How safe is your water bottle?

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Many people are unaware of the dangers that their drink bottle or other plastic products could be doing to their bodies.Some plastic products release potentially harmful chemicals that cause havoc in our body.

Bisphenol A or BPA is a man made chemical that is an endocrine disruptor, meaning that it can alter the functioning of our endocrine system by mimicking the role of the body's natural hormones. Hormones are chemicals that carry messages around our body, from our organs to our cells. The glands that secrete hormones are part of the endocrine system, it only takes a small amount of hormones to cause big changes in our body. Bisphenol A is used in the production of plastics, it can be found in products such as the lining of tinned food cans, plastic drink bottles, plastic food containers, sippy cups, water coolers, aluminum soft drink cans,  toys, receipts, baby food jars and dental sealants. BPA can seep into food or beverages from containers that are made from BPA.

Bisphenol A has been linked to many health conditions including obesity, diabetes, early onset puberty, altered immunity, cancer and infertility problems such as miscarriage and polycystic ovarian syndrome, and impaired sperm and egg health. BPA was created in 1891 and was actually investigated for use as a replacement to estrogen. As if we need anymore estrogen in our body!

If you are concerned about using products that contain BPA look for alternatives. Buy BPA free plastic bottles, glass or stainless steel bottles, choose food packaged in cardboard cartons or eat fresh produce. Many drink bottles and plastic baby products on the market will state if they are BPA free. If you are using BPA products, try to avoid washing them in the dishwasher or discard of any old plastic bottles, avoid leaving them in a warm car or filling them up with warm beverages.

Here are some sites that sell BPA free products:

BPA free drink bottles    http://www.safebottles.co.nz/ BPA free drink bottles    http://www.water-bottle.co.nz/ BPA free baby feeding accessories http://www.nakedbaby.co.nz/shop/feeding/

Libby  Matthews x