I need to drink more water.
Apparently, everyone does.
Not Crystal Lite Ice Tea, not POWERADE, not lemonade and not the Mexican Cokes in the glass bottles that are made with cane sugar (my secret passion).
I confess that I currently drink a pitcher of Crystal Lite Iced Tea every day and I admit it, I am addicted to aspartame.
I want to break the habit but I’m having a hard time with just drinking water.
The Bitter Truth About Aspartame
Aspartame is the most consumed artificial sweetener in the United States and it is sold under the brand names NutraSweet® and Equal®.
Sugar and Aspartame both produce about 4 calories per gram.
Aspartame is about 200 times sweeter than sugar, so, you need much less to get the same perception of sweetness.
This is why it’s used as a low-calorie sweetener.
Slick marketing campaigns lead people to believe that it is safer and healthier than sugar.
The truth is aspartame accounts for 75% of all adverse food reactions reported to the FDA.
The most common reaction is a headache or migraine but some have reported seizures, depression and have even linked it to cancer.
Experiments conducted on rats have shown that it is capable of inducing cancer in multiple body regions.
Aspartame is made of the two amino acids, phenylalanine and aspartic acid, and the alcohol, methanol.
All of the health concerns regarding Aspartame are a result of what those three things can do to the body.
Too much aspartic acid can be seen in several different disease processes like: Lou Gehrig’s disease, epilepsy, and certain strokes.
Aspartame liberates free methyl alcohol and results in chronic methanol poisoning that affects the dopamine system of the brain causing addiction.
Methanol, also known as wood alcohol, makes up one third of the aspartame molecule and is classified as a severe metabolic poison and narcotic.
Food scientist, Dr. Woodrow Monte, who has been petitioning for 20 years to have it removed from the market says, “When diet sodas and soft drinks, sweetened with aspartame, are used to replace fluid loss during exercise and physical exertion in hot climates, the intake of methanol can exceed 250 mg/day or 32 times the Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended limit of consumption for this cumulative poison.”
The FDA had officially banned aspartame confirming that it “might induce brain tumors.”
So how did it get in my ice tea?
When Reagan was elected President he chose Rumsfeld as part of his transition team.
The day after Reagan’s inauguration Searle reapplied for aspartame approval.
Reagan’s new FDA commissioner, Arthur Hayes Hull, Jr., then appointed a Scientific Commission to review the FDA’s previous decision to ban aspartame.
After the vote became deadlocked, Hull, personally broke the tie in aspartame’s favor.
Hull later left the FDA for accepting corporate gifts in exchange for political favors.
When Searle was purchased by Monsanto in 1985, Donald Rumsfeld received a $12 million bonus.
I will never drink Crystal Lite again without seeing Rumsfeld’s face.
So that, in itself, is incentive to quit.
I don’t consider myself old but I do notice that I am drinking a lot more water in the last …ah ..few years.
I currently use a water filtration pitcher that takes up space in the refrigerator.
I am constantly refilling it, to the tune of 5 times a day for drinking water, ice tea and cooking.
The price to change the filter is $20 a pop, it’s 40 gallons and lasts approximately one month.
So it’s $240 bucks a year and maybe $50 for the pitcher.
So we are maxxing out at $300 bucks a year for a pitcher and filtered water.
But I need more water.
I considered switching to a water cooler and getting a bottled water delivery service, but that is so wasteful and way more expensive.
Bottled water is probably the worst choice… even if you recycle the bottles.
Somewhere there’s a factory making them, a truck shipping the water, etc.
90% of bottled water is just municipal tap water anyway – you’re probably getting cleaner water with your filter at home.
According to the EPA, bottled water is more than 600 times more expensive than tap water.
Drinking bottled water would cost over $500 more a year than tap water and an additional $10,000 for just two people over 20 years!
Also there is the concern of BPA in the plastic bottle.
It literally takes water to make bottled water.
A water use study performed on behalf of the International Bottled Water Association found that bottled water facilities used 1.39 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water.
Producing 10.9 billion gallons of bottled water in 2014 required drawing an additional 4.2 billion gallons of water from the overall water supply.
