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Is Bottled Water Really All That Good?

Of all the things you do during your journey to above average health, the most important is regulating your water levels. Here are a few facts about water you may not have known:

  • Water serves as a lubricant
  • Water forms the base for saliva
  • Water forms the fluids that surround the joints. (reducing joint pain)
  • Water regulates the body temperature, as the cooling and heating is distributed through perspiration.
  • Water helps to alleviate constipation by moving food through the intestinal tract and thereby eliminating waste- the best detox agent.
  • Water is an appetite suppressant.
  • Our body is over 70% water and our blood over 90%
  • Regulates metabolism

As for your source of water, The Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) released a four year study on “bottled” water:

http://www.nrdc.org/water/drinking/bw/bwinx.asp

What does this MASSIVE study tell us? That bottled water is not better, and in some cases worse then tap water. One finding showed that 25-30% of all bottled water comes from cities “tap” water and is not treated any further. (1)

Bottled water companies are now required to state if their “spring water” comes from municipal water. The exceptions are with companies that label their water “purified water” such as Aquafina (Pepsi) which is municipal based water.

The most interesting part is the chart that has the source of the bottled waters and the contaminated found in each one. If you have a favorite bottled water brand, be sure to check it out and see if it really comes from a natural source and if there is any unhealthy containment:

http://www.nrdc.org/water/drinking/bw/appa.asp

(1) L. Allen & J.L. Darby, “Quality Control of Bottled and Vended Water in California: A Review and Comparison of Tap Water,” Journal of Environmental Health, vol. 56, no. 8, p. 19 (April 1994), citing FDA; accord, “Bottled Water Regulation,” Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Serial No. 102-36 102nd Cong., 1st Sess., p. 3, (April 10, 1991); accord, Ibid. p. 152 (Statement of William F. Deal, CEO, International Bottled Water Association). In a recent interview with the head of the FDA bottled water program, FDA confirmed that they have no reason to believe that this percentage has changed substantially since 1991. Interview with Terry Troxel, FDA, September 18, 1997.

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