H20’s Invisible Double Edged Sword: To Drink Or Not To Drink?

We are taught that humans are made of 70% water. In order to sustain that level, we are told to drink copious amounts (8 glasses per day). All throughout the day, the number 8 looms in the back of your mind, but if you’re like me sidetracking easily occupies the place of any logical thought process.

On top of this fact, reports have been rampant for years now that drinking water from a plastic bottle has seriously damaging health effects. Before the 1990s, drinking water from a bottle would have been considered a comedic prank. Why pay for something you can get for free in the comfort of your own home? With this came the “it tastes better” debate. Due to some brands adding in extra minerals, Fluorides, and in some cases chemicals, it altered everyone’s perception of regular tap water. We are lead to believe Poland Spring water really originates from cool water springs in the middle of the peaceful mountains where birds chirp and deforestation has not yet occurred. That may be the case, but what happens to the water after is another story for Dr. Seuss to tell.

I am in rehabilitation for water bottle addiction. I could not resist those awesome $4.00 for 24 bottle deals at the grocery store. Any convenience store was a user’s trap for me. I’d come out with 2 one-liters or 4-5 small 20 ouncers. It was full-fledged addiction and not even the cast of Free Willy could stop me.

I made “the change” to BPA-free bottles and my own filtered tap water about a year ago and have never quenched my thirst for a plastic, chemically-laden bottle since. My final straw was after reading quite a few articles on how bottling companies use cheaper methods for packaging. Enter chemical known as BPA.

BPA is a brain-altering chemical that in most cases is prevalent in all bottled water we consume. It’s primarily concentrated within the actual bottle itself. These water conglomerates for companies claim that it will not leech into the actual water contained in the bottle unless left in extreme temperatures. Well, let’s take a trip to a Wal-Mart trucking facility…

The trucks pick that water up from the warehouse and then are on their way to deliver to your local Wal-Mart. During that course your water is experiencing an intense form of Chinese water torture. Constant temperature changes driving state to state. One day it could be 95 degrees in that bottle, the next 30. And Voila! that bad guy is in your water ready to surge through your body and wreak long-term damage.

I hate to be the Paul Revere in this case, but you shouldn’t always believe what you read. I have said it before and I’ll say it again…anyone who is out to make a profit in the food regulation industry is driven by greed. Cookie Monster is an adequate comparison, but substitute money for cookies and there you go.

You are much better off drinking tap water from your home or office than anything else. Even those giant office water coolers can contain high levels of BPA. If this post has made you want to become a Monk and drink from a clear water stream in the mountains, I apologize. It is sometimes hard to tame the justification beast in me. There are options to put quench your thirst for justice…at home water testing kits. You could always call your town if you are severely concerned with what’s lurking in your water, too. From the research I’ve conducted, it’s usually around $100 for a basic run through of your house.

It will not kill you if you must go the bottled water route. If you are in a third world country, by all means, save yourself from experiencing what our ancestors did before filtration existed and drink out of those bottles. One swig will not kill you. The long-term effects of bottled water drinking include: increased risks for cancers– in women (breast), men (prostate), heart conditions, respiratory problems (in children), and improper digestive function just to name a few. And I know “cancer risks are in everything”, but this is a no-brainer choice you could make to avoid.

In terms of bottles, BPA free is the way to be. That’s all you have to remember when scouting for a chic bottle to tote around. Stainless steels may have harmful aluminums vested inside, so be weary. Make sure it’s labeled 100% BPA free…and people, if it’s from a dollar store, chances are its an import and could even contain lead!

Here are some viable brands to consider when choosing the perfect BPA bottle:

Sigg all are stainless steel and BPA free- come in various sizes, even kid-friendly!

Life Factory– drawn by the turquoise is a selling point for me. So many colors to choose from in 16 or 22 oz.- also kid-friendly!

Bobble– A built in plus- water filtration system at the top of the bottle. They also are available in several different colors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(P.S.)– If they are over your price range on the websites, check Ebay, Google shopper, and Target for cheaper prices.

To drink or not to drink? If Shakespeare were still around he would have some medieval rebuttal which would probably induce typhoid fever. The choice is now yours feudal friends!

Peace, love, and safe water!

~C.C.D.

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