How many of you have the habit of using that re-usable plastic water bottle you just bought? *unanimous yes*
How many of you know that it’s not advised and is actually bad for your health? * silently agreeing*
You know how those plastic bottles are hazardous and you must be reading this for the nth time. But the ones which come with the tag of being re-usable, what about them, you may ask? Even they are not safe.
If you are into a habit of using that bottle of water, over and over again, then, we’d seriously advise you to stop doing that immediately. While there are many reasons to be cited for the same, today we’re bringing to your attention a major reason you should immediately throw that plastic water bottle away.
The bottles, you are constantly re-filling, are made from plastic containing a hazardous chemical – Bisphenol A (BPA). And, they are said to affect your health and interfere with sex hormones, in turn affecting your sex life. Though the chemical is not present in some PET plastic bottles that come with a ‘single-use’ warning on them, it is still not advised to use them.
In a 2007 article in the Practical Gastroenterology, according to Good Housekeeping, Dr Marilyn Glenville (PhD), pointed out,
“CERTAIN CHEMICALS FOUND IN PLASTIC BOTTLES CAN HAVE EFFECTS ON EVERY SYSTEM IN OUR BODIES. THEY CAN AFFECT OVULATION, AND INCREASE OUR RISK OF HORMONALLY DRIVEN PROBLEMS LIKE PCOS, ENDOMETRIOSIS AND BREAST CANCER, AMONG OTHER THINGS.”
In ladies, ovulation has proven to have an increased sex drive. But fluctuating hormones can dip that desire. Plus, if you have PCOS and your testosterone levels are low, that again leads to low libido.
BPA has the potential to migrate into beverages. As per an Independentreport, NHS has pointed out that though the chemical might migrate to the beverage or drink, the science is yet to be unravelled.
“The science is not yet completely clear on how BPA may affect humans. BPA may mimic hormones and interfere with the endocrine system of glands, which release hormones around the body. Those calling for a ban suggest that it may be a factor in a rising numbers of human illnesses, such as breast cancer, heart disease and genital birth defects.”
Chemical or no chemical, another major reason to ditch that bottle is the fear of bacterial colonisation. A study by Treadmill Reviews, studied a group of athletes – who for a week used that same bottle. It was inferred that “the highest number of bacteria reached over 900,000 colony forming units per square cm on average.”
P.S. That’s more bacteria than an average toilet seat. It means drinking from refilled plastic bottles is as good as licking the toilet seat.
It is always a better choice to opt for a BPA-free plastic bottle or buy the refillable ones made of stainless steel or glass or a material that is free of such chemicals.
After all, you would be drinking water, thinking it is a good thing, but in turn, it’s doing more harm than you can possibly imagine.
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