinking alkaline water you can help protect your body from diseases that can cause serious health issues.

Effectively balances the pH levels of the body: Alkaline water helps by neutralizing the acid levels in the body. Although it works best as a preventive measure, those who already have an illness or disease can still drink alkaline water to speed up or at the very least assist the recovery process

Detox the Body: A primary benefit of drinking alkaline water is its ability to wash away toxins that cause disease and illness. Drinking plenty of water is vital to good health

Boost the immune system: Keeping our bodies in a more alkaline state will boost the immune system. This is a natural effect of neutralizing the free radicals and helping to cleanse the body of toxins.

Lose Weight: Due to today’s poor diets that consist of a lot of junk food, our bodies create more fat cells to neutralise the acid. This inevitably results in unwanted weight gain. Alkalised water neutralises the acids in the body removing the need for our bodies to create the extra fat cells. Alkalised water helps in weight loss because fat storage is reduced.

Side Effects

Drinking naturally alkaline water is generally considered safe since it contains natural minerals. However, you should use caution with artificial alkaline water, which likely contains fewer minerals necessary for good health than its high pH would have you believe.

Some examples of negative side effects include the lowering of natural stomach acidity, which helps kill bacteria and expel other undesirable pathogens from entering your bloodstream.

Additionally, an overall excess of alkalinity in the body may cause gastrointestinal issues and skin irritations. Too much alkalinity may also agitate the body’s normal pH, leading to metabolic alkalosis, a condition that may produce the following symptoms:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • hand tremors
  • muscle twitching
  • tingling in the extremities or face
  • confusion

The Bottom Line

The benefits of naturally alkaline water are numerous, considering all the ways naturally alkaline water can improve your health, why not add in an extra layer of insurance by drinking alkaline water?

Today’s standard diet seems to be filled with refined sugars, excess sodium, chemical additives, processed foods etc not to mention the excess stress and lack of sleep which many believe attribute to a condition known as acidosis – a process causing increased acidity in the blood and other tissues, which may be associated with health conditions such as heart problems, altered hormones status and the loss of muscle or bone and general bad health, which has got a lot of people talking about alkalised water, so what is Alkalised water and is it beneficial or just another trend?

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The Basics

To understand how alkalised water can benefit us we need a basic understanding of what pH is. pH is a measure of the hydrogen concentration in solution, remember that pH Chart from high school that runs from 0-14? Don’t worry we aren’t going to get very technical here, you just need to remember that the scale runs from 0-14, Neutral pH is 7.0, pH lower than 7.0 is acidic and greater than 7.0 is alkaline.

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How does pH affect me?

Our saliva ranges between 6.8-7.4, while your urine is normally a lot more acidic. For good health, our bodies need to be slightly more alkaline between 7.3 and 7.45. Drinking things like soft drinks have a low pH of around 3.0, whereas tap water has a pH of 7.0, Alkalised water has a much higher alkalinity of 9.0-10.0 pH. In Layman’s terms, eating and drinking foods with low pH (acidic) leads to poor health and eating and drinking foods with high pH (alkaline) leads to good health.

Some health experts believe that the pH balance of our bodies is extremely important, it is believed that most people are too acidic. An understanding of how to keep your blood in an alkaline range is important for maintaining good health.

You put junk in …… junk comes out, by eating a more alkaline diet such as leafy greens, wheatgrass, veggies, sprouts, avocados, juicing, green smoothies & soupsKeeping your bodies pH at the right level is a not mathematical scale based on arithmetic, pH operates on a logarithmic scale with multiples of 10. Therefore, it takes ten times the amount of alkalinity to neutralise the acid. A jump from 7.2 to 7.3 doesn’t seem like a lot but in actuality, it will take ten times the amount of alkalinity to neutralize. 7 to 5 = 100 times. 7 to 4 = 1000 times. 7 to 3 = 10,000 times. Get the picture?

as opposed to an acidic diet such as food high in animal products, processed carbs, refined sugar, coffee as well as booze & cigs the end POSITIVE result will be that over time your body will better absorb chlorophyll, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and oxygen leading to better health.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Wash and cut the pear into large chunks and place them in a jug
  2. Grate the ginger and rub the cloves between your hands to release flavour, then drop as well in the bottle.
  3. Add the cinnamon stick!
  4. Add warm water.
  5. Let it infuse for few hours and enjoy

TIP- For a slight variation you add or use apple instead of pear

In Australia it’s hot and often uncomfortable. If you follow our Facebook page, you will you know we remind everyone constantly to make sure that they are drinking enough, and let’s face it, sometimes it’s hard!

