Mineral water quality
What about our mineral water quality in the world?
Mineral water – no purity guarantee
Germ contamination of mineral waters
Uranium in mineral water
Pesticide residues in mineral water
Every second mineral water is inadequate
Contaminants allowed in mineral water
plasticizers in mineral water
This substance is under suspicion to increase the cancer risk and to have further health-damaging effects such as impotence, feminization, metabolic disorders, organ damage, permanent changes of the nervous and hormone system, impairment of the immune system, genetic damage and diabetes.
Research shows how dangerous these chemicals are for babies and also for women. Infertility can be the result. Scientists at the University of Hamburg Eppendorf have investigated the fertility of sperm and came to the conclusion that the fertility of German men is decreasing and approaching an area classified as “critical” by the WHO.
Microplastics not only floats in the oceans, but also in our mineral water – a team of researchers from Münster has now proven this. Thanks to improved measuring methods, the scientists were able to carry out very precise analyses.
The “Chemische und Veterinäruntersuchungsamt Münsterland-Emscher-Lippe” (CVUA-MEL) has been testing microplastics in cosmetics and food since the end of 2015 – now the office has published its first study on microplastics in mineral water.
The CVUA had examined 38 mineral waters with a “Raman Microspectroscopy”: 22 water from returnable and disposable PET bottles, three beverage cartons and nine glass bottles. However, the Office did not name specific manufacturers and brands. The sobering result of the analysis: “small” (50-500 µm) and “very small” (1-50 µm) microplastics were found in all the mineral waters tested.
The toxins are absorbed through the respiratory tract and intestines and enter the blood, damaging organs and the nervous system. Civilization and cancer diseases are thus explained and justified.
The pH value indicates whether your water is acidic, neutral or alkaline. In August 2008, Stiftung Warentest tested 30 mineral waters for various parameters, including the pH value. All 30 varieties tested had a pH value between 4.6 and 6.1. On average 5.5 in the total acid range.
What’s that bubbling in your water bottle? Hardly any consumer deals with the probably most important food water and its ingredients. It would be better! Because “Öko-Test” has now found out that some brands are inedible.
It was only on 1 November 2011 that a limit value of 10 micrograms per litre was introduced for tap water. According to a study by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the limit is far too high for infants and young children. Foodwatch demands a legal maximum limit of 2 micrograms per litre. To date, there is no limit for mineral water.
A new study shows that mineral water from PET bottles contains substances that act like estrogens. Environmental and consumer protectors recommend that mineral water in bottles made of PET should not be used. According to a study by the University of Frankfurt am Main, environmental and consumer activists give this advice on the most popular non-alcoholic beverage among Germans.
Fruit-flavoured mineral water is in vogue, but consumer protection agencies warn that the products only simulate natural flavours and contain far too much sugar. Especially health and figure-conscious women under the age of 30 like to take advantage of the products because they promise a low-calorie refreshment with a full taste of crunchy fruits. This is exactly where consumers are deceived, because Stiftung Warentest found out that none of these waters contain fruit, fruit juice or fruit pulp, but only synthetic fantasy aromas.
Up to 23 cubes of sugar were found in one litre of “strawberry water”, would you have expected that in a water? In various cherry products even carcinogenic benzene was detected in a concentration three times higher than permitted. Since the body gets used to the artificial taste, nutrition experts urgently advise against it and recommend to manufacture flavored water rather themselves.
If simple water is too tasteless for you, you can enrich it with fresh fruit, which not only saves time and money but is also healthier than the aroma water from the supermarket.
-Birgit Rehlender from Stiftung Warentest
Due to over-mineralisation and lack of purity (e.g. nitrate and sulphate values), many common mineral waters are unsuitable for infants and young children. The resorption of the minerals contained in water is scientifically very controversial.
In no case is water such a good supply of minerals possible as fruit or vegetables. Natural, mineral-poor spring water will always remain optimal for human health. Where it and the corresponding fillings are not available, a treated water comes closest to the optimum, which is softened according to the principle of Reverse Osmosis and freed from all pollutants.
