|DON’T DRINK FROM PLASTIC BOTTLES|
Health experts have recommended that we drink 7 to 8-oz. glasses of water per day in order to stay hydrated. To drink up to that amount of water, most people are leaving home with a reusable bottle of drinking water and which is mostly a plastic bottle.
Unfortunately, plastic bottles have many dangers and harmful effects on both the environment and human health.
Check out some of the main reasons you shouldn’t continue to drink plastic bottled water:
Plastics are made of many dangerous chemicals that leach into your body when you drink or eat warm food from them. They can slowly cause health problems that can go as far as chronic illnesses like heart problems.
Sun heat is known for causing plastics to release a toxin called dioxin which accelerates breast cancer when consumed.
Diabetes and Obesity
On January 26, a publication in the Environmental Science & Technology journal revealed that plastics used for drinking and eating everyday products may impact weight gain and even cause obesity. This happens when we ingest chemicals like bisphenols and phthalates which are metabolism-disrupting chemicals (MDCs).
Drinking plastic bottle water exposes you to BPA, a chemical found in plastics. It’s been banned in many countries because it’s harmful to our health in many ways. BPA exposes us to biphenyl A, a chemical that mimics hormones like estrogen and may disrupt the reproductive process. It plays a role in about 20 % of unexplained infertility, Harvard University researchers.
The chemical also causes behavioural problems and even early puberty in girls. Also, the chemical phthalates, found in plastics can cause liver cancer and low sperm count.
You better try eating and drinking from steel and copper containers no matter how difficult adjusting to a healthy lifestyle is.
Back in 2010, Karin Michels, the Associate professor of gynecology, obstetrics, and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School at the time experimented on 77 Harvard College students who drank water in a two-week trial period. They drank cold beverages from stainless steel water bottles for one week and from polycarbonate bottles during the following week.
The result was a 69 percent increase in BPA levels in their urine samples during the polycarbonate week.
Immune system harm
Another reason to avoid drinking water in plastic bottles is that it harms your Immune system: The many chemicals you ingest from plastic bottles tend to disturb the immune system of our bodies.
Precautions while eating and drinking
If avoiding plastic containers totally is too difficult for you, begin by reducing their use. Also transfer your stored water from plastic bottles into glass bottles, stainless-steel or copper vessels.
If you buy from the restaurant for home delivery, ask about the grade of plastic container they use. Plastic is plastic though. Also, ask if they can send you the food in a container that is not plastic.
Besides, when plastic plates are not well washed, soap residues remain on them and this is particularly dangerous. The good news is, utensils made of stainless steel, brass and copper are easier to wash.
Nowadays, companies are beginning to remove BPA from some products. The sad news is, this chemical is being replaced by other unsafe chemicals.