Arsenic: Bottled Water, Well Water, City Water

How is water (known as the universal solvent) sitting on a shelf for more than 8 hours (the time it takes for bacteria to grow) in a plastic (a petroleum-based product) container seen as a health benefit?

Furthermore, while bottled water is transported it’s most likely been exposed to heat which would exasperate the harmful effects.

Reverse osmosis, the process used to eliminate arsenic, also strips water of all of its positive minerals and leaves the water with a bad taste. Thus minerals and flavoring are typically added, and the flavoring may be unhealthy for you.

When you buy mineral water, the only mineral in it may be sodium, which the average adult consumes three to four times too much of anyway, so you don’t want it in your water.

The total parts per billion (ppb) of arsenic in drinking water was set at 50 for decades. In 2001, the FDA moved this to 10 ppb, however they did not start enforcing it until 2006.

When looking at your overall arsenic intake, consider the other fluids that you consume each day. For example, I drink four glasses of organic milk as part of my 10-12 glasses of fluid each day. Thus the ppb arsenic level in my overall fluid intake is about 25% lower than what’s in my well water.

Other factors count too. What else do you eat and drink? If you eat rice and drink fruit juices, for example, you are digesting arsenic from them too.

What healthly habits do you have that help the body to detoxify? Do you squeeze fresh lemon into a glass of water each day? Do you do yoga? Do you go for daily walks? These things help the digestive track to eliminate toxins.

Are you taking in arsenic by other means? Do you use weed killer? Have you ever splashed it on your skin while mixing a concentrate or have you gotten it on yourself while spraying? Do you wear a face mask while you use it? Toxins seep through your skin and you breathe them.

Well water may have more arsenic in it than public drinking water (city potable water) or bottled water, but all city water has been treated by a water treatment plant and harmful chemicals, such as chlorine, have been added. The same is true for about 60% of bottled water.

Not to pick on dear Trader Joe’s, but since it’s one of the most affordable and popular bottled waters . . . It’s bottled in Los Angles. Smoggy, heavily populated LA. Lack of precipitation, technically a desert, LA. So, how clean do you think their water is? Do you have any idea how Trader Joe’s water has been treated? Have you read what minerals are actually in their Sparkling Mineral Water?

As for bottled water pulled from artesian wells or creeks, contaminants can get in during the bottling process and their water does not have to be tested as often as city water.

One more point — bottled water is terrible for the environment. It uses water (no longer considered a renewable resource since we are depleting it at a faster rate than it can restore itself) and fuel to manufacture it, even if it’s being stored in a glass bottle. Non-renewable energy is consumed to transport bottled water. Transportation methods pollute the air. Most used ­bottles go into land fills, or “ocean fills,” injuring innocent sea life, like dolphins.

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About Faye Lynn

Barefoot and Breathless is a contemporary romance, chick-lit, women's fiction novel about a single mother looking for love, dealing with her son's growing independence, overcoming a past abusive relationship, trying to stay true to her morals, and teaching in a public at-risk school. It's a light, fun read with a writing style of Rachel Gibson meets Janet Evanovich. Like the heroine in Barefoot and Breathless, I'm a teacher, yogi, and single mother. I hope you enjoy reading my posts, and I look forward to reading your comments. Carpe Diem, Faye Lynn
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