Posts Tagged ‘Bottled water’

Can Bottled Water Give You Cancer?

Friday, June 1st, 2018

Can bottled water give you cancer? This has been much debated over recent years so lets have a look.   Ok, so to start off there are many hazardous products found in plastic bottles. These chemicals are Bisphenol A (BPA), Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and Phthalates.  These have all been found to be quite toxic to the human body.

Let’s have a closer look at each one.

Bisphenol A (BPA)

Bisphenol A is used in the manufacturing process of plastics to help prevent cracking in soft plastics and in harder plastics. BPA  is added to epoxy resin to help in stabilizing the product. The problem arises when containers and bottles that contain BPA are heated.  It is believed that the chemicals can leach out into whatever the plastic item contains, be it food or drink. The problems that have been linked to ovarian, prostate, and breast cancers.

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)

Polyethylene terephthalate bottles do not contain BPA. It is believed however that they contain contaminants due to the fact that they are made from a soft plastic. A study was conducted by the North Dakota State University.  They found in this study that contaminants of saliva, faecal matter,  and food residues were contained within the plastic.

Phthalates

Phthalates are another type of chemical that gives PVC its flexibility, this chemical has been found to leach into the water also and has been linked to sterility in males and also liver cancer as well as testicular atrophy.

Who Should I Believe?

There are so many manmade chemicals in our environment these days bombarding our bodies. We have organisations like Ban The Bottle advocating for health. On the other side of the argument we have many organisations claiming this is incorrect. Cancer research organisations such as The Cancer Council Australia and CBS News all dispute this but should we believe these huge corporations who profit from us being sick. Remember they are all linked and owned by the same people that supply the drugs when we are unwell. What do you think? Can bottled water give you cancer?

From all of the research I have done, it seems that there is still a very divided world. When it comes to what gives us cancer and what doesn’t, I think much more research will be needed.  I always choose to err on the side of caution and drink from a glass where possible or keep a refillable bottle with me that is not plastic or is BPA free.

What Can I do to Reduce my Risk

Here’s what you can do to reduce your risk of exposure to toxins that can be released from bottles. These are great recommendations taken from The Truth About Cancer Website.

  1. Exchange your plastic bottles for stainless steel or glass
  2. Invest in a good quality carbon water filter and filter your tap water and store it in glass or ceramic containers
  3. Avoid cooking and heating any food or water in plastic or Styrofoam
  4. If you must eat or drink from plastic be careful not to expose the food to the sun, high heat, microwave, or cut into the plastic while you are consuming the product.

Just remember that you are your best judge and if something doesn’t feel right to you then it probably isn’t. Trust your own inner guidance when it comes to your health.

The Dark Side of Bottled Water

Friday, February 17th, 2017

We all think we are healthy and making a great decision when we reach for a bottle of water in the supermarket instead of the sugary alternatives. Did you know the dark side of bottled water? Water is always a better choice for you and your body will thank you in many ways if you choose that over sugary drinks. You really should cut out the sugar loaded drinks for the benefit of your body, however,  the environment is suffering when you choose bottled water.

It is estimated that Australians consume over 600 million litres of bottled water each year, from that approximately 370 million bottles end up in land fill each and every year. Those 370 million bottles make up 38% of Australias total rubbish volume. Plastic bottles are in the top ten items collected each and every year on Clean Up Australia Day.  That just seems crazy to me, but wait a minute there is more. Most plastic bottles are made from PET which is produced from crude oil, it takes approximately 250ml of oil to produce just 1 litre of water. Bottled water is not looking so environmentally friendly now and considering that 3 tons of carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere for every ton of PET that is produced is it really worth it.

We are continually producing products that are destroying the earth at an alarming rate. Isn’t it time we all started to refill, reuse and recycle. The statistics above show that majority of people are not recycling their one use water bottles. Many bottles that don’t make it to land fill or the recycle bins often end up in our oceans destroying ecosystems and causing havoc for much of our sea life. I came across a video that shows the devastating effect our pollution is having on a little island in the North Pacific Ocean 2000 miles from the nearest continent. Watch the video and see the dark side of bottled water.

 

There are other more cost effective solutions to bottled water and most of us are aware that tap water is not always so good but we can filter that water and use eco-friendly bottles, If each and every person chose not to use bottled water we really could start making a difference.

information source: Clean up Australia Factsheet

Apps to help you keep track of water intake

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Most people don’t drink enough water and many say that they don’t think about drinking until they are actually thirsty. By the time you are thirsty your body has already become dehydrated. What easier way than downloading an app for your smartphone that will help keep track of your water intake and let you know when you should drink. Here are a few below.

