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
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.
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
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 Water Bottle - 24 oz.
Nalgene Narrow-Mouth Loop-Top Tritan Water Bottle - 32 oz.
Nalgene Everyday Grip-N-Gulp Tritan Water Bottle - Kids' 12 oz.