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08.01.10         personal  

Michael's Water Experiment


This may seem like a no brainer to many of you, but I've never taken bottled water seriously and haven't had much of a problem drinking tap water for pretty much my whole life. When I was in Haiti, we drank bottled water everyday, and while there were a lot of other things going on with me (like food poisoning and malaria for example) I shed nearly 25 pounds in 3 weeks and never had a problem falling asleep (again for many reasons I am sure). I cannot help but wonder, How much of that weight loss and good sleep came from drinking bottled water?

I have read many articles about all the excess junk that is in tap water and while I doubt it probably doesn't hurt us over the short term...what in the world are all the consequences of drinking tap water that has very low levels of contaminants over extremely long periods of time? The two things that really scare me are the amounts of chlorine and the hormones. This could explain feeling "off" or groggy if you are constantly drinking water contaminated with small amounts of hormones. Do we really know what the effect of this is? Most people are surprised to learn that tap water is usually LOADED with chlorine. One of the first blog articles I ever wrote was a test on Tap Water and there is a higher concentration of chlorine in tap water than in most swimming pools (3-5.0 parts per million).

So I decided to try a little test: drink only bottled or filtered water products for a month and see how I feel. It's been a week so far and I must say I feel better in general. I do not like the idea of excess waste with the empty bottles, but I see many water companies are recycling them now. Yes - I am aware that there are a ton of articles claiming both are equally bad, but if one makes me feel better in general, I am going to roll with that.

Anyone else have any conclusive information about what is exactly in tap water?

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