Drinking Water Is Good for You, Right? What You Need to Know May Surprise You
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I think by now we all know the importance of drinking water to stay hydrated. At least I hope. And no, you're not getting enough water in your coffee.1 So, how much water should we all be drinking each day to stay healthy? According to recommendations, about 2.2 liters, or 9 cups, of water for women each day.2 Pregnant? You should up your water intake to 12 or 13 glasses each day. That's a lot, we get it. There's plenty of advice on how to drink more water during pregnancy.3
What about your baby? Please do NOT give your baby water earlier than 6 months, unless advised otherwise by your child's doctor. Why? It could be dangerous to their health. Although water is known as a pure and simple drink, water intake by the youngest babies may inhibit the absorption of essential nutrients by your baby's body. Additionally, a baby who consumes too much water may become ill due to “water intoxication.” This is an ailment caused by too much water intake that dilutes the amount of sodium within the body.
Now that you're aware of how much you should be drinking, there's another important question to consider. Do you know whether or not your drinking water is safe for consumption? Unfortunately, it may not be.
As parents, we do all sorts of things to protect our children. We research and buy the safest cribs and car seats; we visit the doctor for illnesses and check-ups; we carefully consider what they're eating and drinking and doing every day. Or do we?
From USA Today, “As many as 63 million people — nearly a fifth of the United States — from rural central California to the boroughs of New York City, were exposed to potentially unsafe water more than once during the past decade, according to a News21 investigation of 680,000 water quality and monitoring violations from the Environmental Protection Agency.”4
An article from Duke University shares even more fun (*sarcasm) facts, “Here’s a fun fact: according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 41 states had an Action Level Exceedance or ALE in the last three years. This means that those states all reported a higher than acceptable level of lead in their drinking water.”5
A TIME article discusses America's water crisis, noting, “Waterborne disease outbreaks are much more common than most people realize. From 2000 to 2009 in the U.S. there were more than 22,000 cases of Legionella, a respiratory waterborne disease.”6
Aside from lead poisoning and the spread of waterborne diseases, there are some additional things drinking bad water can cause. Like what? Well, according to Environmental Working Group, “Chlorine is commonly used to disinfect drinking water. When it is added to water that contains organic matter such as runoff from farms or lawns, however, it can form compounds called trihalomethanes (THMs) that have been linked to cancer, miscarriages and birth defects.” to name a few …7
Honestly, as you're making your baby's formula or pouring your little one a bedtime drink you do not want to be worrying about whether their water is safe for them to drink. We've been conditioned to think that this problem is limited to other countries, or to areas in crisis, like Flint. But the reality is that our water regulations haven't been updated in too long and things are just going to get worse. This is all really scary stuff, people. And the future state of community water supply and sourcing is looking pretty bleak. So, what can we do to ensure ourselves and our families are drinking clean, safe water?
The AquaTru is a water purification system that removes 15x more contaminants than water filters. It uses ultra reverse osmosis, which is what those super fancy and expensive under the counter systems do, but for a fraction of the cost and in a system that requires no installation or set-up and can go with you if you move.
Why not just use a store-bought pitcher or your fridge dispenser, you ask? Because unfortunately, it's not enough to filter the water. In order to remove all the things that have been found in tap water, including lead, arsenic, carcinogens, pesticides, prescription drug residues, and even rocket fuel, it has to be purified. This is done to bottled water, but our environment (and our wallets) remind us that daily bottled water consumption is really not the way to go.
According to the Pacific Institute, it takes over 17 million barrels of oil to produce the plastic required for bottled waters consumed by Americans in a year, AND it is estimated that it takes 3 liters of water to create 1 liter of bottled water. Seems sort of wasteful and inefficient, right? Not only that, but only 29% of the over 73 billion half-liter bottles of water consumed each year are recycled, meaning 50 billion bottles end up in our landfills or polluting our waterways. If concern for our environment isn't enough to convince you, consuming the daily recommended amount of water from plastic bottles purchased at Costco will cost you $365/year, and those same bottles purchased at a convenience store add up to $1460.
If you want to learn more about how AquaTru‘s water purification system works, check out these videos. (You have to watch them turn soda into pure water!) If you decide to take your family's water quality into your own hands and save money while doing so, then the AquaTru water purification system is for you. Plus, as an EverydayFamily reader, we've snagged an exclusive code to get you $50 off of your purchase.