Please Stop Buying Bottled Water! (And a Quick Note About the La Croix Craze)

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Drink up! Here’s a quick reminder of why it’s one of the main practices in The Wonderfulness Program.

 

The Many Benefits of Drinking Water

Boosts your energy

Lessens the feelings of hunger

Reduces bloating and puffiness

Softens skin (and lessens the appearance of fine lines)

Flushes toxins out of your vital organs–no special detox necessary

Carries nutrients to your cells

Keeps all of your body’s tissues hydrated for better functioning

Aids your digestion (ahem, gets things moving)

 

You want all  of those benefits! You decide to keep water handy and what’s a simple way of doing that?

Bottled water. You can buy a bunch of them for a reasonable price and stash them in your fridge, car, purse, desk, and nightstand. If you run out at any time, they’re readily available almost everywhere. Voila!

Hold on a second, sister. Drinking water from plastic bottles is a really awful idea. Here’s why…

 

You don’t really know what’s in those plastic water bottles

Because the FDA regulates the bottled water industry, you’d think you could trust what’s written on the label. You’d be wrong. Many of these are simply filtered tap water. And though they’re supposed to be held to the same standards as your tap water (which isn’t always great, anyway), the Environmental Working Group writes this:

“Laboratory testing by EWG has found all sorts of nasty stuff in popular brands of bottled water – disinfection byproducts, industrial chemicals, prescription drugs and even bacteria. And unlike your local tap water utilities, which are required to test for contaminants each year and disclose the results to the public, the bottled water industry can hide the results of its testing. Knowledge is power, and with bottled water you’ll likely know nothing about what you’re drinking.”

 

Plastic can leach harmful chemicals into water

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a known an endocrine-disruptor that’s been shown to be carcinogenic and obesogenic. It’s been linked to infertility, developmental risks, heart disease, and diabetes. Unfortunately, the list of negative effects is growing. Because of this, the EU is tightening their BPA usage guidelines, especially in products for young children.

BPA can be found in many places, such as in the lining of most canned foods, certain receipts, dental sealants, and detergents, If you do give in and buy them, anyway, do not reuse the plastic water bottles. The plastic can harbor bacteria and break down to release chemicals.

 

The environmental impact is devastating

Remember, these little plastic bottles of water are still relatively new. Production of them has accounted for a “56 % increase in U.S. plastic resin manufacture between 1995 and 2001 (from 32 million tons to over 50 million tons annually). Consuming critical supplies of petroleum and natural gas, plastic bottle factories create and release toxic wastes, including benzine, xylene, and oxides of ethylene into the environment.”

This plastic breaks down into tiny pieces that end up in our oceans. There’s now a mass of it in the Pacific that’s bigger than Mexico. It’s being consumed by fish, other aquatic creatures, and the animals that feed on these creatures–including us.

 

It’s expensive!

Depending on what brand you buy, it can even be triple the cost of gasoline.

“Drinking bottled water actually increases the price of gasoline, because the manufacturing of the bottles and the transportation of the water simply increases demand for oil. I’m not going to say that if you drink Evian, the terrorists have won, but keep in mind that when you buy bottled water, you’re not just consuming bottled water. You’re consuming (and paying for) all of the chemicals that went into producing that bottle that the water arrived in, as well as the gas and oil consumed in bringing the water to you.”

 

La Croix–should you drink it?

After quite a few clients and friends asked me about La Croix’ popularity–I’ve seen it lurking in my Instagram feed, too–I looked into it. Most of you are suspicious about its “natural flavors.” You’re savvy enough to know that a multitude of unnatural processes can lurk behind that phrase. Yet La Croix doesn’t list any sugars on their label, so what’s going on?

According to their website “The flavors are derived from the natural essence oils extracted from the named fruit used in each of our LaCroix flavors. There are no sugars or artificial ingredients contained in, nor added to, these extracted flavors.” They also assure you that none of their ingredients are GMO.

So how do they do it? “Essence is created by heating items such as fruit and vegetable skins, rinds, and remnants at high temperatures, producing vapors. These vapors are condensed and then sold by the barrel.”

As to their water:  “La Croix Sparkling Water is locally sourced at various locations throughout the U.S.. Using a triple-filtration system and bottling its water in-house at its own facilities, La Croix adheres to strict processes and standards that assure the quality and consistency of the brand. La Croix water is treated using various processes, including reverse osmosis and deionization, that remove additives and impurities from locally-sourced water.”

Their cans are lined with BPA, though.

So there are the facts–up to you to decide how important they are to you. Personally, I’ll stick with a glass bottle of fizzy mineral water with a twist of lemon, but I tend to be a purist about these matters. You don’t need to be. I wouldn’t recommend that you drink cans of it daily, though.

 

Okay, you’ve decided to buy several reusable bottles and fill them up yourself. It’s a good plan. I thank you, the environment thanks you, and your health and bank account will thank you, too.

Check out your local supermarkets, drugstores, hardware stores, health food stores–or shop online. There are so many varieties of bottles/thermoses now you’re sure to find one that fits your style, convenience-factor, and budget. You could even try one that filters right in the bottle!

Wait–what’s this about filters?

Before I go, let me leave you with this from the Water Quality Association website:

“Microbial and organic contaminants cannot always be detected by human senses. You might go years before realizing a problem exists. Many folks never become suspicious until people in the community start to get sick. Water near agricultural areas may contain harmful organic material from pesticide or fertilizer application. Chemicals from pesticides and fertilizers in water may increase cancer risk and reproductive problems, and can impair eye, liver, kidney, and other body functions. Similar problems can result from exposure to water near industrial plants.”

 

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Wishing you wonderfulness!