Carbonated beverages are a burden for the organism. From approx. 1.5 liters per day, discomfort in the gastrointestinal tract, flatulence or an unfavourable influence on the acid-base balance can be expected.
Especially people with chronic illnesses or heavy strain on the gastrointestinal tract (medication) should avoid carbonic acid. Studies show that beverages with a high carbonation content (sparkling mineral water, soft drinks, etc.) in PET bottles are usually contaminated with acetaldehyde, a degradation product of plastic bottle production. Acetaldehyde is suspected of being carcinogenic and has been added to the list of potentially carcinogenic substances by the EU.
Drinking water quality
What about our drinking water quality from our tap?
Our drinking water is contaminated with medicines and pesticides. We use 30,000 chemicals every day. They are found in everyday products, used in agriculture and industry. But these chemicals also end up in our waters and ultimately in drinking water. For example, we ourselves are responsible for the contamination of our drinking water with active ingredients from medicines. Pain killers, medicines for diabetes, antibiotics or hormones of the contraceptive pill only remain in fractions of our bodies, and a large proportion of them are excreted again.
Plastic is everywhere, now also in our tap water. Researchers from the USA have examined tap water samples all over the world and found plastic particles – also in our country.
“If there is microscopically small plastic in the oceans, lakes and rivers, is it also in drinking water? – This question is the starting point of a recent study conducted by the NGO “Orb Media” in collaboration with the University of Minnesota.
For the study, the research team collected 159 samples of tap water from all over the world and tested them for plastic. According to the British Guardian, the samples come from more than a dozen countries on five continents. The result of the analysis: the experts found plastic particles in 83 percent of the samples.
Nitrate inhibits the formation of vitamin A and can therefore lead to thyroid dysfunction. The WHO recommends a maximum limit value of 10 mg/l. In the TWVO, however, this limit of 50 mg/l is far too high.
In the body, nitrate is converted into toxic nitrite (nitrosamines) by bacteria. These substances can cause cancer. Infants can develop a life-threatening blueucht (cyanosis/blue infant death). According to a US study, 2.5 mg of nitrate per litre in drinking water already have an increased risk of ovarian and bladder cancer. In Switzerland the limit value is 25 mg/l and the WHO recommends a limit value of less than 10 mg/l.
What is nitrate
Cancer caused by nitrate in fruit, vegetables and drinking water
Overview nitrate pollution Germany
Overview Nitrate pollution Switzerland
Cancer caused by nitrate in drinking and mineral water
Uranium is known to most people only in connection with nuclear power. Only very few people know: The highly toxic metal is also found in drinking water.
Poisoning by modern agriculture. Uranium in the fields means uranium in drinking water. Many phosphate fertilizer contain uranium, which thus reaches the soil and groundwater. If spring water or groundwater flows through rocks containing uranium, it inevitably absorbs the water-soluble heavy metal.
A high uranium load in drinking water leads above all to damage to the kidneys, says toxicologist Hermann Kruse of Kiel University. Our tap water and also mineral water are sometimes more heavily contaminated with the toxic heavy metal than previously known.
Only after the consumer rights organisation Foodwatch published alarmingly high levels of uranium in drinking water, a limit value of 10 micrograms of uranium per litre was introduced on 1 November 2011. There is still no limit value for mineral water. 10 micrograms does not protect infants. Foodwatch demands a limit value of 2 micrograms.
According to environmental experts, drug residues in drinking water are a growing problem. According to toxicologist Dr. Hermann Dieter from the Federal Environment Agency, ten active substances have been detected several times, including various pain killers. Among them Bezafibrate, Diclofenac, Ibuprofen, antibiotics and X-ray contrast media were found several times in the water.
It is a fact that more than 100,000 drugs are in circulation worldwide. 80,000 of them in Germany alone. Approximately 90 tons of the painkiller diclofenac are consumed annually in Germany. 70% of the active substances leave the body naturally via the urine into the water cycle.
