Featured Group Talk Health — 06 June 2011
What’s in Tap?

By Kristeen Uzoh,
Special to Grouptrails.

Ever wonder what lurks in that glass of water from your faucet? The answer may startle you. Truth is, there is a hoard of harmful chemicals and solvents exiting your tap with each turn of the faucet. Present are heavy metals, arsenic, lead, chlorination, fluoride and petrochemicals. All of which can cause serious health issues.

In some cases tap water has been at the root of various intestinal disorders, such as typhoid, cholera, paratyphoid fever, bacillary dysentery, jaundice and poliomyelitis. With each glass you could even be ingesting protozoa! Whoa!

No wonder bottled water became such a fad. When faced with the realities of the quality of ground/tap water, the most common and most logical reaction is to turn to the bottle. But not all bottled water types are equal. There are no regulations on bottled water, and as a result, the water found in some bottles is as contaminated if not more contaminated than the water in your sink

There are 3 main types of bottled water:

  • Spring water – emanating from an underground natural spring; usually ozone-filtered; great as long as the source isn’t polluted.
  • Distilled water – boiled and re-condensed to where all impurities are removed. However, beneficial minerals are also removed. Pure H2O. Often used for lab experiments.
  • Drinking water – water intended to be ingested by humans. Filtered and mineral balanced. Can be filtered by several processes, the best of which is Reverse Osmosis.

Numerous types of bacteria have been found in distilled and even spring water. So what is the consumer to do? Experts agree the cleanest water is bottled drinking water purified by “reverse osmosis”, osmosis meaning movement.

How Does Reverse Osmosis Work?

Reverse osmosis is a process in which water passes through a semi permeable membrane used to act as an ultra fine filter, removing salt and other pollutants from water. It is extremely effective in removing bacteria, pyrogens, and organic contaminants. This is the same process astronauts use for purification on the space station.

What to Look For

It’s best to read the label when selecting bottled water so you know what you’re getting. All brands state the process by which the water was purified. Look for drinking water that says it has been purified by REVERSE OSMOSIS.

Not only is it free of harmful chemicals and bacteria, but it has a refreshing taste that makes it thoroughly enjoyable.

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