Bottled Water Vs. Tap Water: Rethink What You Drink

Hi everybody, here is an article I came across recently written by Samantha Hemmingway. Just a little food, or should I say drink, for thought:

Remember the drinking fountain, that once ubiquitous, and free, source of H2O? It seems quaint now. Instead, bottled water is everywhere, in offices, airplanes, stores, homes and restaurants across the country. We consumed over eight billion gallons of the stuff in 2006, a 10 percent increase from 2005. It’s refreshing, calorie-free, convenient to carry around, tastier than some tap water and a heck of a lot healthier than sugary sodas. But more and more, people are questioning whether the water, and the package it comes in, is safe, or at least safer than tap water—and if the convenience is worth the environmental impact.

What’s in That Bottle?
Evocative names and labels depicting pastoral scenes have convinced us that the liquid is the purest drink around. “But no one should think that bottled water is better regulated, better protected or safer than tap,” says Eric Goldstein, co-director of the urban program at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a nonprofit organization devoted to protecting health and the environment.

Yes, some bottled water comes from sparkling springs and other pristine sources. But more than 25 percent of it comes from a municipal supply. The water is treated, purified and sold to us, often at a thousandfold increase in price. Most people are surprised to learn that they’re drinking glorified tap water, but bottlers aren’t required to list the source on the label.

This year Aquafina will begin stating on labels that its H2O comes from public water sources. And Nestlé Pure Life bottles will indicate whether the water comes from public, private or deep well sources. Dasani acknowledges on its website, but not on the label itself, that it draws from local water.

Labels can be misleading at best, deceptive at worst. In one notorious case, water coming from a well located near a hazardous waste site was sold to many bottlers. At least one of these companies labeled its product “spring water.” In another case, H2O sold as “pure glacier water” came from a public water system in Alaska.

Lisa Ledwidge, 38, of Minneapolis, stopped drinking bottled water a couple of years ago, partly because she found out that many brands come from a municipal supply. “You’re spending more per gallon than you would on gasoline for this thing that you can get out of the tap virtually for free,” she says. “I wondered, Why am I spending this money while complaining about how much gas costs? But you don’t ever hear anyone complain about the price of bottled water.” Ledwidge says she now drinks only filtered tap water.

So I agree that it is best to drink water you have filtered yourself, that’s what I do.

Also, many of you have asked about alkalized water and its benefits. I have run into many people who have gotten great results drinking alkalized water. One of my practice members is an expert when it comes to this type water so if you’d like to know more please feel free to contact him.

His name is Jerry Robin 626.644.4239,,

See you at your next adjustment, Kyle

Kyle Umland delivers old time, old fashioned, traditional Chiropractic in a way that makes it easy and affordable for you to get adjusted on a regular basis. He is located at 1028 N. Lake Ave, Suite 107 Pasadena, CA 91104. 626.345.0441


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One Response to Bottled Water Vs. Tap Water: Rethink What You Drink

  1. Toban says:

    Thank you Dr. Kyle for bringing this important topic to your patients.
    Especially because we are experiencing such a severe drought I want to mention how wasteful reverse osmosis systems are.

    A reverse osmosis unit delivering two gallons of treated water per day may discharge between 8 and 15 gallons of waste water per day which wastes between 2,920 and 5,475 gallons per year! Whole house RO units discharge can be more than 500 gallons PER DAY.

    Then there is all the plastic going into the environment. But you say you recycle? Don’t get me started! Only about 30% of the bottles from bottled water are truly recycled.
    Those who drink bottled water are killing our environment and harming themselves.
    The health risks from drinking demineralized water (reverse osmosis or distilled) are many according to the World Health Organization:

    My advice is to do your own research: quit wasting your money, harming the environment and yourselves.

    Do become informed about Kangen water -alkaline yes, but the MOST important benefit to your health is the anti oxidant hydrogen gas produced. Drinking hydrogen rich water protects cells from harmful free radicals. Read this article from Loma Linda University School of Medicine to learn about the potential for molecular hydrogen in the top causes of death in the United States (excluding deaths caused by suicide and accidents) including Nephritis (Kidney disease), Diabetes, Alzheimer’s Disease, Malignant Neoplasms (cancers), Cardiovascular and Cerebro-vascular diseases.

    I am a hospital pharmacist by profession so when Jerry Robin introduced me to Kangen Water I did my research. I demand science and evidenced based information. My goal is to STAY healthy and avoid becoming a patient. That is why purchased my own Kangen water unit from Jerry 5 years ago and why I see Dr Kyle on a regular basis. Jerry gives Kangen water away FOR FREE on a trial evaluation basis and he is located just 3 blocks from Dr. Kyle’s office. I recommend trying Kangen Water to see how you, your family and your wallet can benefit.

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