One of the very best things that has changed during my START SOMEWHERE RESET has been a transition from plastic drinking bottles  to a wonderful stainless steel 30-ounce insulated water bottle.  Woohoo!  A patient had one and told me about how much he was enjoying it, so I ordered one from Amazon.  Reducing BPA is awesome! You can find the bottle I bought at this link.  Here’s what I like about my new water bottle:

  • It keeps ice for almost 24 hours because it is double-wall vacuum insulated.  I find that I drink a lot more water if it is cold.  
  • It is Bisphenol A (BPA) and lead free. This is important to me.  The more I learn about the endocrine-disrupting properties of BPA, the more steps I am taking to get it out of our lives.  And we all know many reasons to get rid of lead!
  • It is a great value.  It is as good or better than the more “popular” brands at a fraction of the price.  That calls for another gigantic “woohoo”!
  • It doesn’t sweat.  That may sound like a small thing but it’s a big thing when you leave a spot on someone else’s furniture….oops!
  • It is beautiful.  It’s important to add as much joyful color to life as possible.  There are lots of funky shades to choose from.  Having your own color keeps other people from drinking out of your cup, hopefully.

So, why is it important to avoid Bisphenol A? First created in 1891 by a Russian chemist, Bisphenol A found its way into the industry in the 1950’s as a strong, resilient, and often transparent plastic.  Evidence is mounting to confirm what many people suspected about this chemical found in a multitude of  products including plastic bottles, thermal printer paper receipts, and the lining of canned food.  The important thing to remember is that BPA is an endocrine disruptor.  This means that it has a similar chemical structure to natural hormones and can interfere with their function.   Here are five solid reasons to avoid it, and this is just the tip of the iceberg:

  1. It can interfere with estrogen and is linked to breast cancer, alterations in fertility, and early puberty.
  2. It can increase your incidence of obesity. The dramatic increase in obesity has paralleled the increase in the use of plastics, as well as other food additives like high fructose corn syrup.  While correlation is not causation, there are many compelling studies that it is a major contributor.
  3. It is present in measurable amounts in the blood of almost all Americans.  While more research needs to be done, BPA is not a natural substance that our bodies were designed to use.  It must be detoxified.  Different people have different abilities to detoxify free radicals and toxicants in the bloodstream and the systems can be overwhelmed.
  4. It is linked to higher levels of diabetes.  Urinary BPA concentrations are found to be higher in people with diabetes.    
  5. BPA can contributes to heart disease in women.  Exposure to BPA causes harmful cardiovascular effects in mice. Although we are not mice, reasonable conclusions can be drawn.

In March of 2015, Newsweek published an article entitled, “BPA IS FINE, IF YOU IGNORE MOST STUDIES ABOUT IT.”  Valued at over $13 Billion in 2013, the BPA market is estimated to be growing at a rate of about five percent per year.  But, as reported in Newsweek, “that might be offset by a large hidden cost: it’s impact on human health.”  Non-BPA plastics are probably not the answer to this problem because they may also disrupt cellular functioning.

The best thing to do is to drink out of glass or a quality stainless steel bottle like the one I purchased from Simple Modern when possible.  I have no financial interest in this company but I know that they are an excellent, privately-owned company with employees of integrity and high character.

As with so many of the toxins in our current world, the key is to minimize exposure and to not stress over what you can’t change.  START SOMEWHERE today reducing BPA and changing what you can change to give your body what it needs to LIVE YOUNGER.  You can do it.  I will help you!  Thanks for joining me.

Reducing BPA

Reducing BPA