7 Reasons to NEVER Drink Tap Water

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By Joshua Corn

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Did you know that the average adult human body is 55-60% water? (Babies’ bodies are closer to 75%.) The brain is made up of about 70% water, and the lungs, closer to 90%! This means that the quality of the water you drink has an enormous impact on the quality of your health.

Unfortunately, high quality drinking water is increasingly difficult to come by in this day and age. Most health conscious Americans know that, while we are lucky in this country to have access to water that is largely free of disease-causing microorganisms, drinking plain old, unfiltered tap water is generally not a great idea.

What’s wrong with tap water?

Recent analyses of municipal drinking water have shown that, despite government regulations, there are still many dangerous contaminants present in our water, even after it has gone through municipal water treatment facilities.

In fact, these water treatment facilities often actually contribute to the problem by adding dangerous chemicals like fluoride and chlorine to water as part of the treatment process. The water regulations and treatment methods used in the U.S. are old and outdated and do little to address the assortment of toxic chemicals that are currently present in our environment. The Safe Drinking Water Act only regulates 91 potential water contaminants. Yet there are more than 60,000 chemicals used within the U.S., many of which have been identified as probable carcinogens. According to some estimates, there are now more than 2,100 known chemical toxins present in U.S. tap water. Additionally, many municipalities transport their water in antiquated, corroded pipes, which may leach toxic heavy metals into the water after it has been treated.

Here’s a rundown of some of the chemicals that are more than likely lurking in your tap water:

1. Fluoride

For over 50 years, the U.S. government has mandated that fluoride be added to the water supply to prevent dental problems. However, current research has shown that fluoride, a chemical that is used in rat poison, does a lot more harm than good. The fluoride found in tap water has actually been shown to damage tooth enamel, increase fracture risk, suppress immune and thyroid function, increase cancer risk and disrupt the function of the pineal gland.

Many European countries have banned the use of fluoride altogether, and there is a large activist movement of people working to get fluoride banned in the U.S. Visit FluorideAlert.org to learn more.

2. Chlorine

Water treatment facilities use chlorine as a disinfectant. It effectively kills microorganisms, but also has toxic effects on the human body. Chlorine has been identified as a leading cause of bladder cancer, and has been associated with rectal and breast cancers, asthma, birth defects and premature aging of skin.

3. Radioactive contaminants

Radioactive fallout from Japan has been detected in drinking water supplies throughout the U.S. As of last week, radioactive iodine-131 had been detected in drinking water samples from 13 U.S. cities. Radioactive cesium and tellurium isotopes have also been detected at low levels in some cities. (You can view this data on the EPA’s website.) The health implications of this radioactive contamination are yet unknown, but the EPA has said it will continue to monitor the situation.

4. Pharmaceutical drugs

Recent investigations have shown that an increasing number of pharmaceutical drugs are finding their way into our drinking water. Drugs ranging from antibiotics and birth control pills to painkillers, antidepressants and other psychiatric medications are now showing up in most municipal water supplies.

5. Hexavalent chromium

Earlier this year, an Environmental Working Group report revealed that hexavalent chromium, a chemical identified as a “probably carcinogen by the EPA,” is present in high concentrations in 31 U.S. cities. This is the chemical made famous by the movie, Erin Brockovitch, which chronicled the case brought against Pacific Gas and Electric for contaminating the water in an area of Southern California and poisoning thousands of people. Yet despite its known toxicity, there are no government regulations for hexavalent chromium in drinking water.

6. Lead, aluminum and other heavy metals

Lead and other heavy metals can make their way into your tap water through corrosion of the pipes in your plumbing system. Lead consumption has been linked to severe developmental delays and learning disorders in children. Aluminum and other heavy metals have been linked to nerve, brain and kidney damage. Currently, some municipalities still transport water in lead pipes.