We become water logged and drinking another glass of plain old straight water from the cooler becomes effort. We seek alternatives and quiet often it involves adding artificial flavours or sugars to our diets.

Get Colourful

Water is your body’s source of life. Being hydrated not only improves your health and naturally flushes toxins out of your body, but water also keeps your skin plump and elastic. Infused water is especially beneficial because it makes the act of drinking water more enjoyable, both for the taste buds and the eyes.

Avoid any fruit that’s bruised or overly ripe, or herbs that don’t look fresh. Add the fruit, herbs, spices or whatever you want to use into a bottle of cool water filtered or carbonated water. Use thin slices or small cubes because the flavor will infuse more quickly.

Fruit-infused water is best enjoyed after two-four hours or after it has had a chance to infuse overnight. The length of time it lasts depends entirely on the type of fruit and herbs you use. Basil, for example, only lasts for three days while heartier varieties like rosemary or thyme can last up to seven days.
Fruit infused water is naturally sweet and has only a few calories. As you see, there are plenty of reasons to drink fruit infused water. This beverage is not only healthy and delicious, it’s cost efficient and the kids can help too.

Get Fizzy

Carbonated water (also known as soda water, sparkling water, bubbly water, or fizzy water) is water into which carbon dioxide gas under pressure has been dissolved. … Most carbonated water is sold in ready to drink bottles as carbonated beverages such as soft drinks. Its refreshing and a good alternative to sugary drinks.

Did you know that you can make your own?

There are plenty of products water such as Soda Stream, Siphon Bottles and Home Co2 Keg Systems on the market today that enable you to quickly and cheaply create your own carbonated water.

Carbonated Water is Acidic

Carbon dioxide and water react chemically to produce carbonic acid, a weak acid that’s been shown to stimulate the same nerve receptors in your mouth as mustard. This triggers a burning, prickly sensation that can be both irritating and enjoyable for many people.

The pH of carbonated water is 3–4, which means it’s acidic. However, drinking an acidic beverage like carbonated water does not make your body more acidic. Your kidneys and lungs remove excess carbon dioxide. This keeps your blood at a alkaline pH of 7.35–7.45, regardless of what you eat or drink.

One of the biggest concerns about sparkling water is its effect on teeth, since the enamel is directly exposed to acid. Most studies done on this subject find that sparkling mineral water damaged enamel only slightly more than still water. Furthermore, it was 100 times less damaging than a sugary soft drink.

Is it bad for you?

There is currently no evidence that carbonated or sparkling water is bad for you.

It is not really that harmful for dental health and seems to have no effect on bone health.

Interestingly, a carbonated drink may even enhance digestion by improving swallowing ability and reducing constipation.

It’s also a calorie-free beverage that causes a pleasurable bubbly sensation. Many people prefer it over still water.

There’s no reason to give up this beverage if you enjoy it. In fact, it may actually improve your overall health.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Fill a pitcher with 6 cups of water.
  2. In a small bowl, use your fingers to toss together mint and limes, working the mint leaves to gently release some of their oils and flavor.
  3. Stir limes and mint into the water. Refrigerate for 10 minutes, or up to 2 days for the flavors to infuse into the water. The longer you let it chill, the stronger the water will taste.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Pour 1/2 the water in a pan, bring to boil and remove from heat
  2. Add honey and dried lavender let steep for approximately 20 minutes.
  3. Strain mixture and pour into larger container.
  4. Add lemon juice and the remaining water.  Stir well.
  5. Refrigerate

Lavender can help to relieve Anxiety and Headaches, other ways you can use Lavender

Recipe from healthy holistic living

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Pour water into a pitcher.
  2. Mix lemon slices, lime slices, mint leaves, and cucumber together in a bowl; add to water and stir.
  3. Refrigerate water mixture, stirring 1 time per day, until flavors have infused, 2 to 3 days.

 

Recipe from allrecipes.com

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a pitcher and place in the fridge for up to 24 hours
  2. For a more intense flavour you squeeze in the juice of the oranges and muddle the blueberries

Ingredients

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a large mason jar or glass and stir until combined. Drink immediately or refrigerate for a few hours for a stronger infusion

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