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So your at the gym and you forget to take your normal drink bottle with you, so you purchase one from your nearest Vending Machine....awesome story so far as hydration is important!
But how many of us are guilty of re-filling those plastic Water bottles and bottles from your last sports drink.....or even re-filling one for your children and before you know it they have been drinking out of it for three days because they refused to let you throw it away??
Maybe that's just me :/ ?
I am sure we have heard it all before but here are 3 BIG reasons to throw the bottle away once you have finished with it....and probably invest in a good quality drink bottle....or 4 depending on how forgetful you are LOL.
1. First, there is the BPA (bisphenol-A). BPA was identified as an estrogen-mimicking compound in the 1930s. It was used back then as growth promoting agent that caused the fattening of cattle and poultry. It was also used as an estrogen replacement therapy for women. In the 1940s, chemical companies started using BPA in plastic manufacturing as a hardening agent.Around the same time, Phthalates were being used in plastics manufacturing as they helped make the plastic softer. Together these two chemicals helped make plastics that were stronger but more pliable.
2. Those Phthalates we just mentioned are one of the most pervasive endocrine disruptors we know of and have been associated with a number of developmental abnormalities. It is well known that both of these agents begin to leach out of the plastic over time and are best kept as a single use container.
3. As the plastic wears and deteriorates, microscopic cracks appear in the surface, both inner and outer. A 2007 report titled Bottled Water Myths: Separating Fact from Fiction, published in the journal Practical Gastroenterology,3 warns that consumer reuse of commercially packaged bottles of water is not recommended from a microbe perspective. The bottles begin to wear and tiny cracks appear creating a space for microbes to thrive.
BPA is also regularly found in the lining of so many of our canned tomatoes, coconut milk, fruit etc, but these products are available in BPA free cans so make sure you read your labels.
Do yourselves and children a favour, look after your long term health from the inside out and don't re-use your Water bottles and seek out BPA free products.
Some content courtesy of the Fatigue Professor