Could your drinking water be compromising your health? A recent (Sept 21/15) CTV news bulletin stated that residents living near the nuclear power plant in Pickering, Ont., will soon start receiving anti-radiation pills in the mail to protect them in the event of a radiation leak at the facility. You can read about this recent threat at http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/residents-near-pickering-nuclear-plant-to-receive-anti-radiation-pills-by-mail-1.2574427.
Is your water safe for you to drink, bathe in and water your gardens with? Do we take safe water for granted when we open the tap? Can we trust our municipalities and cities water monitoring?
As a holistic wellness practitioner I use neuromuscular biofeedback testing to test clients water for weakness, which usually means harm. Considering that our bodies are mostly water, drinking contaminated or poor quality water regularly is a serious health risk. Contamination comes from many sources including air and ground water pollution, which means the whole environment and its inhabitants are also affected. .
I recently did an assessment on a client who was temporarily staying in the Pickering area and she tested very weak to the sample of drinking water from the home there. Is heavy water from nuclear power plant leaks a health risk? Check out how heavy water affects your health at http://chemistry.about.com/od/heavywater/fl/Can-You-Drink-Heavy-Water.htm. Radon is also a contaminate found in drinking water. Learn more about the risks of radon in your drinking water at http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/rulesregs/sdwa/radon/basicinformation.cfm.
WHAT COULD BE IN YOUR WATER THAT IS HARMFUL?
Are you concerned about the possibility of lead in your drinking water? https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/basic-information-about-lead-drinking-water
What is the impact of heavy metals on the aquatic environment and subsequently human health? http://ow.ly/4ns4Xz
Harmful chemicals that your body accumulates over the years need to be detoxified on an ongoing basis. A normal healthy body is able to effectively detoxify much of your body pollution if you consume quality foods and water. Specific foods (especially herbs) and the natural occurring minerals in your drinking and bath water bind to harmful chemicals including heavy metals to remove them from the body. Water with naturally occurring minerals is considered a ‘whole food’.
Aluminum toxicity has been a suspected health concern, especially in mental conditions like Alzheimer’s and dementia. Aluminum toxicity can occur in persons who drink water that is missing naturally occurring minerals (e.g. reverse osmosis). These vital minerals are required to bind to aluminum, heavy metals and harmful chemicals and remove them from the body. Some water treatment methods remove these essential minerals from the water. What type of water are you drinking and bathing in?
Research reports stress that long term consumption of de-mineralized water can in fact be dangerous. Dr. Zolton Rona‚ author of The Joy of Health‚ states that “the longer one consumes distilled water‚ the more likely the development of mineral deficiencies and an acid state.” Dr. Paavo Airola‚ cancer expert and author of “How to Get Well” and “Cancer… Causes‚ Prevention and Healing” also reports that “long term consumption of distilled water eventually results in multiple mineral deficiencies.”
Two very negative things happen when we consume water that has been stripped of its natural minerals. First‚ because de-mineralized water contains more hydrogen it is an acid with a pH below seven. Any time we consume an acid substance our body will pull minerals from our teeth and bones to produce bicarbonate in order to neutralize the acid. Second‚ it has been proven that when our body fluids become more acid than alkaline the production of free radicals increases‚ causing increased cancer risks. Many studies suggest that cancer cells can only grow in an acid environment. This theory seems to be supported by the fact that around the world the areas where people live the longest most disease free lives are the areas that have the most alkaline water‚ water with the highest mineral content.
Drinking water that has been softened with salt also brings with it health concerns:
- Drinking softened water will increase sodium levels (most diets are already higher than normal), risk higher lead exposure and can cause physical dehydration. Overall health risks associated with drinking water softened with salt is influenced by dietary sodium intake.
- Softened water has been stripped of minerals that are essential to the proper functioning of the human body. Calcium and magnesium are needed by the body to stay healthy. When your dietary calcium levels are too low, your body pulls calcium from the bones to keep the blood levels close to constant. Calcium is one of the most important minerals for the human body. Proper levels of calcium over a lifetime can help prevent osteoporosis, ensure normal heartbeat and nerve transmission, blood clotting and muscle response. The heart, muscles and kidneys need magnesium. It activates enzymes, contributes to energy production, and helps regulate calcium levels, as well as copper, zinc, potassium, vitamin D, and other important nutrients in the body.
- Diets high in these, calcium and magnesium, (most diets are not) will not compensate for the absence of these necessary minerals in drinking water. Most people do not get as much calcium and magnesium as they should from their diet.
- The absence of calcium and magnesium (due to softened water) causes imbalance in the body’s homeostasis, can lead to increased urination, a decrease in red blood cells and risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Increased risk of high blood pressure.
- Increased risk of fluid retention.
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Calcium | University of Maryland Medical Center – http://umm.edu/health/medical/ency/articles/calcium-in-diet
Magnesium | University of Maryland Medical Center – http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/magnesium#ixzz2rtILIGij
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