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WATER BOTTLES UNDER SUN GIVES ESTROGEN

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With that colorful story that we all could relate to, one is perplexed with a question that rattles a man’s manhood: Does water bottles in the sun give you estrogen? I have heard it before, and even though I did not go as far as believing it, I still do not drink from water bottles that have been out in the sun for the off chance that it might be true. But what are the facts? Is it really unhealthy to drink from plastic water bottles that have been out in the sun? Does it increase estrogen levels? Or is it just a lactating myth?

As far as the science goes for the estrogen-water bottle theory, heated plastic from the water bottle releases chemicals called dioxins that lead to increases in estrogen and other health problems. Big words. Big statement. Big lie?

Michael Trush, deputy director of the John Hopkins Center for Urban Environmental Health, states that plastics do not contain dioxins and that the sun’s rays are not strong enough to create them. Most water bottles in the United States are made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET). PET does not contain dioxins or leach any health risking estrogen inducing chemicals. You can tell whether a bottle is made of PET by the triangle on the bottle.

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Guys, before you start drinking the water bottles rolling around on the passenger seat floor of your car, there is some more information you should know. There are some water bottles that contain bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is a compound that has shown to increase estrogen in animal studies from water from heated plastic water bottles.

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Guys, before you start decimating the water bottles rolling around on the passenger seat floor of your car, there is some more information you should know. Most water bottles sold in America are BPA plastic free. The best way to go about this BPA issue is sticking to reusable water bottles that state that they are BPA free. Everything will be okay.

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The real harms of water bottles is the bacteria that can form upon reusing them. When reusing a water bottle, it is recommended to wash the bottle thoroughly and often. But other than that, beware of certain water bottles and guys could remain manly men.

Resource:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/537604-can-cases-of-water-bottles-sit-in-the-sun/

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CAN SEA WATER KILL YOU? (BLOG REVISIT)

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Water’s murderous potentiality was explored in the form of water intoxication in a previous post, but its killing ability reigns not only the lands, but the seas.

Never drink sea water. Everybody abides by this because they are either grossed out by the thought of drinking whale urine and rusty ship wreckage residue or because they had tasted it and had discovered that seawater was not exactly tasting like bubble tea.

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Seventy one percent of the Earth is covered in seawater, yet we cannot sip on it. Let us explore the ironically abundant, yet non-drinkable seawater, and how it can kill you.

Sea water is made up of a deadly concoction of water and salt. We need salt and water to live, so in actuality it is not the concoction that is deadly, but it is the dosage that is deadly. Our bodies only need a quarter of a teaspoon of salt a day, 500 mg. But the average human unhealthily intakes about 3,500 mg of salt a day. The superstition requiring people to throw salt over their shoulder upon spilling it was actually put forth to utilize clumsy people to decrease the amount of salt at dinner tables.

Do not look that up.

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Fresh water contains 0.1% salt content while seawater contains over 1.0% salt. On top of that, sea water is not regular “pass the salt shaker salt”, it actually contains a lot of different types of salt which includes Epson salts, potassium salts, and iodine salts. Drinking seawater will force the intake of large quantities of salt which will throw your metabolism’s equilibrium off, to say the least.

When drinking seawater, water from every cell of your body rushes to help carry the salt out of your body. So basically, as we hydrate with seawater, we are really dehydrating all of our cells in our body. This will lead to possible seizures, unconsciousness, and brain damage. But even if all the water from our dehydrated cells succeed in bringing all the seawater salt close to excretion, the last stop before departure will not be able to bear the load. The last main stop before unwanted salt is released from the body is the kidneys, and unfortunately, our kidneys would overload and we would die a salty death.

Though humans cannot drink seawater, there are other marine mammals that are able to do so. The reason they are able to drink sea water is because they have larger and more sophisticated kidneys than we do. But let us not get down on ourselves because they do not have larger and more sophisticated technologies than we do.Smart+Ass+Dolphins.+they+cant+rape+you+on+land_5ae913_4873580

 

California and Florida have desalinized seawater for human consumption in order to experiment with a possible replacement to our current water supply. It is still rather expensive, but research is currently in motion to provide desalinated water to deserts in the Middle East.

