Health experts say that we should be drinking more water every day to improve our general health and wellbeing.
Drinking water can help us perform better, both mentally and physically, and it can also help prevent headaches, make your skin glow and help with weight loss.
Staying hydrated should be a priority for us all, but with an estimated 8-12 million tons of plastic dumped in the world’s oceans each year, it’s best to avoid buying single-use plastic bottles of water when we can.
For this reason, many of us prefer to use a reusable bottle to help cut down waste from single-use plastic.
They’re perfect to take to the gym, on days out or even to keep on our desk at the office, but by helping the environment by using a reusable plastic bottle, we may be putting our health at risk.
What Is BPA and Why Should We Avoid It?
Many reusable water bottles contain a potentially harmful chemical called BPA. BPA, also known as bisphenol A, is an industrial chemical that has been widely used to manufacture many plastics and resins since the 1960s.
It’s used in the production of all kinds of household products, including food storage containers, plastic drinking bottles and even baby feeding bottles.
BPA is found in so many products, it’s difficult to avoid it altogether.
BPA has been found to leach into our food or water from plastic food containers or drinking bottles, and it’s estimated that “more than 90% of us will have BPA in our bodies right now” (source).
Many experts are worried that BPA is toxic even in low doses, and that it can mimic oestrogen and other hormones in the body.
Scientists have started to link the chemical to a wide range of serious illnesses such as high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer.
In particular, BPA has been linked to an increase in prostate cancers and breast cancer, and this has led Breast Cancer UK to campaign for ban on BPA in food packaging (read more about the campaign on their website here).
How to Avoid BPA in Water
Although it’s difficult to avoid BPA altogether, it’s a good idea to try and reduce the amount that we are exposed to, and the easiest way to do this is to change the bottles we use for drinking.
BPA-free plastic drinks bottles are now available to buy from supermarkets and online, however it’s worth noting that although these are a safer alternative, there are still concerns about some of the plastic compounds used as a BPA replacement.
The best way to avoid BPA in water is to drink water from a glass wherever possible.
If you’re on the move or heading to the gym, you can now buy stainless steel or shatter-proof glass bottles, which are both a much safer option.
See some BPA-free reusable drinking bottles here.