Bottled water has really hit every headline lately and for a really good reason. From the scandalous revelations about bottled water being just a regular tap water, to the latest scandal about the negative impact that fluoride has on the human body.
Even though there has been a debate regarding the fluoride effects on humans, at last, it was established that fluoride can indeed be a serious threat to our health.
How Harmful is Fluoride?
Fluoride is sadly present in almost every water product we buy. If we bear in mind that we consume water on a regular basis and that water is one of our necessary daily needs, then the future doesn’t seem so bright now, does it?
Since the big scandal started and it was discovered that fluoride is truly harmful to people and that our health is put into jeopardy, research has tried to establish the true effects of fluoride and its effects on the human body. So, all bottled water users are affected by this news and people should really get acquainted with the negative results from bottled water.
Some of the results include:
High levels of fluoride are closely related to neurotoxicity in adults, especially affecting the learning and memory ability
Another study in the Journal of Epidemiological & Community Health found that people who consume water with fluoride are more prone to thyroid issues, which are closely related and often result in obesity and depression.
Fluoride has also been proven to cause dental fluorosis, due to the overexposure to fluoride and unlike the previous beliefs, where it was stated that fluoride prevents tooth decay in children, the latest research has shown that these beliefs were far from true.
Which are the effects of consuming fluoridated water?
Sadly, everyone is exposed to fluoridated water, from the youngest to the oldest. The most concerning fact is that approximately 70% of public water supplies in the States contains fluoride. The overexposure to fluoride can have negative impact on the human body, including:
- interfere with the proper oral health
- negative impact on some brain functions
- negatively affects the thyroid function
- may damage the pineal gland
- may affect your bone health
- may put in jeopardy your overall health
Which bottled water brands should you avoid?
If you want to avoid using fluoridated water, then you should probably check the following list of bottled water brands, which you should avoid:
- Belmont Springs
- Crystal Springs
- Ice Mountain
- Crystal Rock
- Sierra Springs
- Deer Park
- Poland Springs
- Mount Olympus
- Diamond Springs
On the other hand, there are many brands out there, which are safe for consumption and you and your family can freely consume them on a daily basis, without worrying about the negative effects and fluoride.
Some of the safe-for-consumption brands include:
- Black Berry Farms
- Aquafina Water
- Arbor Springs
- Polaris Water
- Aqua Pure
- Century Springs
- Blue Ice Natural Mineral Water
- Fresh Market
- Deja Blue
- Clear Mountain Spring water
- Smart Water
- Hidden Valley Natural Mineral Water
- Whole Foods 365
- Glacier Bay
- Flowing Springs
- Oasis Pure Drinking Water
The Negative sides of Consuming Bottled Water
It may seem that drinking from a bottle is highly hygienic and economical, however the truth is far from that, especially if we take into consideration the environmental factor. Sure, the recycling has come in handy, but we still struggle with the vast amount of waste.
Especially if we consider that only 10 % of these bottles are recycled and no matter how great you’re doing in separating your plastics and throwing them in the recycle bin, there are some bottles which are not necessarily recycled, just because they can’t be recycled.
So, while you’re thinking that you are helping the environment by recycling your bottles, think for a while of the means of transport and the amount of fuel that it needs to be used in order for those bottles to be transferred into the recycling areas.
Consuming bottled water can also pose some serious health threats as well. So, even though plastic can be recycled and reused, this material can lead to many health threats and the best thing one can do, is to replace the plastic container with a glass one. If you are a plastic bottle consumer, then you’re probably exposed to the following chemicals:
- BPA or Bisphenol A is also an estrogen-mimicking chemical, responsible for the following health issues
- lowered sperm count
- prostate and breast cancer
- fertility problems in men and women
- early puberty
- behavioral problems
- earning problems
2. Phthalates or endocrine-disrupting chemicals which are causing the following health issues:
- Liver cancer
- Structural abnormality or testicular atrophy
- Lowered sperm count
- premature birth in women exposed to phthalates
More on water…
Well, the fact is that our body is mostly consisted of water and we can’t avoid the consumption of water, because it’s a true necessity. However, knowing all the facts about bottled water can help greatly in your decision making. Always choose glass bottle over a plastic one, since glass can be recycled as well. Also, bear in mind that bottled water is just a regular tap water, unlike the opposite things that some companies of bottled water make us to believe.