Tuesday, 23 October 2012

To Filter Or Not To Filter

Do Water Filters Make a Difference?

In our increasingly health-conscious society, there has been a move towards filtering water before drinking it. As well as comprehensive water filters, there are filters that can be fitted onto showerheads and even water bottles with built-in filters available on the market. But is filtered water better than plain old tap water or is it just another health fad?

The Taste Test Aside altogether from health concerns, many people prefer the taste of filtered water. The tap water in people's homes can sometimes have a slightly unpleasant taste or odour. This is probably due to residual elements in the water, which can be removed by a filter. By removing these elements, you get rid of the unpleasant taste which could result in greater water consumption.

As we are supposed to drink about a gallon of water a day, improving the taste of the water from your tap may encourage you to drink the amount of water your body needs, keeping you in good shape.

So What do Filters Remove? 

Tap water usually carries traces of chlorine, toxins and even lead, all of which can pose health hazards in the long-run, particularly for pregnant women, young children or people with compromised immune systems, such as those undergoing chemotherapy.

By filtering the water you drink, you are removing these trace elements and protecting your own health as well as that of the people you live with. In addition to health risks, chlorine in water can have a damaging effect on hair and skin, making hair look lifeless and drying out skin. After washing with filtered water for a while, you should notice subtle differences in your appearance.

 Filtered Water Over Bottled Water

Another consideration is the amount of money spent on bottled water. Perhaps you buy bottled water for the home because the tap water doesn't taste good or perhaps you buy it with your lunch or when you're on the go instead of bringing a bottle from home. Either way, although drinking water regularly is great for your health, it may shock you to find out that buying bottled water is terrible for the environment.

The amount of oil needed to produce the rows upon rows of bottled water stocked in supermarkets and shops internationally is phenomenal, not to mention the fuel required to transport bottles in trucks from here to there.

As if that isn't bad enough, most of these bottles are not recycled and end up gathering in their thousands in landfills. So, by bringing water from home, you're doing your bit for the environment without realising it! It seems that filtered water gets the vote of approval for taste, as well as being beneficial for your health, your appearance and even the environment.

This article was written by dietician Martina Fitzmaurice on behalf of a lead supplier of water filters.

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