Even though, relatively speaking, Big D has better tap water than most cities (#12 on the Environmental Working Group’s list), agricultural pollutants, carcinogens, and endocrine disruptors are some of the common pollutants that still show up in Dallas’ drinking water. Endocrine disruptors can negatively impact a couple’s chance of conceiving, as well as presenting risks to the endocrine system (which includes ovaries and thyroid). This isn’t a luxury either, getting rid of your exposure to endocrine disruptors by filtering your water may be the difference between you getting pregnant again or not. And if you thought drinking bottled water was the solution, think again – bottled water is almost always worse. (Buying bottled water is akin to you buying your own tap water and then putting it into a plastic bottle that later goes into a landfill.) Instead, let’s take a look at the EWG’s Guide to Safe Drinking Water excerpted and condensed below:
- Tap Water: Learn what’s in it.
- Tap water suppliers publish all their water quality tests. Bottled water companies don’t.
- Filtered Tap Water: Drink it, cook with it.
- Filters: Change them.
- Bottled Water: Drink filtered tap water instead.
- On the Go: Carry water in safe containers.
- While Pregnant: Stay hydrated with safe water.
- Infants: Use safe water for formula.
- Breathe Easy: Use a whole house water filter.
Now that you have the 411 on optimizing water intake for you and your family, (not to mention your developing baby if you happen to be pregnant), it’s important to point out that replacing your sodas and alcohol with your clean water will work wonders. Ok, check back with me soon to educate yourself on how much water to drink, how often, and why it is important!