The Water Bottle Dilemma

October 10, 2011

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In the midst of the Prevent Breast Cancer Awareness  we must pause and be mindful of the water choices we make. Are you aware how dangerous plastic water bottles are for our kids and family, this includes our water coolers in our homes and offices? Ugh, right? Read on!

We must look at the plastic used in the on- the -go water bottles and water coolers.  Most of the on- the- go water bottles are #1 and are reported to leach harmful chemicals into the water. These are considered to be PET plastics which leach things like petroleum and hormone disrupting chemicals. BPA is another chemical that has been linked to cancers such as breast and uterine cancer, a decrease in testosterone in men, and Type II Diabetes. BPA is high in the #7 type plastic bottles.

The numbers claimed to be safe are #2 HDPE (high density polyethylene), #4 LDPE (low density polyethylene) or #5 PP (polypropylene), but most water bottles are usually a #1. Water coolers are usually a #7 which are found to also leach harmful chemicals. I personally don’t drink from any water bottles unless there isn’t a choice. Even if you are thinking you are safe with #2, #4 or #5 the facts are that the water within the bottles have been reported to be nothing more than TAP WATER, not water from far away springs and filtered kindly of harmful ingredients. In fact, most waters on the market today are full of chemicals both in the tap water and leaching from the plastic that holds it.

Buying water bottles also creates a demand on gas and oil both in the production of the plastics and the delivery of the bottles to stores. Bottled water produces up to 1.5 million tons of plastic waste per year. According to Food and Water Watch, that plastic requires up to 47 million gallons of oil per year to produce. And while the plastic used to bottle beverages is of high quality and in demand by recyclers, over 80 percent of plastic bottles are simply thrown away.

HOW TO DRINK HEALTHY WATER ON THE GO?

It’s a great question and takes only a few little changes in our daily habits, but will make all the difference to the health of your family and beloved Earth.

 Simply use a reusable water bottle that is made out of the safer plastics #2, #4, or #5 and fill with filtered water from your home. The best solution however, is to use a water bottle made of stainless steel to avoid any debate about the plastics above. In our home, we use filtered water in to go stainless steel bottles. We send the kids to school with them and take about town. Click here for party on choices of safe on the go water bottles!

Remember, the crazy harmful chemicals in the plastics leach into the water and thus, into your body. Yes, this happens even without water bottles sitting in the heat. Once in the body, theses ingredients create hormonal disruption thus, creating cancer (such as breast and uterine) and other harmful diseases such as Type II Diabetes. GIRLFRIENDS! STOP BUYING THEM AND IF ANYTHING DO NOT GIVE THEM TO YOUR CHILDREN… Dig deep and bring it.

 

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Kelli | Sweetness of Life & Motherhood October 11, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Loving this series. Good info in this post. Thanks for doing the research on behalf of us all.

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Dr. Lisa October 11, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Thanks Kelli! I enjoy doing it!

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kristine kennedy October 29, 2013 at 12:42 am

Hey Lisa- I am in the procees of ditching the plastic water bottles. Can I ask what kind of water filter you use? I have my eye on the New Wave Enviro but I am looking around first. Right now I am double filtering from my fridge door filter then through the BRITA but we go through a lot of water and BRITA is a bit slow. Thanks!

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Dr. Lisa November 9, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Hi Kristine! Water is viewed differently also, but you can choose what best suits your needs. Water from the water bottles are not an otpion because of what is in the plastic seeping into the water (and what the bottles do to the environment). Water from your tap has some harsh chemicals as well, so a filter such as Britta has been reported to be good. They also sell Britta filters for on the go, you just have to watch the plastic being used in any pitcher. And, if you put filtered water in the fridge, bewared of the plastic too. I have a filter in the water system in the fridge and then I put that water with lemon or such in a glass pitcher with a hermetic top Check some items out here. http://astore.amazon.com/nakmox-20 Also, some waters have electrolytes in them, but again are in plastic bottles, so all I do if I need electrolytes is to add a pinch of Pink Hymalayan Sea Salt which is loaded with minerals. See here http://nakedmoxie.com/2013/06/17/how-to-make-a-healthy-sports-drink-my-kids-love-them/ Ok, and the other kind of water people love is a Ph balanced water which is so you are drinking an Alkaline water and not acidic. The best here is to get a Alkaline Ph water system, yet there are a few brands like Essentia that come in plastic water bottles claimed to be PET free, but again I do not advise consuming water bottles. Remember also, that our money in supporting water bottle companies is our vote. Thus, if we all stop buying so much bottled water, these companies may stop making such harmful products. So, the type of water you choose depends on your needs and lifestyle. Hope this helps! :)

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