It’s easy to take water for granted, but we shouldn’t. We need it, and we need it to be clean. But the sad fact is that we get toxic tap water from so many of the public water supplies around the world. And it is up to parents to make drinking water safe for their children.
LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE FLINT, MICHIGAN WATER CRISIS
It’s been all over the news that families in Flint, MI were dealing with toxic water and had to fight to get their concerns addressed–concerns that were voiced by residents as early as the spring of 2014. Many months passed, and lots of finger pointing occurred before the toxic water supply was acknowledged by governmental officials.
OFFICIALS GET IT WRONG
In December of 2015, The Flint Water Advisory Task Force reviewed the response of the office responsible for public water safety. The task force declared that the “minimalist approach to regulatory and oversight responsibility is unacceptable and simply insufficient to the task of public protection.”
SO WHO IS WATCHING OVER OUR WATER SUPPLY?
We all want to trust that we have responsible public officials. But if you want to protect your family, the only safe course of action is to become your own steward. Learn what is in our water supply, and take action to ensure that your children have safe drinking water.
WHAT IS IN OUR WATER?
In our modern lives, there are many things that end up in our water. In fact, all of these toxins are found in municipal water in varying levels:
- Heavy Metals
- VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds)
WE INTENTIONALLY ADD THESE TOXINS
That list of contaminants is bad enough. But it gets worse. Unbelievably, there are things we intentionally add into our drinking water–things that are known toxins!
- FLUORIDE: It is touted as preventing tooth decay, but it is actually a known “endocrine disruptor.” In fact, it is used in Europe to treat people who have overactive thyroids (HYPERthyroidism). So obviously, fluoride affects the thyroid gland. But it also affects your bones and your brain, and even the blood sugar levels of children!
- CHLORINE: It’s an inexpensive way to kill the microbes in the water supply–and has been the standard since 1904. Of course, the problem is that it doesn’t only kill the bad microbes. When we drink the chlorinated water, we kill the healthy bacteria in our gut as well. And that is a massive assault to the immune system.
WHY ARE THESE TOXINS SO HARMFUL TO CHILDREN?
Everyone is affected by these toxins in the water, but kids are particularly impacted. One reason is that because of their smaller size, kids have more concentrated levels when exposed. Another reason is that their developing bodies and organs are less effective at processing and eliminating toxins. The bottom line is that anything that affects a child’s overall health will unavoidably impact cognitive functioning as well. And while it may not be damaging enough to prevent a child from learning to read, it can diminish a child’s potential. (If you’re concerned, use this reading skills diagnostic for answers.)
HOW TO KEEP YOUR KIDS SAFE
There are things you can do! Follow these THREE STEPS to keep your kids’ drinking water safe for consumption:
- Filter your water at home. There are many options. Since this fall, we’ve been
using the Berkey water filtration system with the optional fluoride filters. I had wanted an under-the-counter system, but my research showed it didn’t remove as many toxins as the solid carbon block technology of the Berkey. So I got the Berkey, and we all love it! One other consideration: if you have a direct water line to your refrigerator, that will need filtering as well.
2. Be mindful of your kids’ water consumption when they are not home.
- Send filtered water to school each day with your child, especially if the building is not a new one.
- Give your child filtered water for after-school activities.
- When eating out, order bottled spring water–and make sure it comes from a glass bottle. (Those ubiquitous plastic bottles of water are not safe. During manufacturing, they are filled with HEATED water, and this causes plastic to leach into the water.)
3. Use glass or stainless steel bottles whenever you send your kids off with water.
There are things in our drinking water that make it toxic to our bodies, and our children are especially affected. Some of these toxins just end up in the water supply, but some are intentionally added to our drinking water. The modern-day reality is that it is our job as parents to keep our children’s drinking water safe, and fortunately, there are things we can do to let them be happy and healthy readers.
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