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Analyzing and Comparing Bottled Water

Bottled Water Testing of 20 Different Brands

All of my testing of bottled water shows it to be inferior to filtered tap water. After watching this video, you can scroll down this page to see the complete chart; analyze and compare dozens of brands of bottled water; and see my suggestions for what to do with your water. The following is my most popular video on the subject.


Despite bottled water being inferior, people are buying more and more of their drinking water in bottles! It is time, as a society, that we work to reduce the amounts of things stored in plastics wherever possible.

Bottled Water: Popular but not Healthy 

The healthiest water to drink doesn't come from a bottle

A walk down the water aisle in the grocery store will tell you how popular bottled water has become. However, pretty much all brands of bottled water are not the healthiest water. They've been sitting around in plastic bottles for who knows how long, and while they're certainly better than soda, they are still not good for you.

This video exposes the truth behind bottled water. It's a great piece done by ABC's 20/20 reporters:


Most brands of bottled water are also acidic, and that's not healthy for your body. There are a few of the more expensive brands of water, such as Essentia, that are alkaline, but are also oxidizing. It is impossible to maintain the right alkaline pH-levels for healthiest drinking in bottled water without that water being oxidizing.

If you put the kind of water that would readily support life into a bottle for long-term storage, then life [bacteria] would probably grow, and that of course wouldn't be desirable. Drinking bottled water is similar to eating canned, cooked vegetables. You are losing a lot of the life-giving benefits of water when you drink stored, bottled water.  

    Is Bottled Water Really Cleaner, and Does it Taste Better?

    This is the Funniest Home Video of the Water Industry! It's about bottled water and how "marketing" is influencing our perceptions more than we think. It is worth watching to the very end. Even though it's hysterically funny it is still educational all the way through.


    The Recycling Myth:

    Of the billions of bottles of water sold in the US, only about 1/5 is recycled. Then out of the ones that are recycled, they don't all make it into the actual recycling process. Some even end up in landfills overseas! That means that not only is the production of bottles costing us millions of barrels of oil each year, but almost all of the bottles are filling our landfills and polluting our earth. The industrial chemicals that are in the material of the bottles haven’t been measured, other than BPA, which is only one of the many potentially disease-causing agents in the bottles. Water, the universal solvent, has the ability to leach all kinds of chemicals into itself. The variables of time and temperature are not reported by bottling companies. The EWG, Environmental Working Group, recently found all kinds of contaminants, such as human wastes, bacteria and pharmaceuticals in several brands of bottled water. So, short of doing our own testing of each bottle, we have no assurance of purity and healthiness of the water. It's best to learn how to filter your tap water so YOU can know it's of the highest water quality.

    We are being duped into thinking that our recycled bottles are all being responsibly taken care of. Watch the video, below, to get the real story of bottled water. 


    Filtering Your Own Water is Not that Hard

    Many people turn to bottled water because they are concerned about the quality of their tap water. I think they may also not realize that they can get far healthier water if they take a few simple steps to learn how to filter their own water for the best quality. Visit this page to learn how to filter your water yourself. Water Filtration Basics

    Keep in mind that municipalities already take the particulates out of the water, the majority of toxins and treat the water for microorganisms. Often all that is needed is a simple carbon filter with a slow flow, and that will filter pretty well. Our WellBlue PH Pitcher, has a nice slow flow, can filter out the chlorine, other chemicals and heavy metals while still raising the pH to a perfect 9.5. By the way, the fantastic medical research results using alkaline ionized water with mice, rats and chickens were achieved using portable water ionization technology very similar to the WellBlue pitcher [i.e., adding magnesium to the water in the presence of magnetized ceramics.] http://www.alkalinewaterplus.com/water-ionizer-research

    Alkaline Antioxidant Water is the Healthiest Water to Drink

    Not only is alkaline water good, but also the fact that ionized water is antioxidant water is fantastic! The healthiest water to drink for a variety of reasons is alkaline antioxidant water. It will provide you with pH buffers to help keep your body pH-balanced [slightly alkaline]. It's also packed with natural antioxidants [negatively-charged electrons], which are free to naturally fight free radicals. Free radical damage in the body is like rust, and cell walls can get so degraded that they even mutate if you don't do something about free radicals. Drinking alkaline antioxidant water all day long will help you prevent and even reverse free radical damage. When finished reading this page, take the time to learn more about the important subject of alkaline ionized water and why it's the healthiest water to drink... Benefits of Drinking Alkaline Ionized Water

    What is Water Ionization?