7. Arsenic

Arsenic is a poisonous element known to be extremely carcinogenic. The Natural Resources Defense Council estimates as many as 56 million Americans drink water containing unsafe levels of arsenic. For more information, see the USGS website, which offers maps showing where and to what extent arsenic occurs in ground water across the U.S.

So what are the healthier alternatives to tap water?

So what is the best way to ensure that the water you drink is supporting your health, rather than damaging it? We’ll explore this topic next week, but in the meantime, I’d love to know your thoughts on the matter. Are you concerned about fluoride, chlorine or other chemicals found in your drinking water? Do you filter your water? Drink bottled water? Please leave a comment below.

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About the author:

Josh-CornJoshua Corn is the Editor-in-Chief of the natural health and wellness site, Live in the Now. Josh is a health freedom advocate and veteran of the natural health industry. He has been actively involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years, and has been dedicated to the promotion of health, vitality, longevity and natural living throughout his career.

Josh has successfully overcome several personal health challenges through natural means, and believes that sharing information can empower people to take control of their health so they can solve their own problems and live life to its fullest potential.

Josh is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now. Additionally he serves as CEO of SAN, a company that has been formulating premium dietary supplements since 1995. Josh is currently working on his first book about natural health, and gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show.

In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, yoga practitioner, animal lover and father of two sons who remind him every day to “live in the now”.


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  • Still so shocking that Fluoride is put in the water on purpose. Crazier that it is in most oral products & recommended by many dentists. Especially dangerous for children. Water is our Life.

  • David Holmes

    I have been using Zero Water filter system for drinking water, but I’ve noticed skin burns and some kind of residue in my hair after showering. Wondering if they makes a good shower filter? Can’t believe fluoride in drinking water hasn’t been stopped!!

  • Charlene

    The chemical used most to so call “fluoridate” drinking water is called hydrofluosilisic acid, a by product of the production of phosphate fertilizer . It comes from the pollution control devices required by the EPA. The pollution is captured and placed in the drinking water. It contains high levels of arsenic and lead. Fluoride is a protected pollutant. People need to go to their local elected officials and as them to stop adding this toxic chemical to the water.

  • clare

    bottled water. i choose to drink eartH2O brand.

  • cathieG

    I use a reverse osmosis water filtering system. It removes everything, and that means you need to take a good mineral and vitamin supplement to make up for that. here in Scotland, we have so far managed to oppose fluoridation, mainly because of a dreadful experiment that took place in the Fifties here. Fluoride was added to drinking water and had many adverse effects on the population.
    In spite of this, some officials are trying to bring it back. In Blackpool, one of them has made it ok to be added to milk cartons that kids drink at school!!!!Crazy world!

  • Nicole

    As of now, I buy gallons of distilled water for drinking. I am currently searching for a better solution. I would like to buy a filtered water bottle that I can carry with me everywhere. Right now I am considering Clearly Filtered, but have not done much research.

  • jim triplett

    i have learned to structure all water through a unit that neutralizes the frequency of chemicals. it does no good to filter water, because it is a liquid crystal and holds memory of all toxins it has been in previous contact with. bottled water is not a safe choice either. all water that flows through miles of pipe is denatured and energy dead. the body cells need alive water full of energy for hydration.

  • Dan

    I 100% agree that our drinking water isn’t what we’d all like it to be and parts of the country have it worse off than others. However, when people write these online stories without adding the scientific literature needed to cite from, it’s a biased article. Maybe I just can’t find it, but I don’t see any references to any of this information he’s putting on this page. Just because he’s been working in the health industry for 15 years doesn’t mean anything unless he cites his work. It’s the same with good and bad science. While bad science does get through form time to time, most of it isn’t accepted. While much of this article may be true, there are also many widely accepted studies that look at it a little bit different. It’s my opinion that the areas that need to be worked on are the regions heavy in coal plants, and other industrial facilities. As for switching to bottled water. How many more studies do we need to show that exhibit bottled water being nothing more than filtered tap water at best. Not to mention a huge waste of resources just to make the product

  • Mr David R Holmes

    Zero Water removes fluoride and was sent to Japan for free to clean radioactivity from drinking water. Google it, great product, 5 stage filter system.

