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On average American drinks 28 gallons of bottled water a year. Most Americans drink bottled water because they think tap water is not safe. Municipal water has been in the news lately because of the lead getting into the water supply. Lead along does not make bottled water safer. Data shows that 25% or more of bottled water is tap water. Sometimes more treated than tap water. This means that bottled water may be just as likely as tap water to contain contaminants that include infectious organisms, pesticide residue and metals. The metals include lead.

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Singer Miley Cyrus, former President Bill Clinton and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres are among the celebrities who’ve adopted a plant-based diet. Athlete Novak Djokovic, who recently won the men’s singles at this year’s Wimbledon tennis tournament, is the latest celeb catching waves over his plant diet.

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Caffeine, a stimulant that occurs naturally in some 60 plant species, shows up in soft drinks, energy drinks, tea, cocoa, weight-loss supplements, and a national favorite, coffee. While many simply enjoy caffeinated beverages as a morning ritual and in social situations, there are those who are not fit to be around until they’ve had their daily fix.

Sufficient, sound sleep is more than a luxury reserved for weekends. All credible research points to the importance of seven to nine hours of sleep every night, but almost half of Americans report that they typically don't get this. 

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