When Water Isn’t Healthy

I drink a lot of water, and hope that you do, too. It’s important to us for weight loss and fitness (here’s a quick post about the importance of water).

I usually drink tap water, but grab a bottle of water out of a vending machine at work every day for lunch. I know a lot of people who will only drink bottled water, saying that it’s healthier than tap water.

If you’re one of these people, you might be interested in knowing what I’ve just learned about bottled water, courtesy of the National Resources Defense Council:

  • About 30 % of bottled water has chemical and bacterial contamination above the levels that are considered safe by state regulations.
  • In several cases, the National Resources Defense Council has found arsenic (!) at “a level of potential health concern”.
  • One popular brand of “spring water” comes from a well in the parking lot of an industrial facility.
  • Over 25% of bottled water is actually tap water from municipal water supplies!

I will continue to drink the level of water that is necessary to support my weight loss and fitness goals, but I’m going to dump the bottled water at lunch!

It makes me wonder about an under the sink water purifier. I do think I’ll have to look into one.

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8 Responses to “When Water Isn’t Healthy”

  1. tippin Says:

    Too much water may turn against you, it will poison your body. I’m talking under normal conditions.

  2. loseweightwithme Says:

    Hi, Tippin, thanks for stopping by.

    You bring up a good point, too much water can cause water intoxication.

    Brian

  3. Charity Says:

    I know the bottled water I use is from the municipal tap water system, but it’s been at least filtered. I can tell because our water system smells and tastes like metal if it’s straight from the tap. Blech. LOL

    Some companies are very open about it. Culligan has water machines in our Wal-Marts and they actually show on the machines the process of the filtration, beginning with the fact that the water comes from the municipal water supply.

    I have the Pur faucet filter on my kitchen sink, which is where I get my water from when I’m at home. But I try to avoid drinking so much I get the water intoxication thing going.

  4. loseweightwithme Says:

    Hi, Charity, thanks for stopping by again.

    Man, I’m glad I don’t have your water system…smelly metal…yuck! šŸ™‚

    Thnaks for the tip about the Pur filter. I’m going to get a filter, but don’t know much about them.

    Brian

  5. RJ Says:

    Bottle water is a big racket. You can basically start a bottle water company by having some containers a label and a tap to some water source (nasty puddles included).

  6. k8johnson Says:

    I use a brita filter jug. I don’t know if they are available in the US (but likely are…). You change the cartridge every month. It filters out all the impurities and makes the water taste so much better. We have really bad limescale in the water in London. It turns everything bright orange (tiles, calking, faucets, etc.) I shudder to think what that does to our insides!

  7. loseweightwithme Says:

    Thanks for the tip, K8…it looks like the Brita filter can be ordered from the web.

    Brian

  8. loseweightwithme Says:

    Hi, RJ, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, I appreciate it.

    I became concerned about the bottled water industry when I learned that it is regulated by the FDA, not the EPA.

    Brian

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