What are You Really Paying for When You Purchase Bottled Water?
We all drink water. Chances are you take a bottle of water to the gym with you, carry one during a run or even keep a bottle on your desk during the work day. We have been told to drink at least eight, 8 oz. glasses of water per day for probably as long as most of us can remember. However, before you run to the vending machine and grab a bottle of water or stock up on a 24-pack at the grocery store, you may want to think again. Bottled water may not be the best way to go about staying hydrated – when it comes to your health as well as your wallet.
What are you really paying for?
Much of the time, bottled water is simply tap water. Take a look at where your bottle of water was bottled. There is a good chance you may simply be drinking tap water from the town your water was bottled in. In some cases, the tap water may be filtered or purified. A lot of times you may just be paying for the exact same water that comes out of the faucet at your house. Here’s something to think about: have you ever seen a label on a bottle of water that indicates that it is the city’s water that you have been consuming? The chances are slim; especially if you are drinking water bottled in a different town or across the country. Purified water also has its downfalls; it may be very acidic.
Health concerns with bottled water
If you’ve ever turned on the news or gone shopping for plastic dishware or water bottles, the letters BPA probably sound very familiar to you. Why? The plastic bottle that you are drinking water out of may be more of a concern than the actual water itself. Your plastic bottle may be packed with harmful chemicals. A large number of plastic bottles contain a chemical called Bisphenol A or BPA, which can contaminant the water that you believe to be purified. This can lead to a host of health problems. One of the biggest health problems caused by drinking water from plastic bottles is the possibility of abnormal fluctuation of your hormones.