Many modern refrigerators now feature built-in water and ice dispensers. While they can be very convenient, these dispensers also pose some health hazards that you should be aware of.
Here are three reasons you may want to rethink your drink if you are currently sipping from your refrigerators built-in dispenser:
1. Lack of filtration
Although the water and ice being dispensed from these types of refrigerators is usually filtered, the water is most often filtered using nothing but a basic carbon filter. These filters are designed to remove a limited amount of pollutants such as chlorine from your water in order to make it taste better, much like a Brita pitcher. This leaves you vulnerable to an untold amount of chemicals and contaminants that have been found in tap water supplies including bacteria, sulfur, pesticides, nitrates, fluoride, arsenic, pharmaceutical drugs, and herbicides.
Manufacturer directions indicate that the average refrigerator water filter needs to be changed every three to six months and the unit cleaned periodically, a task users often neglect. When was the last time you changed yours? Do you even know how? A clogged filter will decrease the efficiency of the system and may cause costly damage to the unit, as well as leach contaminant particles into your water and ice making it unhealthy to consume. And if you are one of the 70% of Americans who are living in a hard water area, you may need to change your filter even more often than recommended.
Expired water filters and as well as filters which go unused for weeks are a breeding ground for mold, and contaminants can literally rot inside the filter. Ingestion of water which has been run through a moldy filter can cause headaches, runny nose, sinus problems, skin rash, diarrhea and vomiting.
A better solution
A healthier alternative to drinking from a refrigerator with built-in water dispenser is drinking from the tap when hooked up to a Chanson water pre-filter and water ionizer. The pre-filter removes contaminants while keeping healthy alkaline minerals in, and then ionizes those minerals to make them bioavailable to the body and turn the water alkaline.
This results in a much healthier water which is still much more affordable than bottled water in the long run. Yes you will still have to to stick to a filter schedule and perform periodic maintenance as with any water filter, but the result will be well worth it.
If you still wish to continue using your refrigerators built-in water and ice dispenser despite the warnings above, we recommend snapping Ionizer Armor onto the water line, as it will cause the water and ice to be smoother and softer.