Is Drinking Tap Water Healthy?
You are probably here because you have heard somewhere that there is some bad stuff in tap water that raised the question, “Is drinking tap water healthy?”
Or maybe you are paranoid, like me. You just have an innate tendency to distrust anything that is so conveniently piped into nearly everyone’s home. I always had that with television, and I am now very glad that I did! If there were evil “powers that be” who wanted to control us, what better way to do so than through the “essential” conveniences nearly all of us have at our fingertips all day, every day, some of which we find to be necessities for life?
That is as far as I will go on the conspiracy pedestal. But to answer the question “Is tap water healthy?”, there are going to be some varying factors as to the degree of how healthy (or toxic) your tap water is. Like where you live (here is a website with a link to a directory of sorts, where, if you live in the US, you can check by zip code to see what toxins and how much of those toxins are in the tap water in your community). There is also some very educational reading on this website.
Another key factor to discovering how toxic your tap water is is the age of your home, and it’s plumbing. You could be ingesting a lot of lead, if your home was built before 1986, before lead pipes were banned.
What Is In Tap Water That Is Bad for You?
Besides the lead I just mentioned, other toxins that are quite likely in your tap water are arsenic, fluorine, nitrate, chlorine, mercury, DDT and other pesticides and herbicides, as well as many, many other things that should never be ingested.
Most of these get into our water from the soil or the atmosphere. We can’t blame it all on governments and evil oligarchies. We can, however, hold them accountable for telling us our tap water is safe, when it likely contains amounts of some of these toxins that are exponentially higher than the regulations they claim to uphold allow.
Is Bottled Water Purified, Really? And Does Purified Water Contain Fluoride?
I will point you to a favorite website, where you can see a slough of bottled water brands that were tested, and which brands are truly purified, as well as the many that only claim to be. These tests were performed for fluoride content, specifically: https://truthaboutfluoride.com/bottled-water-without-fluoride/
What Is In Purified Water? Safest Bottled Water Brands
To find out what are the safest bottled water brands overall, here is a website that is very thorough.
Many brands of bottled water tested, which claim to be pure and “natural” (beware that word) are chemically indistinguishable from tap water. That is because most of them are tap water! However, some of these are filtered much better than others.
So, Is Drinking Bottled Water Safe?
Well, here’s the thing. Even the best brands of bottled water come in plastic bottles, with some rare exceptions. And that plastic leaches harmful chemicals into the water, which is obviously not good. These chemicals include antimony, phthalates, bisphenol A and fluorene-9-bisphenol.
So… I will answer the question of whether or not bottled water is safe by saying that, generally speaking, you are better off drinking filtered tap water. That is what most bottled water is anyway, without the plastic factor. And you will save a lot of money in the long run if you get yourself a good filter.
Water Filters: Does Filtering Water Remove Fluoride?
I have heard it argued that the only way to affectively remove all fluoride from water is by the process of reverse osmosis. Whether or not this is true, the fact is that reverse osmosis (as well as other purification methods, i.e. distillation and de-ionization) removes most of the essential minerals from the water in addition the poison.
How to Remove Fluoride from Tap Water
He has tested a whole bunch of well-known and not-so-known water filters, from pitchers to whole-home systems, and lists his results.
Casey does not seem to subscribe to the claim that reverse osmosis is the only way to successfully remove virtually all fluoride from tap water. And I have begun to agree with him. However, there is still the issue of reverse osmosis removing the good stuff, as well as the bad. So I have been looking for the filter system that is the most effective and does not utilize the reverse osmosis process.
What’s the Best Water Filter?
I have deduced, through Casey’s findings and much research elsewhere, what seems to me (and people I have talked to who own one) to be the best overall filter for removing fluoride and other poisons from tap water, while leaving the essential minerals alone.
I don’t often place affiliate links directly into the content of these posts, unless the product is something I am solidly behind because I am utterly confident in it. This would be one such product:
21,000,000 Americans Drink Water that Violates U.S. Health Standards.
What’s the Best Water Filter Pitcher?
If you are a water filter pitcher person, and have realised that your Brita is not really cutting it (sorry, Brita), here is the very best water filter pitcher available (which removes 98% of fluoride from tap water, as well as all of any other toxin you can name).
ClearlyFiltered Water Pitcher
Do not buy this from Amazon–it will cost significantly more, and this pitcher is already fairly pricey. But you do get every bit of what you pay for.
Traditionally, water pitchers have not been serious filtration devices.
The Clearly Filtered® Water Pitcher with Affinity® Filtration Technology changes everything, removing up to 99.9% of 365+ harmful and dangerous tap water contaminants. That’s more than the 3 leading brand name pitchers combined.
I can also recommend (based on thorough testing) Epic Water Filters.
Please don’t shoot the messenger.
We have answered the questions, Is drinking tap water healthy?, and Does filtering water remove fluoride?,
as well as pointing to what the safest bottled water brands are on the market.
We have also touched on just what is in tap water that is bad, as well as addressing what is in purified water, and why it is better to just buy a water filter, in most cases.
We have discovered how to remove fluoride from tap water (and why you should), and what’s the best water filter system as well as the best water filter pitcher.
We have talked a bit about what has become more and more of a fascination with me over the last few years, which is fluoride, and why it is very bad for us. If you would like to know more about all of the ways that fluoride is highly toxic, and why on earth they would put a certified neurotoxin in our drinking water on purpose, you can read our article about it here.
There you have it. I hope this was a valuable read for you, and please leave your thoughts and/or questions below.