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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Is Your Water Safe??

For the past several months, my husband and I have been working to become foster parents. I know, I know, having a new baby is just not enough. :-)

Anyways, one of the steps we had to take was to get our water tested. I didn't think too much of it, and I assumed it would come back safe. So you can imagine how shocked and scared I was when our water test came back with 3x the legal limit of nitrates and high levels of chlorine and many other icky chemicals. Being pregnant and already having a two year old, I was incredibly scared for our health. Even though I thought I was doing everything else right for our health, I was missing a key part of it - the water we drink and bathe in.

It opened my eyes to another whole realm of the scary things we need to protect our health's from. Let me share some of the research I have done with you:

Chemicals that can be harmful to your health can actually turn up in the water your family drinks. Heavy metals, industrial pollutants, pesticides—these harmful contaminants can enter our water supplies and have the potential to create long-term health challenges.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the water we drink is responsible for up to 20% of lead exposure in humans. And an EPA report demonstrates that at least 13% of the nation’s water treatment systems have violated the Safe Drinking Water Act in each of the past five years.The water from your tap may look clean, but exactly how safe is it?

Not only is tap water contamination a big concern, but people are now realizing that even bottled water isn't as safe and pure as it's perceived to be.

Contamination has been directly linked with the increase in cancer rates over the past 100 years.

In particular, chlorine, chlorinated by-products and over 2,100 synthetic chemicals have been shown to be carcinogenic. It's said that people who drink chlorinated water have a 93% HIGHER chance of developing some sort of CANCER throughout their lifetime than those who don't consume it. And when synthetic chemicals react with chlorine, toxic by-products are made that are showing up in virtually all the breast tissue of women with breast cancer. Home filtration of tap water can prevent these toxic substances from being consumed.

I really recommend everyone have their water tested, just so you know what to fight against. Water makes up so much of our bodies, and we don't want it to be contaminated. It isn't that hard to make some positive changes in this area either. After learning all of this, I was so excited to see that my fav company for all my health needs - Shaklee has just come out with a NEW Get Clean Water System.

I have learned that the Get Clean Water is a super easy change to make in your house, inexpensive and really gives a peace of mind to this water issue. Oh, and I love how eco-friendly it is. Check this out:

-Get Clean Water is certified to reduce up to 99% lead (Brita and PUR are not)


-Each Get Clean Water filter is certified to handle 80 gallons—twice as much as leading brands

-FIRST EVER pitcher with refillable carbon- block filter system, which means there’s less plastic to throw away

-Each filter is made with a sustainable coconut shell carbon made with a zero-emissions process, which is better for the environment than traditional carbon production

-Each filter is capable of handling the equivalent amount of watercontained in 600 16.9 fl. oz. bottles of water, meaning that Get Clean Water can save you money while eliminating waste

-Costs only pennies a gallon for cleaner, healthier water

-ONLY automatic filter life meter that shows how many gallons have been filtered—no more guessing!

-outperforms other leading brands in many areas. Again, Brita and PUR water pitchers are not certified to reduce many harmful contaminants that can turn up in your water
(if you want more info, let me know)

You can learn more about this exciting new water system here! You will love it!

So, go get your water tested, look into the Get Clean Water, and wipe another worry off your mind as you drink up a glass of clean, safe water!


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