Welcome back to our Baby Steps journey.
We're in the Kitchen again this week and the topic is Water. We know how important drinking enough water is for our health, but what if that water isn't safe, clean water?
If you live in the city or on a public water system, you may be getting more than just water when you fill a cup. Most systems in the US fluoridate water, and most filters like Brita or Pur pitchers don't filter out that Fluoride.
Most of the developed world chooses not to add chemical fluoride to the water system, including most of Europe. See the articles with links listed below to learn about which countries add Fluoride, which don't and how the countries that do, are slowly removing the chemical from their water systems too.
Only 5% of countries Worldwide add fluoride. Did you know that there are more people drinking fluoridated water in the United States than the rest of the world combined? If you are concerned about added fluoride to your tap water, we've added links to pitcher filters, sink filters and whole house filters to help clean up your tap or well water.
Old pipes can also be a source of lead in your drinking water. It's recommended that you run your faucet for 3-5 minutes in the morning before filling up your cup, coffee pot or saucepan.
Lead has a hefty list of dangers associated with it- Lead poisoning can affect virtually every body system; it can damage a child's central nervous system, kidneys, and reproductive system. At high levels, lead can cause coma, convulsions, and death.
The pitchers and whole house systems address lead too. They can be costly, but will give you peace of mind knowing your water is safe for the whole family.
If you are worried about lead, fluoride or other contaminants in your water, you can send in a sample to be tested or you can buy a home test kit and do it yourself. See the links below including the Best water testing kits of 2019.
Happy journey to a more green and clean lifestyle!