Staying hydrated is one of the most important things you can do for your body, but it can also be incredibly bad for you. If you are getting your hydration from single-use bottles, you could also be filling your body with toxins that leach into the beverage from the plastic. It is thought that more of this poison is released over time through wear and tear, which is why it is not a good idea to hold onto your disposable bottles for too long.
What is BPA?
BPA, or bisphenol A, is a synthetic chemical compound that is widely found in certain plastics and packaging. It is a key component of disposable water bottles, helping to create strong and resilient products that won’t degrade over time. It is thought to extend the shelf-life of the drink and keep it safe from other possible contaminants.
When introduced to the human body, BPA can cause chaos and has been linked to prostate and brain issues in children, as well as high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular issues in the wider population. It is not a product that should be widely consumed, but when present in single-use products, it is considered a food-safe chemical.
So, What’s the Problem?
When you consume a drink for the first time from a disposable drinks bottle, there should be a minimal amount of BPA in that beverage. This bottle has been created for one-time-use only, with many containing a warning on the label about using it again. This is because reusing the bottle is likely to release more of those BPAs into the liquid. Constantly washing and reusing will cause more and more of the chemical to leach into your drink, which will then build up in your body as you consume it. The more you consume, the more damage it can do to your body.
The easiest way to ensure your body is free from BPA is to stop using products that contain it. That means almost all convenience drinks – even aluminum cans contain BPA in the interior lining. Glass bottles are an obvious and agreeable alternative, but they are not widely available. The best thing to do is to always carry your own reusable water bottle with you. The sports water bottle designs and stainless-steel water bottles from HydrateM8 are completely BPA free, so you can wash and reuse with confidence.
It is also a good idea to look at the containers you hold your food in, especially if they contain items you’d like to reheat. Warming BPA plastics helps to release the toxins even faster, so it is not recommended for your leftovers. The Insulated Water Bottles from HydrateM8 are great for soups and other hot foods, keeping them hot for up to 12 hours so that you don’t have to reheat them at all.