24th of April 2011
Can tap water make you fat?
Tap water in the UK is mostly safe and free of the bugs however in a recent study it was found that 40% of the water in London still had lead content that is higher than EU regulations. The problem is the water authorities’ filtration system, which does not sift out
all the 60,000 dissolvable chemicals that can get into our water supply.
Among these dissolvable chemicals are oestrogen compounds these can come from pesticides, herbicides and also
from the contraceptive pill that have entered our waste system. Oestrogen is the hormone that stimulates puberty
in women, and an excessive amount of oestrogen can affect the way you accumulate fat and it can be linked to
breast cancers (men have also been affected).So, while making it harder to lose body fat, it also puts the risk of
illness associated with having higher body fat percentage. According to the British Fertility Society, sperm counts
have dropped by 30% and the chemicals in our water could be driving this reproductive calamity.
It would make sense to remove the chemical at source but this is just not financially viable for the water
authorities so it has to be up to you. You may be thinking, “I’ll just drink bottled water”, and this is fine as
long as the bottle is only used once. As after opening it is no longer sterile and it will gather bacteria like
a stagnate pond. Another option, though rather expensive is to fit your house with a filtration system
which will stop most contaminants getting through. Probably the cheapest option but still effective is to
get a water filter which you simply keep topped up in the fridge (Buy a water filter here)
. The best option and the most expensive is to have a reverse osmosis system fitted in to your house. However this still may let contaminates through.
It is important to start looking at what you drink just as much as what you eat and how much you exercise. So raise a glass of water (filtered of course) to the new healthier you.
Cite Professor Adam Carey