    Most water is oxidizing by the time it reaches your tap [or bottle], and oxidized water contains positively-charged free radical molecules [active oxygen, or O2+]. Alkaline ionized water contains a good amount of alkaline minerals, and is negatively-charged [antioxidant water]. The minerals, like calcium and magnesium, which are the most abundant minerals in alkaline water, are coincidentally the healthiest to consume. By ionizing this water it gives these healthy minerals a negative charge, which helps the body recognize them as more absorbable than if the water came with its usual mix of minerals and positive charge. Our bodies are naturally electrical, and that means having a negative charge. Negatively charged anitoxidant water is the healthiest water to drink. 

    The fact of being able to sip on ionized water [water which has an abundance of antioxidants] is a great health benefit! This is far more helpful than taking an antioxidant pill, for instance, because a pill is unreliable in how or where any antioxidants will arrive. My experience with this is that I literally saw my spider veins dissappear when I started drinking high-antioxidant water. 

    Brands of Bottled Water vs. WellBlue Alkaline Ionizing Pitcher

    The WellBlue Ionizing Pitcher is a portable water ionizer machine. It doesn't need electricity, and is easy and convenient to use. In this video I am testing it against various brands of bottled water to make a point that for a lot less money and virtually no work, you can get fresh, filtered, alkaline ionized water which is a lot safer and healthier than even the most expensive bottled waters. 

    The technology of ionizing water in a portable way, with no electricity, was discovered a little over 10 years ago by Dr. Hayashi. This method is based on a discovery that magnesium in water in the presence of magnetized ceramics will excite the water to ionize spontaneously, without the use of electricity. This form of water ionization is a lighter ionization than what you would get with an electric water ionizer.

    This video shows the alkalinity of Smart Water, Voss Water, along with the WellBlue pitcher.  The WellBlue Alkaline Ionizing Pitcher can filter and remineralize that water, improve the pH-level to a perfect 9.5 pH and also transform it [ionize it] so it has antioxidants in abundance in the water! All of the tested waters, even the Essentia, were shown to be oxidizing [positively charged] when tested. The WellBlue portable water ionizer pitcher made the water negatively charged [which means it has an abundance of free radical scavenging...negatively charged electrons, called antioxidants to help cells stay healthy and free from the damage of oxidation]. 


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    Fluoride Testing of 21 Brands of Bottled Water vs Ionized Water

    The fluoride testing I did is represented in both this video and the chart below. I found that while all of the brands of bottled water tested contained far less fluoride than what is in my St. Louis tap water, a water ionizer was able to remove all of it. A special Arsenic, Lead, Fluoride filter was able to remove a great deal of it as well [but did not do as well as a water ionizer in removing fluoride]. While reverse osmosis removes fluoride, it also removes all of the other, healthy minerals and electrolytes that your body needs in the water it consumes. Drinking water void of electrolytes is a very unhealthy choice, so these brands, even though they do remove fluoride, are not at all suggested.

    Why is fluoride bad? Fluoride is a poison and even if one consumes as little as 1 mg. of fluoride the toothpaste warning states you should seek immediate medical care. It's linked to learning disabilities and Altzheimer's disease, and because of this I take fluoride filtration very seriously. Here's the video.

