Kidney Health and Drinking Water Contaminants

March 15th, 2013

When consumed, drinking water contaminants can harm the body in many different ways. Some effects are acute, meaning that they occur within days of ingesting the contaminated water. Chronic effects, on the other hand, occur after several years of exposure to the contaminant. The kidney is one organ that frequently suffers chronic effects from long-term exposure to contaminants. Since March is National Kidney Month it seems appropriate to discuss the types of contaminants that can affect kidney health.

The Kidneys

Since the main purpose of the kidneys is to filter the blood for toxins and other impurities, it is not surprising that many contaminants can easily damage this very important organ. These contaminants can be released into your drinking water from a variety of different sources. Below is a list of the drinking water contaminants that can damage the kidneys. The contaminants are grouped by their primary source.

Water Disinfection Byproducts

Total Trihalomethanes

 

Discharge from Factories

1,1,2 – Trichloroethylene

Chlorobenzene

Hexachlorobenzene

Hexachlorocyclopentadiene

Mercury

o-Dichlorobenzene

p-Dichlorobenzene

Pentachlorophenol

Styrene

Thallium

Toluene

 

Runoff from Petroleum Refineries

Ethylbenzene

Ethylene dibromide

 

Herbicide / Insecticide Runoff

2,4-D

Alachlor

Glyphosate

Lindane

Toxaphene

 

Corroded Plumbing Systems

Cadmium

Copper

Lead

 

In addition to the chemical contaminants listed above, a particular strain of the biological contaminant, E. coli (O157: H7), can lead to kidney damage as well. The bacteria infect the gastrointestinal system which causes premature destruction of red blood cells. These red blood cells clog the kidneys which can result in kidney failure, especially in children.

The Solution

In order to maintain good kidney health it is important to limit your exposure to any of the above contaminants that might be in your drinking water. The Berkey Water Filters are very effective at removing or reducing nearly all of the drinking water contaminants that can potentially damage the kidneys. If there is a chance that any of these drinking water contaminants could be in your water, consider purchasing a Berkey Water Filter. It will not only benefit your kidney health but your overall well-being as well.

 


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