I Ditched the Bottled Water!
The Best Water to Drink
Like many families, my family has gone through a ton of bottled water over the years. My biggest pet peeve would be finding open bottles around the house with no name on them and no one knows who it belongs to (f-r-u-s-t-r-a-t-i-n-g). Once I researched and began to realize that bottled water isn’t best anyway, I had no problem ditching the bottled water. What is the best water to drink and why? I’ll gladly tell you…
Most plastic has chemicals in it that’s toxic to our bodies. When you take a moment to think about how the water has sat in those plastic bottles for days, weeks or even months – the chemicals absorb into the water. The main toxin is a man-made chemical called Bisphenol A, also known as BPA. It’s also found in drink and food packaging and the linings of cans (which we try to stay away from as much as possible since most packaged and canned foods are processed and work against our health). BPA disrupts hormones that control growth, reproduction, metabolism and other processes. Therefore it’s linked to infertility, diabetes, thyroid issues, early puberty, obesity and hormone-related cancers like prostate and breast cancer. Just to break it down a little further, BPA tries to mimic the body’s production of natural hormones. After awhile, the body’s hormones no longer function properly because they’ve been “hijacked” by the man-made hormones.
The BPA chemical is banned in Europe and Canada, but obviously not in the United States (go figure). The FDA only bans the use of BPA in baby bottles and formula packaging – but it’s not banned from anything else in the US. Yes, there are plastic bottles labeled as “BPA-free”, which is better, BUT the best solution is filtered water drank from glass. Since chemicals aren’t labeled on cookware and dinnerware, I prefer glass, iron and stainless steel instead of plastic in my home. You can also take a moment to read food packaging to see which brands clearly avoid toxins in their packaging. As for drinking water, we now use a filter attached to our faucet after realizing water is cleaner from a filter than many of the major bottled-water brands. It also tastes better, more crisp and refreshing! You can also use a filter water pitcher.
If you’d like to see how major brands test on the pH level, search for videos on YouTube to see how each brand responds. You may find that your favorite pricey bottled water is acidic and doing more harm than good – unfortunately.
Do you already use filtered water? If so, when did you start and why?