By Dr. Mercola

Unfortunately your body is under constant daily assault by toxic substances, a great many of which are hard or impossible to completely avoid.

Besides the industries that pump or dump known toxins into your air, food and water, there are also synthetic chemicals in most products on your supermarket shelves.

“Better living through chemistry” really has become the accepted standard for our modern world.

But as we are learning the hard way through the explosion of degenerative diseases in the modern world, many chemicals, especially man-made ones, can do much more harm to your body than good!

In my opinion, one of the biggest hazards to your health comes from something you are likely taking for granted.

The water you drink, the water you bathe in, and the water you run through your appliances. It is vitally important for you to secure a good, clean source of water, and this is easily done by installing one or more types of water filtration systems in your house — I will talk more about that in a minute.

Your Body Is Mostly Water

On a percentage basis your body is over 99 percent water, or hydrogen and oxygen atoms.

Your body requires a constant daily supply of water to fuel all the various waste filtration systems nature has designed to keep your body healthy and free of toxins. Your blood, your kidneys, and your liver all require a source of good clean water to detoxify your body from the toxic exposures you come into contact with every day.

When you give your body water that is filled with toxins leached from plastic, or filled with by-products from chlorination, or with volatile organic compounds, or water that is contaminated by pesticides or hormones, you are asking your body to work twice as hard at detoxification, because it must first detoxify the water you are drinking, before that water can be used to fuel your organs of detoxification!

Clearly, the most efficient way help your body both avoid and eliminate toxins is to provide your body with the cleanest, purest water you can find. And that may be more of a challenge than you think.

The Problem with Modern Well Water

Unless you are getting your water from a well that is located 800 feet or more below the ground surface, chances are your well water has been contaminated by some if not many toxic substances that have been dumped into the ground soil over the past many decades.

Some common toxins that are dumped by the millions of pounds into soils every year are:

  • Herbicides
  • pesticides
  • estrogen mimicking hormones
  • drug residues
  • heavy metals

In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a natural well in America that hasn’t been affected by some type of chemical or heavy metal runoff from the surrounding ground soil.

This is to say nothing of the microorganisms living in well water. No matter how clean or pure your natural ground water looks, this has nothing to do with potential bacterial contamination or toxic pollution in the water. Many of the offenders in well water are just much too small to be seen with the naked eye.

If your home uses well water, you really need to test to see what unwanted contaminants you’re piping into your house. As you will see below, the problem isn’t just that you may be drinking contaminated water; you’re also inhaling it and absorbing it through your skin directly into your bloodstream.

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