Lead sounds scary. We talk about lead poisoning in our water and through other exposures and it’s become a hot topic when it comes to what we put in our bodies. Lead is a naturally occurring element in the earth’s crust that’s toxic to most living things. Its widespread use in consumer products (such as pencils and textiles) has lead to poisoning of people and toxifying of environments.
Fear of lead in your drinking water is a very scary reality for many people in many places such as the workplace.
Lead poisoning is dangerous. One way to combat it is through use of bottleless water coolers or fountains and other purifying equipment to catch lead before it enters your body. The effects of lead poisoning on the human adult body can be painful and even fatal if not handled appropriately. If you suspect lead poisoning, see a doctor immediately.
All of us drink some lead when we drink tap water or local groundwater. But unsafe levels can lead to serious health problems.
The level of lead you ingest is important to figuring out how it will affect you. Children are particularly susceptible to lead poisoning because even a small dose can be incredibly dangerous to a tinier body while the same dose would be almost unnoticeable for an adult. For the most part, all drinking water contains levels of lead before filtration and your age will determine what is safe to ingest.
Effects on Adults
Exposure to lead in an average adult can have a number of health effects. Lead can cause problems in the cardiovascular system and induce hypertension in an otherwise healthy person. It can have a profound negative effect on the kidneys and even cause reproduction and fertility issues in both men and women who are exposed.
Those who are pregnant are in more danger of ill effects from lead poisoning than the average adult. If you have existing lead in your body, it will get released during pregnancy and can poison the fetus. The ultimate result could be physical development problems in the fetus and even premature birth and other birth related complicates as the lead in the fetus’s body grows.
How Do I Test for Lead?
A certified lab can test your home water for safe or unsafe levels of lead in your water. You can seek out independent labs or go to your local water supplier for testing information. It is safest to get the test done professionally rather than attempt to test it yourself.
How Much Does a Test Cost?
A professional test on your water’s lead levels can be anywhere from $20 to $100 depending on the depth of testing and the prices of your local water supplier.
Don’t chance lead, get your water tested and protect your home or office with filter alternatives such as a bottleless water dispenser and other options.
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