There you go. Sea water can kill you by dehydrating your body and damaging your kidneys. So next time you go on a cruise to Florida, double check the supply in the Aquafina vending machines.

Resource:

http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2131/what-would-happen-to-you-if-you-drank-seawater

BOTTLED WATER VS TAP WATER!

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Both of these contenders match up very closely to each other, and so this should be an interesting exchange. In the blue corner, a contender that comes out of surface and groundwater, a friend to us all, tap water! In the red corner, we have an opponent that comes from wells, springs, and municipal water supplies, the challenger, bottled water! Can bottled water cap a solid victory and make tap water tap out? Let us move on from the overused stereotype of a fight to truly illustrate a comparison between the two using some good old reliable facts.

Let us start with something that we are all interested in; money. Few years ago, the average cost of bottled water was approximately .90 cents per gallon. That is less than the cost for a McChicken sandwich from McDonald’s. (McChicken’s are great financial models. For example: “How much were those headphones?” – “$25.00” – “Dude, that’s like 25 McChickens”). .90 cents per gallon does not seem bad until you compare it to the price of tap water during the same decade. In 1990, the cost of tap water was .80 cents per 500 gallons. It is clear that bottled water is costing us way more than tap water, but what is so good about bottled water? Is it worth the extra money? But more importantly, is it worth the opportunity cost of sacrificing a potential McChicken?

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Bottled water comes from wells, springs, and the municipal water supply. Bottled water is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. On the other hand, tap water comes from surface water such as lakes or streams or groundwater. Tap water is regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Given the extra cost of bottled water, it only makes sense that bottled water would have stricter regulation, right? Wrong. The FDA and EPA’s standard’s for water are “essentially the same” (Duke).  But equal regulation does not entail equal health benefits. After all, with the exception of an occasional crafty stoner, healthiness is really the reason why most people buy water bottles. But it turns out that bottled water really is not healthier than tap water. What makes water “healthy” are the minerals in the water. The main minerals are calcium and magnesium. But depending on where you live, your tap water may be practically equal to or exceed the amount of calcium and magnesium that you find in a water bottle.

Now please be seated because the following information may shake the world as you know it. It turns out that most bottled water is in fact, tap water. This is turning in to Fight Club, where Brad Pitt is really Edward Norton and Edward Norton tries to kills Brad Pitt but really just shoots himself in the mouth. 40 percent of water in water bottles are from tap water. This includes all the water that is sold by Pepsi and Coca-Cola. In fact, in 2007 Pepsi was forced to state on its Aquafina water bottle that it came from a public source. The public source is tap water. So they literally took water from your sink, put it in a bottle, and sold it back to you for a higher price. It is just too perfect.

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Besides portability, tap water triumphs over bottled water in all areas. Our winner by unanimous decision, tap water!

Resources

http://people.chem.duke.edu/~jds/cruise_chem/water/wattap.html

http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/19/health/upwave-bottled-water/

http://money.cnn.com/2007/07/27/news/companies/pepsi_coke/

CAN WATER KILL YOU?

“Be water, my friend.” That was said by a wise man named Bruce Lee.

Bruce Lee probably never experienced water intoxication. Water intoxication is experienced when someone drinks extreme amounts of water. These cases of water intoxication are rare, but there have been several instances where people have died from water intoxication.

The most famous death through water intoxication was a 28 year old woman’s quest to get a free Wii video game console. She tried to attain the Nintendo Wii through a contest at a radio station. The contest was called “Hold Your Wee for a Wii”, and should have included, “possibly OD”, and “die for a mediocre console”. As you probably have guessed, the radio station was holding a water drinking contest that prevented the contestants from urinating. The woman had downed 6 liters of water in three hours’ time. An impressive feat, but she did not get to enjoy the fruits of her accomplishments for long. She vomited and went home with an excruciating headache and died soon after via water intoxication.

