6 Types of Water to Avoid

We often take ordinary things, like water, for granted. (Image:  Pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)
We often take ordinary things, like water, for granted. (Image: Pixabay / CC0 1.0)

For centuries, traditional Chinese medicine has advocated drinking clean water, but there are several types of dangerous water that you may be drinking on a regular basis.

Water is the origin of life. Water can increase your energy, improve your complexion, and keep your eyes looking clear. Water also carries nutrients to every cell in the body, helps the kidneys cleanse the body of toxins, improves circulation, and lubricates joints.

 

With groundwater being over used and depleted worldwide, fresh drinking water might become an expensive commodity in the future. (Photo Credit: Liz West via Flickr cc 2.0)

Water can increase your energy, improve your complexion, and keep your eyes looking clear. (Photo Credit: Liz West via Flickr cc 2.0)

Have you been drinking any of these six types of water? They should be avoided for health reasons.

Water boiled for an extended period

Water that is boiling for an extended period of time or was boiled multiple times is problematic.

Tap water contains organic and inorganic matter. If the water is boiled for a long time, that matter’s concentration will increase. For example, the concentration of lead in tap water is within established safety limits; however, lead does not get boiled out of water. The longer the water is boiled, the more the concentration of lead increases as the water evaporates.

Furthermore, chlorine is usually used to sterilize tap water. Once a small amount of a pollutant in the water is compounded with chlorine, a Type-A carcinogen variant will be formed. The longer the water is boiled, the more the carcinogen is created.

The best thing to do when boiling water is to take it off the heat once it starts to boil., Dump out previously boiled water and start with fresh water for each boil. Most bacteria and viruses are killed when the water starts boiling, and cannot survive at temperatures higher than 1750F.

Stale water

Once water is put aside for an extended period of time, the nitrogen-bearing organics in it will decompose into nitrites, which are known carcinogens. Therefore, it is highly recommended that boiled water be consumed on the same day it was boiled.

Mineral water that is not suitable for drinking

Many people believe mineral water is the best water. In fact, not all mineral water is suitable for drinking. For example, the fluorine content of the water from a mineral spring in a suburb of Tianjin City in China is very high. Long-term consumption of fluorine will lead to osteofluorosis (skeletal changes caused by too much fluorine intake) and dental fluorosis (mottling of tooth enamel from excessive fluorine).

The mineral content of natural mineral water is very critical. If the content is right, the water will taste refreshing. Mineral water that tastes metallic or earthy should be avoided.

The first water from the tap

After sitting idle in the pipe all night, tap water is prone to carry a higher amount of bacteria. Therefore, always let the water run for a few minutes before drinking it. The water will be much cleaner. The running water from the first five minutes can be collected for washing or flower-watering.

After sitting idle in the pipe all night, tap water is prone to carry a higher amount of bacteria. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

After sitting idle in the pipe all night, tap water is prone to carry a higher amount of bacteria. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Water stored in a hot area

Plastics bottles contain plasticizers to improve the plastic’s flexibility and durability. If bottled water is stored for too long, a small amount of plasticizer will mix with the water. When consumed, the smell of plastic can be easily discerned. Bottled water should be stored in a cool place out of direct sunlight.

Prolonged consumption of purified water

While water filters do absorb bacteria and viruses that may exist in the water, the activated charcoal used in most water purifiers can also remove and deplete beneficial minerals from the water, such as calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Since these minerals are beneficial to human health, it is not recommended to drink only purified water.

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