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Stomach aches due to contaminated drinking water

Water Bottle Contaminants

Most health experts recommend that people drink 8 glasses of water a day to remain hydrated and for better health. However it is not always the quantity of water that is the most important as water quality is also a serious factor to consider. If you are a person who suffers from stomach aches, the cause of your condition may very well be connected to the quality of your drinking water.

Tap and well water should always be properly sanitized to prevent viral gastroenteritis which is inflammation of the stomach, small and large intestines. This infection can be caused by a variety of viruses that can result in stomach aches, vomiting, and diarrhea. These same symptoms can also be caused by bacteria in the water as well including Salmonella and Ecoli. The connection between these microbial contaminants in drinking water and stomach pain is very real and a major concern in most developing countries.

Another harmful water contaminant that can cause stomach aches is arsenic. Arsenic is a naturally occurring chemical element that can be found in the soil. It is toxic to the body and arsenic poisoning can lead to headaches, stomach aches, convulsion, diarrhea, vomiting and even death. While the levels of arsenic is strictly regulated by the EPA for drinking water in most countries, there is no guarantee how much arsenic can be found in many water sources unless they are tested regularly. The best way to remove arsenic from the water is through the use of a reverse osmosis water filtration system.

Stomach aches can also be caused by allergic reactions to chemicals that are actually put into the water by your city. Most cities and municipalities across the country will add abrasive chemicals like chlorine and chloramines to the water to protect from bacterial contamination. Of particular concern, is the additive fluoride which is a toxic chemical that is often added to tap water. Fluoride has some benefits in helping people reduce cavities, however it is quite poisonous at higher levels. Some people who are more sensitive have reported experiencing stomach aches from drinking fluoridated water at even the low levels set by their cities which are considered safe. Since it is a known fact that fluoride is highly toxic, many people believe that no levels of fluoride should ever be ingested from drinking water.

People who regularly experience stomach aches should seriously consider having their water tested for water contaminants. If it is determined that contamination is the issue, a reverse osmosis water purifier should be installed. Reverse osmosis systems can remove 90-99% of the contaminants like arsenic, fluoride and microbes which can cause stomach aches.