      Testing Brands of Bottled Water, Municipal Tap Water, and Ionized Water

      None of the bottled water tested offer acceptable drinking water in my opinion. The amount of leaching of potentially disease-causing chemicals into the water from the plastic and the high oxidation levels of the bottled water tell me that this is unhealthy to drink. The EWG, Environmental Working Group, is dead-set against bottled water as well. With all of the testing they've done it would be advisable for you to actually visit their great website. They even found pharmaceuticals in several brands of bottled water. One big difference between your tap water and bottled water is that at least the EPA requires your municipality to report on the major, known, disease-causing agents in your tap water yearly. However bottled water companies have almost no regulations and do not have to divulge what their test results are.

      I did my own series of tests on the many brands of bottled water that are in the chart, below. My tests were focused on the pH, ORP, oxidation reduction potential, and fluoride levels of the various brands. If you pinned me down and made me declare which bottled water was the best to buy, I'd have to say Essentia, but then I'd be doing you a dis-service, because there is no bottled water that even compares to ionized water in potential health benefits to you. At the same time with a water ionizer you also save money after the first year or so of use. A water ionizer, lasting about 10 - 20 years or so, will eventually be one of the best economical deals you could make [for both your health and your wallet].

      See the following chart for information about popular brands of bottled water as compared to each other and to ionized water. Where ORP is mentioned, what that stands for is "oxidation reduction potential", which is another way of saying antioxidants. The positive [+] sign means the water was oxidizing. The negative [-] sign means it is anti-oxidizing [contains antioxidants] and is in-line with what our bodies will accept readily.

      Brand

       

      Description/Notes

      PH

      ORP

      Stored In...

      Fluoride
      Content

      [mg./liter]

      Absopure 
      $.98/gal

      Absopure Water

      Natural Spring Water: Processed by 1 Micron filtration, UV light, and Ozonated.

      7.5 

      +281 

      Plastic

      .15

      Amway Perfect Water

      Amway Perfect Water

      Bottled ionized water.

      7.2 

      +250 

      Plastic 

      Aquafina
      $1.29/liter

      Aquafina

      Filtered Municipal Water [Made by Pepsi] Purified by reverse osmosis.

      5

      +430

      Plastic

      .01

      Arrowhead

      Arrowhead

      US Spring Water. Called Mountain Spring water, but judging from the acidity, it's probably valley spring.

      6.83

      +360

      Plastic

      Chill [Super Chill]

      $1.00/qt.

      Super Chill Water

      Natural Spring Water [from Jackson County, Michigan]

      7.5

      +271 

      Plastic

      .08

      Crystal Geyser

      Crystal Geyser

      Plain Water


      6

      +324

      Plastic

      Culligan

      $0.50/gal

       Culligan Water

      RO Purified & Remineralized

      8

      +214

      Plastic

      Dassani
      $1.00/34 oz.

       Dasani

      Purified Tap Water [made by Coke]

      4.5

      +378

      Plastic

      .09

      Deer Park 

       Deer Park

      Spring water, bottled by Nestle 

      6.3

      +450

      Plastic

      Distilled

      $.88/gal.

       

      Walmart Brand Distilled Water

      5.0

      +400

      Plastic

      0

      Drinking Water 

      $.88/gal.

       

      Walmart Brand RO Purified Water [Remineralized]

      4.5

      +274 

      Plastic

       

      .15

      Essentia
      $2.49/34 oz.

       Essentia

      Purified, enhanced with electrolytes and Micro-Clustered Water [ionized]

      9

      +188

      Plastic

      .15

      Eternal Water 
      $1.25 /liter

       Eternal Water

      Naturally mountain spring water. Naturally alkaline water; electrolyte rich

       +255

      Plastic 

      .03

      Evamor
      $1.19/20 oz.

       Evamor Water

       Artesian well water

      +174 

      Plastic

      .21

      Evian
      $1.78/liter

       

       Spring water

      7

      +350

      Plastic

      .06

      Fiji 

      $1.94/liter

       Fiji

      Fiji Spring Water: From an ancient artesian aquifer deep within the earth.

      7

      +274

      Plastic

      .1
      Function 5 +436 Plastic 0

      Gatorade

       Gatorade

      This is made with regular water [not purified] and at least some artificial ingredients.

