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Why Filter Water Before Drinking?

Everyone knows that water is a colorless liquid and that our bodies are made up of anywhere between 60-70% of water. This statistic tells us that drinking water is pretty important for our well-being because the majority of our body is made up of water.

Lemon water is extremely rich in Vitamin C. This is the main reason many people indulge themselves with lemon water. Vitamin C imbues its host with a slew of benefits including protection against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and skin wrinkling.

Importance of water filtration

Many people are still uneducated about the dangers of drinking unfiltered water. Unfiltered water can look and smell the same as filtered water. This sometimes makes it close to impossible to distinguish one from the other without close examination.

Unfiltered water can contain dirt, minerals, chemicals and other impurities which can make it smell and taste bad. There are plenty of microscopic bacteria which can have serious consequences to a person’s health if ingested.

Filtering water gets rid of this risk by making water safe to drink.

Water from taps usually contains small traces of chlorine which makes the water smell funky as well as taste acidic. Filtering water gets rid of all the chlorine present in the water as well as other chemicals which result in the water smelling and tasting a lot better than it would have had it stayed unfiltered. It may also play a role in preventing rectal and colon cancer as unfiltered water has been shown to play a role in causing rectal and colon cancer.

WHY SHOULD WE DRINK PURIFIED WATER

There are plenty of reasons as to why everyone should drink purified water. Here’s a couple of them.

1. It is much cheaper than bottled water 

It is hard to ignore the financial benefits of drinking filtered water over bottled water. Even if you can cover the costs of bottled water, it can be very inconvenient in the long run. Having a water filter installed at home means that you will have access to clean water 24 hours a day seven days a week.

2. Purified water helps prevent birth defects

Many researchers have advised pregnant women to drink only filtered water while they are pregnant. This is because the toxins present in unfiltered water can lead to a child having a disability while the child grows. This is entirely preventable by drinking purified water.

3. Children benefit a lot from filtered water

Unfiltered water has many harmful toxins present in it. If a large enough quantity is ingested, it can harm a child’s organs while they are still developing. It can even present itself as multiple growth irregularities. Filtered water has even been observed to build a child’s immunity rather than keep it as is.

4. It is much better for the planet 

Bottles left over after bottled water has been drunk has to be thrown away. These bottles are often made from plastic which has been shown to have terrible consequences for the planet. Even if the material is a recyclable material, the cost of processing the material into something that can be used again still has a price that the planet pays. Using a water filtration system removes the trash and transport aspect of bottled water.

5. It is better for people who are trying to lose weight 

Drinking clean water makes your body absorb fewer carbohydrates and sugar than its unfiltered counterpart. People with weight problems are strongly recommended to consume more water than a person with a body of size. It is much easier to maintain your weight if you drink clean water rather than unfiltered water.

How do water filters work

Water filters use two different techniques in order to remove dirt and other impurities from water. The two methods that different water filters use are called –

  • Physical filtration – In this technique, water is strained in order to remove the larger impurities.
  • Chemical filtration – In this technique, water passes through an active material which removes impurities on a chemical level.

Water filters are further divided into four sub-types which use different mixtures of physical and chemical filtration.

1. Activated carbon –Most filters used in households use this type of filtration system. They use activated carbon granules which are based on charcoal.

2. Reverse osmosis 

Reverse osmosis works by forcing water which is contaminated through a membrane which is actually a very fine filter. This ensures the water passes through and the contaminants are left behind.

3. Ion exchange 

 Ion exchange filters are used to soften water. Softening water refers to removing the chemical limescale. Ion exchange filters split atoms apart to make ions. They trap these ions and exchange them with good ions of their own.

4. Distillation – Many people boil water in order to make it safe to drink. However, boiling water doesn’t remove chemicals such as limescale. Distillation goes beyond regular boiling. It works by boiling water into steam and then capturing the steam in a separate container. When the steam cools down, it turns back into water.

What will happen if drink polluted water?

While lemon water is considered safe to drink, there are a few side effects you should be aware of. Lemon has a lot of citric acid which can erode tooth enamel. If you’d like to drink lemon water but keep your teeth, consider drinking it by using a straw. Follow up by rinsing your mouth when you’ve drunk it all.

Lemon water is a funny thing when it comes to heartburn. With some people, it stimulates it, and with others, it provides relief because lemons become alkaline within the digestive tract. Stay away from lemon water if it aggravates your heartburn.

It has been reported that lemon water causes people to use the bathroom more frequently. It is commonly referred to as diuretic. Diuretic refers to a substance that increases the production of urine. This is unproven because scientists haven’t found any evidence that vitamin C from lemons has any diuretic effects. The most likely reason for more bathroom breaks after drinking lemon water is increased water intake or more water being in your system.

Conclusion

There are many diets based entirely on lemons with many celebrities swearing entirely by them. Drinking a glass of lemon water each night before bed is a very low effort way of staying healthy and maybe burning a couple of calories on the way. If you’re still skeptical, try it out for a week or two. It’s just a glass of lemon water with no time commitment whatsoever, and it can’t hurt you, so why not just try it.

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