  • Valarie Hurrle

    Bottled water; however, as stupid as it sounds, I use tap for ice cubes, only because it’s awkward to fill the trays from the water dispenser.

    • Janna

      Tap water has less chemicals than bottled! do you know how many toxic chemicals are in the water from plastic bottles?

  • I have been researching safe bottled water (well, aside from the BPA in the plastic) in the US. Crystal Geyser seems to be decent. Bottled right at the source from a few mountainous areas. No fluoride is added. Nothing added. If you live near a Trader Joe’s their private label water is also Crystal Geyser. So aside from chemtrails, it is probably better than most.

    • Vanessa

      No such thing as safe bottled water sorry!

  • Leo

    I refuse to drink the local tap water since a few years ago the local council went against the locals wishes and started fluoride intoxication of our local supply.
    I use filtered tap water for coffee, boiled first and bottled water for drinking. I recycle the plastic bottles.

    Some tell me the bottled water is no different to tap water but it freezes quicker, boils quicker and tastes a heck of a lot better.
    The less impurities in water, the quicker it freezes or boils.

    Why are we getting poisoned off, if not the water supply there’s the crap jets are spraying……

    • Vanessa

      You don’t know good water if you think bottled water is good! Sorry!

  • Vanessa

    Bottled water is a SCAM! I know I will never drink bottled water again! It can sit in a warehouse somewhere for over a year soaking up all the thousands of chemicals from the plastic! It’s no better than tap water! Kangen is the only water I will ever drink since getting educated! It’s full of antioxidants, highly oxygenated, highly alkalized 8.0-9.5 for drinking! Not to forget it’s micro clustered and will hydrate you on a cellular level! 2.5 acidic water for killing germs! It kills ecoli on contact! And 11.5 alkaline for cleaning pesticides and other harmful chemicals off your fruits and vegetables! All from one machine!!!!

  • Karen

    Can’t drink tap water as it congaing all of the above. Can’t drink bottles water as it contains some of the above and different bacteria, and the bottles they come give off a chemical which causes cancer. Can’t drink rain water it it contains acids and chemicals etc from the atmosphere, can’t drink bore water as it contains some shit, can’t drink ocean water for the obvious reasons…
    F#$K all that shit…we’re gonna die anyway, if not from all that, form some other crap!

  • Tammy

    We filter our drinking water from the tap. I know it doesn’t remove the bad stuff but it makes it taste a little better. Looking forward to hearing what is the best source to drink from.

    • Vanessa

      Kangen water is the absolute best water you can drink! Don’t believe me, do your homework and drink it for a month to find out! Anything else will not compare!

  • NATURES way to purify water has always been with evaporation and condensation – aka “distillation”…
    Minerals must be obtained from PLANTS – not dirt… Do your research, and don’t believe much of what you read if they try saying that “distilled water” is somehow bad for you… this is nothing more than pure H2O… Minerals are for plants. Living organisms need living organic compounds…

  • joey

    You don’t have to wait till next week I’m going to tell you now… Distilled water is the most pure removes it all… Reverse osmosis is a good second best but some of the sub par ones may not remove everything so I will even distill reverse osmosis water to get the most pure water possible… Or drink any distilled waters.. there are 4 of them…

  • facts

    Please check your facts in the research literature. Fluoridation reduces dental decay in up to 40% of children & 27% of adults, and there are no long term risks (they researched cancer etc.) provided it is below a safe level. Fluoride actually occurs naturally in water people… I grew up in a fluoridated tap water city and I have had no cavities. Paying for the dentist will negate any expensive filtration system you have!
    Wikipedia has a well rounded article on the water fluoridation controversy.