You wake up and go through your morning routine and as you head the door to seize the day, more than half of you are grabbing that ever so popular bottle of water. Next, its time for lunch, and you sit down to enjoy what is probably your first real meal of the day and again another bottle of water is right by your side. As the day goes on and with all of the activities and tasks you are completing you have worked up a thirst that needs to be quenched and as most you know there are no more water coolers in the office so again, we go for that bottle of water.

Think about, throughout the day, how many bottles of water do you drink? We all know that water is the key to basic health and survival, but with massive growth of the bottled water industry it is now time to take a bigger look at the effects of drinking bottled water on a daily basis.

As a $22-billion industry – the fastest growing beverage industry in the world, bottled water is taking a toll on our health and environment. We have grown to love bottled water because of its convenience and perceived cleaner supply of water it provides.

Dr. Mercola, the wellness guru of has been discussing this issue on his website for years. In one of his newsletters he says, “With the price of gasoline rising faster than nearly everyone’s paycheck, it has become painfully obvious how much it costs to transport water over long distances. Not only are there wasteful costs in transporting this water but enormous amounts of energy are used to created the bottles that store this 50 billion gallons of water.”

The alternatives he suggests are drinking water from glass containers, safer plastic containers that have a wider-mouth to avoid bacteria buildup, or ultimately avoid using all disposable bottled water sources altogether. He claims that using water from your own well or municipal water supply that is filtered would be better, but states that there are still potential risks with fluoride poisoning our bones, and that you should filter the water to reduce the chlorine levels.

In regards to the health issues beyond the fluoride and chlorine, Dr. Mercola goes on to express, “The plastic bottles in which bottled water is typically sold are made of plastic polyethylene terephthalate, PET. The manufacture of these bottles can release phathalates, which have been found to cause birth defects in animals, into the environment.”

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) conducted a study of 103 brands of bottled water (over 1,000 bottles were tested in all) and found that one-third contained synthetic organic chemicals and bacteria.

So the next time, which will be soon when you need to quench your thirst with water, look at the big picture and take action to get the best source of water for your health and for the environment. One thing to realize is that a quarter of the bottled water supply is filtered tap water.

Did you know about the effects of drinking bottled water?

Tiffany Houser

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