Living a healthy lifestyle is always what we strive for, so monitoring what exactly goes into your body is definitely Peacock. Something as simple as water seems like a no-brainer. For instance, bottled water is convenient and refreshing, no doubt, but is it healthy? Here are some things you should know before you crack open another bottle…
Number 1: The water that goes into those bottles is NO different than what comes out of your tap and in many cases it is your municipal water (which YOU the taxpayer already paid to have treated). It’s then sold back to you for a much higher price, in fact, you’re paying 1,900 times more than it costs coming straight from your tap. This is more than the cost of a gallon of gasoline. Typically tap water costs a penny or less per gallon.
Number 2: Once the water is processed and bottled up in its packaging things change rapidly. Remember these words: Polyethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE) & bisphenol A (BPA). These are important, yet dangerous chemicals that make up part of those cheap disposable water bottles. BPA is especially bad for you, it’s one of the most potent toxic chemicals known to man; and it’s used in a wide array of packaging – from sports bottles, baby bottles and those large office water coolers. These chemicals leech into your bottled water and you drink it up like champagne.
Finally, after decades of denial and standing by outdated scientific studies the U.S. banned the use of BPA’s in all children’s cups in July of 2012. Years ago in 2008 Walmart had taken all BPA packaging off their shelves; they’ve been called more stringent than the FDA. Canada banned it all together as well in 2010. BPA is linked to obesity, childhood diabetes, breast cancer, prostate cancer, brain disorders (ADD, hyper-activity), liver disease, ovarian disease, and low sperm count. Still want to drink from a water cooler?
Here’s what winds up in your disposable PET bottle right off the shelf; vinyl chloride, butadiene, styrene (cancer causing agent and can cause adverse reproductive effects), benzene, diethyl phthalate, dinoctyl phthalate (causes dysfunction, particularly in the fetus, can cause adverse reproductive outcomes for male and females). Add some heat into the equation and things get worse.
Plain an simple, there’s NO effective water bottle industry regulation. Your local municipal tap water is tightly regulated and checked for impurities multiple times a day. In fact, they have to submit reports to the government agencies; these reports are publicly available on EPA websites. Conversely, productized bottled water is not regulated at all because of government loopholes. Their testing is kept in-house and does not have to be submitted to anyone. The FDA has only one person assigned to the entire billion dollar industry, sounds like a recipe for disaster.
Some bottled water companies do in fact use reverse osmosis to remove impurities (including fluoride) left over from the local purification process, only to contaminate the water with PET and BPA’s – a hopeless situation if you intend to continue drinking bottled water.
Be warned; 70% of tap water in the U.S. is treated with fluoride which in a Harvard study has been suggested to be toxic to the brain and has significantly lowered I.Q. scores. In fact, most developed nations do not add fluoride to their water for good reason – it’s dangerous and not effective. Check your local municipality to find out what you’re drinking – more on how to remove fluoride from your drinking water later.
Look, I’m not saying you’ll eventually wind up looking like the Toxic Avenger, but you can take some simple steps to avoid potential health issues down the line. Most importantly, there is a better way than drinking disposable bottles. At the very least use your refrigerator water dispenser and change the filter on a regular basis, many of these are proven to remove harmful contaminants, check with your manufacturer. If you don’t have a filter system on your fridge try a Brita Water Filter, they have been independently tested and are proven safe. Visit this site to get your Brita Water Filter.
If you’re really into providing the best possible water (by removing fluoride too) for your house you can install a reverse osmosis Watts Multi-Stage Filtration System which are highly rated on their effectiveness, quality, and ease of installation. These systems are NSF Certified and are proven to remove any lingering contaminates such as sediments, many toxic chemicals and a reasonable assortment of creepy-crawlers.
For portability disregard any plastic, aluminum, or stainless bottles as they are all inherently flawed because of chemicals leeching into the contents. The best solution at the moment for a reusable container is the Glass Water Bottle which has a protective outer silicone sleeve. I’ve dropped mine multiple times on the sidewalk and curb and it has yet to break – a very tough product. Visit this site to get your personal Glass Water Bottle. Also, when eating at a restaurant ask for a cup and use tap water as an option.
The regulatory system we have certainly isn’t perfect, but there are ways to mitigate the damage these chemicals can do to us by avoiding them as much as possible. You can use this information to protect yourself and live a healthy lifestyle or continue to poison your body with contaminants – the choice is yours.
Watch ‘Tapped’ the movie to learn more
Or don’t watch ‘Tapped’ and suffer the potential risks…