There is a new study that shows that plastic water bottles contribute a plethora of chemicals into the water they contain even if the plastic is BPA free. Natural News published an article about the research, which was done in Germany. You can read the Natural News article here: Bottled Water Contains Thousands of Chemicals.
The researchers found an astonishing number of chemicals, among which were a class of chemicals known as “Endocrine Disruptors.” The study, which can be read here, looked at “antiestrogenic” and “antiandrogenic” chemicals. These are synthetic molecules that mimic our body’s natural estrogen and androgens, can bind to our body’s receptors for these hormones and subsequently block the natural hormone from binding to it’s receptor site in hormone sensitive tissue (i.e. breast, uterus, ovaries, thyroid, prostate). Endocrine disruptors alter the delicate balance of communication and feedback that our hormonal system relies on for proper function. This contributes to issues such as PMS, painful periods, irregular periods, thyroid issues, symptoms of menopause, infertility and cancer.
The final line in the article from Natural News suggests drinking water from glass or steel water bottles. I agree that this is an ideal option when it comes to our hydration. Whether you rock a mason jar, Sigg or reuse a non-plastic vesicle of your choice, it’s becoming more clear how important it is to limit plastics as much as possible. Side note… if we’re choosing a clean canteen we also need to remember that drinking clean filtered water such as reverse osmosis water or distilled water is equally important.
It’s not always possible to tote our reusable non-plastic water bottles with us, for example when we are on the go, just forget it in the rush of everyday life or if we are travelling. In these moments hydration is still important so a good choice is to find a water bottle made out of hard plastic, like the Smart Water or Aqua Fina brands. The more malleable, soft and flexible the plastic, the more likely it is to have its chemicals leeched into the water it contains. It would be even better to purchase water in glass bottles, which we are seeing more of now (i.e. Voss, Aqua Panna, Evian — these European water companies have the right idea!), but in a pinch we gotta do what we gotta do. Getting back to the non plastic water bottle as soon as we can, and consistently avoiding plastics is a healthy little goal that is worth setting each day.