Water purification devices used to obtain clean and flawless water may be harmful to our health. “It also destroys all the minerals and components that are beneficial for health, rather than cleaning the water,” said Istanbul Medical Faculty Medical Ecology and Hydroclimatology Specialist. Dr. Zeki Karagülle shared important information based on the research results.
In many parts of the world, running water from the tap can be easily consumed. Why can’t we drink the water running from the faucet or do we stay away even though it is drinkable? In which provinces in Turkey can water flowing from the tap be easily drunk?
Water consumption is directly linked to income level. Therefore, in all developed societies, city mains water, which can be easily reached by every person, must be clean, reliable and healthy. This is how it is all over the world. In Turkey, it is the duty of the municipality to provide the city mains water to the people. However, bottled drinking water consumption depends on people’s income levels, habits and preferences. From time to time, information on the potable mains waters of certain provinces is shared with the public. However, it should be ensured that these data are always up-to-date and accessible.
‘CONTAINS ZERO MINERAL AND TOTALLY ARTIFICIAL’
Purifiers are used to save on water costs. So much so that many companies even go to the point of marketing their products by making calls over their mobile phones. Those who think that carboys are harmful to health and even cause cancer can also apply this way. Is it possible to say “Consume with peace of mind” for purified water?
When we compare purified water and natural spring water in carboys in terms of health, it is not possible to claim that purified water is healthier and safer than packaged natural mineral and spring water. While all purification methods and techniques in purification devices purify harmful chemical and microbiological components in water, they also remove all minerals and components that are beneficial and necessary for health. The resulting pure water is an artificial water containing almost zero minerals.
In addition, if the components such as filters, strainers, treatment reservoirs, pumps, which are used in household type individual purification devices and come into contact with water, are not properly and properly maintained and replaced in a timely manner, they may cause chemical and microbiological contamination of the treated water and may pose a health risk. There is no control mechanism for the control of the water obtained from these devices. However, natural spring waters that are packaged and offered for consumption are subject to constant inspection both internally and by the Ministry of Health in accordance with legal regulations.
‘PURE WATER IS ACTUALLY OBTAINED BY TREATMENT’
Are there any health problems encountered in those who consume purified water for a long time?
Evidence is increasing that consuming water that is purified by different methods is not as safe and healthy as it is thought to be. Especially some health problems due to mineral deficiency occur in those who consume this type of purified water for a long time. While purification devices filter harmful chemical and microbiological contents in the water, they also remove certain minerals dissolved in the water, which are necessary for healthy body functions. In this way, pure water is actually obtained.
It is widely used in pure water cooling systems, drug production, vehicle batteries, irons and many other areas, but it is not suitable as drinking water. No living creature in nature consumes pure water. Consumption of pure water as drinking water is also an unhealthy option for humans. As drinking water, water with natural and balanced mineral content and obtained from natural sources preserved in nature should be preferred.
CAN PREPARE THE GROUND FOR DISEASES
It is now a scientific fact that natural mineral and spring waters consumed throughout the day are beneficial for the intake of important components and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, sodium, chloride, bicarbonate and sulfate, which are necessary for many basic physiological functions of the body, in daily nutrition. However, there are scientific studies showing that drinking demineralized treated water can cause health problems in the medium and long term.
Disruptions in the electrolyte, fluid, mineral and pH balance of the body negatively affect physiological processes. Studies on this subject reveal that the consumption of purified water can cause cardiovascular, vascular and bone health problems, hypertension, growth retardation in school-age children, dental caries and some types of cancer in the adult population.
We have shown in one of our studies that the pH values of the water drop significantly when the minerals naturally found in the water are removed with the purification process. This decline is the result of the removal of minerals and can lead to a number of health problems. At this point, it is necessary to inform the society correctly and to increase its knowledge and sensitivity on the use of healthy and safe water. Otherwise, you will make your healthy drinking water unhealthy.
Purifiers in the form of jugs for everyday use have become very popular. Are they equally inconvenient?
The same logic applies to any purification device. While purifying all harmful substances from the water, it also destroys beneficial minerals. If it is used, regular maintenance should be done and extreme care should be taken in filter cleaning. Otherwise, while you think you are drinking healthy water, you will be drinking unhealthy water.
‘THE MOST IDEAL WATER STORAGE IN GLASS PACKAGING’
If we look at the packaged waters, can it be said that one is healthier than the other? Especially those who are afraid of polycarbonate plastic, turn to glass carboys…
Packaged water has international standards and these standards are also valid in our country. These are determined in the regulations issued by the Ministry of Health. The most ideal is to store water in glass packaging, but other polycarbonate and pet packaging provide ease of use and transportation. An opened pet bottle should be finished within that day. Also, it should not be left in the sun.
‘OPEN PET BOTTLE MUST BE FINISHED THAT DAY’
Those who buy the water sold in plastic bottles can refill the water after consuming the water and use it for a few more days. Is there any harm?
For the healthiest consumption, the opened pet bottle should be finished within that day. In addition, before sale and before use in homes, it should not be kept on dirty and chemical-contaminated floors, warehouses, and should not be exposed to direct sunlight and heat.
What should we pay attention to when consuming packaged water (pet bottle, carboy, glass carboy, etc.)? What kind of way should we follow when we buy, open our mouth and use it?
First of all, the carboy should be undamaged, clean and transparent. Of course, the water should not be cloudy, and there should be no foreign materials such as floating particles and algae.
After opening the carboy, it should be consumed within a maximum of one week. It should not be left open in any way, if a pump or water dispenser is used, cleaning and maintenance should be done at least once a month.