Bottled Drinking Water  - What's Wrong with Thinking its Safe?

In 2014, bottled drinking water sales in the U.S. alone, was 10.9 billion gallons. Sales in 2014 grew to $13 billion, an increase of 6.1 percent from 2013.

It's clear that people feel safe reaching for water that's sold in a bottle but it's not quite that simple. It is your responsibility to read the fine print - as deceptive labeling is rampant in the bottled water industry. Researching (like maybe a few phone calls) the manufacturer can be helpful but even then, can you really be sure? The answer is NO!

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Drinking pure water is one of the most important things you can do for your health. However, relying on the bottled kind to keep you hydrated is not the best answer. You may be paying premium prices for the products, thinking it’s better for you than your local supply. The toll that it takes on the environment, not to mention your cash, is enormous.

The mere fact that water is in a bottle is NOT an assurance of purity or quality. In fact, about 40 percent of it is acquired from regular tap, which may or may not have received any additional treatment.

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Metal Antimony Found in Bottled Water

Metal antimony (a silvery white metal of medium hardness) has been found in many brands. The amount of antimony that seeps into it depends on the manufacturer, and can be highly varied.

One recent study looked at 63 brands produced in Europe and Canada, and found concentrations of antimony that were more than 100 times the typical levels found in clean groundwater (2 parts per trillion). It also found that bottles with the longest shelf life had even greater amounts of antimony present.

Recently, water samples were collected from various manufacturers in various countries and allowed to sit on a shelf. After six months, the concentrations of antimony jumped by 90 percent in European brands and 19 percent in Canadian brands. The biggest offenders were packaged in polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, containers.

What is PET?

The majority of the world's PET production is for synthetic fibers (in excess of 60 percent). Bottle production accounts for around 30 percent of global demand. In discussing textile applications, PET is generally referred to as simply "polyester" while ‘PET’ is used most often to refer to packaging applications.

The varying degrees of antimony present are believed to be affected by such things as exposure to sunlight, higher temperatures, and varying PH levels.

Most municipal tap water, though generally far from pure, must also adhere to stricter purity standards and scrutiny than the bottled water industry. In one study, 1/3 of more than 100 bottled water brands tested for contaminants, were found to contain chemicals like arsenic and other carcinogenic compounds (such as radon from perchlorates, chlorine, and lead), at levels far exceeding state or industry standards.

Additionally, fluoride (a HIGHLY TOXIC bone poison that should be avoided altogether) is usually present in both tap water AND filtered bottled drinking water. (And now it's been found in food!)

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6 Reasons to Give Up Bottled Drinking Water!

  • The burden of plastic bottles on the environment shouldn't be ignored. These bottles mount up in landfills and litter countless streets and highways. They collect in huge sludge-like mixtures in rivers and oceans worldwide, killing wildlife wherever it is found. If it is allowed to continue to kill wildlife, you can bet there will be potential future problems for you and your descendants for a long time to come.

  • Plastic pollution has even entered the food chain. It’s not just marine animals that are being affected. You too, are ingesting minute levels of plastics every day, which means you're exposed to a potentially deadly mix of plastic chemicals and additives, including:

    - Cancer-causing PFOAs (Which the FDA discovered in microwave popcorn bags too!)

    - PBDEs, which cause reproductive problems

    - The reproductive toxins, phthalates

    - BPA, which disrupts the endocrine system by mimicking the female hormone estrogen

    The Result of Breathing, Eating, Drinking, and Absorbing Plastics?

  • Widespread obesity, declining fertility rates, (and other reproductive problems), and cancer are just a few of the possible side effects that plastics may be causing to your health. Children are particularly vulnerable to the dangers. Because they have lowered immunity, their systems cannot sufficiently combat the carcinogens.

  • Babies are exposed to plastics from the very moment they’re born. They are exposed to plastics in the hospital, given formula from plastic baby bottles, and then handed toys that are made of plastic too, typically made in China!

    Your Options for Drinking Water

    The best way to ensure good health AND protect the environment is to filter well water at home using a reverse osmosis filtration system. Public tap water can also be filtered using a kitchen sink filter or pitcher. Avoid consuming unfiltered tap water, as chlorine and fluoride (which are added to most municipal water supplies) are toxic chemicals that should not be consumed in large quantities.

    DO NOT make the mistake of thinking you can tell if your drinking water is safe or not by the way it looks, tastes, or smells. Some of the contaminants in water are so harmful they’re measured in ‘parts per million’, or ‘parts per billion’. That means that just a drop of these poisons added to several gallons of water can be harmful to your health.

    Keep in mind also that installing a filter to purify your drinking water alone may not be enough. Since your skin absorbs both water and chemicals, you could still be exposing yourself to contaminants when you:

    1. Shower or bathe

    2. Wash your hands

    3. Wash laundry

    4. Rinse fruits and vegetables

    5. Wash dishes, glasses, and other utensils

    You can further limit your exposure to these dangerous plastic (and other) chemicals by filtering all of the water you and your family use on a daily basis.

    If you want to make sure your drinking water is safe, I recommend using a reverse osmosis filter like I do, which enables you to rely on your own well or municipal source for safe, clean water and give up bottles for good.

    Drinking water is essential to the existence of the human race, not forgetting our animals and plants. Don't forget how precious it is! If we all work together, we'll have lots of water to share with future generations.

    Related Pages on This Site

    City Water – 6 Carcinogenic Additives and Contaminants that Compromise Health

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    Signs of a Thyroid Problem - Tell Tale Symptoms that Indicate Issues

    Mercury Toxicity – A Major Contributor to Disease and Autoimmunity

    Heavy Metal Chelation Therapy

    Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth – An Essential Multipurpose Product

    Epsom Salts – Wellness and Goodness in a Milk Carton

    A Low Salt Diet – The Greatest Health Risk Today

    Effective Liver Flush for Gall Stones


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