      3.5 

      +325

      Plastic

      Gerber Pure Water 

      Gerber Pure Water 

       Purified using reverse osmosis and distillation, with the following added: magnesium sulfate, potassium bicarbonate, calcium chloride.

      6.5 

       +297

      Plastic 

      0

      Great Value RO Water

       Great Value RO Water

      Walmart Brand "Drinking Water" bottled in Quincy, IL, and processed by reverse osmosis.

      6.5

       +380

       Plastic

      Ice Mountain
      $1.00/gal. 

       Ice Mountain

      Natural Spring Water: From Frontier Springs, located in New Tripoli, PA and other cities in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

      6

      +302 

      Plastic

      .07

      Hilton Head, Tap

      Free

      Tap

      Hilton Head Municipal Water Supply 

      8

      +350

      N/A

      Ionized Water

      Water Ionizer

      *Athena Water Ionizer, St. Louis, MO

      10

      -700

      Negative ORP!

      Plastic

      .06
      Lassens 6 +406 Plastic 0

      Los Angeles Tap Water

      Free

       Tap

      LA Municipal Water Supply

      7.5

      +350

      N/A

      New York City Tap Water

      Free

      Tap

      NY Municipal Water Supply

      4

      +440

      N/A

      New York [Kingston]

      Free

       Tap

      Well Water

      6.5

      +400

      N/A

      Penta

      $1.85/qt.

      Penta 

      Purified water...11-hour process [Purified by reverse osmosis/deionization with USP medical-grade oxygen. Source Colton Municipas Water District] 

      4

       +392

       Plastic

      .08

      Perrier Water

      Perrier

      Sparkling Water Made by Nestle

      5.5

      +400

      Glass

      Poland Spring Water
      $.59/17 oz.

       Poland Spring

      Spring Water Bottled by Nestle

      5.8

      +380

      Plastic

      .08

      Propel Fitness Drink

       Propel

       

      3.6

      +280

      Plastic

      [Nestle] Pure Life
      $1.00/gal. 

       Pure Life

      Purified water & enhanced with minerals. Bottled by Nestle 

      6.5 

       

       Plastic

      0

      [Gerber] Pure Water 
      $.84/gal

      Gerber Pure Water 

      Gerber brand purified with RO and remineralized. 

       6.5

       +297

      Plastic 

      Real Water

       

      Real Water 

      Micro-Clustered Water

       

      8.0

       

      -60

      Negative ORP!

       

      Plastic

       

      Saint Louis, MO 

      Free

      Tap 

      St. Louis County Water Company [Tap]

      9.4

      +300

      N/A

      .5
      Filtered St. Louis Tap Water Using Arsenic, Lead, Fluoride Filter .03 - .2
      Ionized St. Louis Tap Water Using various water ionizers 9.5 -300 to -800 N/A 0 - .1

      Soda: Canned Diet Pepsi

       Diet Pepsi

      Typical Canned Soda

      3.24

      +377

      Aluminum

      Smartwater

      $1.00 [20 oz.]

      Smart Water 

      Distilled and remineralized with calcium chloride, magnesium chloride, and potasium bicarbonate.

      6

      +296

      Plastic

      0

      Spring Water

      $.88/gal.

      Natural Spring Water 

      "Great Value" Walmart Brand spring water. Source: Hummel Spring, Liberty, IL. Processed by Ozonation, carbon filtration ultraviolet treatment and microfiltration.

      7

      +284

      Plastic

      .14

      Super Chill

      $.87/quart

      Super Chill Water 

      Natural Spring Water [from Jackson County, Michigan]

      7

       +271

       Plastic

      .08

      Vitaminwater

       Vitamin Water

       

      3.4

      +430

      Plastic

      Voss Water

      $1.49 [1 qt]

       Voss

      Artesian well water from Norway. 

