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What's in Your Water Bottle?  

Keeping the body properly hydrated is a skin care fundamental.  Drinking an ample amount of water daily helps to reduce the visible symptoms of skin dehydration.  Make that bottle of pure water part of your daily routine.

As you do so, you might want to make note of the bottle and how you wash it.   Unfortunately, those fabulous colourful hard plastic lexan bottles made with polycarbonate plastics and identified by the #7 recycling symbol, may leach Bisphenol A.  This chemical is a xenoestrogen, a known endocrine disruptor, meaning it disturbs the hormonal messaging in our bodies. Synthetic xenoestrogens are linked to breast cancer and uterine cancer in women, decreased testosterone levels in men, and are particularly devastating to babies and young children. BPA has even been linked to insulin resistance and Type 2 Diabetes.

While the chemical industry maintains that ubiqitous Bisphenol A is safe, risks were first suggested in 1999.   Studies by Patricia Hunt, Ph.D. now at Washington State University in Pullman linked high levels of chromosomal errors in the mouse cells she was studying to polycarbonate cages and water bottles that had been washed with a harsh detergent. When her team replaced all the caging materials with non-polycarbonate plastics, the cell division returned to normal.

To be certain that you are choosing a bottle that does not leach, check the recycling symbol on your bottle. If it is a #2 HDPE (high density polyethylene), or a #4 LDPE (low density polyethylene), or a #5 PP (polypropylene), your bottle is fine. The type of plastic bottle in which water is usually sold is usually a #1, and is only recommended for one time use. Do not refill it.

Looking for water bottles free of Bisphenol A?  Click on these images to order directly from REI:

Bilt Vite Colored Stainless-Steel Kids' Water Bottle - 15 oz.

Bilt Vite Colored Stainless-Steel Kids' Water Bottle - 15 oz.

Bilt Vite Colored Stainless-Steel Water Bottle - 24 oz.

Bilt Vite Colored Stainless-Steel Water Bottle - 24 oz.

Nalgene Narrow-Mouth Loop-Top Tritan Water Bottle - 32 oz.

Nalgene Narrow-Mouth Loop-Top Tritan Water Bottle - 32 oz.

Nalgene Everyday Grip-N-Gulp Tritan Water Bottle - Kids' 12 oz.

Nalgene Everyday Grip-N-Gulp Tritan Water Bottle - Kids' 12 oz.