Water Consumption

Tap or Bottled Water?

Bottled water, tap water, DBPs, water consumption, healthy water

So now you know why water is such an important part of life, let’s look at the best source of your water supply.

Try Tap or is Bottled Best?

There has been much discussion around the contaminants in both bottled and tap water and the danger they pose to your health.  It can be confusing so let Sharing-Self Improvement help as we take a look at both.



Tap Water

Bottled water, tap water, DBPs, water consumption, healthy water

Even though most developed countries are regulated by a water authority there is every reason to be concerned about the quality of your water. Heavy metals, drugs, arsenic and chemical residue has found its way in your water system rendering it potentially dangerous for consumption.

It’s bad enough that our drinking water contains these contaminants but what about the ones that are deliberately added for so-called purification?

Think about it, if chlorine is used to kill bacteria, what harm do you think this chemical element is doing to your body?

There are certain groups of people may be more vulnerable to water disinfected by chlorine than others such as pregnant women. Some studies have shown this group run the risk of heart problems, cleft palate and major brain defects to an unborn child.

Read more on the dangerous of water contamination then decide what you can do to avoid it.

It is important to point here however that chlorine itself is relatively harmless but when it reacts with organic matter in the source of your water it creates toxic chemical by- products called DBP’S, (disinfection by-products).

Fluoride is an industrial toxic chemical so adding it to water can be every bit as toxic as chlorine and can be harmful to your health. The fact that it is found in rat poisoning should cause an alarm and a concern to what it could be poisoning in your own body.

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Bottled water, tap water, DBPs, water consumption, healthy water

Some research has found a correlation between the contaminants in tap water and an increased risk of bladder cancer by up to 50%.

So even if your local water authority has given you the thumbs up on your tap water supply, there is growing evidence to support that all is not what it seems. At a minimum wouldn’t you at least question your water source?

If you are not happy with the quality and safety of your tap water, perhaps bottled water is the answer.

DEFINITELY NOT! Particular as up to 44% of bottled water is actually bottled tap water anyway!

Here are some other reasons to bottle out!:

  • Contaminants

Testing on 10 brands of bottled water revealed a variety of pollutants. Now you’d probably expect to find Disinfection By-products (DBP’S) but other include common urban waste water pollutants like caffeine and pharmaceuticals (Tylenol). Heavy metal and minerals like arsenic and radioactive isotopes, fertilizer residue (nitrate and ammonia) plus a wide range of other industrial chemicals.

Read more and click on the image below to find out how to get your own supply of clean healthy water MINUS the nasties!

Quite similar to the contaminants found in some tap water which brings me to number 2 and why bottled water is even worse:

  • Bottled water regulations are not as stringent as they are for tap water

In most developed countries tap water suppliers are regulated and legally bound to disclose the level of contaminants in tap water. Bottled water manufacturers are not held to the same standard and there is no such requirement.

  • Bottles are bad news for our Environment

Bottle water produces up to 1.5 million tons of plastic every year.

According to Food and Water Watch:

Plastic requires up to 47 million gallons of oil per year to produce and 80% of those bottles wind up in the garbage. They then continue their voyage of destruction to the beds of our great oceans killing birds and fish who mistakenly eat your garbage for food further threatening the very existence of marine life.

  • Bottled water is a rip off!

In terms of price versus production cost bottled water is extortionate considering you are essentially buying filtered tap water at best. So for a quench thirsting unregulated litre bottle of water, rich in contaminants of every kind you are paying the same price for approximately 1,000 gallons of tap water!

  • STOP the corporatization of OUR WATER!

In the documentary film Thirst authors Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman highlighted the rapid worldwide privatisation of municipal water supplies and the effect these purchases are having on local economies.

Multinational corporations are stepping up to purchase ground water and distribution rights where they can and the bottle water industry is an important component in the drive to commoditize what many people feel is a basic human right, the access to safe and affordable water.

  • Not good from the inside out!

Studies have found that plastic number 7 (Lexan) which is found in plastic water bottles can contain trace amount of Bisphenol a (BPA) a synthetic chemical that interferes with the body’s natural hormonal messaging system.

The mis-use of water bottles can cause BPA to leak out over time and increase the risk of breast and uterine cancer and cause other health complications.

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So if you’re not worried about what is in the water bottle, you have every reason to be concerned about the bottle itself!

At Sharing Self-Improvement our approach to weight loss and health is from a holistic and global perspective. Providing you with the best information will help you make informed and conscious decisions so you can create a happy, balanced and harmonious life from the inside out.

Read the brand comparison chart to find out how to remove the nasty pollutants from tap water at the same time  maintaining essential minerals.

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