Here’s the truth: bottled water is BAD. Did you know that something as simple as drinking bottled water could be detrimental to your hormonal health? As a woman who has suffered from Adrenal Fatigue, I know firsthand the importance of balancing hormones and detoxifying the body. And one of the first steps that I took towards healing was ditching bottled water. Why? Because of liver and kidney toxicity, because it contains endocrine disruptors, because it is contaminated, and because it even holds trace amounts of heavy metals. Bottom line – the #1 reason I hate bottled water is that studies show that even water bottles marked BPA-free are loaded with endocrine disrupting chemicals that have enough “estrogenic activity” to complicate fertility, pregnancy, and overall hormonal health in women AND men. Evidence-based research here.
What the bottled water industry DOESN’T want you to know
For them it’s not about hydration – it’s about marketing and money. They make money while you’re ingesting microplastics, hormone disruptors, and toxins. The minute I limited my bottled water drinking to airport travel and stuck to electrically reduced water from my medical-grade ionizer, my hormones got really happy. Let’s dive deeper.
- Firstly, bottled water can cause liver and kidney toxicity. BPA, other plastic chemicals, and heavy metals are commonly found in bottled water and can burden the liver and kidneys. This reduces their ability to properly detoxify and filter the blood, leading to a buildup of toxins in your body. If you suffer from adrenal fatigue or hormonal imbalances, this can cause undue stress on your already overworked system.
- Secondly, endocrine disruptors are another problem. Even those labeled “BPA-free” are loaded with chemicals that have enough “estrogenic activity” to complicate fertility, pregnancy, and overall hormonal health in women and men as I mentioned above. These endocrine disruptors can wreak havoc on our bodies and disrupt our delicate hormonal balance.
- Thirdly, bottled water can be contaminated. In the past, we only heard about water-borne diseases in third-world countries. But nowadays, you can be drinking contaminated water from the comfort of your own home. “Cryptosporidium” is a parasite that can be found in store-bought bottles of water and can cause chronic or severe illness and even life-threatening symptoms in people with weakened immune systems.
- Fourthly, bottled water can contain trace amounts of heavy metals. Antimony is a trace metal. It’s used in the creation of plastic water bottles and has been linked to heart, lung, and gastrointestinal diseases, as well as certain forms of cancer. These trace amounts may seem insignificant, but when added up over time, they can cause serious harm to our bodies.
Does the water you are attempting to rehydrate with matter?
Yes! Aldosterone is a hormone. It’s produced by the adrenal glands spikes during dehydration and chronic stress, causing you to retain water and increase your blood pressure (due to losing potassium and retaining sodium). When I started researching the store-bought alkaline water I was drinking and discovered all I’ve been drinking is water with added chemicals to increase the pH so the manufacturer can call it “alkaline” (genius marketing scam) I was mortified. This led me down a long road of researching water ionizers. I found one that is medical-grade (important to me!) and produces TRUE ionized alkaline water (by electrolysis!).
What’s the solution?
The answer is simple – invest in an at-home water ionizer. The one I use in my home produces living, alkalized water and has free-radical fighting and antioxidant power. This is the type of water I want for myself and my family. Not only does alkalized water help detoxify the body, but it can also balance hormones and improve overall health.