The Real Healthy Bottled Water Facts
Nothing could be healthier and better for your health than bottled water, surely? The countless healthy bottled water brands out there contain water that is better to drink than tap water, right? Wrong! The truth behind so many so-called healthy bottled water drinks will come as a shock to many.
This is because any investigation into the contents of these bottled beverages is likely to reveal something that is not so healthy at all. In fact, bottled water can even be actively harmful in some cases, and this is hardly the type of thing you’d want in a product when you are searching for better health.
Not so Healthy Bottled Water
The label on these healthy bottled water drinks may depict a rare mountain stream or natural mineral lake but that doesn’t mean the water inside is sourced from such locations. What may come as the biggest surprise to many is the fact that up to 50% of all bottled waters out there are sourced from somewhere far less spectacular: the tap. That’s right, even though there are some bottled water drinks that come from springs or groundwater sources, many are filled with the same water that comes out of standard home taps.
What’s more worrying is the fact that bottled water is not nearly as strictly regulated as tap water. And we know how dirty that can be. Tap water is regulated by the EPA, which requires municipalities to have their water quality tested annually by certified laboratories, and then provide the results to the public. Bottled water, on the other hand, is regulated by the FDA, which does not have the regulatory power to require bottled water companies to test water using certified labs or to provide the results of any testing to the public. This is worrying as even if high levels of contaminants are found in a tested water, companies do not need to report the test results. While state standards are often stricter than the FDA’s standards, they are typically still more slack than those for tap water. This is concerning given the fact that up to 50% of all bottled water is municipal tap water that has not been treated or filtered. This is not a huge issue when you consider that bottled water goes through a filtration process. But that brings with it a whole new set of problems.
The Acidity of Healthy Bottled Water
Mineral water from a mountain stream (which is very similar in its properties to ionized water from an ionizer machine) is remarkably nourishing and nutritious for the human body because it is full of antioxidant minerals and has a highly alkaline nature. The problem with all healthy bottled water brands out there is that they put their product through a distillation process in order to cleanse it of contaminants. But cleansing by distillation removes the antioxidants and alkalinity that make water healthy for the body. This process actually has a negative effect on the water that is treated: by removing the minerals and antioxidants present in a water, it gains the property of being able to actively absorb toxic substances, so when it comes into contact with air, it absorbs carbon dioxide. And carbon dioxide in water leads to it becoming acidic, just the quality we should be trying to avoid if we want to live healthily.
Seeping Plastic Bottles and the Best Alternative
Water aside, the plastic used in water bottles can pose more of a health threat than the water. Polyethylene terephthalate (PETE) is the most common resin used in disposable bottles. However, as most bottles are reused, they can leach chemicals such as DEHA, a possible human carcinogen, and benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP), a potential hormone disruptor. The potential for this contamination also increases when plastic is heated, just like when we leave a bottled drink in the sun.
So if we don’t want to drink dirty tap water or contaminated healthy bottled water, what is the answer? Ionized water from an ionizer machine. Safely filtered but also high in antioxidants and alkalinity. And certainly far from the taint of poisonous plastic chemicals.
To your health,
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