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So in my first post, I recommended drinking half your body weight in ounces of water everyday; but I often get asked about the benefits of a reusable water bottle and what bottled waters are safe. Here is what I have learned.

You only want to use bottles that are BPA safe. How will you know? It was say it on the bottle or use glass or stainless steel.

What is BPA? Well it stands for bisphenol A, which is an industrial chemical that has been used to make plastics and resins since the 60’s.

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.

Epoxy resins are used to coat the inside of metal products, such as food cans, bottle tops and water supply lines.

Research has shown that BPA mimics estrogen, a naturally occurring hormone, and therefore can affect the body’s endocrine system. BPA‘s effects are often most pronounced when humans are in stages of rapid development, such as in the womb or during childhood. Laboratory studies conducted since the 1990s have noted that low-dose BPA exposure may be connected to abnormal penis development in males, early sexual maturation in females, an increase in neurobehavioral problems such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism, an increase in childhood and adult obesity and type 2 diabetes, and an increase in hormonally mediated cancers, such as prostate and breast cancers. (from NationalGeographic.com)

What can you do? Seek out BPA- free proucts. Look for products labeled BPA- free, including your food that comes in aluminum cans (beans, soups, etc) And never buy water bottles from the store that have been sitting out in the sun, or leave your cases of water in your garage or car to get hot.

Look for waters bottles and plastic food containers that have the recycle codes 1 and 2 only, 3-7, have BPA.

Never heat food in plastic containers, or put them in the dishwasher, over time the heat will cause the plastic to begin to break down and BPA will leak into your foods, GROSS!

The following are the safest bottles waters.

  1. Ice Age
  2. Hawaiian Springs, Fiji, Naya
  3. Arrowhead
  4. Smart Water
  5. Evian
  6. San Pellegrino
  7. Crystal Geysers
  8. Dasani, Aquafina