Drinking water is important for your health, but using the wrong water bottle can damage your heart!
According to a recent study, BPA in your plastic water bottle can cause rhythm and other problems for your heart. Scientists have been telling us bisphenol A (BPA) a chemical found in some hard plastics, is hazardous to your health, causing problems with estrogen levels. This is the first study that indicates a problem specifically for women’s hearts.
Ladies, it is time to take this seriously.
What should you do? Here’s the down and dirt based on information from the Busy Woman’s Guide’s favorite dietitian Jill Fleming, RD MS.
If you have a plastic travel mug for your coffee or tea, throw it out. Drink hot liquids from ceramic or stainless steel only. Plastics release into hot liquids and you get an extra heavy dose! Never drink hot liquids from styrofoam cups - unless you want to drink styrofoam.
Recycle the grocery-store water bottles after you drink them. Don’t refill them. These bottles are made for single use and the act of refilling causes chemicals to be released. Better yet, get a reusable water bottle. Stainless steel is the first choice. For a plastic bottle, turn it over and look at the number in the triangle. Remember these are for cool liquids only.
#1: Use just once. Don’t rinse and reuse a water bottle you buy at the store. Refilling or rinsing cause chemicals to be released.
#2: Whew! This one is okay. Hand wash and air dry these sport bottles. If they get scratched or start looking dull and old, replace them.
7: Throw it out. Really, toss it — it contains BPA and you don’t want it. Many water cooler bottles and water filter pitchers are #7 — look carefully.
BPA Free - regardless of number - you should be safe.
Other tips to avoid BPA:
- Buy juice and milk in glass bottles whenever possible.
- Prepare foods in glass or ceramic.
- Cool solid foods completely before putting them in #5 plastic containers.
- Store liquids (including sauces and soups) in glass or ceramic containers.
- NEVER microwave plastic (including plastic wrap).
- Carry water in glass, stainless steel or BPA-free bottles.