If you make your tea with bottled water, here are some tips for choosing safe, healthy bottled water.
Most of us tend to make our hot or iced tea with water from a well or our public water supply, or with bottled water. Bottled water has become so popular over the past number of years, not only for its convenience, but also due to increasing public awareness of some of the concerns surrounding (and often unappealing taste of) our public water supplies.
So convenient, yes... But how do we know we're choosing healthy bottled water?
Unfortunately, the bottled water industry and labeling standards are not yet well regulated, so we consumers are often left with unclear (or misleading) details regarding water sources and processing methods for bottled water.
If we do regularly choose bottled water as our source of water for tea, drinking, or cooking, it's essential that we protect ourselves and our households by being informed consumers. Learning to read labels wisely will help us know what is - and isn't - in our bottled water, and help us in choosing healthy bottled water, too.
Much of the bottled water we find on the shelves of our grocery, corner, or big-box stores is simply water from public water supplies (i.e. tap water) that has been distilled or filtered to remove harmful bacteria and some (but not all) of a variety of contaminants. (Read more here about some concerns with public water supplies.)
And, with many types of bottled water, while the water is being processed, it is also stripped of important, beneficial minerals.
If you do choose bottled water for making tea, keep these tips in mind when you are at the store, wondering which brand or type of water to choose from the many options...
Choose healthy bottled water. If you can, avoid bottled water labeled as "purified," "drinking," or "demineralized" water, and look for water labeled as "natural," "spring," or "mineral" water, instead. These types of water come from natural sources and will contain minerals and natural elements that are important for wellness. Sufficient amounts of good minerals (such as calcium, potassium, and magnesium) in bottled water will ensure the water isn't too acidic and will encourage a healthy pH balance in the body, too, which can help to keep us feeling positive, energetic, and well.
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Choose a healthy water bottle. We know that harmful toxins can leach from plastic water bottles into the water they hold, especially when the bottles are reused, stored for extended periods of time, or exposed to heat. If you have concerns about drinking water from plastic bottles, consider choosing glass bottles. A reusable stainless-steel or ceramic water container is a great choice, too.
Choose what's good for our planet (and our kids and grandkids). Bottled water is not an environmentally friendly option, with processing and transporting bottles (a bad carbon footprint), as well as a lack of recycling (only about 20 - 25% of plastic bottles are recycled in the U.S. each year - and the rest end up in landfills).
Be sure to do your part as a resident of our planet, and be vigilant in recycling if you are a bottled-water user. Make sure those bottles don't end up in landfills to degrade and leach into our soil and watersheds (and further damaging our water supply). Consider larger, refillable containers, and why not pour your water or tea into a pretty, eco-friendly, stainless-steel water bottle?
If you're interested in reading about other ways we can ensure we're choosing the healthiest water we can, you'll find more tips here.
It only takes a few minutes to learn more about the water we use regularly for making tea, cooking, and bathing, and those few moments have long-lasting benefits, as we can feel easier about the water we (and our families - even the four-legged members) are using.
Making wise water choices (such as recycling water bottles, choosing a reusable water container, and encouraging others to do the same) can have long-term benefits for our planet, too, so give yourself a pat on the back for making a difference for Mother Earth and all of us who call her home!
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