There are not too many things more essential to your overall health than water. Water plays a role in the health of your muscles, joints, heart, skin, and even your brain. Every aspect of your body needs water to work properly. However, if you’re used to drinking straight from the tap, you may want to consider filtering your water. Here are some reasons why.
Tap water is dirtier than it seems.
Your water may be crystal clear and taste okay, but it’s likely to contain many hidden impurities that aren’t too good for your health. Your tap water travels through miles and miles of pipes, picking up contaminants, pesticides, and industrial runoff along the way. As a necessary precaution, water is usually disinfected using chlorine, ammonia, and/or chloramines to help prevent waterborne illnesses. But even then, there can still be many contaminants in your water with unknown long-term effects to your health.
Bottled water isn’t much better.
While buying bottled water is an option, it is incredibly wasteful. More than 100 million plastic bottles are used worldwide every day, and only 1 out of 5 bottles gets recycled; the rest become litter or get buried somewhere. Plastic water bottles are also petroleum based, so in the United States alone, it takes 1.5 million barrels of oil to meet production demands.
Filtration systems benefit your health, your wallet, and the planet.
Filtering your own tap water is the best way to get rid of most of those contaminants in your water. Not only that, water filters save you from spending money on countless bottles of water that might eventually end up polluting our planet.
Here are a few solutions for filtering your water at home:
Use an under-the-counter water filter.
Under-the counter water filters like the BestWater MTS 2000U – undercounter are great options if you want something that connects directly to your sink and is tucked away out of sight. However, this is one of the more expensive options and requires some installation.
Use a countertop water filter.
Systems like the BestWater MTS 2000U – countertop use water pressure to force water through the filtration process. While this takes up more counter space, it has minimal installation with no permanent fixtures.
Use a filtered water pitcher.
Water pitchers are a favorite because they are portable, need no installation, and are usually small enough to fit in the fridge door. Try the Get Clean® Water Starter Pack with a pitcher and a refillable carbon-block pitcher filter system designed to reduce environmental waste to help keep the planet green.
Use Reusable bottles with filters.
It’s always a good idea to get in the habit of using reusable water bottles. Some reusable water bottles have their own filters built in, so all you have to do is fill them with tap water and you’re ready to go.
Use a showerhead filter.
We don’t always think about filtering the water we’re bathing in, but you probably don’t want to shower with exposure to chlorine, carcinogens, and vaporized chemical contaminants every day. If you’re not able to get a showerhead filter, you can cut down your exposure to water contaminants by shortening your showers and lowering the water temperature so that the pores in your skin are less open to absorbing contaminants.
Let’s strive to filter our water every day to safeguard our health, cut down on waste, and live green for the planet. Drink up!