If you think you're doing your health a favour by drinking plenty of water every day, watch out. The water straight out of your tap might be making you sicker instead of healthier. Here's why....
Drinking water is great for your health. But did you know that it still might have a load of unhealthy chemicals and bacteria that might make you sick?
Tap water could contain lead and copper
When doctors diagnose people with metal poisoning, the first thing they must do is avoid tap water, reports Greatist
That's because tap water can have lead and copper in it from rusty, old pipes in your house. If your home or office is older than 1970, you probably have some level of lead or copper poisoning from the water, reports Greatist.
The government's water filtration doesn't take out industrial waste
Anything from arsenic to rocket fuel could be sitting in your glass at any moment! There is such a huge amount of industrial waste that goes into our water supply each year. The government doesn't have the time or money to filter these contaminants out properly.
In fact, they're okay with you drinking arsenic - each poison has a Maximum Contaminant Level when it becomes unacceptable in drinking water. And that level is way above zero most of the time.
These toxins can build up in your system and cause kidney damage, chronic disease and metal poisoning. The worst part is, this damage happens so slowly that most people don't even realize that they feel a little bit worse every year.
Luckily, you don't have to let tap water make you sick. You can enjoy the health benefits of water without the risks of tap water.
Filter your water for pure health
There are many ways to avoid tap water. Buying bottled water is expensive, and all that plastic is bad for the environment. The best way is to install a water purifier
so you can always have pure water from the tap - whether it's for drinking or cooking.