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Report Finds “Probable” Carcinogens in Every Tap Water Sample Tested

28 Sep

Elizabeth Renter
September 27, 2013

One of the most important things you can do to stay healthy and feel good is stay hydrated. But in a world where so much of the water is contaminated by pollution or supplemented chemical treatments, it’s difficult to know where to get the best water. A report earlier this year from the Environmental Working Group found that tap water may not be your best bet—determining every water sample they tested, from 201 city water systems in 43 states, was contaminated with “probable human carcinogens.”

Image: Tap Water.

The report, Water Treatment Contaminants: Forgotten Toxics in American Water, highlights the dangers of American municipal water systems and the toxic chemicals that are added to the water to “treat” contaminants. Yes, the things they add to the water to clean it up are the very things we need to be watching out for.

Namely chlorine, a disinfecting agent added to water to kill disease-causing microorganisms, is reacting with organic matter like sewage, manure, fallen leaves, and the like, to create potentially toxic and harmful chemicals.

According to the EWG report:

“This unintended side effect of chlorinating water to meet federal drinking water regulations creates a family of chemicals known as trihalomethanes. The Environmental Protection Agency lumps them under the euphemism “disinfection byproducts” but we call them what they are: toxic trash.”

These resulting trihalomethanes are partially regulated by the EPA, but it’s regulation doesn’t do enough. For one, the agency only regulates four members of the trihalomethane family when there are hundreds in the water. And as for these four types of toxic chemicals, regulations still allow their presence in the water at harmful levels.

Numerous studies have found these chemicals to increase the risk of bladder cancer. Right now, the EPA limits the amount of trihalomethanes to 80-parts-per-billion, though research has tied bladder cancer risk to much lower amounts.

For instance, a 2007 study in Spain found exposure to trihalomethanes as low as 35 parts per billion to be associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer. Also in 2007, researchers in Taiwan linked bladder cancer risk with levels of only 21 parts per billion. Of those water systems tested by the EWG, 168 had trihalomethane concentrations greater than 21 parts per billion. In 53% of those tested, the levels were greater than 35 parts per billion.

But, as the EWG reports, “trihalomethanes are just the tip of the iceberg.” More than 600 potentially dangerous chemicals are created when water treatment disinfectants react with pollutants in source water. These contaminants may be linked to birth defects, various forms of cancer, infertility, and more. Fluoride in particular has gained a lot of attention, mainly for it’s ability to reduce IQ.


Studies Find that Drinking Water Leads to Weight Loss, Mental Boost

2 Sep

August 4th, 2013

water pour 263x164 Studies Find that Drinking Water Leads to Weight Loss, Mental BoostRecent research has shown that simply drinking more water can both help with weight loss and provide a mental boost. The best part? It’s free of artificial colors and flavors; it isn’t genetically modified, and it’s readily available for most people living in developed countries. The value of water lies in far more than its thirst-quenching abilities.

Water Shown to Aid in Weight Loss

Rebecca Muckelbauer of the Berlin School of Public Health in Germany led a review of water studies, looking for any link between the top-hydrator and weight loss. She and her colleagues poured over studies on water consumption and weight loss and found 11 that fit their criteria. Of those, 3 demonstrated that increased water intake was tied to greater weight loss in dieters.

One of those studies, for instance, found that women who drank two cups of water before a meal lost about 4 pounds more on average than those women who didn’t. Another found that those who drank more than one liter of water each day lost more weight than those who drank less.


It could be that water fills your stomach and helps you lessen your caloric intake. But, Mucklbauer says, water may also increase your calorie-burning capability in what is known as “water-induced thermogenesis.”  Though not very well studied, water-induced thermogenesis is an idea that drinking water boosts the amount of energy your body must expend and therefore burn. Water with lemon can be especially effective at burning fat and boosting immunity.

While the research isn’t exactly concrete, there is no question that water is amazingly healthful.

But if a slimmer waistline isn’t enough to convince you to drink more, maybe a sharper mind is.

Drinking Water Could Boost Brain Power

A small study published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience recently found that participants who drank about three cups of water before a round of cognitive testing scored better in some areas than those who did not. The improved scores were specifically pronounced in reaction times. People who were admittedly thirsty scored lowest.

“It might be that physiological processes [of drinking or not drinking water] affect performance on different tasks in different ways,” said Caroline Edmonds of the University of East London School of Psychology in England. “Thirst might lead to better performance on some tasks,” since the hormone vasopressin, which activates the thirst response, has also been linked to attention and arousal.” He continues, “Around 80 per cent of the brain is water, so it is clearly important to make sure it gets enough.”

So just how much water should you be drinking? The Institute of Medicine recommends about 2.7 liters for women and 3.7 liters for men. Others recommend about 8, 8 ounce glasses of water daily.

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