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Bottled Water Can Contain More Than 24,500 Chemicals

Bottled Water Can Contain More Than 24,500 Chemicals

Bottled water has become a mainstay of modern life. It is a clean and convenient way of rehydrating the body. However, it may be clean to the point of being toxic. Bottled water is abound with chemicals that would pretty much keep it germ and bacteria free for a long time to come.

In a journal published by PLos One, results were released from a recent study by German researchers. Bottled water was tested for its content and 25,000 chemicals were found swimming around in a single bottle of water. The effects of most of the chemicals are comparable to the ingestion of potent pharmaceuticals.

The study was divided into two portions,

PART 1

In the first portion, samples from 18 random commercially sold bottled water were tested. The researchers obtained the samples from all over the world. The water was tested to see if it caused a reaction from the body's estrogen and androgen receptors, using chemical analysis. Tap water was used as a benchmark comparison. The results were shocking. Most of the bottled water samples caused some level of interference with both hormone receptors. As little as 0.1 ounces of bottled water caused inhibition of estrogenic activity by 60 percent and androgenic activity by 90 percent. Tap water, however, caused no activity on either type of receptors.

PART 2

In the second part of the study, the aim was to pinpoint which chemicals interfered with reproductive hormones. Using various methods of detection to isolate the various chemicals, this portion of the experiment revealed more than 24,500 different chemicals in the many samples of bottled water. Maleates and Fumarates, the two classes of chemicals which are potent endocrine disruptors - meaning that they are hormonally active chemicals -, were among the chemicals that were found. Both Maleates and Fumarates are components used in the manufacture of plastic resins, which in turn is used to manufacture water bottles.

KEEP CALM AND DON'T PANIC

This results might send shockwaves throughout your very fibre as you have most probably been drinking bottled water at many points in your life. Hydration is always the priority, as the body would not survive for very long without water. For healthy adults, an occasional drink from bottled water does little harm to the body. However, children and pregnant women are highly susceptible to the negative effects of bottled water. These effects include stunted growth, early puberty, premature birth, infertility and early menopause, among others.

A normal healthy adult should still exercise a certain level of caution, however, and avoid wanton consumption of bottled water whenever possible. The chemicals present in the bottled water if consumed in constant and large amounts, can trigger diabetes, cause heart disease and localised types of cancer within the body.

A solution and alternative would be to tote around a refillable water bottle. Many cities have already modified water fountains to be more efficient at filling water bottles. What began as an effort to protect the environment through the use of less plastic, now has an additional value-added set of benefits.

Sometimes earlier this year the FDA had banned a series of products that contained traces of bisphenol-A (BPA). They included plastic bottles, cans, baby bottles and sippy cups and several food-related plastics. BPA has since seemed to be absent from consumption related products. But the journal published by PLOS one reveals that we may have much more types of chemicals to worry about.

Stainless steel or glass bottles are recommended to maintain bodily health. Aside from health benefits, carrying a refillable water bottle, you can fill your pockets over time by avoiding the $2 plus charge for bottled water.

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