Drinking bottled water or tap water is always your personal choice. While the world is thinking that bottled water is safer than tap water, in some countries, tap water is recommended. In the United States, it has been found out that even bottled water regulated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) which are in violation of standards can still be sold. If this is the case then there are some of the health risks involved which can cause harmful effects to those who may think that bottled water is much more safer than the water that comes out of the faucet.
In assuring that the water is safe for drinking, the World Health Organization (WHO) provided strict standards for bottled water. Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality is being utilized as a basis for standard by many countries. It involves scientific assessment of health risks from the biological and chemical components and control measures.
While there are guidelines for bottled waters, some scientist researched on the effect when consumption of bottled waters. The importance of minerals and other beneficial components of water have been existing for years. However, to ensure safety of drinking water, people find it important to demineralized before water intake rather than by just merely boiling. Due to the stages of filtration, the mineral content of the water is lessened if not eliminated. On an experiment conducted in laboratories with animals and human volunteers, the low mineral content have such a significant effect on health. Here are some of the effects of demineralizing water.
It affects the normal mineral balance and metabolism of the gastrointestinal tract and other body functions such as the mucus membrane of the intestines. Low mineral water and distilled water have poor taste and it has been found to have less thirst quenching effect. It causes abnormal changes in the membranes although it did not cause any sort of ulceration or corrosion of the gastrointestinal tract. Moreover, there is the increased diuresis thus leaving low body volume. When there is increased diuresis, elements such as sodium and potassium ions becomes imbalanced.
Calcium and magnesium constituents are totally eliminated for consumption. Calcium is important for the bones and teeth while magnesium is essential for glycolysis and transport of essential nutrients, formation of proteins and nucleic acids, ATP metabolism, and neuromuscular activity. If calcium and magnesium are removed totally, then the body could suffer calcium and magnesium deprivation which humans cannot consume from food alone.
Decrease absorption of both essential micro and macro elements. Minerals are important such that essential and microelements could be absorbed by the body. The effect of this could result to several disorders such as hypertension, coronary heart disease, gastrointestinal ulcers, and goiter to name a few.
High calcium, magnesium and other essential elements prepared in food is lost. Losses of such ions is increased to about 60 percent when cooking. Unlike tap water, losing magnesium and other essential elements is lower while the calcium content could be higher since the calcium content is still present.
Consumption through dietary intake of toxic metals filtered from water pipe is increased. With the stages of filtration, the water goes through a series of pipes usually made of aluminum, or silver. Such metals when taken slowly by the body will accumulate and produce toxic results. The water absorbs metals and organic substances from the pipes causing negative effects.
Low-demineralized water is viable for bacterial regrowth. Whether it be tap or demineralized water, both are prone for bacterial regrowth. Nonetheless, the probability of that bacterial regrowth is much more viable in low-demineralized water.
-Is it time to give up bottled water? The facts, marketed illusions, and health – sixwise.com
Article Resource: Ronald Uy