Is your water bottle making you sick? Everywhere you look, you see people guzzling water from plastic bottles. On one hand we are told to drink plenty of water, in fact there is an actual formula for how much water we should consume according to our body weight on a daily basis. On the other hand we are told there may be serious dangers associated with drinking our tap water. Because of these concerns there has been a mass turn towards drinking bottled water.
You may say that your bottled wated says “purified” right on it. Or it may be that the the water in your plastic bottle comes right out of some beautiful crystal clear spring high up in the snow capped mountains.
And hey, we are all loving the idea of the convenience……you can not beat the convenience. More recently we have been told that there are some real dangers associated with drinking bottled water. What are we as consumers supposed to do or to believe?
I wanted to take a moment to try and make some sene of all of this, try to make the topic of toxic water bottles a little more crystal clear (pun intended) for the average person. Maybe we can sort out and find answers to some of these common questions. I will try to take out some of the confusion that swirls around this topic.
There really is reason to be concerned so let’s talk a bit about what the concerns and alogations are so that you can make informed choices for yourself and your family.
Just to hear the claim, drinking out of plastic bottles is not safe, generally is not enough for most people. It wouldn’t be enough for me, I like to know why, then when I do understand the WHY I am more motivated to make changes. Afterall living a long time and feeling good while doing it is what most of us want. This is one of those little details we need to pay attention to.
BPA that’s a biggie and I have no doubt you are aware of BPA. BPA or Bisphenol A is produced primarily for the production of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. While BPA had been around for awhile it was approved for the use in making containers for food back in the 60s. It has not only been used in the making of plastic bottles, but it is also used as a lining to food cans including infant formulas.
What makes plastics made with BPA so special is that these plastics are soft, which makes them pretty indestructable. You can drop them and squish them and they generally will not break. They might dent, but that dent is easily molded back into shape. My glasses are what they call bicarbonate lenses. They are pretty much shatterproof. BPA is used to make endless plastic coated products where durability is desirable.
BPA is found in places you propably have never even thought of like the lining of cans as mentioned earlier. Have you seen those paper cartons that we thought were safer?You realize they don’t just hold fluids because they are made of paper. That big ol gallon milk jug in the fridge? Soda cans? Another reason not to drink sodas. There is even a plyable soft coating of plastic on most of our store receipts…REALLY? Why?
Many years ago I attended a seminar due to some health issues I had been having. It was there that I really began to understand the problems associated with those soft water bottles and other plastic containers. You see BPA is a very strong estrogen mimic and endocrine disruptor. BPA is associated with many female reproductive disorders and can put women at a higher risk for infertility. Here is the kicker, BPA acts like estrogen in your body, driving your hormone levels completely out of balance. This can lead to cancer of the breast and ovaries, infertility, heart problems, diabetes and neurological problems. It is suspected that a pregnant mother who is consuming BPA can be transfering that BPA to her unborn fetus causing disruptions that may cause lasting changes to the brain and behavior. Now think about that in connection to the skyrocketing numbers we are seeing in beahvioral disorders.
BPA is a very strong estrogen mimic
BPA can put women at higher risk of infertility
Have you ever noticed little girls are maturing faster and faster these days? Infertility problems are happening more often and to younger and younger couples. At that seminar I attended, we were to told to never drink milk from a jug or water from a water bottle.
Never drink milk from a plastic jug or water bottle
Another recent realization about plastic water bottles is that when the bottles are heated, the chemicals in the plastics break down leaching into the water at a much higher rate. How many of you for convenience sake throw a whole case of water bottles into the trunk of your car so you will always have plenty of water on hand for yourself and your children? Now you could be taking an already bad situation to a whole new level as those plastic water bottles heat up for long hours in the heat of your car, day after day.
With all the new found awareness, manufacturers had to make some changes. BPA FREE became the words sought after, expecially when talking baby products. We found BPA FREE pacifiers, baby bottles, & sippy cups lining the shelves. Everything was now safe. Right? Oh don’t we wish.
Manufacturers had to come up with something so their most recent additive is called BPS! Safer right? Not necasrrily. It is believed to be just as harmful…….or maybe even worse!! BPS is also a estrogen mimicer and can cause severe endocrine disruption! While BPS is slightly less potent than BPA, it is less biodregadeable making it more persistent and more difficult for our bodies to eleminate.
BPS is less biodegradeable & more persistent
It is estiamated that over 90% of us have these chemicals in our bodies! So what if anything can be done. First off, STOP DRINKING FLUIDS from plastic containers!! That is the easiest first step. But what about the convenience? It might take a little bit of adaptation, but there are options available. Glass and stainless steel drinking recpticles are avaialble almost everywhere.
For babies and kids a product I think is great is from a company called Pura. They have stainless containers that transition from baby nipple tops to sippy cups. There are many other manufactures making a similar product so shop around.
Glass bottles are making their return. You can purchase them as glass alone or if you are concerned about breakage, then you can find them with the plastic “on the outside” which serves as bumper when your baby’s bottle hits the floor and we all know it probably will. Many brands also transition right into sippy cups as your child grows.
I like glass recpticles just fine, but for me, stainless is my choice. I tend to drop stuff a lot so the stainless holds up a bit better for me. Again there are lots and lots of options.
You can apply this information is so many ways. If you like to drink out of straws, than consider a these stainless steel drinking straws>
Store leftovers in glass containers and if you still just have to use plastic, never ever heat the plastic in the microwave. Again that will accelerate the release of chemical toxins and they will end up in your food.
You may be thinking, “but I have been drinking from plastic water bottles for decades and have been usin these plastics for my children for years, is there anything I can do”.
Citrus essential oils are excellent cleansers and I put Lemon, Lime or Grapefruit essential oil in all of the water I drink at home. I just add 2-4 drops of whichever essential oil sounds yummy at the time to my stainless water bottle. Sometimes I will add a couple of drops of Organic liquid Stevia, my grandkids love it.
I have had it asked countless times if someone can just put the oils in their plastic drinking water bottles. The answer is NOOOO. An interesting little experiement is to put a drop of Grapefruit or any other citrus essential oil on a piece of stirafoam. In less than a minute it will completely disolve the styrafoam. It will do the same thing to the inside of a plastic water bottle, which will then end up in the water that you are going to drink. Get the point?
All of us are on a learning curve. Our modern age has given us so much conveninece, but often that comes with a high price tag. Is all of that convenience worth our own personal health and that of our familes? I venture to say, if you really give it thought…..the answer will be NO WAY!
One last thought, we have just talked about how these plastics can affect our bodies, but what happens to all of these non biodegradebable left overs? That is for a whole other sad post. One of these days when I can bear to delve into it deeper.
FDA Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The recommendations above are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.
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