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On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m sharing 3 surprising secrets about bottled water, including the best water bottle to drink out of, and what plastic numbers are safe.
Tell me in the comment section below, do you always buy bottled water?
If so, which brand do you prefer?
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All right, let’s get into the 3 surprising secrets about bottled water.
Are you aware of how much bottled water actually costs?
Approximately $11.8 billion a year is spent on bottled water in the US alone.
That’s over 30 billion bottles of water a year.
But here’s where it gets surprising.
Let’s say a 20 oz bottle of water costs, on average, $1.45.
That’s 1,900 times more expensive than tap water.
But what’s even crazier is I just read a stat that 40% of bottled water is actually just regular tap water.
When you convert that to gallons, at that price 1 gallon of water equals $9.27.
To put that into perspective, 1 gallon of gas typically costs $3.50.
Water purity doesn’t influence the actual taste of water, the mineral concentration does.
In other words, some of the biggest brands of bottled water is just city water, with added in minerals to increase the taste.
In some circumstances, most city tap water has stricter purity standards than the bottled water industry.
One test found that 22% of the bottled water brands in the study contained chemicals above state limits.
The chemicals to watch out for are chlorine and fluoride.
That’s pretty scary since chlorine is used in pools to kill bacteria.
Based on this, what do you think will happen to the good kind of bacteria found in your gut?
If your area is known for having chlorine in your tap water, it’s best to go with some sort of water filtration system.
I currently use a Brita and a water filtration system from my fridge, but that may not be the best option for you if you have to filter out those heavy metals.
If you have the budget, look into a reverse osmosis system for the best results.
Here’s another big thing to consider when drinking bottled water.
Your plastic water bottle may contain BPA.
In other words, you’re potentially pumping estrogen mimicking chemicals into your body.
Hello man boobs.
Always avoid plastic water bottles that contain BPA, since BPA can leek into your water, especially when heated.
When you have a choice, a BPA-free stainless steel insulated bottle is the best water bottle to drink out of.
We use this stainless steel water bottle.
It’s important to focus on drinking from BPA-free water bottles.
If you do drink from a plastic bottle, make sure you look at the plastic number inside the recycling symbol on the bottom of the water bottle.
The following plastic numbers should be free of BPA, therefore are safe:
The following plastic number should be avoided:
Therefore, if the symbol shows any of those numbers, stay away.
The following plastic number indicates it’s intended for one time use only:
Most plastic water bottles have this number, so use it once, then recycle it.
In other words, don’t refill it.
Lastly, typically the firmer the plastic used on the water bottle, the better it is.
I’m not telling you to not buy bottled water, as I still buy certain brands of bottled water when I’m out.
I just want you to be aware of what you’re buying.
Here’s your Live Lean tip.
If you’re looking to save money, invest in a re-usable BPA-free stainless steel insulated water bottle.
Or use glass containers, and keep it filled with filtered tap water so you can drink more water throughout the day.
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32 responses to “The Best Water Bottle To Drink Out Of”
It is eye-opening to learn about potential contaminants, the environmental impact of plastic bottles, and the lack of regulation in some cases. These revelations highlight the importance of being informed consumers and considering alternative options for hydration.
I’m in the UK and find the water quality poor where I live so have a reverse osmosis filter and a couple of stainless punc bottles. I think Kangen is suspect as it doesn’t remove some harmful chemicals which are in our water and especially as a friend is an agent for them and makes big commissions on ever sale.
tap water is terrible for you cos it’s not meant to be drank from it’s to
Shockingly good advice
All municipal water has chemicals in it, even if they are under the
“allowable standards.” Bottled water is almost always acidic and oxidative
which is harmful to your body, especially with exercise and recovery.
Reverse osmosis is also called “Dead water” because it has nothing of
value in it. Reverse osmosis and distilled water are the absolute worst
water to drink. The only value is if you are doing a detox for about 1-2
weeks. Because they are both “dead water” they will leach minerals out of
your body. The BEST water to drink is Alkaline, Ionized water. I only
drink Kangen Water and only recommend it to my patients. It helps your
body stay hydrated and helps with recovery. If you want more info send me
a message or call 503-706-2889.
I don’t buy bottled water unless I have to while I am out, or at an event
where they will not let you bring your own food and drinks. I have a BPA
free bottle I keep with me everywhere I go. My job has a filter system for
the tap water, and I have a faucet filter in my kitchen that I purchased
through HSN. Buying all that water puts too much plastic in our landfills.
I never buy bottled water. steel bottle for the gym, glass pitchers for the
refrigerator, pur filtered tap water.
was unaware of the recycle numbers, thanks.
thanks brad, most people don’t know this. thumps up.
I would always recommend buying bottled water when abroad though,
especially in places like India, where a westerner’s stomach is not used to
the micro-organisms in the water.
Just buy the gallon for a buck.
Yes! Kirkland brand
Smart Water & Aquafina!!!
I drink Dasani and refill bottles with my brita pitchere5sn
I have a reverse osmosis system at our home (on a well), and buy minerals to add to it. The minerals are very concentrated and a few drops is all you need. It tastes the best and is definitely the most economical.
What bottle water do you recommend
I’ve given up buying water. Instead I spent €20 on a bpa free reusable Punc
Drink out of glass bottles. Make sure it’s Made in the U.S.A. b4 you buy it
Watches video while drinking water bottle, checks BPA and its number 7,
Throws water bottle out of window, (SmartWater)
Will start looking for other brands in UK, I find that bottle water helps
me track how much I’m drinking.
i use a brita filter jug. havent changed the filter for a year tho… how
often do you change yours brad? thanks !!
I think I may have to rethink my water bottles… I do buy water in plastic
bottlesand you just inspired me to do more research on that! Thank you for
the very informative video.
Smartwater is the choice for me
Do you buy bottled water? Which brand?