From diseases to morning sickness, there are many more side effects associated with drinking PFAS. Luckily, there are also ways in which you can protect yourself from these effects and lead a healthier life. To do this, it is important that you know the sources of your water and how to test for PFAS!
What is PFAS?
PFAS is a group of chemicals that have been around for many years but only recently become a popular water contaminant. PFAS are often used in industrial processes, like making plastics and coatings, and they can end up being released into the environment.
The problem with these chemicals is that they can act as estrogen mimics and can be harmful to humans. Contamination of PFAS in drinking water can lead to cancer, reproductive problems, and other health issues. And since they’re also persistent in the environment, getting them into water supplies is a big concern.
There are several ways to protect yourself from drinking water containing PFAS. First, make sure you’re using conservative measures when it comes to factory pollution. Second, try to buy municipal water if possible. Third, consider installing a reverse osmosis filter in your home – this will remove most of the PFAS from your drinking water. Fourth, keep an eye on the labels on food items – if something says it was made with PFAS or PET plasticizers, avoid eating it or washing it down with water.
What Happens to Your Body If You Drink PFAS in Your Water?
If you’re thinking about drinking water with perfluorinated compounds (PFAS), there are some things you need to know.
First, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, exposure to low levels of these types of chemicals can have negative effects on your body, such as development issues in children and cancer.
Second, if you drink a lot of water with PFAS – more than the EPA recommends for an average person – it could lead to health problems like interference with hormone function and damage to the immune system.
So what can you do if you’re worried about exposing yourself to these chemicals? Here are some tips:
– Try not to drink tap water unless there’s a proven filter that can remove PFAS. If you do have to drink tap water, make sure it’s regularly filtered, and bottled or filtered water is your best option.
– Tap water hasn’t always been tested for PFAS so it’s difficult to know how much is safe to drink. The EWG recommends getting your drinking water from lakes, rivers, streams, and glaciers instead of tap water since these sources tend not to contain high levels of these chemicals. However, just because a water source is “natural” doesn’t mean it won’t contain PFAS; always consult the EWG’s database for the most up-to-date information on dangerous pollutants in each individual stream or lake.
How to Protect Yourself from PFAS Contamination
If you are concerned about the side effects of drinking water that contains perfluorinated compounds, read on for some tips on how to protect yourself.
There is no one-size-fits-all plan for protecting yourself from PFAS contamination, as the amount of exposure and level of concern will vary depending on your location and daily routine. However, here are tips to keep in mind:
1. Avoid eating or drinking food or water that has been sprayed with PFCs.
2. Filter your water using a high-quality filter or pour it out if it doesn’t pass the test for PFCs.
3. Avoid heating water using appliances that emit PFCs, like fridges/freezers and air conditioners. Heating water in this way releases chemicals into the air and can expose you to them directly.
4. Consult an environmental health scientist if you’re concerned about your exposure to PFASs and want detailed advice on how to reduce your risk.
As you may have heard, the city of Flint, Michigan was recently exposed to dangerous levels of lead in its water. The exposure has led to health concerns for many people living in and around that area, with one of the risks being cancer. It’s important to know how to protect yourself from the side effects of drinking PFAS in your water – especially if you are pregnant or have young children who might be consuming more water than usual. There are a few things you can do to reduce your risk exposure: filter your water, install a reverse osmosis system, boil your water, or drink bottled water. In the event that you do drink tap water while in Flint, it’s important to know that there are ways to filter out PFAS without having to spend a fortune. Check out our guide on how to make homemade filtered rainwater for more information.