The human body is 60% water and we can’t survive longer than three days without drinking it.
Bottled water has become big business and for good reason. After the news headlines regarding infrastructure disasters like the one in Flint, Michigan people are worried about increasing groundwater pollution.
The truth is that in all reality unless we are in an emergency situation (or no other water is available) don’t assume that bottled water is safer or better than tap.
Many of us are turning away from the tap and grabbing bottled water, which is marketed as a healthier alternative;
But is it really?
Most bottled water companies are using deceptive marketing with pictures of beautiful mountains and springs. The top three brands Aquafina, Dasani, and Pure Life are all actually just highly filtered tap water. Most bottled water is municipal tap water.
Bottled water is a resource-heavy industry. It creates massive waste and is a very energy-intensive process. Reliance on bottled water is becoming a problem in our world today. Americans throw away about 60 million water bottles a day and less than a quarter of these are recycled.
Whats even worse is that A 2008 Environmental Working Group study found 38 contaminants , including agricultural residue and traces of toxins that exceeded the legal limits for bottled water in California, across 10 popular brands.
Basically your wasting your money if your buying bottled water for health reasons.
A shocking new study found that bottled water may contain thousands of pieces of micro plastics that you are ingesting. Almost all bottled water was found to be contaminated with these plastics. These plastics and their long term effects on human health are an urgent problem. Some plastics mimic the hormone estrogen in the body and can possibly lead to reproductive and hormonal issues longterm.
So what can we do?
- Get your home tap water quality report by calling your municipal supplier or visiting the EPA website.
- Test your home water for lead. You can buy a lead testing kit form a hardware store. If you discover there is lead in your tap water get an NSF/ANSI certified filter to remove it.
- Purchase a quality water filter. There are a many different options including pour through filters, faucet-mounted filters, countertop filters, plumbed-infilters, and whole house filtration. Be sure to research and find one that reduces most common contaminants including lead or chloramine and FLUORIDE.
After doing the research myself for the best water filter I purchased this one!I choose this specific countertop filter because it removes fluoride. Fluoride is an endocrine disruptor that can affect your bones, brain, thyroid gland, pineal gland and even your blood sugar levels. Not all filters remove fluoride so its something to look into. This water unit was simple to assemble and set up and easy for the whole family to use!
I also purchased glass water bottles for each member of my family. This makes it simple for each of us to fill up each day and bring them along and I don’t have to worry about chemicals! This simple routine not only saves money but is protecting our health and the planet too!
If you do choose bottled water for convenience, go for natural spring bottled water that comes from a naturally occurring source, like a spring located underground. Natural spring bottled water isn’t necessarily 100 percent pure, but it is less likely to have been contaminated by anything man-made.
ExperienceLife June 2017;