Staying hydrated by drinking water is a vital part of our daily lives, and it allows us to lead healthier lifestyles, or so we thought. Unfortunately, traces of medicine are commonly found in our water supplies. How does this happen? It’s actually frighteningly easy.
Medications are a common part of life for many of us. Animals, too, are given chemicals and antibiotics, often as a preventative measure. With each flush of the toilet, for humans, or within each pasture, leftover hints of these medications are unavoidably transmitted into the water supply.
Therefore, proper disposal of unused drugs is incredibly important in reducing the amount of medicine found in our water. Check out these tips:
- Pour the medicine into a sealable plastic bag.
- If the medicine is solid (pill, capsule, etc.), add water to dissolve it.
- Add kitty litter, saw dust, coffee grounds, table salt, charcoal, nontoxic powdered spice (turmeric or mustard, for example), or any other materials that mix with the medicine and make it less appealing to animals and children to eat.
- Seal the plastic bag, and put it in the trash.
- If the medicine comes in blister packs, wrap the packages in multiple layers of duct tape, and then put them in the trash.
Don’t forget to remove and destroy ALL personal information from the medicine container before you recycle or throw it away.
To make sure you’re ingesting the healthiest water, buy a filter system. Brita and Pur filters are great places to start and will remove most harmful bacteria and medicines from your drinking water.
Getting your eight glasses of H20 is important, so let’s make sure you’re not only hydrated, but drinking clean water.