Staying hydrated is always important but even more so in the summer months when the weather is warmer, and temperatures higher, causing you to perspire.
Drinking water, or any other beverage, out of a plastic bottle is not a good idea. Even without BPA, plastic particles can shed from the bottle into the water, beverage, you drink. When plastic is heated it releases particles into the liquid inside the bottle. This can happen when the bottle is sitting in the sun or even when it’s left inside a car.
BPA stands for bisphenol A. It is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s. BPA is found in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. Polycarbonate plastics are often used in containers that store food and beverages, such as water bottles.
It can bind to estrogen receptors and influence bodily processes, such as growth, cell repair, fetal development, energy levels, and reproduction. In addition, BPA may also interact with other hormone receptors, such as those for your thyroid, thus altering their function.
BPA may cause infertility in men and women, have negative effects on babies, and is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
As an alternative, drink water, or other healthy beverage, from a stainless steel or ceramic container. Using a reusable bottle is better for the environment too! There are great options now for drink bottles that keep beverages cold, or hot, for extended periods time.
Drinking plain water all the time can be boring. You can purchase flavored water, however make sure it does not contain added sugar - real or artificial - and be mindful of carbonated waters. Carbonated beverages affect the health of your bones.
Create refreshing, flavored water by adding a slice of lemon, lime, or other fruit. Or you could add a drop of ingestible essential oil. Unlike citrus fruit, citrus oils are not acidic and won't damage the enamel on your teeth. Lemon, lime, grapefruit and tangerine are some of my favorites.
To keep water cold, add ice cubes, put the bottle in the freezer for a bit before you leave the house, or purchase an insulated bottle. Have a glass pitcher filled with water on hand at all times in the refrigerator.
If you haven’t make the switch from plastic drink bottles to stainless steel please do so now! It’s the little things that compound over time that can have the most impact on your health.
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