Another problem is the mass animal husbandry. Antibiotics and hormones enter the groundwater via the slurry treatment of meadows and fields. Sewage treatment plants are not able to filter these substances out of the water.
Permanent limescale deposits form on fittings, in the kettle, in the coffee machine, in the bathroom and even in the piping systems.
The kettle then needs longer to heat the water, the washing machine consumes more energy and the piping system “grows too”.
Hard water is the secret cause of many, if not all, diseases caused by toxins in the digestive tract.
It contains a high dose of inorganic minerals, which form new insoluble compounds with the mostly present oily and greasy substances, which the body cannot utilize. These lime-fat mixtures are deposited on the inner walls of the arteries and organs in an impermeable layer and hinder the normal metabolism. These deposits in the intestines are also a paradise for all bacterial pathogens.
This mixture of fat with cholesterol, salts and lime from tap water and mineral water not only blocks the metabolism with its deposits, which initially cover cell walls and organs like a film, later like a crust. It also forms the known stones, which we then call kidney, gall and bladder stones.
– Mayo-Clinic, Rochester, USA
Influence of water hardness
The waste water is polluted by hormones, such as by birth control pills. Experiments have shown that at 0.5 nanograms male fish are already so damaged that they can no longer produce offspring.
Sewage treatment plants cannot treat hormones or antibiotics.
filter it out. Investigations by the Bochumer Ruhr-Uni even establish a direct connection between hormones and the decreasing number of sperms in men and the increased incidence of testicular cancer.
The extent of the problem of heavy metals in drinking water is illustrated by a quote from Prof. Hermann Dieter of the Federal Environment Agency: “Lead from installation materials is, alongside nitrate from agriculture, the most serious problem we have” and a quote from Prof. Andreas Grohmann, also from the Federal Agency: “For decades, we have been warning against lead pipes.”.
The consumer centre says about the consequences of lead:
“It acts as a chronic poison for unborn babies, adolescents and adults even in small traces. It damages growth, haematopoiesis and the nervous system.”
A study by the University of Göttingen on heavy metals in drinking water showed that of 3600 apartments in Göttingen and Berlin
the lead load was 186 µg/litre. The WHO guideline value and the new TWVO limit value in Germany are 10 µg/litre.
Even in flats without lead pipes, heavy metals can occur in drinking water in the form of light lead values. The reason for this is sources such as certain lead emissions from steel pipes whose zinc coating contained lead as an impurity, and also fittings which contain more or less a lot of brass. And these brass alloys contain lead, which can get into the water.
The Federal Environment Agency therefore warns in a press conference on 07/2002 that the water from the tap occasionally no longer has the same quality as at the exit of the waterworks.
Like milk, bread and vegetables, drinking water has an “expiration date”. Do not use stale tap water for food purposes (stagnation water). Contents from the installation material may have accumulated in it. Therefore, only drink fresh and cool water from the tap. Allow drinking water that has been in the tap for 4 hours or longer to drain briefly until it runs cooler over your fingers. Only then will it regain its optimum quality. You can use the drained water for other purposes (e.g. cleaning).
Pesticides are organic chemical substances used to treat plants and control pests. Pesticides do not belong at all in ground water and drinking water because of their potential hazards.
Around 40,000 tons of pesticides are sprayed annually in Germany alone. The business is worthwhile: German crop protection product manufacturers achieved net domestic sales of 1.3 billion euros in 2008.
Excerpt from the book “Water and Salt” (Dr. med. Barbara Hendel):
Too many pesticides in Swiss drinking water
High risk for authorities
Too much fertilizer in Swiss water
Banned pesticides in drinking water
Surrounded by chemicals
In Fracking billions of liters of water together with sand and tons of chemicals are shot into the ground under enormously high pressure. The rock layers are burst open to release the gas contained in them.
The chemicals used are highly toxic and carcinogenic. An additional problem: Most of the broken rock layers are radioactive because Uranis contained. Groundwater and drinking water are therefore even more contaminated with uranium, i.e. radioactively.