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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/

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/