Many people know that they need to drink plenty of good quality drinking water throughout their day to stay focused and healthy. But, some people may not know that the quality of their drinking water can also make them feel fatigued. Each year people visit their physician because they are feeling excessively tired, and in many cases, this is related to the function of their thyroid. In this article, we will look at the relationship between the thyroid gland and the quality of drinking water.

How the Thyroid Gland Reacts to Stress

When the thyroid gland experiences stress, it can lead to a number of health issues, but the primary symptom is a feeling of extreme fatigue. If the thyroid gland is underactive, it’s known as hypothyroidism; this is when the thyroid is failing to produce the hormones that you need to control certain bodily functions. Hypothyroidism has other symptoms, such as memory loss, sensitivity to cold, depression, and gaining weight; let’s examine why a thyroid gland may act in this manner.

Thyroid Functionality and Drinking Water

Firstly, it’s important to state that there are many reasons why a persons thyroid function could be compromised and examining all of them would be far outside the scope of this article. Here we will look at how poor quality drinking water could be related to hyperthyroidism. We need to drink clean water every day to stay healthy, and if the water quality is compromised, it can affect how we feel. Some studies have shown that drinking water that contains dissolved lithium could be related to hypothyroidism. Water is an effective solvent, and it often contains materials that have been dissolved in it. In many cases, these materials are hard to detect without laboratory testing.

How Can Lithium Get into Your Drinking Water?

Lithium is the lightest of the solid elements on the elemental scale, and it has half of the density of water. Lithium has a silvery white appearance, and it can be found naturally all over the world. Because of its lightness, lithium is often used to make aircraft and batteries, but it’s also used to treat bipolar disorders. Lithium can seep into our groundwater sources naturally or from manufacturing processes and prescription drugs. This is a problem because most municipal water treatment plants cannot remove lithium from our drinking water. So, many people are ingesting lithium in their drinking water, and this will affect their health, and it could result in hyperthyroidism.

How to Remove Lithium from Drinking Water

It is possible to remove lithium from your drinking water, but it will require the installation of a home water filtration system. The ideal system would be a reverse osmosis (RO) water filtration system. This will be extremely effective at removing a wide variety of contaminants and this includes dissolved lithium. An RO system works by forcing the incoming water supply to pass through a semi-permeable membrane at a very high pressure. The contaminants cannot pass through this barrier, they stick to the surface, and then they are simply flushed away. Other later filtration processes can further condition the water, making it clean, fresh, and palatable for you and your family.

By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.