The benefits of drinking water on a regular basis should be something that no one has to tell you. By now you should know that water is your body’s best method of ridding itself of toxins that exist in foods you eat and your environment. When your body operates without sufficient water the amount of toxins can build up and result in infection or disease.
A message that is coupled with that of the benefits of drinking water is the quality of water. With the proliferation of bottled water, the message is that water from local water treatment plants is not safe. The contention is that these water supplies may contain elements that can affect health. The truth of this statement depends on where you live. Most people live in an area where the water is treated according to standards. If you live in a rural area or an undeveloped area, concerns of water quality are legitimate. To be absolutely sure, there are simple tests available that can tell you what contaminants, if any, exist in your water.
If tests reveal that your water is safe for drinking, there is no need for you to filter the water. Many people, however, will forego testing their water and buy a water filter because of the general thought that filtering drinking water results in water that is better tasting and healthier. Filtering your drinking water can help to make it more pleasant to consume, but it can make it less healthy for you. The concern that some experts have regarding bottled water is that it does not contain the minerals that are beneficial to good health. One of the most important elements in water that is beneficial to humans is fluoride. Since the best source of fluoride is drinking water, people who drink bottled water are at the greatest risk developing fluoride deficiency.
While all people need vitamins and minerals, children suffer the greatest risk of deficiency because these elements are crucial to their growth. Children who drink filtered water and subsequently develop a fluoride deficiency may experience tooth decay and bones that don’t develop properly. In adults, fluoride deficiency can cause osteoporosis.
If you want to continue drinking bottled water, you may want to discuss fluoride supplements with your doctor. Supplements may not be acceptable for children so an option for them may be bottled water that is fluoridated.