We all need adequate amounts of clean drinking water every day to stay fit and healthy. A good drink of water should stave off the effects of dehydration making you feel energized and alert. There are other health benefits, such as help with maintaining weight, increased cognitive functionality and a boost to your immune system. Despite these beneficial effects some people actually feel more tired after they drink water. This is an unusual phenomenon that’s been reported in some areas of the country. Let’s look at this issue in more detail and discover what the problem may be.
Poor Quality Water Problems
One of the main reasons why a person would feel tired after drinking water is a quantity of dissolved lithium in their water supply. Most of us have heard of lithium; it’s well known as a material used in the manufacture of batteries. What many people don’t know is that it’s also used in the medical profession to treat mental conditions, including bipolar disorder. Lithium also occurs in nature in various concentrations around the world where it could get into the local water supply and cause similar problems. It’s an alkali metal found in practically all igneous rocks that were formed from magma and lava and mineral spring deposits. Lithium is the lightest of metals, and its density is half that of water, and when it’s exposed to groundwater, it dissolves entering our drinking water supplies.
The Effects of Ingesting Lithium
Lithium has a documented effect on the thyroid. Hypothyroidism has been linked to the presence of dissolved lithium in drinking water in several studies. When you’re affected by hypothyroidism, your thyroid is underactive, and it doesn’t produce sufficient quantities of vital hormones that have a variety of effects, such as memory loss, depression, sensitivity to cold, weight gain and excessive levels of fatigue. Aside from these problems, there is also a negative impact on both your kidney function and your thyroid after extended exposure. The risks are balanced in a medical decision against the possible benefits for a particular patient, but the general public should not have to risk this kind of exposure for no discernible benefit. Sadly, because water is such an effective solvent many people drink water laced with dissolved lithium every day, and there is no way to detect its presence by using our senses.
Water Filtration Systems Offer a Solution
Many of us have access to municipal water treatment facilities that clean our water for us and make it safe to drink. These systems are effective to a point, but they don’t remove all of the contaminants, and they don’t remove dissolved lithium. This is why many people have taken their water safety into their own hands and installed water treatment systems. A whole house reverse osmosis filter can act as an effective last line of defense to ensure that you get purified water that’s free from lithium contamination and other harmful contaminants. A local water treatment specialist can give you more detailed advice on the specific water treatment system that would be ideal to meet your needs.
By Mark Williams (NicMar President Mark Williams holds degrees in Applied Science and Industrial Thermodynamics, along with Agricultural Mechanization and Systems Engineering from Ohio State University. He also holds the highest possible industry ranking, being WQA (Water Quality Association) LEVEL 6 Certified.)