Health Alerts - Choose Wisely
Take Care with Bottled Water - Especially keeping bottles with you
in the Car or out in the weather on Hot Days
HOW HEALTHY IS THIS? NOT VERY!
SOME bottles are safer than others, but I don't place much trust in plastic because of it's synthetic properties. Please aim for good quality bottles that are PBA FREE!
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a synthetic chemical that interferes with the body’s natural hormonal messaging system. It is noted for causing breast cancer in women and 'boobs' with men.
It is often found in those ubiquitous clear Nalgene water bottles hanging from hiker’s backpacks.
Reused Plastic Bottles Can Leach Toxic Chemicals
The same studies found that repeated re-use of such bottles—which get dinged up through normal wear and tear and while being washed—increases the chance that chemicals will leak out in a short time with use.
The Environment California Research Center has reviewed 130 studies on the topic, finding BPA to be linked to breast and uterine cancer, an increased risk of miscarriage, and decreased testosterone levels. There is some belief that this chemical could raise the risk of weight gain, diabetes and heart disease and breast development in boys (like we see so often see these days). So make sure that the bottles you buy are declared to be PBA FREE.
When Choosing Safe Plastics
If you're concerned about BPA exposure, avoid hard plastic products, which almost always contain the chemical. For more assurance the plastic doesn't contain BPA, look at the recycling symbol on the bottom. If it has a #3 or 6 mark, the bottle contains BPA. Bottles marked with a #7 may or may not contain BPA. (#7 is a "catch all" that includes products mixing non-BPA plastics together.) Plastics with other recycling numbers are BPA free
and are consideredsafe to drink from.
IT IS BEST TO GO FOR STAINLESS STEEL AND GLASS BOTTLES
AND REMEMBER TO
PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE WITH THEM.
Caution: I do not put aluminium bottles in the same class as stainless steel. Aluminium is noted for health hazards too such as alzheimers and dementia. In other words, it is toxic to your brain. There is also a high cancer risk. So do be careful where you get your
DID YOU KNOW THAT MOST SIPPER CUPS USED BY TODDLERS CONTAIN PBA?
TAKE REALLY GOOD CARE WHEN IT COMES TO SIPPER CUPS AND BABY BOTTLES.
What Are the Dangers of Refilling Plastic Water Bottles?
by Joshua Duvauchelle
The use of bottled water has sky-rocketed in recent years with almost 30 billion bottles sold between 2002 and 2005, according to the Container Recycling Institute. In an effort to save money and help conserve resources, you may be tempted to reuse your plastic water bottle. Don't do it unless you're willing to take certain risks related to the reuse and
refilling of the bottles.
Plastic water bottles are often hard to clean, reports the University of Nebraska. This can make them prime areas for bacterial growth. The University of California states that bacteria will often "thrive" in the bottles. Also, microbiologists say water bottles can transmit dangerous diseases like the norovirus.
Plastic bottles may leak chemicals into the water when reused, especially if cleaned in a high-heat environment like your dishwasher. Most plastic water bottles are marked with a "1" signifying they're made from polyethylene terephthalate, which Harvard University says may contain antimony, a chemical that may cause cancer. More rigid bottles, like the type which contain water or fruit juice, are marked with a "3", which signifies they're made from
polyvinyl chloride. Such bottles contain phthalates, which may be linked to
reproductive health problems.
This is not an easy topic to cover.