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Continuing our water and health series, today we explore how water can both hurt and help our bodies.

Contaminated water accounts for a great number of disease in third world countries. E.coli and salmonella are two very prevalent diseases that target the digestive tract. Additionally, intestinal parasites, bacteria and viruses can cause stomach problems and also issues for the organs that help with digestion.

Thankfully in our civilized culture water is regulated, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have to be vigilant. One way we can protect ourselves is to make sure our home’s water is filtered. Lead, mercury, arsenic and copper are just a few of the contaminants that can be found in our water and can cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and other stomach issues. Aqua Plumbing & Air can test your water to make sure none of these contaminants are present.

On the flip side, water can also be a great healer for other ailments.

Clean drinking water can help aid in the prevention of many problems. Diarrhea and vomiting, for example, can quickly dehydrate the body. Drinking enough water can restore the body’s fluids to an acceptable level. Water can also help with constipation by breaking down dry stool.

Water may also aid in heartburn as it is thought that drinking water can neutralize the acid that causes the burn.

Water is essential to helping our digestive system work at its optimum. In order to break down the food we eat, we need water. In order to transport nutrients through our body, we need water.

Drinking plenty of water will not only aid in curing digestive issues, it will help prevent them in the first place!