All you need to know about Drinking Water
Drinking Water is that water which is safe to drink and for food preparation. it is also known as potable water. Well, Water is essential for life and we cannot live without water, but the requirement of amount of Drinking Water is variable. It depends on physical activity, age, health issues and environment conditions. Water makes up about 60% of weight in men and 55% of weight in women. Infants are about 70% to 80% water while the elderly are around 45%. Many people are still drinking unsafe water which is infectious. The WHO considers access to safe Drinking Water a basic human right. This is a problem that causes 30,000 deaths each week throughout the world.
Advantages of Drinking Water
Water provides plenty of advantages to our body. Our bodies are around 60% of water. We should drink at least 8 glasses of water per day to get its benefits. Some advantages are:
- Water increases brain power and provides energy.
- Drinking Water relieves fatigue.
- Helps in digestion
- Helps in loosing weight.
- Flushes out toxins.
- It treats many diseases, such as headaches and migraine.
- Helps to replenish skin tissues, moisturizes it and reduces the signs of aging.
- It boosts immunity system.
- Drinking more water helps in relieving constipation.
- Helps to treat kidney stones.
But with the passage of time and advent of technology, Water is introduced with so many contaminents that are really harmful for us. I would like to share the knowledge regarding these contaminents with you so that you can take conscious decision in regard to water that you should be using for drinking and for food preparation specifically.
Drinking Water contamination
The water we drink may contain natural or man-made contaminants. Some contaminants cannot be detected by human senses. It works like slow poison and thus may take years for problem to get highlighted. Drinking Water sources may contain a variety of contaminants which includes microorganisms, inorganic chemicals, organic chemicals and disinfection byproducts. EPA (environment protection agency) and DPA are both responsible for the safety of Drinking Water. FDA (food drug administration) regulates bottled Drinking Water and EPA regulates Drinking Water provided by public water systems. When contaminants are introduced into the natural environment, it pollutes the water at high level. The water of rivers, lakes, oceans has become very contaminated and one of the reasons for this is human himself. Especially, In Johannesburg, South Africa, Agiers, Algeria, Harare, Zimbabwe, Mexico city, New Delhi, Las Vegas, Bogota Colombia, Dhaka, Jakarta, Kabul, Manila, Afghanistan, Philippines, water pollution occurs the most.Water near agricultural areas may contain harmful contaminants from pesticide or fertilizer application. It may increase risk of cancer, impair eyes, liver, kidney and other body functions. Water near industrial areas have similar problems. Common contaminants are: Aluminium, Ammonia, Arsenic, Barium, Lead, Silver, Uranium, Radium, Copper, Chromium etc.
Arsenic in Drinking Water
71% of our earth is filled with water, but very little of that is for humans to drink. The arsenic is found naturally in the rocks in the earth’s crust. it can be found in Drinking Water, but the water which contains arsenic can affect health very badly. Symptoms of high levels of arsenic in body includes stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, attacks on nerves system also. It also affects skin very much. Long-term usage of low amounts of arsenic in Drinking Water can increase the risk of certain cancers such as: Skin, Liver, Kidney, Bladder, Lungs
Since the last decade, bottled water market is growing very fast. Bottled water is the packaged Drinking Water which is safe, purified and free from contamination. It comes in plastic bottles and glass bottles and easily available in nearby retail stores and supermarkets. While these bottles are handy and easy to carry still they have some side effects too. Bottled water manufacturers are introducing water with health benefits and new flavors. It has given very good business to the industry and its demand is also growing from the last decade, owing to health and wellness concerns, use of plastic bottles at regular basis has some harmful effects, owing to presence of chemicals such as biphenyl A(b p a) can cause neurological diseases and behavioral problems among children. BPA is an endocrine disruptor means it interferes with your hormonal functions. so look for that bottles that say “bpa free” on the label to minimize the side effects. In this water, there is a lack of fluoride which can increase tooth decay and gum diseases especially in children. So, try not to use bottled water at daily basis.
Drinking Water in USA
While the Quality of Drinking Water in USA is good. There is nearly one-in-four chance that the tap water is unsafe to drink. Tap water in USA has hard water. The U.S. public water systems provide drinkable tap water and most of them add chlorine to sterilize the water but to ensure this sterilization, you have to boil the water. According to the latest research, Tap water in USA is safe from health point as well because it is regulated by U. S. EPA.
Fluoride in Drinking Water
Fluoride is a reduced form of the chemical element fluorine. Fluoride is necessary for dental health. Fluoride is often added to the public water supplies in order to reduce the problem of tooth decay. Moreover, fluoride itself may be dangerous at high levels. Excessive fluoride causes a disease named ‘Fluorosis’ which mostly effects children under 8 years during tooth development. It leaves white streaks or dots on the enamel of a tooth. Fluoride can also become concentrated in bone stimulating bone cell growth and weakening the skeleton. So, we should take the proper amount of fluoride in water, not more than that. In 2011, the WHO suggested a level of fluoride from 0.5 to 1.5 mg/l (milligrams per liter). In a research, it has found that India is one of the most fluorosis affected countries with large number of people suffering. This is because a large number of Indians rely on ground water for drinking purposes and water at many places is rich in fluoride. Currently about 372 million people receive artificially fluoridated water including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ireland, Malaysia, U.S., Vietnam, Sweden, Mexico, China, Sri Lanka, Finland, Zimbabwe and more. People of U.S. are drinking fluoridated water more than the rest of the world combined. According to a research, RO water can remove many typical impurities from water, but it also remove fluoride from water which can cause tooth problems. So, we should drink proper amount of fluoride for safe tooth and health.
Lead in Drinking Water
Lead is a toxic metal that can be harmful to human health. It can enter drinking water when service pipes that contain lead corrode, especially where the water has high acidity or contains low mineral content. It can harm children, infants and fetuses more than adults. It can lead to damaging their nervous system, learning disabilities, shorter stature, impaired hearing and impaired formation and function of blood cells. In adults it can impart kidney problems, reproductive problems, can increase blood pressure problem and incidence of hypertension. If you are unsure about the acidity and mineral content in the water you are drinking, get it checked for labortary.
Water is a basic need of everyone for live and we should be aware of what we are drinking as the form of water. My only reason for writing this article is this. So, drink good water and keep living healthy.