Why Drink Bottled Water?
Why Did We Even Start Drinking Water From Plastic Bottles?
Saying this may age me, but I remember the days when we didn’t all walk around constantly with a plastic bottle of water in our handbag, sports bag, attached with a handy clip to the outside of a backpack or placed in the cup holder of our car.
We weren’t all desperately afraid to leave home without water attached to us somewhere. Generally, we felt confident that we wouldn’t die of thirst or dehydration without this constant supply of water at hand. And strangely – I don’t remember feeling thirsty.
Have you ever asked yourself…. Why am I drinking bottled water? Where can I get some healthy drinking water facts?
I know I’m going against today’s thinking when I ask this, but do we really need to drink as much water as we’re currently encouraged to do? And, should we be drinking it from plastic bottles?
In the past, trying to optimize my health I looked online for a chart telling me how much water I should drink for my weight. The recommended quantity seemed a lot, but I dutifully chugged down the required daily amount.
A huge water jug took up residence on my desk at work and I made sure I finished a full 2 liters by the time I left work for the day.
I can’t believe in those days I drank water out of a ‘plastic’ jug that I’d filled from a ‘plastic’ water cooler.
Anyway, to be honest, I can’t say I felt any amazing benefits from drinking all this water, but a few things did happen to me. For one, I couldn’t stop peeing. I was up and down from my desk constantly visiting the bathroom. Truly, it’s a wonder I got any work done at all with all the toilet breaks I needed.
A full night’s sleep was a thing of the past as I was awake during the night at least two or three times for bathroom visits. This happened even if I stopped drinking water by early evening.
Oh, and if I went to a movie it was impossible to sit through the entire show without a visit to the toilet. Usually I’d sit with my legs crossed, not wanting to rush to the toilet during a particularly interesting part of the movie.
She’s Going Into Business Selling Bottled Water….. What?
The first inkling I had of this drinking water from bottles ‘fad’ was when a colleague from the marketing department told me she was leaving her job to go into business selling bottled water.
Honestly I had always thought she was a bit of a cook, but now I was convinced she was an absolute nut. I’d never heard anything so crazy in all my life. And I clearly remember thinking all those years ago ‘that will never catch on, why would anyone in their right mind pay to drink water from bottles’?
Boy was I wrong, she’s probably a millionairess many times over now, retired and living in the Bahamas…….so what did I know!
7 Reasons To Drink Sufficient Water
There’s no doubt we should make sure to drink sufficient water as approximately 60% of our body consists of water, we are constantly advised to drink enough to be fully hydrated.
Doing so has many health benefits such as :
- AIDS ELIMINATION – In addition to a high fiber diet, drinking sufficient water helps relieve and prevent constipation.
- PREVENTS HUNGER PANGS – Can help with weight loss efforts as it fills you up and prevents feelings of hunger.
- TOXIN ELIMINATION – Helps eliminate toxins via elimination through sweat and the kidneys.
- PREVENTS HEADACHES – caused by dehydration.
- REDUCES MUSCLE CRAMPS – caused by dehydration.
- IMPROVES SKIN APPEARANCE – dehydration leads to wrinkled and dry skin.
- HELPS CONCENTRATION – ensures your brain is hydrated sufficiently.
Electrolytes And Adrenal Fatigue
If you’ve read some of my other blog posts you already know that I started my chronic fatigue journey with adrenal fatigue. I’m not saying that drinking loads of water a day gave me adrenal fatigue. But as I learned more about the illness, I found out how important electrolyte balance is and in particular how important sodium is to adrenal function.
Many people with adrenal fatigue have some form of electrolyte imbalance. Without sufficient salt your adrenals can’t function optimally.
In your blood, sodium is the most abundant of the important electrolyte minerals which include sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium.
The balance between potassium and sodium plays a part in the symptoms experienced by those suffering from adrenal fatigue.
As aldosterone (a hormone produced by the adrenal glands) is responsible for the maintenance of fluid and the concentration of the minerals sodium, magnesium, chloride and potassium, when aldosterone levels drop, sodium is removed from the bloodstream.
Low aldosterone levels can result in salt cravings experienced in adrenal fatigue syndrome.
In fact, some health practitioners will advise you to salt your water to make sure you are getting enough sodium while treating your adrenal fatigue.
In addition to drinking a lot of water, I was also naturally eating a very low sodium diet as I thought that was a ‘healthy’ way to eat.
I’d say in my case a combination of a ‘low’ sodium diet and perhaps drinking so much water further diluted my sodium levels and was definitely not helping my adrenal function any.
