Nationwide news has set their eyes on Flint, Michigan in the last few months as what has become known as the Flint Water Crisis continues to plague the people in that city.
Appalling photos of yellow-brown water coming out of residential faucets really bring home the imagery of what severely contaminated tap water looks like; but what about all the invisible contaminants that show up in tap water all around the country everyday?
It’s easy to point to the murky, lead-filled water of Flint and call it poor quality water but when was the last time you tested your home tap for dangerous and unhealthy contaminants?
Not everyone has noticed a funny taste or unusual color to their tap water, but it all depends on where you live. Some communities enjoy high quality water while others must deal with water that is hardly even potable.
We’ve all heard about the dangers of unfiltered tap water, whether it is for drinking, cooking or washing your hair. Depending on where you live, various contaminants and minerals may be present in tap water, changing its taste and even its color. Bottled water suppliers have enjoyed a long period of profitability, but disposable bottled water is neither economically nor ecologically sound.
It seems like every medical professional, nutritionist and sports medicine expert has weighed in on the topic of drinking water, but not many of them seem to agree. Even with the standard recommendation of “8 glasses a day” few people take the time to measure their water consumption; and even if they did, how do we know eight glasses is enough? According to a study by the MayoClinic, the amount of water we need can vary greatly from one individual to the next.
Life; it used to be so much simpler, and not that long ago. When we were thirsty we would simply turn on the kitchen faucet, let it run until the water was nice and cold, then guzzle it down. No guilt, no worries, just a simple glass of tap water. Sure, it’s easy, cheap, and convenient – but is it safe?
Most people have it memorized and can recite that magic number: eight glasses of water a day. This is what we’ve been told by countless media influences, as well as parents, nutritionists and personal trainers. But is eight glasses the right amount for everyone? What about people who regularly workout?