Lead ballast is the amount of lead you need to be able to get around a bit of. The world just doesn’t feel like it’s a good place to be a lead ballast, so I don’t have much to offer you if you don’t have any.
I’ve been using lead ballast for years. I think it’s safe if you stay away from leaded water in general. The only thing I can really recommend is to keep the lead ballast as a very small amount, and only drink it when you feel like you need to. If in doubt, it’s best to drink the top of the water, because if you don’t drink the bottom, you risk getting waterborne lead poisoning.
I’ve been drinking lead water for the last few months, and I’ve had no negative side effects. I don’t know what the actual issue is, but I do know that if it bothers you, it’s best to avoid the water.
Of course there’s also the small matter of the water getting in your eyes, but that’s the fault of lead. I know, lead is a neurotoxin, but the good news is that if you make sure you’re drinking the lead water, you won’t get any bad side effects.
The other issue you run into with lead water is that if you come into contact with it, you might not realize you’re ingesting lead. It’s the same reason you should never drink water from a water source that was contaminated by a toxic substance: you can easily get sick from it. But with lead, the danger is much greater because it’s so pervasive. Lead was responsible for the deaths of approximately 8,000 people between 1960 and 1970.
It’s also very important to note that the lead is not a single thing, only an association. Rather than drink it, don’t drink it.
Lead poisoning is a very real threat. There is no one safe amount of lead for drinking, although most people can get a lifetime of lead poisoning from eating leaded foods. And it is possible to get toxic levels of lead in the blood from other sources as well. The real danger however is lead in the drinking water of drinking water systems. Lead is the most common man-made substance on the planet.
If you have been drinking tap water for any length of time you already have a very good idea of what you’re getting into. Lead in water is the most common cause of water-borne illness and illness from lead in the drinking water is the most common cause of lead poisoning. The risk of lead poisoning from drinking water is about 1% of the risk from drinking leaded water.
The dangers of lead in drinking water is so well known that you won’t see many articles on it. Lead is not toxic in itself, but it becomes toxic when it is consumed in a large enough quantity or for long enough amount of time. Lead and other poisonous metals can damage the nervous system, kidneys, and other organs. Even when lead is used in small amounts the damage is cumulative and you can get lead poisoning for a long time after you stop using leaded water.