Invest in Water to Invest in Your Health
We all know that drinking enough water is an important key in keeping your body healthy and your systems cleansed! However, drinking enough tap water may be more stressful for your body to process, than it is helpful.
Yes, the government regulates tap water, but they only regulate 80 contaminates while more than 300 contaminates go unregulated. These unregulated contaminates are things like the rocket fuel component, perchlorate (which is present in most tap water).
Most water contains these unregulated contaminates, as well as, other unhealthy toxins like arsenic, fluoride, chlorine and more. When we drink these contaminates, at the very least they cause our colons and livers to work even harder.
You might ask, "How bad are these unregulated contaminates, REALLY?!" Well...let's take a look at how toxic these contaminates are to our bodies, as well as, the difference between filtering and purifying water. Then we will look at the Berkey Water System that does both!
Arsenic is a very toxic heavy metal classified by the International Academy for Research on Cancer (IARC) as a Category I carcinogen, which means it is definitely a cancer causing agent. The EPA set the acceptable standard for arsenic at 10 parts per billion in tap water. Several US states in the Midwest, New England and western area exceed this standard from time to time.
One of the most toxic substances we know of is fluoride and yet it is found in almost all brands of toothpaste. It's added even though there is no data to support its effectiveness in the fight against tooth decay. Today you can find fluoride in bottled water, and even baby formula. Tap water is actually fluoridated, meaning it's added to water deliberately, notwithstanding it's almost as poisonous as arsenic is, and more toxic than lead. This substance is so toxic, the fluoridation process has been banned in several countries. Even some U.S. cities have caught on and started rejecting the process of fluoridation since 1990.
Chlorine is added to water to kill certain bacteria. This chemical can be inhaled in gas form and absorbed through the skin and therefore presents a danger even if you're present in the room with it, to say nothing of drinking it. Once in the human body, it bonds with other compounds to form Trihalomethanes (THMs). These byproducts trigger the production of free radicals in the body and cause serious cell damage. In one research study, chlorine and chloramine was added to rats' water supply and as a result the rats developed tumors in the liver, kidneys and intestines. Even after this study which shows some of the dangers possible, the government continues to provide chlorinated drinking water to the public.
Nasty stuff right?! What can you do about it?
You can FILTER your water:
Filtering your water is a great way to take the first step to cleaner water. To be considered filtered the water must have a 99.99% reduction of bacteria.
OR You can FILTER & PURIFY your water:
If your water is filtered & purified it will have a 99.99% reduction of bacteria, cysts & viruses.
Here is a comparison chart of different filters and purification systems, to help you make the best decision for your family!
The Berkey Water System
Here is just a quick overview of how the Berkey Water System work, but we would encourage you to watch a couple of the videos posted below to actually see it with your own eyes!
The first line of defense is that the Berkey purification elements are composed of a formulation of more than six different media types, all constructed into a very compact matrix containing millions of microscopic pores. These pores are so small that the pollutants physically cannot pass through them, so they become trapped, therefore, eliminating them from your drinking water.
Secondly the Berkey media formulation uses unique adsorption components. Adsorption works to create an ionic barrier similar to surface tension. This barrier allows the tiny pores to block water contaminants that are smaller than the pore size itself. This blocking process is how the Berkey water filter is able to remove submicron viruses that other brands of water filters cannot without the use of obnoxious chemicals like iodine or chlorine.
Next, the heavy metals ions (mineral molecules) are extracted from the water through an Ion exchange process where they are attracted to and transformed by electrically bonding to the media.
Finally, because of their gravity flow nature, water molecules can take several minutes to pass through the filter elements. This longer contact time between the water molecules and the filter media, provides much greater removal rates of harmful water contaminates not obtainable through conventional pressurized water filtration methods.
Video 1: Berkey Water Filter Extreme Field Test & Review
Video 2: Reviewing and Comparing A Number of Filtration Systems
One of the aspects we love the most about the Berkey is that you can add a filter on to the system that eliminates fluoride and arsenic. Very few systems are able to clean the water to the same level that the Berkey is!
Please feel free to comment below and ask us any questions you might have!
Better water to better health!