What is in Your Water Bottle May Scare You…

Plastic contamination is rampant in bottled water. A study published in Frontiers in Chemistry that analyzed samples taken from 259 bottled waters sold in several countries and determined that 3% of them contained “microplastic” synthetic polymer particles.

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The 11 bottled water brands tested in Mason’s study are among the most popular and widely available in the U.S. and around the world. Samples from the brands tested varied in plastic concentrations, and the average across brands was 325 microplastic particles per liter of bottled water, researchers found. Nestlé Pure Life had the largest average concentration of plastic particles out of all the brands tested; one sample from the brand was found to contain more than 10,000 microplastic particles per liter.

Contamination from microfibers originates from a myriad of sources, but one of the biggest contributors to microfiber pollution “comes from the washing of synthetic clothing discharged through washing machine effluent”. Several studies to date have demonstrated that synthetic clothing are found in the bellies of fish and other seafood, and now drinking water and bottled water.

So what happens to plastic once it’s in your body? Does it enter your bloodstream? Does it sink into your gut? Or does it simply pass through without doing harm?

Scientists still aren’t quite sure about the amount of microplastics a body can tolerate or how much damage they do. In 2017, a study out of King’s College in London hypothesized that, over time, the cumulative effect of ingesting plastic could be toxic. Different types of plastic have varying toxic properties. Some are made with toxic chemicals like chlorine, while others pick up trace amounts of chemicals like lead found in the environment. A build up of these toxins over time could impact the immune system.

He says there’s evidence that plastics and the chemical pollutants that bind to them have toxic effects. “They’re implicated in the obesity epidemic and in other metabolic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, as well as cancer and reproductive problems and neural problems like attention deficit disorder,” he says. “If you look at the trendlines of non-communicable diseases around the world, you see there is a correlation between exposure to these [plastic] pollutants.”

Reducing how much bottled water we drink would also save U.S. consumers billions. “If we took what we spend on bottled water just in the U.S. and we used that instead on water infrastructure,” Mason says, “every person on this planet could have access to clean water three times over.”

While correlation is not causation, he says, direct cause-and-effect data will be hard to come by. Overall, the evidence is indisputable that plastic is prevalent in our bottled water sources, and they will wreak havoc on the longevity of our health. In order to stay well and avoid these pollutants, in addition to saving the planet, drinking balanced Kangen water from reusable glass bottles is the number one solution. There are amazing resources on the web that demonstrate the power that Kangen water has. Harnessing it’s healing properties in the comfort of our own homes is the future. To see it in action, watch this incredible demonstration video on our other site. It’ll blow your mind!

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1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6141690/table/T2/?report=objectonly

2. https://time.com/5492615/male-infertility-taboo-society-shame/