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August is National Water Quality Month

Drinking Water Quality

What does this mean? It’s a time to look at what’s affecting our water supply, what contaminants it holds, and learn what we can do to protect ourselves. If you have infants, young children or are planning on having a child, the contaminants in your water pose an even greater health risk. The quality of our drinking water is crucial to good health.

After the Flint Michigan tragedy, counties across the nation became more vigilant about checking water quality. Homeowners, schools  and government municipalities started water testing and what they found was startling.

This last year we have seen headlines from all over the nation which have shown our drinking water supply to be full of toxic chemicals, lead and fluoride. The most recent startling discovery of lead in the water was in Portland Oregon, which prides itself on natural stream-fed drinking water. Now districts throughout Oregon and Washington are testing for lead in their water and finding it at unsafe levels.

The Center for Disease Control says “Lead in drinking water is probably absorbed more completely than lead in food. Adults absorb 35%-50% of the lead they drink, and the absorption rate for children may be greater than 50%.”

What can you do to protect your home drinking water supply?

  • Install a water filter. Start with purifying your drinking water by installing an under the counter or over the counter model. Once you know what contaminants are in your water you may be able to better choose the right system for you. Multipure water systems start at an affordable price and are easy to install. Multipure is certified by NSF International. They have passed the intensive scrutiny of NSF for certification to reduce a wide range of contaminants which affect our health including lead.
  • Research your city’s water quality on the Environmental Protection Agency’s website.The  site has a link where you can signup for a report of the contaminants  in your drinking water. https://www.epa.gov/ccr.
  • Test your tap water. You can order an on line test from National Testing Labs.http://www.ntllabs.com/residential.html

How do you know if you have toxic lead or other chemicals in your body from your drinking water?

If you you think you have been exposed to lead in your water consider taking a home test to analyze the heavy metal build up in your system. We like the Genova Lab Toxic Element Buildup Test. 

What you can do to protect the drinking water supply at a community level?

  • not using antibacterial soaps or cleaning products
  • not flushing unwanted or out-of-date medications down the toilet or drain
  • avoiding using pesticides or chemical fertilizers
  • choosing nontoxic household products when possible
  • picking up after pets
  • not paving properties


What you Need to Know about Drinking Water

Why is Drinking Water Important?

We all know that drinking plenty of water is essential for good health. We are made up of 75% water. It’s vital for a healthy liver, lymphatic system and our skin.  It flushes out toxins, aids in good gut health, maintains electrolyte balance, keeps our organs, muscles and tissue healthy. As warm weather approaches it’s even more important to up our water consumption.

Is Your Tap Water Safe? 

Our tap water contains toxic chemicals used in treatment and pesticides from ground water. If you are wondering what’s in your drinking water check out this site from EWG. The Environmental Working Group has a handy tool where you can look up the contaminants in your water by zip code.  http://www.ewg.org/tap-water/whatsinyourwater/CA/San-Diego-Water-Department/3710020/

 Tired of Spending Money on Bottled Water?

Bottled water is good in an emergency but should not be your only source of drinking water. Bottled water manufacturers aren’t required to publish their water quality tests, therefore you may not know exactly what you’re getting. Bottled water may be contaminated with plastic additives that migrate from the bottles when heated or frozen. 

That’s why we encourage our clients to consider using a water filtration system to provide clean water for you and your family at an affordable price. 

GGS-lifestyle-aquadomeGood Gut Solution wanted to offer our customers easy access to tasty, clean, healthy water at an affordable price. We recently formed a relationship with Multipure to make it easy for you. The Multipure Aquadome countertop system installs directly to your faucet and uses the exact same carbon block filter as the undercounter models. It reduces over 65 contaminants of health concern.

Since 1970, Multipure has been the industry leader and manufacturer of solid carbon block filter technology. Multipure Drinking Water Systems meet the highest industry standards. Their philosophy is that everyone should have access to high quality water, free of contaminants for families, children and pets. We feel the same. 


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