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A Simple Glass of Water

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Last Sunday my wife and I made a trip to Griffith Park along with our two four-legged friends. It was a beautiful day and the destination was soon mutually agreed on: the hike up to the observatory. As always on Sundays, it was pretty crowded. As I have noticed, almost everyone carries some type of water. As a nutritional therapist I thought that was great. However, the devil is in the details, as always. Plastic containers provide for the vast majority. Simple, practical and toxic?


Image: MJ Photography

As this study shows (1), a large majority of plastic bottles leach chemicals into the content. The contamination increases even more if the bottle is exposed to sunlight. Many of you already know that. New could be that the so-called BPA-free plastic materials also emit harmful toxins. It’s similar to yogurt, just because it’s fat-free doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s healthy.

I always ask my clients to switch to stainless steel. Especially when the bottle could be exposed to sunlight. Stainless steel does not leach chemicals and the content survives safely a day in the hot car from taste and health point of view. (My favorites are the bottles from Klean Kanteen.) Yet drinking from a sports cap isn’t necessarily something for everyone or applicable under all circumstances.

For me glass is the most beautiful container for water. It is as transparent as water, as malleable as water, and if you are not careful it is as transient as water. A perfect match. Glass is 100% neutral in taste, does not emit toxins and can be used over and over again. Glass withstands sunlight, dishwashers and microwaves. The only enemy is clumsy hands. And for those it brings some luck after all.

For this reason, I started Trinkglas. A one liter (33 oz) beautifully simple glass bottle with a ceramic swing top seal. Highly convenient with its captive cap is the perfect solution for stationary use at home or in the office. Trinkglas is a semi-fictitious German word and simply stands for what it is, a ‘glass made for drinking’. The bottle with the unique cap was first invented in 1875 and actually sees a remarkable revival in Europe. The swing top can be opened (with a characteristic popping sound) and closed over and over again without tools such as a bottle opener. I think that bottled water hasn’t looked as great for a long time 🙂 Trinkglas is available here and here.

To clean water. Cheers.

About the author
ImageRene von Gunten NTP CPT is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the Nutritional Therapy Association and holds a diploma in Balancing Nutritional Science from the Westbrook University. He is a Los Angeles-based Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and holistic nutritionist serving clients locally and internationally via personal or phone/skype consultations. You can find him on  and his website is www.swissnutritioneer.com

Written by noaccount2000

March 22, 2013 at 10:00 am

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