The Truth About Bottled Water by Lauren Brooks in the My Mad Methods Magazine What kind of water are you drinking? Hopefully some of you know by now that bottled water is not as great for us as people once thought. Everybody loves those fancy, beautiful bottles with their special, great-tasting water. We think that the quality of the water is in direct correlation with the amount it costs. I hate to be the one to tell you, but that’s all a bunch of crap.

Without even getting into how bad the plastic bottles are for the environment, let’s just stick to discussing the harmful effects the water inside the bottle can have on you. I know, I know. We are all trying to do the right thing. We exercise regularly, eat healthy, drink lots of water, keep our stress to a minimum, get plenty of sleep, etc. So why do many people wonder why they are doing all of these things, yet they still feel as if they are constantly getting sick or are running low on energy? Chances are, the water that you are drinking is doing more harm than good.

The Water Bottle Lie

We have been brainwashed into thinking that bottled water is the healthiest water, and that we should stay away from tap water like it’s the plague. Therefore, consumers are dumping hundreds of billions of dollars every year on bottled water. Unfortunately, this is a huge waste of money and can even be detrimental to your health. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), after a 4-year, detailed investigation, there are potentially harmful chemical contaminants, such as Arsenic, Coliform Bacteria, and Trihalomethanes, in some brands of bottled water. These can essentially put you at risk for reproductive problems, birth defects, cancer, and a number of other serious ailments; and this list doesn’t even include the poisonous chemicals found in the actual plastic, or the acidic properties that all of the water testing has proven!

How do Water Bottled Affect pH Balance?

Maintaining a pH balance level in your body of 7.35-7.45 is ideal. However, with all of the bottled water and reverse osmosis testing as acidic, that doesn’t give you a chance to have an alkaline environment. Most health conscious people stay away from municipal tap water and probably either get water delivered to them, fill up at their local purified water store, or just buy loads of bottled water from Costco. Unfortunately, after testing these kinds of water with pH drops, even the most expensive and best tasting had a low pH.

If you have ever taken the time to read about what happens when a body becomes too acidic, you will know the long list of problems that can occur, such as weight gain, a weakened immune system, problems with the digestive system, chronic bronchitis, depression, and cancer just to name a few. Unless you are consistently eating high alkaline foods, like green leafy vegetables and tons of fresh fruit and you’re living a stress-free life, then acidic water may not affect you very much. We know that most people do not adhere to a perfect alkaline diet, so having the opportunity to drink water with a higher pH (without causing damage to the environment) is ideal.

Onnit EGNIf not Water Bottles, What Should I Drink?

So what is the ideal water to drink? Using the research that I have personally done, alkaline water seems to be the best bet and I’ll tell you why: alkaline ionized water is quickly becoming a trend in many people’s households, especially those who practice alternative medicine. The system is simply hooked up through your normal tap water, but it runs the water through a process called electrolysis. Without boring you with the details, this alkaline water generally ranges from a neutral pH to a pH as high as 10. People drinking this water have reported weight loss, having more energy, better hydration, and even cures for degenerative diseases.

There are not any peer reviewed scientific studies on this water yet. I’m trying not to sound too biased, but I do want to state the facts about the water in my case. I have always been a skeptical person and have needed hard evidence in order to believe anything. I was a reverse osmosis water drinker for many years because it tasted amazing and I thought it was a healthy choice, so it was very hard for me to make the switch to alkaline water. After hearing all of the positive testimonials and meeting people whose lives it had changed, I thought that I’d give it a shot. Within a few weeks of the water ionizer being installed in my home, my husband and I actually noticed a change in how we felt.

To sum up the past, my husband has had over 50 emergency room visits in a 3-year time span. He frequently suffered from severely painful stomach attacks that would land him in the ER because the pain was too unmanageable to stay at home. We could not find one single doctor who was able to figure out the cause of these attacks or prevent them from happening. It was extremely frustrating as well as discouraging for us. We have now been drinking the ionized alkaline water for about 6 months and not once has he experienced a stomach attack. On a more personal note, I have noticed a much healthier digestive system for myself and I have not experienced the painful bloating that I use to get on a regular basis. It is very possible that this is all a coincidence. I am not afraid to say that. Like I said, I don’t want to sound too biased, so I am merely telling the truth of our situation.

How much water should I drink?

Most people know that water comprises anywhere between 65-75% of the human body. According to the Mayo Clinic, at the very least, dehydration can cause fatigue, headaches, muscle weakness, dizziness, and dry mouth. Remaining hydrated is crucial; when we are drinking the appropriate amount of water that our bodies need, the quality of that water needs to be taken into consideration. Dr. Batmanghelidj, author of Your Body’s Many Cries for Water, states that humans lose their thirst sensation and the critical perception of needing water. This ultimately leads to a gradual dehydrated state as the person ages. A half of an ounce of water for every pound of body weight is a good rule of thumb for how much water to drink. I am talking about JUST water. This does not include coffee, tea, or juice.

If you make only one change with your water, you should at least drink your tap water with a solid carbon filter attached to it. This way you are drinking neutral pH level water that filters out the toxic metals that can be found in your local tap water. Then use that water to fill up a stainless steel water bottle or a BPA free plastic bottle. You will be saving your health and the environment at the same time.

The type of water a person chooses is a very personal choice, but quality should be a priority for everyone. This article is not meant to give medical advice. Please take note that I am merely sharing my opinion about ionized alkaline water, which came from evidence associated with my colleagues, friends, and my own personal experiences. If you would like to learn more about ionized alkaline water, feel free to email me for more information. I hope that the next time you reach for water you think twice about where it came from and what you are drinking it out of!