Drinking eight glasses of water every day is one of the most important health habits we always try to live and grow in our family, especially the children. Aside from replenishing the body of lost fluids, water also helps regulate body temperature; moisten tissues in the eyes, mouth and nose; carry oxygen and nutrients to cells; dissolve minerals and nutrients for better absorption; and flush out toxins and wastes.
However, this essential nutrient can also cause illnesses and life-threatening diseases. This is because not all available water is safe to drink. Even those that come from trusted water sources, such as water refilling stations, may be contaminated with toxic chemicals, small impurities and bacteria that can be invisible to the naked eye.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (US-EPA) has listed various water pollutants that can pose health risks to consumers. Here are four contaminants that may actually be present in the water you are drinking now:
When water is inadequately treated or contaminated with feces, it can contain disease-causing organisms or pathogens such as bacteria, viruses and parasites.
These include the Cryptosporidium parasite which is commonly found in lakes and rivers contaminated with sewage and animal waste. Cryptosporidium can cause gastrointestinal illnesses such as diarrhea, vomiting and cramps. Giardia Lamblia is also a parasite that lives in the intestine of infected humans or animals. It can cause nausea, cramps, diarrhea and headaches.