Water Dispenser Units – Is a Water Dispenser Worth the Cost?
As a Certified Nutritionist, one of the first recommendations I give clients is to remove all sodas, fruit juices and even flavored waters from their diets. Drinking clean and fresh water is important to improving one’s health. That’s why I usually recommend getting a good quality water dispenser that is free of heavy metals and leaching plastics.
All too often when people attempt to displace their intake of sugary and chemical laden drinks, they make the mistake of thinking just any water will do. Unfortunately, that’s just not the truth. A water dispenser does away with the use of plastic water bottles that have traveled for thousands of miles in a variety of climates before getting to your local area. The constant expansion and contraction of the plastic causes plastic molecules to migrate into the water making it possibly even unhealthier than the water that comes straight from the tap. Couple that with the fact that the bottles themselves are harmful to the environment by polluting water that would affect marine animals as well as crops and you really have a recipe for disastrous health effects.
Plastic bottles, however, are not the only issue with water. Municipal and well water supplies suffer from a myriad of contaminants. From harmful bacteria like Giardia and cryptosporidium to poisons such as lead and pesticides, most water in the modern world is a hazard to the consumer’s health. To make matters worse, some municipalities even add sodium fluoride to water. While calcium fluoride is naturally occurring and has dubious benefits to dental and bone health, sodium fluoride is industrial run off from aluminum manufacturing and has no place in the human diet. A filtering water dispenser can effectively remove these hazards.
Some dispensers do not filter and these can be a useful, economical choice for some people. In the case of these dispensers, the water is not filtered, but is fed into the vessel by either a non-leaching plastic or glass bottle. These bottles can often be filled at certain supermarkets that have bottle exchange programs or large industrial filters that thoroughly clean the local water piped into it. They are an excellent option, if a filtering dispenser is a bit outside of your price range.
As you can see, a quality water dispenser is your best option for adding healthy, clean water to your diet. While water dispensers do involve some upfront cost, the value to your health is incomparable.