You are what you eat and drink — quite literally. The average adult human body consists of somewhere between 50% and 65% water , making it critically important that the water we drink is of high quality. It is also important to consider the purity of the water in which you shower. 

Here, we will address why it’s important to use a high-quality water purifier, and how to determine if you have the very best water purifier for you and your family.

"How to Tell if You Have a High-Quality Water Purifier "

Check your local CCR before deciding on a filter — not all purifiers filter the same contaminants.

Why use a high quality water purifier?

As noted, the majority of the human body consists of water. The water you drink is absorbed readily into the system, and should therefore be of high quality. Water purifiers help to remove all sorts of toxins in water that can be attributed to cancers. And according to the EPA, 480,000 cases of learning disorders each year are the result of lead in drinking water . Lead can also contribute to birth defects.

Most astonishingly, though, over 2100 water contaminants exist and can be found in tap water. You can find out which contaminants exist in your local water source by checking out your local consumer confidence report (CCR), which water utilities are required to generate annually. A “recent analysis of CCRs from the 13 largest U.S. cities revealed that few claimed to have no federal water-quality violations…In New York City, for example, some samples had lead levels several times the federal limit.”

The real question is — why wouldn’t you use a water purifier?

So what are the traits of a high-quality water purifier?

Not all water purifiers are created equal, and different purifiers remove different toxins. Once you’ve read your local CCR and determined which contaminants might exist in your local water source, cross-check that against the water purifier you choose or have already chosen to ensure that your purifier is actually capable of removing those contaminants. Make sure that the claims are legitimate.

You’ll also want to consider whether you want simply a drinking water filter or whole home filter — this decision should be based on the contaminants found locally. In some cases, the water is okay to shower in but not to drink.

Two great options for drinking water filtration are carafe filters and faucet-mounted filters. Both are low maintenance (you don’t even have to install a carafe filter!) and remove a large amount of toxins. Brita provides great options for both, and gets phenomenal reviews across the board. Check out to take a side by side look at the qualities of different water filtration systems.

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Carafe filter and faucet-mounted filter

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In short, consider the source of your water and the contaminants therein, and then cross-check those with the water purification system you choose and which contaminants it claims to remove. Then be sure those claims are true! The quality of the water that you drink and bathe in can make the difference between good health and bad health.

Which water purification system do you use and why? We want to know!

Cara Aley is a freelance writer who writes in on variety of subjects, ranging from digital marketing strategies to reviews.