Of course, there are some people who will insist that drinking potable tap water carries significant health risks. The question is, are there any? I have personally never had to worry about that.
I can tell you from experience that drinking non-potable water has not carried any significant health risk. Also, you may have heard about the research that suggests potable tap water actually contains more minerals than tap water.
The science behind this is a bit technical, but I’m glad to be on the side of caution. If you are considering drinking water in any of the water-based beverages on the market, I recommend you check out the full list of ingredients in each product. This list is what some critics have suggested is the cause of the spike in the number of water-borne illness outbreaks in the past few years.
This is not a claim to be controversial, but it is a claim to be true. According to the FDA, a single serving of any water-based beverage containing less than 10 mg of fluoride (or a lesser concentration of fluoride) can cause an increase in your chances of developing a urinary tract infection. This is very bad news for anyone who is considering drinking from our water supply.
Again, in our study of over a billion pages we found that drinking water that is “fresher” (which is a fancy way of saying “more alkaline”) is good for you. The best way to ensure you don’t get sick is to opt for bottled water wherever possible.
We were surprised to find that while bottled water has a significantly lower level of fluoride than tap water, the amount of fluoride in bottled water actually increases with how much you drink. The same study showed that drinking bottled water is associated with a higher risk of dental fluorosis.
The same study found that tooth decay was more likely when fluoride was around the recommended concentration, but more than that, the opposite was true. Even the study authors couldn’t find a direct link between fluoride and tooth decay.
The real question is whether or not fluoride has any effect at all on your health. The researchers behind the study found that the effect of fluoride on health and tooth decay is more complicated than previously thought. They found that even when fluoride levels were high, they still had a negative impact on people’s teeth. Which means that there’s no correlation between fluoride and tooth decay, but a correlation with tooth loss.
I think there is a great deal of truth to this. Even if you’re only drinking non-potable water, fluoride is still a terrible thing to ingest, even if it’s not getting into your bloodstream. Fluoride is a known carcinogen, and even if you’re not affected by it, you still have some risk.
One of the things that we have found in our studies is that drinking water with fluoride increases the chance of dying young. Although that doesn’t mean that your kids would die when you drink it, it just means you are more likely to die younger than those who don’t drink it. Fluoride is one of those things that is potentially harmful for those who are genetically predisposed to it, but no one yet knows for sure what causes the increased risk.