This in combination with the continued stress I was putting myself under no doubt contributed to my inability in recovering completely from my adrenal fatigue.
In any case now fully recovered, today I still drink adequate water, but not in the high volumes I used to. I live in a hot climate, so I’m conscious of being adequately hydrated.
However, I drink less water than I used to and I make sure I sleep through the night too without needing to get up for so many bathroom breaks.
Being able to get a full night’s sleep is important for adrenal function.
I use an insulated sports water bottle to carry my water outdoors as a great healthy alternative to drinking water from plastic bottles. It keeps water cold for long periods of time even outdoors in a tropical climate.
Glorified Tap Water At 2,000 Times The Cost!
One of the reasons I thought my marketing friend’s idea to leave her well paying job to go off and flog bottled water was nuts is that I just couldn’t imagine anyone in their right mind paying for water.
After all you can simply turn on the tap and get a glass of water for free. Well not entirely for free, in western countries we are all charged for healthy water supply via the various local taxes we pay.
But, I mentioned my friend was in marketing and I think we’ve all been hoodwinked to a certain extent by a giant marketing machine.
We’ve been told that water sold in plastic bottles is a healthier option to soft drinks – which is true. However, bottled water is really an alternative to tap water – not soft drink. The bottled drinking water is sold by the big soft drink companies. So whichever way you look at it, whether they’re selling us soft drink or bottled water, it’s a win win win for THEM.
Consumers are paying for water, an inexpensive commodity packaged in a plastic bottle with a label on it.
In an effort to be ‘healthy’, consumers are not only spending considerably more than they do for tap water, but they are also contributing to an environmental disaster by drinking bottled water.
Nowadays water bottles are generally made from PETE or PET (Polythene Terephthalate) which is considered to be safe, however it is known to allow bacteria to accumulate. This type of bottle is also recyclable, but figures show that less than 25% of recyclable water bottles ARE actually recycled and bottles made from PET take over 400 years to decompose naturally.
Learn more here about how long it takes stuff to decompose – it’s an eye opener.
In an effort to be Eco conscious, many of us are re-using purchased plastic water bottles.
However, a study discovered re-useable plastic bottles and water bottles carry bacterial contamination in 83% of the used bottles. Contaminants found in the highest concentrations were Staphylococcus aureus (27%) and E. Coli (17%). E.Coli can cause food poisoning with the resulting symptoms of diarrhea.
Additionally, other chemicals known as endocrine disruptors can leak out of the plastic when stored in hot conditions, such as your car during summer.
Using stainless steel or glass water bottles are a healthier option as these types of bacteria cannot easily adhere to their surface.
Are There ANY Valid Health Reasons For Buying Bottled Water?
There is a belief by many people that bottled water is healthier than tap water. Perhaps due to some clever marketing, they think they’re drinking mineral water from some secret health-giving deep underground spring located in an isolated pristine environment.
However, most bottled water sold is nothing more than purified tap water.
In western countries, public water supply is regulated and tested frequently on a daily basis for bacteria,with results often being openly shared with the public.
However, bottled water manufacturers are not held to such strict account, nor do they have to publicize test results.
If there is a truly extreme condition, say an outbreak of the plague, a cholera epidemic or your vehicle breaks down and you’re stranded in the Australian Outback then yes, you may have to resort to drinking bottled water. Otherwise, there are plenty of other healthy, Eco friendly alternatives available for your drinking water.
So What’s The Alternative To Drinking Water From Plastic Bottles?
If you’re concerned about the purity of your tap water, you can use various methods of purifying tap water. There are a good number of water purifying options available depending on the types of chemicals you want to filter out in keeping with your budget.
Some are drip filter units that sit on your counter top whilst other options are installed beneath the kitchen sink with water supplied through an additional tap. If you have a large budget, you can even go for whole house filters.
At times, you still need to carry your water around to sports events and during exercise, or on a long day out etc. So what do you use instead of buying expensive water in a plastic bottle?
My recommendation is to use a water filter at home that suits your needs and budget. Then carry this filtered water outdoors in a healthy sports water bottle.
Putting It All Together
Healthy Drinking Water Facts
- Hydrate adequately according to your own personal health requirements.
- Use a suitable water filter to treat your tap water.
- Avoid buying bottled water in plastic. IF you do have to buy bottled water DO NOT re-use the bottle.
- Do not drink water from re-usable plastic bottles, choose stainless steel or glass bottles.
You’ll be doing your health, your budget and the planet a favor.
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