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Posted @ 6/11/2012 11:33 AM By Terri Wiebold
Now is the time of year when the temperatures rise outside, and we need to drink more fluids to stay hydrated. It is important to take water with you when you exercise or take part in outdoor activities this summer, but you also need to beware of the dangers plastic water bottles pose.
Biphenol A, commonly known as BPA, is a chemical that is used in soft plastics. BPA can be found in reusable food containers, water bottles, food can linings, water pipes, and dental sealants. This chemical is man-made, but it mimics the body’s natural hormones, and it can alter the function of the endocrine system. Exposure to this chemical has been shown to affect reproduction and brain development. Researchers have also found that high BPA concentrations are associated with an increased risk for heart disease, heart attack, angina, and diabetes. Liver damage has also been indicated in people with high BPA levels.
What choices do you have in choosing a safe water bottle
1) Don’t purchase bottled water.
2) Use filtered water in a safe, reusable bottle.
3) When purchasing a water bottle, read the label to see if it contains BPA.
4) Stainless Steel bottles and bottles labeled BPA free are the safest products (glass bottles are also safe, but they are heavy and fragile).
Scheel’s has BPA free plastic water bottles.
If you’re concerned about the amount of BPA exposure you have experienced, make an appointment with me to discuss your options.