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Toxic Teflon in the Drinking Water

Many who are trying to lead a healthy lifestyle focus solely on food and exercise while forgetting some of the other important pillars of health. 

In today’s day and age, we need to be cognizant of not only our nutrition and fitness level but also hidden forms of toxin exposures. 

Some of these hidden sources of toxin exposures are in the water we are drinking daily. One of them being PFAS contamination or “Teflon” in water but first, let’s explain why this is an issue.

What are PFAS?

PFAS or, “Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of man-made chemicals that includes PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and many other chemicals” (1).

The most common PFAS being the chemical PFOA or “Perfluorooctanoic acid”. This chemical was used commercially to manufacture Teflon, the chemical coating that made non-stick cookware.

When exposed to heat, most non-stick cookware becomes a source of PFOA vapor, but why is this a problem?

Is Teflon Safe?

This unique polymer coating prevents food from sticking in the pans during the cooking process and at normal cooking temperatures, Teflon-coated cookware releases various gases and chemicals that present mild to severe toxicity (2).

This is a problem because PFOA from Teflon was shown to bioaccumulate in our body and is associated with various health conditions including thyroid disorders, chronic kidney disease, liver disease, testicular cancer, low birth weight, and infertility (3)(4)(5)(6)(7)(8).

As public health concerns raised the industry “phased out” PFOA laden cookware. Teflon still remains an issue even without PFOA in the making of it.

But even if you’re not using non-stick cookware, PFAS can still be a problem because these do not break down in the environment easily and end up in places such as our drinking water.

Teflon in Water

When it comes to our drinking water, one of the many chemicals found in it is Teflon and other PFAS. 

The Environmental Protection Agency and Northeastern University‘s Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute worked together to document PFAS at publicly known pollution sites across the US. 

The researches found that at least 610 drinking water sources in 43 states contain potentially unsafe PFAS levels, and estimate that more than 19 million people are exposed to these man-made chemicals (9).

So what can you do to avoid these toxic health impeding chemicals?

How to Filter PFAS Out of Water

Buy a high-quality water filter like any of our Alkaline Water Ionizers. Not only do these filter out PFAS from your drinking water, but we also do a water report and analysis to customize the best filtration based on the results.

You can sit back and relax knowing that not only will you be drinking the purest water, but also reaping the benefits of alkaline and ionized water.

Toxic Teflon Article Infographic

What is the Benefit to Alkaline Water

Some of these benefits include the promotion of detox in our bodies. One preliminary Swedish study compared different elements in hair follicles between two different groups of women. One set of women were drinking more acidic water, while the other set were drinking more alkaline water.

This study found that the alkaline group had more protection from mercury, as well as higher absorption of more beneficial minerals such as calcium, strontium, molybdenum, iron, and selenium. While the women from the acidic water group had less protection against the toxic effects of mercury (10).

This is important because not only would you get the benefits of water without harmful contaminates such as mercury and PFAS, but you’d also reap the benefit of promoting detoxification while drinking pure alkaline water.

References:

  1. https://www.epa.gov/pfas/basic-information-pfas
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28913736
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23079607
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19176540
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20089479
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2072850/
  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21873601
  8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24007715
  9. https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/articles/2019-05-06/contaminated-water-from-teflon-chemical-found-in-43-states-report-finds
  10.  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/14703901/

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