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Most Bottled Water is Filled With Fluoride, Here’s a Complete List of Brands to Avoid

There are many bottled water brands to buy and many other types of water from mineral water to seltzers. 

The real question here, is bottled water a healthier alternative than tap water? Are plastic bottles even safe to drink from? We will look into these concerns and see what the answer is.

Common Chemicals in Plastic Water Bottles

Phthalates: This chemically made compound is utilized to make plastic more flexible. Phthalates disrupt our hormones and are directly linked to cancer, male feminization, lower IQ in children, hyperactivity, allergies, sterility, asthma, miscarriages and many other health issues. 

BPA: also known as Bisphenol A, BPA is used in many plastics such as water bottles, canned foods, and food containers. BPA is used in plastic bottles to keep them from cracking. This chemical has garnered so much attention when it was found that, when exposed to heat, BPAs can seep into the water. This chemical can affect the endocrine and reproductive systems, while raising your risk for prostate, breast, ovarian and brain cancer. 

PET: Also known as Polyethylene terephthalate, PET isn’t safe for public consumption, as its very much similar to BPA. It breaks down over time and leaks into whatever drink it is in. DEHA was also discovered in the samples of reused water bottles. DEHA is linked to reproductive problems, liver issues, and cancer. 

Additional Risks of Bottled Water

Fluoride: Fluoride was dumped into our water supply because many believed it would be a solution towards improving oral health. However, too much fluoride exposure can lead to a higher risk in cavities, discoloration and pitting of the teeth. The study reveals fluorides effect on children’s neurodevelopment. Phillipe Grandjean says,“Fluoride seems to fit in with lead, mercury, and other poisons that cause chemical brain drain.”

Antimony: The study discovered that antimony, a carcinogen, went from 19 to 90% after the water bottles had been exposed room temperature for six months. 

Estrogen mimickers: The study found that there was a huge contamination of water with xenoestrogens, as a result from plastics leaking into the water. 

Numerous chemicals in bottled water: The 2013 study discovered over 25,000 chemicals within bottled water. Researchers found that bottled water disrupted hormone receptors. Amounts as much as 0.1 ounces obstructed androgenic activity by 90% and estrogenic activity by 60%. It was found that tap water showed no inhibition of hormone receptors. 

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Home Water Filters

There are many options to try in filtering your water system. Some methods can be connected to your faucet, and there are water filters and pitchers. Here’s a look into the 4 common methods for in-home water filtration:

Charcoal Filters: Solid carbon filters leave minerals in place making them the best for eliminating chemicals from your water. These filters can be installed in your faucets, pitchers, water bottles and as part of a whole house water filtration system. 

Distilled Water: Water is vaporized making it turn into steam in one chamber and condensing it in the other. This type of water has no minerals, so will need to add minerals into it. 

Reverse Osmosis: This removes all minerals in the water as well as producing tons of “waste water” as about 10-25% of the incoming water enters the unit. This means waste can run 2-30 gallons daily. This all depends mostly on the efficiency and size of the units’.

Plastic & the Environment

5 Gyres reports that Americans use more than 3 million plastic bottles an hour, which contributes to the ongoing problem of plastic pollution. You are probably wondering where all this plastic going? In fact, less than 30% of plastic water bottles is recycled. About 7 out of 10 plastic bottles will be discarded into the trash, and end up in a landfill that pollutes the ocean with the plastic. This ends up killing marine life and birds as well. 

It was reported by the Container Recycling Institute, that 100.7 billion plastic bottles had been sold within the US in 2014, or 315 bottles a person. 

57% of the units were plastic water bottles: 57.3 billion sold in 2014. This number increased 3.8 billion sold in 1996, which was the earliest year that had available data. The manufacturing of bottled water actually requires 6 times more water a bottle as there is within the container itself. 

14% of all trash consists of plastic bottles, and when adding labels and caps into the mix, the number increases drastically. 

Options to Bottled Water

Have your water system tested and look into purchasing a whole house filter or water filter. When shopping, buy only reusable stainless steel and glass bottles. Refill your own water bottles for your everyday routine. You can even go to your local health food store to use their filtered water dispensers. Water refilling stations can be found in airports, national parks, etc. 

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Water Testing

There are a lot of options out there to have your water tested. You can find test kits in independent or national labs, hardware stores, on the internet, as well as through the EPA. Fees vary based on what you are testing for. After buying a kit from the lab, they will send it to you with instructions on how to use it along with the materials you need.

You will then have to mail out your water sample and then you will receive your results through email or paper mail. 

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