As my nesting & OCD has only been increasing these past couple of weeks, a few things on my "third trimester checklist" is to check our carbon monoxide and fire alarms, and also to get our water re-tested to ensure its drinking quality. So when Aquagear reached out to me about collaborating on a blog post and giveaway, it was such a perfect timing moment and I am so happy I learned about this company, and even more happy to be sharing all this valuable knowledge with others. If you watch the video above, you will see that Aquagear filters out 2,000% more contaminates than Brita filters do, and the most concerning about these if you have (or plan to have) young children in your home is that of lead, mercury, THMs, and fluoride.
- Lead: Exposure to lead, even in very small amounts, has been directly linked to a variety of health problems, especially in children, including: lower IQs, behavioral problems, and kidney and liver disorders. Lead is usually leached into drinking water from corroding faucets and pipes, or runoff. What is scary about lead is that even at dangerous levels, it cannot be tasted or smelt. The Aquagear filter has been proven to remove 97.5% of lead.
- Mercury: The Aquagear also removes 99.6% of Mercury. High exposure to inorganic mercury can result in gastrointestinal damage, damage to the nervous system, and the kidneys.
- Trihalomethanes (THMs): THMS are a serious and seriously understudied group of chemical compounds that have been proven to increase the likelihood of miscarriage. THMs are a byproduct of chlorine, which is used to clean water.The EPA allows for some THM in drinking water--about 80 parts per billion (ppb). However, even tap water meeting this regulation has been linked to a significant increase in miscarriage risk. The Aquagear filter removes 99.99% of these trihalomethanes.
- Flouride: Fluorosis is an often permanent condition characterized by discoloration and pitting of the teeth. It can be caused by an overexposure to fluoride in tap water and mostly affects children in their first eight years.This condition is becoming increasingly common in the United States as more and more tap water supplies are becoming fluoridated.
The Aquagear filter removes over 90% of fluoride.
It's a little scary to me how much the Aquagear very clearly beats out your standard and common household Brita, and I would highly recommend getting one for your home, especially if you have young children. You can conveniently purchase it right on Amazon here, as well as replacement filters, here.
Although their pricing is more than Brita, you get a much better, safer product, and for every filter product we send to your door, we provide six months of clean drinking water to someone in need. This makes me so happy, as contaminated drinking water in third world countries is a cause very near and near to our family's hearts, especially Landon's. You can read more about their Partnership with Thirst Relief International here.
Today I am so excited to be hosting a giveaway for a very lucky one of you to win your own Aquagear pitcher & filter (a $69.95 value, plus free shipping to anywhere in the U.S.!)
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