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Introduction - The Value of Drinking Water

Water is a vital part of both our environment and our body systems. It covers nearly three quarters of the earth’s surface and makes up between 60 and 70% of the human body matter. It is an essential component of nearly everything we eat and drink.

Water intake is crucial to our survival. For example, drinking ample amounts of water has been tied to general good health. Also, water can be a specific antidote to some of the more troubling and inconvenient health problems, such as obesity and many types of cancer. Water has the potential to be one of the most useful and cost-effective medicinal substances available.

Unfortunately, dangerous chemicals, organic materials, and bacteria contaminate much of the water we drink. When combined with these elements, water, crucial to our survival as it is, can present a significant health risk. Despite several governmental efforts to clean, purify, and provide safer sources of water, dangerous contaminants continue to be present in our drinking water. These contaminants, many of which are undetectable by sight or taste, can lead to diseases ranging from asthma to the debilitating Parkinson’s disease.

Being informed about water contaminants and their adverse health effects allows one to actively protect himself and his family members. Water can be an incredibly valuable resource when one knows how to use it. What follows is a guide to some of the more significant and dangerous water contaminants, including their presence and threat in common drinking water and their potential for adverse health effects. Read on to learn what may be in your drinking water, and how you can protect yourself and your family from dangerous contaminants.

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How Safe is Your Drinking Water?
• Introduction - The Value of Drinking Water
• Groundwater and Surface Water
• Herbicides and Insecticides - History & Occurrence
• Herbicides and Insecticides - Specific Chemicals and Health Effects
• Nitrate
• Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOCs)
• Chlorine
• Chlorine Byproducts
• Fluoride - Recent Discoveries
• Fluoride - Adverse Health Effects
• Lead
• Mercury and Arsenic
• Bacteria and Viruses
• Protozoa
• Human and Animal Feces
• Conclusion - The Importance of Drinking Filtered Water
• References
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