There are a couple more known water overdose related tragedies. In 2005, a student died at a fraternity hazing that required him to constantly drink water in between pushups in a cold basement. There have also been instances where people danced and sweat all night on MDMA and died from trying to rehydrate in large amounts the following day. La-da-di-da-di, dancing with molly, hydrate carefully.

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All these cases of death via water intoxication carry the same tone of extremity. The deaths usually occur through contests or extreme dehydration followed by extreme hydration. So what causes the actual death? Water has no calories and harmful chemicals right? Well, the reason people die from water actually has less to do with water and more to do with how are body reacts to the water.

The way to sound smart when talking about water intoxication is by referring to it as dilutional hyponatremia. Dilutional hyponatremia causes death by creating an imbalance of fluids in the human body, and a disturbance to the brain. Hyponatremia is actually a Latin word for an insufficient amount of salt in the blood. Our kidneys are responsible for controlling the amount of salt and water that leaves our blood. When someone drinks too much water, the kidneys cannot keep up and flush out the water in time, and the blood becomes water clogged. It is sort of like that one clogged toilet that you wish you had not seen. This causes the brain to swell and eventually lead to a coma or death.

If this is causing you to put away your water bottle, bring it back out and do not worry. As you have read, an extreme instance of dehydration and hydration is required for death via water over dosage. The safest bet when hydrating is taking small sips consistently throughout the day. This will prevent your body from experiencing water deprivation and desires of extreme water binging, and will allow you to live another day to tell your tale of proper hydration.

Resource:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/strange-but-true-drinking-too-much-water-can-kill/

 

PEE MORE, STRESS LESS

You are now on your 3rd cup of coffee tonight and only 3 pages in your 12 page paper that is due 7 hours from now at 8 am in the morning. You are trying your best to put the point you are trying to make in decipherable words. But the harder you try to think of the point you are trying to make, the more you keep thinking about how unfunny Geico commercials are getting and how the Progressive commercials are starting to grow on you. It has been a half hour since you wrote a sentence. You turn to mathematics for some consolation by trying to use ratios to figure out how long this hell would last. That is when you realize that at this rate the paper would be done in approximately another 4 days. You start contemplating how you got in to this situation in the first place and wonder whether this is the universe’s way of getting back at you for not being a vegan.

Oh the bitter, heart attack inducing sounds of stress. Stress is one of the most debilitating emotions a human has to experience. It makes it difficult to work efficiently and prevents one from thinking clearly.

What steps can we take in order to relieve stress? I know what you are thinking, and no, I am not talking about anything that requires a lighter and Cool Ranch Doritos.

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That is right, all you need is water. It turns out that even mild dehydration can affect one’s mood, thinking ability, and energy levels. This is surprising because when we think of dehydration being a problem we usually refer to some desert cliché with someone walking around in sand seeing mirages. But it turns out that even a 1.5 percent loss of water in our body can affect us drastically through a hindrance of our cognitive ability and emotional stability.

What is circumstantially hilarious is that our body does not recognize that it is dehydrated till it is too late. Lawrence Armstrong is one of the lead scientist in the studies that connect dehydration to cognitive and emotional disturbance and states that, “Our thirst sensation doesn’t really appear until we are one per cent or two per cent dehydrated.” At that point we are already feeling the negative effects from the lack of water. Armstrong’s research consisted of putting mildly dehydrated and hydrated subjects through tests that focused on things such as concentration, memory, and reasoning. Her studies found that women who were mildly dehydrated experienced fatigue, headaches, and difficulty concentrating. Men who were mildly dehydrated also experienced fatigue, anxiety, loss of memory and vigilance.

Anxiety, fatigue, lack of concentration and memory are all catalysts of stress. Sometimes the simplest factors can contribute to relieving us from our weakest emotions. Everybody hates that guy who walks around with a 2 liter water jug, but it turns out that the douche has got something good going there. Since our bodies are not aware of our stress igniting dehydration till it is too late, it is better if we constantly sip water. So next time you are struggling with the consequences of procrastinating while writing your essay, take a sip of water and the words will come to you like never before.

Resource:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2103230/Calm-dear-sip-water-Dehydration-alter-mood-ability-think.html