The Importance of Water and Your Health
Most of us think of water as just a thirst quencher but it is much more. Water is important to the mechanics of the human body. It is the vehicle for carrying essential nutrients throughout our bodies while helping to maintain proper body temperature and digestive processes. With the recommended daily intake of good clean water we can maintain healthier skin, muscles and joints. The human body is made up of more than 70% water and just a 5% drop in body fluids will cause 25% to 30% loss of energy. Doctors have advised that we need to drink 8 to 10 glasses of water to keep our body in good condition.
Source of Water Pollution/Contamination
The Tap Water Contaminants: What do Medical Authorities Experts Say?
According to experts, there are several sources of water, and most of them are harmful. These water may contain minerals, metals and inorganic compounds that causing harm to our bodies. Contaminated water could cause 80% of all known sickness and diseases. They may contain toxic chemicals which are absorbed into our internal system and our body’s begin accumulating there. When we consume polluted water, natural cleansing functions are impaired. As a result we may develop health problems as pollutants build up in our body vessels, joints and internal organs. Some health specialists believe we experience hardening of arteries, arthritis, kidney stones, gall stone, vision problems (glaucoma and cataracts), loss of hearing, diabetes, obesity, emphysema and other ailments in greater intensities when we consume polluted or contaminated water.
Is the water straight from the tap really safe to drink?
Those of us living in Singapore are fortunate in that water in Singapore is heavily treated as compared to other countries and most Singaporeans are comfortable with the fact that they can drink the water straight from the tap without fear of catching some waterborne disease.
The truth about water contamination
Even though the water produced by the PUB is clean and safe for drinking directly, it may become contaminated because of the old delivery system. The entire system of pipes and intermediate storage tanks that convey the water to our tap is a primary source of contamination. Old corroded metal pipes may leech toxic heavy metals into the water. Corroded rusty pipes are common in certain areas of Singapore, where some water systems are more than 10 years old. Plastic pipes are no better. Ever heard of BPAs? These are additives added to the plastic and they are endocrine disrupters. In layman terms, they are bad for our long-term health.
Pictures of a corroded rusty interior of piece of plumbing:
Bacteria can begin to live or collect in rusty wet pipings. When this occurs, water passes through such pipings must be treated because coliform bacteria can be present. Such water treatment is through the addition of extra chlorine to the water, especially when the water is stored in the rooftop tanks in most of the HDB in Singapore. This is one of the main reasons why our tap water often has a strong chlorine smell. The added chlorine is extremely effective in killing bacteria. Unfortunately, chlorine not only imparts nasty odour in the tap water, long term exposure of our body to chlorine leads to the production of free radicals within the body. Free radicals are cancerous, and cause tremendous damage to our cells. Studies have shown that the risk of developing cancer is 93% higher in people who drink or exposed to chlorinated water. Therefore, chlorine is a potential health hazard to both children and adults.
We should filter our tap water before drinking it
In summary, the primary reason as to why a person or family should filter their tap water before drinking is that to remove all possible hazardous contaminants, i.e: bacteria, fungi, viruses, chlorine and also heavy metals. Euulife™ provides various premium water filtration systems that do this very well, and at a very competitive price! In addition, Euulife™ also provides various Hot/Cold water dispensers integrated with filtration and alkaline water system. Kindly refer to our website for the available water filtration system or contact Euulife™ sales team @ (+65)-8781 0899.