Sunday, April 25, 2010

Enlighten Your Bottle Mind & Spirit - Is your water bottle safe?

We know that the single serving plastic water bottle is bad for the planet and bad for your health. Thank god reusable bottles are becoming more and more popular. BUT... what if your reusable bottle is good for the planet but NOT so good for you?

What kind of bottle do you have?


Did you know that even the "said to be safe" reusable bottles may be good for the planet and may NOT be so good for you. What about your reusable stainless steel water bottles.. is it safe? 
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Stainless steel is considered to be safe for water bottles because they state that they aFree of Bisphenol-a, phthalates, polycarbonate, cadmium and lead. Even so, some stainless bottles can be made from recycled metals, rather than the better choice of food grade stainless steel, and can actually make you sick. Even the said to be “safe” tested food grade stainless steel bottles can result in small amounts of chromium or nickel leaching into the water. Even more so if the stainless steel has been cleaned and scoured with a metallic pad, put into the dishwasher or if used for very hot liquids. And if the water is extremely acidic or alkaline it may also leach a small amount of nickel into the water.

Trace amounts or not... I rather not add heavy metals to my drinking water especially since heavy metals are not soluble which means that your body is not able to rid itself of them and you will continue to accumulate heavy metals through out your life unless you cleanse them from your body. Heavy metal will lead to many health problems and are even linked to Alzheimer's.

If you are using a metal bottle and your water smells or tastes metallic, you should consider changing your bottle to glass. Glass is the only known substance not to leach.

I only drink out of glass and I LOVE my bottle so much...  I now have a business selling eco friendly reusable glass water bottles... The superior water bottle that is Good for the Planet and Good for YOU!

    Love Bottle Co 
   enlighten your bottle mind & spirit

     Love Bottle Strong on Earth Day Balboa Park 2010

Not only save your planet AND your health... save on your new glass water bottle from Love Bottle with the "Green Pass" in the 2010 issue of "Our Green Book" in your Whole Foods stores in the New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles areas.

For more water bottle info read this article below from Dr Mercola....

More 'Safe' Water Bottles that are Actually Dangerous

Posted by: Dr. Mercola
October 31 2009

Not long ago, SIGG announced that their aluminum water bottles, which many people purchased to avoid the BPA found in plastic bottles, actually contained BPA. Now it has come out that Gaiam's aluminum water bottles -- the ones that were previously labeled "BPA-free" -- actually leach BPA at 20 times the levels that SIGG bottles did.

After being called out on the web on the BPA status of their "BPA-free" water bottles, Gaiam has quietly posted on its retail website data from independent lab test results that show BPA leaching levels at 23.8 parts per billion.

These findings are more than 10 times the detection limit that SIGG provided in its own water bottle testing, and over 18 times more than the leaching levels found in independent studies of SIGG water bottles.

I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about Bisphenol-A, or BPA, if you’ve paid attention during the past year. It’s been getting a lot of press for good reason.

BPA is an estrogen-mimicking chemical, invented nearly 120 years ago, that is used to make hard plastics and epoxy resins. It can be found in numerous products that most people use on a daily basis, including baby bottles, canned foods, water bottles, and microwaveable plastic dishes and containers.

The Environmental Working Group has published an interesting review of BPA, showing the timeline of BPA’s use over the years. It offers a glimpse of the reality behind nearly all chemical dangers, showing just how long it can take to get something dangerous off the market, despite the evidence of harm.

Industry uses more than 6 billion pounds of BPA a year. As a result, scientists have found that 95 percent of people tested have dangerous levels of BPA in their bodies.

This is one valid reason why you should not tolerate the suggestion that “trace amounts” of toxins are okay.

The cumulative effect of being exposed to minuscule amounts of BPA from cans, bottles, plates and all other sources over the years can eventually spell serious trouble for your health.
The biggest victims are likely to be children, who may be exposed to the chemical from the time they’re in utero, and onward, throughout their entire lives.

Why You Need to Pay Attention to BPA

In the last ten years, some 700 studies have been published about BPA -- most of them indicating serious health hazards, at least in animals. The most troubling problem with BPA is that it mimics the female hormone estrogen.

Your body is extremely sensitive to sex hormones, and minuscule amounts can induce profound changes. Therefore, scientists are afraid even low levels of BPA could have a negative impact on human health.

In animals, BPA increases aneuploidy, a defect consisting of abnormal loss or gain of chromosomes, which in humans could possibly lead to miscarriages or disorders such as Down Syndrome.

Moreover, there is evidence (among mice and rats) that even low doses of BPA can cause:

• Hyperactivity

• Early puberty

• Increased fat formation

• Abnormal sexual behavior

• Disrupted reproductive cycles

• Structural damage to your brain

In September 2008 the National Toxicology Program of NIH determined that BPA may pose risks to human development, raising concerns for early puberty, prostate effects, breast cancer, and behavioral impacts from early-life exposures, all of which you can read about in the NIH publication No. 08-5994.

It also shows that nearly all of the exposure is through the food supply, which emphasizes the importance of avoiding BPA-laced food and beverage containers of all kinds as this is how your food becomes contaminated.

It’s difficult to understand why U.S. health and environmental regulators keep insisting there is “no evidence of harm to human health after 50 years of use,” when this list contains some of the most wide spread health issues that have dramatically increased in that same time frame.

Lawmakers are Slow to Protect the Public

There has been some success in limiting the use of BPA. In May of this year, Minnesota legislature passed a statewide ban on the sale of baby bottles, sippy cups, and other children’s food containers made with BPA. Other states, including California, Connecticut, Michigan and New York, are considering similar legislation.

Some retailers have also made the wise decision to respond to consumer demand and have voluntarily eliminated some of their BPA products for sale.

It’s a good start, but clearly not enough. Hopefully, Congress will come through with their proposed legislation intended to establish a federal ban on BPA in all food and beverage containers.

Until then, it may be prudent to remain wary of companies who claim to be completely safe, while hiding the fact that their metal water bottles still contain trace elements of BPA in the lining.

Better yet, quit trying to figure out who’s honest and who’s not, and go for food and beverage containers you KNOW does not contain BPA -- namely GLASS.

That way you can circumvent the entire problem with BPA, which is that it doesn’t remain stable or inert in the plastic.

BPA leeches into whatever food or beverage you put in a plastic container, canned good, or plastic baby bottle. And if you microwave the containers or bottles, or place hot liquids or food into them, BPA is released 55 times more rapidly!

With glass you simply will not have this problem and can finally put your mind at rest.

Thank you for that Dr Mercola.... My mind is at rest and my water tastes GREAT!

with love & gratitude,
love bottle co

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