      6

      +256

      Plastic

      .19

      WellBlue Pitcher

       WellBlue Portable Ionizer Pitcher

      Lightly ionizing St. Louis water with portable WellBlue ionizer pitcher.

      9.5

      -200

      Negative ORP!

       N/A 

       

      How Does Ionized Water Beat Out Bottled ​Water in Every Si​ngle Way?

      • Good Filtration: Even if you pay the highest price for the best filtered bottled water, after it sits in a plastic container on the store shelf for a few weeks or months, it will need whatever has leached into it filtered out!
      • PH: Fresh alkaline filtered water [especially if ionized] can be relied upon to give you far better health results.
      • Antioxidants: I have witnessed the effects of a high-antioxidant value of ionized water when I saw the spider veins on my leg disappear right before my very eyes one day.
      • Convenience: Some people think it's just more convenient to go to the store and buy water. If you think of the time it takes to go into the store alone, it is just not convenient.  

      Summary: Facts about Bottled Water Brands

      • All brands of bottled water a lot more expensive than if you filtered the water properly yourself.
      • Bottled water is often acidic.  
      • Bottled water brands are not regulated for water quality safety as well as municipalities are for your tap water.
      • We are filling the landfills with empty bottles. We can't even use all the recycled plastics.
      • The bottles are made with petroleum, and there is chemical leaching into the water from them.
      • Even with the best alkaline water brands, by the time they get to you they won't be even close to "perfect" any more.  
      • You can do a far better job of getting the best water [filtered and ionized to perfection] on your own with one of our great alkaline water machines, or our new WellBlue pitcher
        20 Brands of Bottled Water Tested for PH

        What is the Healthiest Water to Drink?

        I have tested alkaline antioxidant water against various brands of water: bottled water brands, soda, distilled, reverse osmosis, and tap waters. Over the past 20 years of using alkaline ionized water for myself and family, I have found that the healthiest water to drink is alkaline antioxidant water, and I encourage you to move away from drinking bottled and give alkaline ionized water a try.

        Why is alkaline water good?

        To keep our blood the right pH, 7.365, we should drink water at a pH of about 9 to 10. Drinking alkaline water helps the body detoxify. Toxins are acids, and to maintain pH balance while you are detoxifying, one needs an abundance of alkaline buffers. 

        alkaline antioxidant water effectsAlkaline Water is Important to Cleanse the Cells of Toxins. In order to rid the body of acidic wastes, it is important that you have sufficient buffers, and that's a big reason why alkaline water is good. Our blood requires and actually enforces pH balance and when water is too acidic, your body is unable to flush out the acidic wastes from your cells and tissues. Organs deteriorate and disease sets in over time when you don't flush out the acidic wastes.

        Scroll down to see our big chart comparing the pH-levels of alkaline antioxidant water with tap and bottled water [also reverse osmosis water, soda, gatorade and distilled water].

        Reverse Osmosis and Distilled Water

        Reverse osmosis and distilled water are void of minerals. Water is known as the universal solvent. As it travels through rivers, rock, etc. on its way to your tap it picks up minerals. Most of the regions in the US have some pretty healthy minerals [like calcium, magnesium, and potassium] that are picked up by the water as it travels to your tap. Unhealthy elements are picked up too, such as lead, copper, and arsenic, but these are pretty easily removed from your water with the right filtration.  By the time your water has reached your tap, you are right to think that many of the elements in it might be unhealthy. So what do you do? Reverse osmosis or distillation is not always the wrong thing to do, but you should know that when you remove all of the minerals from the water you will need to put healthy minerals back into the water to make it stabilized. What happens with reverse osmosis water or distilled water [which has not been remineralized] in the body is that it will travel through and pick up minerals right out of your joints and bones! Water has the property of wanting to do this. It does not want to stay void of all minerals.

        It is usually better, cheaper and easier to avoid reverse osmosis or distilled water filtration, but sometimes it is necessary. If you have a whole house water softener, for instance, then that water is full of sodium [which reverse osmosis is one of the only methods to remove sodium from water]. 

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