Along with the thousands of toxic chemicals shown to be in our water supply, there are two parasites found in drinking water that can cause serious illness and even death. Find out about them here and how to avoid them to protect your health.
Cryptosporidium and Giardia are parasites that exist in rivers and lakes and cause intestinal illness. These microscopic cysts are easily carried by water which increases the infection rates.
You may remember the Milwaukee Cryptosporidium outbreak in 1993 when over 400,000 people became infected by this parasite and lead to over 50 deaths.
These two parasites found in drinking water cause symptoms like diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain and fever. In people will low immune system levels it can be fatal. Many smaller outbreaks are common with people being advised to boil all their water.
So where do they come from?
They come predominantly from the faeces of cattle but also human and dog faeces too. These are flushed away or can be washed from the land into the water. Low levels have been detected in many samples from around the US as they can be very resistant to the standard municipal treatments.
As I mentioned earlier, although parasites found in drinking water present a very real threat to your health, the many other toxic chemicals like herbicides, pesticides, lead, chlorine and prescription drugs should be addressed too.
Although toxins like chlorine help to disinfect the water and kill many bacteria, it should be removed before use as it reacts with other contaminants in the supply and leads to serious diseases like cancer.
So what is the best way to remove the parasites and toxins?
Home water filtration is the easiest, most effective and most economical way to have safe, healthy water for you and your family.
However, only a handful of brands can remove 99% of all the contaminants, specifically including the Cryptosporidium and Giardia cysts.
These are active carbon block filters with ion exchange and a dual step process. The addition of a sub micron filter removes the cysts while many of the other contaminants are physically or chemically removed.
A quality supplier will have a Performance Data Sheet on their website to show you exactly what their products remove.
If you want to protect the health of your family now and in the future, ensure your filtration system is up to the job.
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