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2 Reasons Why You Should Never Reboil Water

Many people reboil water. But, it should not be done because there are 2 major risks related with that. Read on and the reasons will surprise you!

1. Toxic concentration increase

Tap water is not that clear as it looks. The Environmental Working Group found 316 chemicals, such as:

  • Arsenic
  • Chlorine byproducts
  • Fertilizer
  • Fuel propellant
  • Heavy metals
  • Industrial solvents
  • Plasticizers
  • Radioactive isotopes
  • Fluoride

These chemicals cannot be eliminated by boiling, unlike microorganisms. Actually, when boiling water with those chemicals, you are making the toxins concentration worse. The water starts to evaporate, while the toxins stay put, making the water even more dangerous. So, the more you boil it, the more dangerous it becomes. High concentrations of these chemicals can be really dangerous.
For instance, arsenic produces nausea, vomiting, pain in the abdomen, and diarrhea. Long-term exposure causes cancer.
Drinking high concentrations of chlorine causes a 93% higher cancer risk than average. Don’t make your water worse by boiling it multiple times. You might want to think about switching to natural spring water to avoid the chemicals.

2. Potential explosions

This is a huge risk if you reheat your tea in the microwave.
Microwaves heat water molecules very quickly. At times, the molecules get heated before they can turn into vapor. At this point, the water is referred to as ‘super-heated.’ When you take the cup out of the microwave, it begins to cool and the water vapor suddenly goes *poof!*
Stir the water before reheating to prevent this. Most people do not do this or they don’t know they are supposed to do it.
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