Drinking water is the best thing you can do for your body, right? That’s not necessarily true if it isn’t good, clean water — and if it isn’t consumed in the proper quantities. Here are 10 reasons that drinking water can be unsafe for you:
1. Impurities can make you throw up. Polluted water is often responsible for vomiting, diarrhea and other stomach distress.
2. You can get a rash. Bad water causes problems with every bodily system, and a skin rash is often the first symptom of a failing system.
3. You can actually get cancer. Leukemia is one cancer that is positively linked to prolonged exposure to bad water.
4. You may not be able to have children. Long-term exposure to bad water can make you infertile.
5. Lead can limit learning abilities. Especially in children, lead in the water can cause developmental delays and lifelong learning disabilities.
7. The pipes may be making things worse. Even if your city’s water is relatively clean, no one is checking the pipes to make sure they’re not contaminated.
8. Chlorine-treated water can’t do its job. When chlorine is present, water molecules can’t bind effectively with toxins in your body to wash them away.
9. Too much is bad for you anyway. You can increase you blood volume and blood pressure by drinking too much water — clean or not.
10. Your kidneys can only take so much. Kidneys handle excess volume and excess contaminants, and they won’t last for ever. Asking too much of them is a recipe for disaster.
Should you be paying more attention to the quality and quantity of water you consume?