I think I guzzle more plastic-bottled water before leaving the yoga studio than most people drink in one day. So I’m ditching my daily devotion to plastic bottles, one gulp at a time. I’m passing on Perrier, saying “so-long” to San Pellegrino, and I’m not acquiescing to Aqua Fina … I’m sipping my way to a smarter Smart Water ….you get the gist.
I’m sticking with the glass version of my favorite sparkling waters and my trusty Hydro Flask. And, here are two reasons why:
Are You Eating Plastic?
“The chemicals enter our bodies primarily through food and drink… hard plastic containers such as baby bottles and sports drink jugs… [and they] like most of the cans we buy — cans that hold everything from vegetables and baked beans to beer and infant formula… There is also now abundant research that links BPA and Phthalate exposure to such human health concerns as deformities of the male and female genitals; premature puberty in females, decreased sperm quality, and increases in breast and prostate cancers, infertility, miscarriages, obesity, type 2 diabetes, allergies and neurological problems, like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.” ~ The Journal of the Yale School of Environmental Studies.
- Creating Freaky Food Intolerance Problems
- Eroding Teeth
- Misfiring Heartbeats
- Helping to form Love Handles
- Generating Mysterious Blood Pressure Spikes
- Disrupting Cancer Treatments
Hold the EXTRA estrogen!
BPA is a synthetic estrogen and a powerful disrupter of our hormones
- BPA is linked to breast cancer, obesity, attention deficit disorder, polycystic ovary disease and infertility in women and prostate cancer in men.
- BPA can lead to thyroid disturbances and adrenal fatigue.
- BPA and Phthalates can also be found in cosmetics, medical equipment, time-release medications, wood finishes, air freshners and perfumes … even that new car smell!
- BPA is not in a hurry to leave our body
- Avoid plastic bottled water.
- Drink water out of glass or stainless steel.
- Avoid canned food with plastic liners – use fresh or frozen ingredients, or those in glass containers instead.
- Do not microwave foods in plastic containers or use plastic wraps.
- Consider installing a reverse osmosis system for your drinking water, as most municipal water piping is PVC. (This will also help remove fluoride and chlorine and other harmful substances from drinking water.)
- Avoid styrofoam containers as they are a significant source of plastic chemicals.
A college professor challenges his students to go one week without exposure to plastics. “No one can do it.”
If you’re interested, here is a documentary, Unacceptable Levels — A story about the chemicals in our bodies, how the got there and what we can do about it.
It appears that the BPA replacement, incidentally called BPS, may not be so great either, as “BPS acts similarly to hormone-disrupting BPA.” “ ‘A poison kills you,’ says biology professor Freederick Vom Saal. ‘A chemical like BPS reprograms your cells and ends up causing a disease in your grandchild that kills him’ “ Yikes!
So are any plastics safe?
Know your plastics. Here is a list of the numbers on plastic containers and what they mean.
BREAK A SWEAT!!!
Good news for those who sweat! This study analyzed blood, urine, and sweat for environmental toxins, including BPA, and showed that only BPA is found in sweat. “Toxic metals were found to be eliminated via the blood, but BPA was only found in the sweat.”
According to The Truth About Bikram Yoga, “studies have found that the heavy sweating of practitioners during Bikram yoga sessions release toxins, including BPA and Phthalate compounds.”
And Dr. Mercola’s ariticle, Is It Good to Sweat? details the importance of sweating and how it can rid your body of Bisphenol-A and Phthalates. Mercola states, “virtually any type of intense exercise will prompt you to sweat, although doing so in warm weather (or in a heated room, such as Bikram yoga) will create even more sweating.”
Think Outside the (Plastic) Box
If you’re interested in more information on a life without plastic, check out 100 Steps to a Plastic-Free Life.
And if you’re inclined to search for a natural spring near you, here is a source for perhaps the best water available.
Every Bit Of Plastic Ever Made Still Exists. Somewhere.
Is Your Life Too Plastic?
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This article was contributed by Jane Hill – fierce Bikram Yogi, lover of all things natural, and my best yoga buddy. Look for more articles by Jane in the Off the Mat Chats section of Views From the Podium!