Improve Your RA by Filtering Your Water

Improve your RA by filtering your water

Improve your RA by filtering your water

Did you know that you can improve your RA by filtering your drinking water?  There are currently many pollutants in your drinking water that can exacerbate your rheumatoid arthritis. Pollutants from ground water, industrial waste and even prescription drugs can still be found in drinking water.

Why Should You Filter Your Water?

There is a Safe Drinking Water Act in the US that authorizes the EPA to set standards for safe drinking water. This law applies to every drinking water supplier in the country. States can apply to the EPA for “Primacy”. This means that the states that apply to the EPA for “primacy”can then take enforcement actions against any water supplier in their state. Many states in the USA have this power. (3). In spite of this act, there are many pollutants that can be found in most tap water in the US.

According to The Scientific American, the approved list of water pollutants has not been updated in years. The EPA recently tested the water in 45 states and found 175 pollutants that may need to be tested. The EPA reviewed this list and identified 104 pollutants in our drinking water that should be tested (including prescription drugs). Unfortunately, the EPA has not formally required that our drinking water be tested for any of these pollutants. (7)

The Environmental Working Group published an article in 2015 that identifies PFOA as a particularly dangerous pollutant that exists in drinking water. This chemical, originally found in teflon, is now present in clothing, carpets, furniture, food wrappers, drinking water and more. Scientists have discovered that PFC’s are dangerous to our health at much lower concentrations than the EPA originally thought. PFCs have been tied in scientific studies to “birth defects, pregnancy complications, kidney and testicular cancers, heart and thyroid disease, and other diseases” (9)

In order to improve your RA, you need to do everything you can to protect yourself from the pollutants in the water you drink, cook with and brush your teeth with.

How Can You Improve the Quality of your Drinking Water?

Know What is in Your Local Water Supply: You can call your local water supplier and ask for their latest Consumer Confidence Report. They are required to send this report to all of their customers once a year. If you cannot obtain a Consumer Confidence Report from your water supplier, you can report that fact to your state and your state can provide you with information about your drinking water. Consumer Confidence Reports should explain in detail the actual pollutants that have been found in the drinking water in your area. This information can help you identify pollutants that you need to filter from your drinking water.

Filter your drinking water. Most water filter manufacturers publish literature that tells you which pollutants their filter will block from your tap water. Once you have the information about the contaminants in your water, you can use that information to pick an appropriate water filter.

Other Suggestions:

  • Drink water out of glass, BPF-free plastic or stainless steal containers.
  • Support the Safe Water movement any way you can. The EPA is actively looking for ways to reduce regulations that hinder businesses. It is up to each of us to advocate for safe drinking water.
  • Support the Environmental Working Group. They are a not-for profit organization that tests many products for safety. If you donate to the EWG Here. You will receive their free” guide to safe drinking water” that provides information about water filters on the market today. No, I am not an EWG affiliate, but I trust and believe in what they do. They are an independent not-for-profit company that is dedicated to protecting our health.
  • Be an “environmentally friendly citizen” by gardening with organic ingredients, not adding pollutants to your environment and supporting political candidates who pledge to protect our environment.

How Can Filtering Your Water Improve Your RA?

A recent report from the Environmental Working Group found that PFOA (a PFC) found in drinking water caused immunosupression. This fact is based on studies conducted in Sweden. One study found that: PFOA has been shown to reduce the production of immune system cells in the spleen and thymus of mice. This decreases the body’s ability to fight bacterial invasions. If you have RA, your immune system is already compromised. You can improve your RA by protecting yourself from polluted water.

PFC’s, arsenic, fluoride, prescription drugs and many more pollutants are found in most of our drinking water. They all cause increased stress on our immune system.

What is the Best Water Filter to Use?

The Environmental Working Group believes that the best filter for you to use is an individual decision that depends on:

  • cost
  • what pollutants you need to filter in your drinking water
  • individual tastes and needs.

The EWG states that the best water filtration system is a reverse osmosis system, but they qualify that opinion by stating that reverse osmosis systems are more expensive than other systems and require more maintenance.

Many of the Functional Medicine Physicians are currently recommending Aqua Tru because it is a simple, reverse osmosis, above counter water filter system. I have this system and my water never before tasted so pure. Aqua Tru is, however, fairly expensive and it requires daily filtering to provide me the amount of filtered water I need for cooking and drinking. I have used other pitcher, above counter water filters and this the best I have found. Click on the image below to learn more about this system.

Disclaimer: The link below is an affiliate link. This means that If you click on the link and make a purchase, it will not increase your cost, but I will make a small comission.

Aqua Tru Reverse Osmosis Water Filter System

If you filter your water, you will be one step closer to better health.

To Your Health and Happiness,

Saundra

 

References

  1. https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/state-of-american-drinking-water.php#.WYidQIhuLIU
  2. https://www.cdc.gov/safewater/index.html
  3. https://www.epa.gov/sdwa/overview-safe-drinking-water-act
  4. http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/11/17/heres-how-find-out-if-your-your-drinking-water-safe
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3114837/
  6. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/12/28/fluoride-drinking-water.aspx
  7. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/tap-water-contaminant-epa-pharmaceuticals/
  8. http://www.ewg.org/enviroblog/2015/08/your-drinking-water-safe#.WZW2XVHfrIU
  9. https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/water-filter-faq.php#.WZW7YlHfrIU
  10. PDF: Potential human health effects of perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), Swedish Study reported in 2010

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