That is enough water to meet the daily drinking water needs of 2.1 million people (eight 8-ounce glasses a day).
About 96% of the energy (electricity and fuel) consumed by the bottled water industry goes into producing disposable plastic bottles, transporting water by truck, to and from bottling plants, stores, offices, and homes.
Transportation fuel and carbon emissions
In 2014, trucks carried 10.9 billion gallons of bottled water weighing 87.2 billion pounds, not including the weight of the bottles and packaging.
Water is heavy and weight is the key factor in driving up the cost of transportation fuel consumption and carbon emissions.
The Cost of Bottled Water
About 65% of all bottled water sales come from single-serve plastic bottles, According to the Beverage Marketing Corporation.
If you only spend $1 on a 16.9-ounce bottle of water, you’re paying $7.57 per gallon or almost 4,000 times more than you’d pay for the same amount of water from a faucet.
Drinking bottled water would cost over $500 more a year than tap water and in 20 years would cost an additional $10,000 for just two people.
Over 70 percent of U.S. municipal water supplies have fluoride (a highly toxic poison) added during water treatment.
Flouride has been linked to a number of health problems, most notably reduced IQ and immune system disruption.
There are disinfection byproducts, or DBPs, which are responsible for most of the toxic effects of chlorinated water.
Chlorine by itself is relatively harmless, but when used to treat water, it produces DBP’s as a side effect and these potent toxic chemicals have been linked to reproductive disorders and cancer.
The great thing about having a large capacity filtered water bottle is not having to think about it because it lasts for 6 Months and filters 211 Gallons.
No wait, the greatest thing is not carrying or lifting heavy bottles.
The WAT10-FIL has a 6-month lifespan and can purifiy 211 gallons of water before it needs to be replaced.
The filter fits into the base of the top chamber of the WAT10W Water Bottle.
To replace, simply lift up the top chamber, unscrew the old water filter, and screw on the new one.
The whole process takes less than a minute.
Reduces Waste & Saves You Money
The WAT10 frees you from your reliance on single-use water bottles, which are difficult to recycle and take up a lot of space in landfills.
It lets you filter your tap water instead, cutting down on the amount of trash you generate and saving you considerable amounts of money.
Tap water costs less than a penny per gallon, while a bottle of water delivered to your home costs between $1.20 and $1.40.
Get more for less by switching over to the WAT10
The bottle is divided into two chambers.
The top chamber holds over 1.3 gallons, while the bottom chamber holds over 1.7 gallons, for a total of 3.04 gallons.
No more carrying or lifting heavy bottles.
The WAT10W makes it easy to enjoy fresh drinking water in the comfort of your home 24/7.
The clear plastic design allows all users to easily identify when they need to top up the filtration system with more water.
Cost Effective & A Great Money Saver
Because the WAT10W filters tap water, it is smarter and it costs much less than buying water jugs from a delivery service.
Tap water costs approximately less than a penny per gallon.
Bottled water costs $1.20 per gallon +$1.40 with delivery costs.Over the course of a year, the WAT10W can save a family of four over $500.
Overall this solution from NewAir is much more convenient and a huge money saver.
You can dispose of using clunky and ugly water bottles and instead adopt the WAT10W as the new alternative to staying hydrated.
Compatible with All Major Top Loading Water Dispensers
The NewAir WAT10W is a universal accessory that fits most top loading water dispensers.
No special equipment is required, just place it on top like an ordinary water bottle and it’s ready to start working.
Just be careful if your cooler has a bottle spike. It will have to be removed before the WAT10W will fit on top.
Fortunately, most spikes can just be lifted straight out of their coolers, so making room for the WAT10W is rarely an issue.
The NewAir WAT10W Pure Spring Water Filtration Bottle eliminates chlorine, sediment, and VOCs from your drinking water.
Honestly, I compare the quality of the water with bottled Fiji water which is viscous like liquid glass. It is clear and crisp and really delicious. I don’t miss my Crystal Lite at all.
I actually feel cleaner and healthier too from the inside out.
For more information on the Wat10W check out NewAir.com