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To Be Healthy We Need to Know the Difference Between Bottled Water and Bottled Water

by Michael on November 8, 2007

To Be Healthy We Need to Know the Difference Between Bottled Water and Bottled Water.

Those of you who have read my blogs in the past may already be aware that we’re kind of evangelists about drinking clean, pure drinking water.

There is a lot of media hype lately about ‘bottled water’. We’ve been drinking bottled water since 1973 – but not the little 12 oz bottles of water that seem to be taking
society by storm – to the tune of a $7.7 billion market in 2002.

We buy bottled water differently – in bulk- and we don’t pay $.50-$1 for 12 oz either – unless we’re at a movie theater. We pay $.39 a gallon for pure clean water.

Aside from the pricing there are other reasons why it’s different.

Recycling 12 Oz Plastic Bottles Is A Pain

We take our bulk containers in (1 gal, 2 gal, 3 gal and 5 gal) once or twice a week and fill them usually with either

1) reverse osmosis treated water or

2) deionized water

and use them same containers over and over again.

We think this is more socially responsible and it’s easier because we aren’t having to recycle hundreds of little plastic bottles a month or have them piling up all over the house, in the car and we aren’t contributing irresponsibly to land fills.

The Taste Of Bottled Water
Another reason that we don’t buy the little bottles, aside from the economics and the recycling, is the taste. The water in those little bottles never tastes that good to me – it has always tasted to me like some of the plastic leaches into the water. I don’t know that for a fact, but I listen to my taste buds. It’s a habit.

One thing I noticed a long time ago is that humans are the only animals around that eat food without smelling it first. I decided that was pretty smart of animals and started copying the same behavior myself – discreetly in most cases. Pretty much, I’ve learned that your nose and your taste buds don’t lie.

During my 3 years as a barista and espresso store owner, I learned a lot about filtered water but also developed a palate for espresso in an effort to produce a high quality product for the customers.

Part of a well developed palate is a keen sense of smell and the olfactory system. As a result, when it comes to food and water my nose and palate are trained to identify odors or flavors that are not appropriate. Kind of a built in warning system or quality control tool depending how you look at it.

Aside from the taste and the potential for plastic leaching into the water from the bottle, it turns out, apparently much of the water in those bottles is just tap water anyway – run through a filter.

What prompted me to stop drinking tap water in the first place was a course in inorganic chemistry that I took in 1973 where we studied fluoride for a week. Not long after that course, they announced that the local water utility district was going to start adding fluoride to the drinking water. I decided then and there to stop drinking tap water and instead I started buying bulk filtered water from the local health food store. I was 20 at the time.

Little did I know there were so many benefits associated with not drinking chlorinated tap water – until recently. But we stopped drinking chlorinated tap water by default – trying to get away from fluoride because of it’s reactivity and high ionic potential.

From what we have learned over the years, we recommend that everybody should start drinking either:

1) bulk filtered water from your local health food store.


2) invest in a water filtration system for your house probably a combination of reverse osmosis systems and activated charcoal filtration.

We’ll have many further discussions about water filtration and clean drinking water in the future.

The Difference Between Bottled Water and Bottled Water

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