Waterlogged – Iphone (free basic version) – Drink More Water, Track Daily Water Intake, Get Hydration Reminders. This great app keeps track of how much water you have consumed and calculates it against your daily goal. Download App

waterlogged

 

Plant Nanny Water Reminder – Iphone & Android – This cute little app was one of the best apps for 2013. These cute little plants need you to drink water to survive so like a little game which is makes drinking water fun. This has been downloaded more than 1,000,000 times. Download App Iphone  –  Download App Android

 

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Hydrate Daily – Water Log Tracker & Reminders – Iphone (Free Basic Version) – Hydrate Daily will help you form one of the most beneficial habits to have! Track your daily water intake. Set goals and accomplish them. See your progress. Keep on track with custom reminders. **Premium**Find handpicked quality gear for your hydration needs. Download App

 

hydrate daily

 

 

Water Drink Tracker – Iphone (Free Basic Version) – This great app allows you to input your gender, height and weight and then calculates how much water you should consume. – easy and comprehensible interface, colour identifiers of the volume of water you should drink today, statistics to track your water consumption, set reminders when to wake up and to go to bed. Download App

water drink tracker

 

 

 

Aqualert: Water Reminder H2O – Android

**** GOOGLE CONTEST FIRST PLACE WINNER ****    Aqualert is a water drink reminder app. Helps you to have a good water balance on your body using notification drink reminders, track of how much water you should drink. Is simple and easy making it adequate for any age.  Daily water intake calculator based on your sex, weight and activity level.  Lets you know how much water you should drink daily.  Notifications and reminders to remember you to drink water as you prefer and helping you to drink more water. Automatic bed time mode so you don’t receive reminders on the middle of the night, making it a smarter reminder.  Graphic display of your hydration level and daily consumption. Calculate how many serving of water you have left. Easy to add or remove a serving. Use our serving size or customize your serving size. Consumption Chart History so you can know your hydrated level and have all the drink water benefits. Automatic notes of why be hydrated, when you are hydrated and when you take more water than you need. –  Download App

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The Best Time To Drink Water

Friday, June 26th, 2015

best times to drink waterDo you know when the best time to drink water is? We are continually told that we need to drink  at least 8 glasses of water each day, but are you aware that there are specific times that drinking water could really enhance your health and help to keep your body in great shape.

1) After waking up
Drink one glass of water as soon as you  wake up this will help to activate your internal organs.  The toxins that have built up in your body overnight will be removed by the water before you consume your first meal of the day.

2) Before a meal
Drink one glass of water about 30 minutes before each meal to help digestion.  This should not be taken less than 30 minutes before a meal as it will dilute the digestive juices, this goes for drinking after the meal also.  you should ideally wait at least one hour after the meal to allow the body to absorb the nutrients.

3) Before a bath
Drinking a glass of water before taking a bath will  help to lower your blood pressure.

4) Before sleep
One glass of water an hour before bedtime will help  to replenish any fluid loss that can occur during the night while you sleep.

 

So if you follow these guidelines it shouldn’t be too hard to consume the eight recommended glasses each day. One glass on waking then one before each of the three meals a day then one before a bath or shower, one before bed. Together these add up to 6 glasses then you would just have to  fit another two in. Write this down and keep it on your fridge so that it will be a continual reminder to stay hydrated and it only takes about 21 days for something to actually become a habit and a natural part of your routine.

Take the 21 day challenge to become  healthier and more hydrated, your body will thank you and you will find that you have much more energy. If you find it hard to drink plain water then you could always add some lemon for a hint of flavour make sure you have a good quality water filter.

Buying Bottled Water is Not sustainable

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Bottled-Water-Life-CycleBuying bottled water is not sustainable as you will see below. Australians spend more than $500 million on bottled water each and every year. While we are all becoming much healthier and drinking more and more water, the impact on the environment is absolutely terrible. What is happening is that we are purchasing larger amounts of bottled water thinking that it is better for us and not drinking the tap water. The best thing we can do is to add a filter to our tap water and refill reusable containers and bottles. Here are some interesting facts that I found at the Cool Australia Website about the impact bottled water has on our environment.

 

* It takes up to seven litres of water and one litre of oil to produce one litre of bottled water.

* A recent News Limited taste test had 68% of us liking the tap water better than bottled water. Around 20% couldn’t pick a difference.

* Tap water has 1 per cent the environmental impact of bottled water.

* Bottled water production makes 600 times more CO2 than tap water.

* Australians spent more than $500 million on bottled water last year.

* One bottle of water has the same impact on our environment as driving a car 1km.

* Most water bottles end in landfill.

* Australians drank 115 Olympic swimming pools worth of bottled water last year.

* Discarded drink bottles account for 38 per cent of the total rubbish volume.

* The average cost of a litre of tap water in Australia .001¢

* The average cost of a litre of bottled water in Australia is $2.83

* The average Australian drinks 14 litres of bottled water per year.

* Australians buy 118,000 tonnes of plastic drink bottles a year.

* It takes 8 years to recoup the cost of a bottle of water by refilling the bottle with tap water.

* Water bottlers (Coke & Schweppes) of Australia are fighting against legislation for a container deposit scheme. What? The system has worked very well in South Australia for 35 years. In 2008 the refund was increased from 5 cents to 10 cents and return rates jumped 20% from a good 70% to a brilliant 80%.

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