Kids Are Not Little Adults
By Charles Strand
Other than just being smaller, children's bodies are really quite different than that of an adult. Because many of the crucial defense systems that help protect adults from disease and environmental pollutants are not fully developed in children, they are much more sensitive to environmental pollutants. Just as medications and other chemical compounds effect children differently than they do adults, so do contaminants in our air, drinking water and foods. Unfortunately there is little we can do about toxins in the air and chemicals in foods, which makes the purity of our water even more critical. Water is the body's only way to flush out these toxins, and the purer the water is to start with… the higher it's capacity is to collect and cleanse these harmful compounds from the body. Pure water helps a child's defenses grow stronger and perform better, giving them the protection they need during those fragile developing years.
A child's immune and detoxification systems are still developing into and throughout their early teens. Exposure to even very low levels of toxic chemicals in childhood years has been linked to increased risks of degenerative disease in later years. A mixture of chemicals such as chlorine, lead, herbicides, pesticides and a host of other contaminants are commonly found in our water supplies, and in many bottled waters. These trace levels of water borne chemicals have been documented to have adverse health effects on humans, and especially small children. Unfortunately the health standards that determine how much and what levels of these toxins we are permitted to consume in our drinking water are all based on the potential effects on adults. These “Maximum Contaminant Levels” (MCLs) are also based on the false assumption that we are only exposed to one chemical at a time. We find every thing from gasoline additives to traces of prescription drugs from recycled waste water in our public water systems. Often there are out breaks of chlorine resistant parasites like Cryptosporidium and Giardia in city water supplies, just as was the case recently in Milwaukee WI, when over 100 people died and 400,000 became sick, mostly children, when the water system became contaminated with Cryptosporidium, an intestinal parasite that causes flu like symptoms, but can be fatal to children and the elderly.
Childhood Asthma, Cancer, Leukemia and immune disorders have all risen in the last decade. Many experts and studies suggest that this is due to children's increased exposure to environmental toxins and their decreased ability to detox. Water plays a major role in a child's exposure to pollutants and in their body's ability to get rid of them.
A child consumes 3 times as much water per pound of body weight than an adult does, so they get a bigger dose of the chemicals in our water, and they're developing bodies are simply much more sensitive.
An increased intake of pure healthy water is one of the easiest and best ways to help promote good health for our children.
Choosing to safeguard the quality of the water we use, as adults, is a choice we are all free to make for ourselves. Choosing to protect our children's health is an instinctive responsibility, and water plays a major role in that protection.
“The human body is over 70% water, it's a common sense equation that the quality of the water we drink will have a major impact on our health.”
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