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Friday, November 23, 2012

 The Dirty Truth About What’s Really in Bottled Water

You should always read labels. But you shouldn’t always trust them.

There’s one label that most people would never think to question. But you’d be wise to.

We spend more than $22 billion a year on bottled water.1 But according to a report by the World Wildlife Fund International, people may be getting more than just water in their bottles. And not in a good way…

Based on a survey conducted by the organization, 56 percent of people chose bottled water for taste. 55 percent said convenience played a role in their decision.

Most of us drink bottled water because we think it is the healthy alternative. But if you knew what was in your bottled water you may think twice.

“Bottled water may be no safer or healthier than tap water, while selling for up to 1,000 times the price,” the WWF report said.

So what’s in your bottled water?


You’ve probably already heard about the dangers of the actual plastic bottles. They contain bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates.2 These chemicals have been linked with different types of cancers,3 reproductive problems,4 and pose a serious threat to your overall health.

But besides that… there’s the actual water itself.  Surely, that can’t be bad for you… right?

Wrong. And here’s why…

The Environmental Working Group tested 10 brands and found 38 low-level contaminants with an average of eight chemicals including disinfection byproducts (DBPs), caffeine and Tylenol, nitrate, industrial chemicals and arsenic, and bacteria.5

So OK, I don’t know about you, but we’ve never seen arsenic and bacteria listed on the labels. But what about those labels anyway? One says mineral and spring water, another glacial, and then another labeled pure and natural. But not so fast…

The water may not even be coming from those places. In fact, if we had to guess, they definitely aren’t. Companies don’t have to reveal the location of their source.6 And they are not required to provide water quality reports stating treatment methods and purity testing.

Most times your bottled water is simply filled with tap water! Pepsi’s Aquafina and Coca-Cola’s Dasani are nothing more than filtered municipal tap water.7

Basic tap water is tested numerous times a day and under constant monitoring.8 You may have received a call once or twice from your local water company advising you to boil water for a short period of time or to notify you if it contains more chlorine than usual. At least the calls let us know they are testing. That’s more than we can say about the bottled water producers.

If the water you buy bottled is what comes out of your faucet, you’re basically paying extra for a plastic bottle. And more chemicals.

The bottled water industry disagrees with these findings. But we wouldn’t expect any less.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to regulate bottled water as a packaged food product to assure safety and quality.9 Stephen Kay of the International Bottled Water Association says they already do and “it meets specific standards of quality and safety from the source all the way though the finished product.”

But we don’t even know the source. They won’t tell us. And the lab studies don’t lie!

Obviously we can’t give up water. Our bodies need it to function.10 Water helps our respiration and keeps our body temperature normal. It also aids in cushioning joints and ridding our bodies of waste.

So what can you do? Obviously, tap water isn’t clean of contaminants either.

Your best bet is to filter your own water. Add a filtration unit to your faucet that will eliminate sediment, chlorine, metals, and chemicals. If you are going to buy your water, look and see where it is coming from, make sure it says on the label. And don’t forget to choose glass over plastic.

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Exercise Will Help Prevent Disease

Marjie Gilliam Marjie Gilliam, Road to FitnessDayton Daily News


Q: I am not overweight, and my diet is pretty good, but every  time I turn around, it seems like I’m being told that I need to  exercise to be healthy. Is exercise really all that important? A:  Studies show an unmistakable link between physical activity and  health. An estimated 250,000 deaths per year in the United States  can be related to lack of regular exercise. You can reduce this risk  by incorporating even small amounts of exercise into your day.

Some examples of the role that exercise, or lack of it, plays in  the development of diseases includes:

Heart disease: Individuals who are inactive are more than twice  as likely to develop heart disease than those who enjoy an active  lifestyle. Exercise, especially aerobic activity, helps to  strengthen the cardiovascular system, boosting endurance and stamina  and supporting blood vessels. In a study published in the New  England Journal of Medicine, brisk walking (3-4 mph) reduced the  risk of heart disease in women nearly as much as vigorous nonwalking  exercise, as much as 54 percent reduction in risk.

Hypertension (high blood pressure): Blood pressure is influenced  by many things, some of which we can’t control such as family  history. Still, there are many controllable factors associated with  hypertension, including diet and exercise.

Diabetes: People with Type I or Type II (non-insulin dependent)  diabetes can benefit from regular exercise. Physical activity helps  to regulate blood sugar, aids in metabolism and reduces risk factors  for arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), which occurs more  often in diabetics. If you have diabetes, certain precautions must  be taken when you exercise. The American Diabetes Association  recommends that any diabetic wishing to start an exercise program  first consult with a physician.

Stroke: Studies have shown that people who burned 2,000 calories  each week with exercise, or the equivalent of a 1 hour brisk walk,  five days per week, had a 46 percent lower risk of stroke than those  who did little or no exercise

Osteoporosis: Because bone is living tissue, it responds well to  a properly designed exercise program. Weight-bearing (standing)  exercise such as walking is beneficial, as is light to moderate  weight lifting. Both help to prevent osteoporosis and can slow bone  loss if it has already begun.

Tips: Consult with your doctor for proper guidelines before  beginning any exercise program. While exercising regularly can be a  challenge, research shows that if you can stick with it for three  weeks, then you are much more likely to make it a habit. Along with  helping to prevent many diseases, being active reduces stress, burns  body fat, tones the muscles and helps control appetite.

Exercise can also help those who suffer with arthritis. More in  next week’s column.

Marjie Gilliam is an International Sports Sciences  Mastercertified personal trainerand fitness consultant.She owns  Custom Fitness PersonalTraining Services,LLC.Send email to


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