At PBELC Preschool – Water Quality is Essential for Our Children
We take your child’s health, safety and wellbeing very seriously. A quality water source is essential to your child’s health, development, safety and learning. A child’s body is 72 percent water. Plentiful quality water is required to maintain a child’s organs, skin and bodily systems. A child’s blood is over 90 percent water and children use water to transport oxygen, nutrients, and antibodies throughout their growing bodies.
Children need healthy water when they play and learn, even more so than their parents or other adults. Children need three times as much water per pound of body weight than adults. As their immune and detoxification systems are not yet fully developed, any ill effects from contaminants in the water are far more impactful to children’s bodies.
Lead in particular is dangerous for kids. Studies illustrate that fluoride, added to most public water supplies, can actually increase your child’s absorption of lead. Pesticides and herbicides are beginning to show up in school drinking water supplies as well. Since developing children are less capable of fully removing them from their bodies, researchers are increasingly suspecting them as one cause for the exploding number of cases of autism and ADHD.
Attention deficit and hyperactive behavior in children have been linked to changes in levels of thyroid hormone as are irritability and aggressive behavior. Pesticides and herbicides are proven to adversely affect children’s thyroid hormones.
Children attending older schools with lead-soldered pipes may be unknowingly drinking lead contaminated water. This highly toxic metal can flake off into the water, or simply leech into the water as it sits in the pipes over weekends and holidays.
According to a 2010 National Geographic report, a nationwide investigation discovered that the drinking water in schools in 27 states was contaminated with lead and other toxic substances. The Associated Press analyzed school drinking water data from the EPA and uncovered that 100 school districts and 2,250 schools nationwide were found to have drinking water that violated federal water safety standards. Lead, pesticides, and toxins such as coliform bacteria, copper, arsenic, nitrates and other harmful contaminants were found.
To ensure our PBELC preschool children only drink high quality water, we utilize the Mercola Water Filtration System. In addition, all ice at PBELC is made from filtered water. The Mercola Water Filtration System filters use a “selective filtration” process rather than a mechanical one to remove harmful contaminants such as THMs and lead, while also retaining beneficial minerals including potassium and calcium. The Mercola five stage dual cartridge system removes contaminants such as chlorine and sediment and allows the latter filtration stages to focus on removing lead and synthetic chemicals. The Mercola system uses a combination of carbon filtration, ion-exchange and sub-micron filtration to produce great tasting, healthier water for your children. The first, “A” cartridge filters out the largest contaminants – down to 5 microns in size. This includes particulate matter (turbidity) and chlorine. Getting the larger, concentrated substances out of the way allows the second, “B” cartridge to go to work on the more difficult, toxic contaminants:
Lead is reduced by a complex ion-exchange process that replaces harmful lead ions with healthy potassium ions.
Herbicides, pesticides, industrial solvents and other synthetic chemicals are removed through absorption.
Chlorine byproducts and chlorine resistant organisms, such as THMs, and cysts like Giardia Cryptosporidium are physically filtered by the 0.5-micron absolute filter.
As a caring and loving parent you should consider enhancing your existing water supply at your home with the Mercola Water Filtration System so your child has quality water not only in their preschool setting but also in their home setting. Quality water will improve their growth, development and learning.
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