Is Your Water Safe?

We’ve talked quite a bit about the importance of staying well hydrated especially during the warmer summer months.  We’ve also suggested some delicious and healthy ways to make your own fruit and herb diffused water.  However, one topic that still needs to be discussed is how to store your water safely.

Buying bottled water from the store is often the easiest and fastest way to ensure you stay hydrated.  While it’s perhaps not the most environmentally friendly way to consume H20, we can understand that it’s an option we sometimes have to turn to.  In which case, it’s important to understand that water stored in plastic bottles needs to remain at a safe temperature in order to not have toxins from the plastic leach into our drink.

Dr. Patel, founder of the Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center, says that heat can cause carcinogenic toxins to be released from plastic containers into our water.  According to him, the two most dangerous toxins found in most plastic water bottles are BPA and dioxin.  These chemicals have been linked to a multitude of health issues including birth defects and cancer.

Other studies have shown that freezing water in plastic containers can also cause toxins to be released.  In which case, if you choose to use bottled water, keep it at room temperature or normally refrigerated.  High heat and cold can cause an adverse reaction to the plastic which we later ingest.

Optimally, using a non lead or cadmium laced ceramic container, glass, or stainless steel reusable water bottles is the way to go.  Bottles and containers made of these materials won’t leach chemicals into your water or beverages and can be used for years cutting down on cost and on the environmental effect of adding plastics to our landfills.  If you do find yourself using a plastic water bottle, check the bottom of the container and avoid ones that contain the number 7 or letters PVC as they contain higher levels of chemicals.

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