True Cellular Formulas Team - Jan 27, 2023

Toxins in Your Sparkling Water?

Although mineral water may seem like a healthy substitute for soda, this calorie-free beverage may actually be loaded with toxins that can wreak havoc on your health. Luckily studies of popular brands can help you make informed choices about which water to buy, which to avoid, and what you can do if you’ve already had exposure.

Toxins in Your Sparkling Water

An updated consumer report tested nearly 50 bottled water brands for the presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (or PFAs).1

PFAs are a group of manufactured chemicals that have been used since the 40s and are often called “forever chemicals” since they don’t break down in the environment.PFAs are found in many products, including food packaging, nonstick materials (like Teflon), paints, cleaning products, and stain-resistant fabrics.

The federal government does not regulate this group of substances. Still, it has been linked to various human health concerns, including low birth weight, disrupted metabolism, impaired immune system, cancer, and thyroid hormone disruption.2-4 The report highlights that sparkling waters were the worst offenders compared to bottled water. The tests showed up four heavy metals (arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury) and 30 PFAS chemicals.1 Experts suggest that a limit of 1 part per trillion (ppt) is appropriate for exposure to PFAs, so our “naughty list” features all the brands that exceed that limit.5

The Naughty List

  • Topo Chico (9.76 ppt)
  • Polar Natural Seltzer Water (6.41 ppt)
  • Bubly Blackberry Sparkling Water (2.24 ppt)
  • Poland Spring Zesty Lime Sparkling Water (1.66 ppt)
  • Canada Dry Lemon Lime Sparkling Seltzer Water (1.24 ppt)
  • LaCroix Natural Sparkling Water (1.16 ppt)
  • Perrier Natural Sparkling Mineral Water (1.1 ppt)

The Alternative

If you’re into your sparkling water but not interested in the toxic load, consider investing in a soda water machine. The machines themselves are more expensive than a single bottle of sparkling water, but over time becomes much cheaper because of how many bottles they make per container.

Mitigating Toxin Exposure

The health concerns that come from heavy metals and PFAs are due to their bioaccumulate in our fat and tissues.6 It’s not by drinking one Topo Chico that you’ll get sick, but rather through the accumulation of these toxins from sparkling water and all other sources of toxins. Mitigating the impact of these toxins is done in three ways.

1. Use a Binder When Exposing Yourself to Toxins

Sometimes, we can’t or don’t want to avoid exposure to certain toxins, in which case you can use a binder to help prevent the absorption of toxins like heavy metals. True Carbon Cleanse is a great encapsulated binder you can keep in your purse or car when you come into contact with toxins.

TrueCarbonCleanse® formula contains highly specialized highly activated carbon, powerful humates (humic and fulvic acids), CleanoptiliteTM (Clinoptilolite - Zeolite Crystals), and other gut detoxifiers. No other formula has ever achieved this level of effectiveness.

TrueCarbonCleanse supports your body's natural removal of pro-inflammatory and body-impacting toxins we are exposed to from the air, water, plastics, heavy metals, chemicals, and more OUT of your cells and body. TrueCarbonCleanse serves as a master drainage gut detoxifying formula that attracts toxins released in the colon and prevents them from reabsorbing back into the body, aka RETOXIFICATION! The proprietary matrix of powerful and diverse binders ATTACH to the toxins so they can’t be reabsorbed back into the body, causing the "retox effect"...

... instead, they are gently escorted out of the body permanently so the body can thrive naturally without this toxic interference.

Besides the ultra-pure and potent activated charcoal that absorbs up to 300 times its weight in toxins, the specialized, powerful humates (humic and fulvic acids) - are for additional detox and remineralization support.

2. Prevent Exposure to Toxins

Whenever possible, make informed choices to mitigate exposure to toxins. They tend to hide in unexpected places, like sparkling water, so keeping your finger on the pulse through articles like these and by reading consumer reports can help you make better choices. 

3. Use a Zeolite to Mitigate Past Exposures

Whether you’re aware of the exposures or not, odds are your body has been accumulating toxins for a while if you’ve lived in the modern world. Luckily, some substances like clinoptilolite zeolites help bind to toxins and eliminate them from your cells. CytoDetox is one supplemental form of this zeolite that has been tested for purity and efficacy in allowing the body effectively detoxify from heavy metals and other toxins. 


Although many people drink sparkling water, studies show that they are the worst offenders in terms of toxin load. Sparkling waters from popular brands contain various PFA toxins and heavy metals like arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury. Topo Chico, Polar Natural Seltzer Water, and Bubbly Blackberry Sparkling Water are among the worst offenders. 

  1. Felton, Ryan. “What's Really in Your Bottled Water?” Consumer Reports, 24 Sept. 2020, 
  2. EPA, Environmental Protection Agency,
  4. Felton, Ryan. “Topo Chico Cuts Pfas Levels by More than Half in New Tests by Consumer Reports.” Consumer Reports, 12 Feb. 2021,