A lot of us don’t give a second thought to it when it comes to refilling our plastic water bottles after using its content to quench thirst. After all, it’s all in the name of personal hydration—plus, it’s eco-friendly! And there is absolutely nothing harmful about a simple bottle of water, right?
Wrong! According to experts, that plastic water bottle could actually do your body more harm than good. Why is this so? You can thank Biphenol A (commonly known as BPA), a chemical used to manufacture plastics, for the problem associated with this.
This harmful chemical can leach into the water and quickly grow dangerous bacteria in the bottle’s cracks (it is another reason why you should keep a distance from straws, too). And the health consequences are pretty serious.
Certain chemicals found in plastic bottles can have effects on every organ and system in our bodies. They can affect ovulation, and increase your risk of hormonally driven problems such as polycystic ovarian syndrome PCOS, endometriosis and breast cancer, among other things.
Science just proved it, too! In a study conducted by Treadmill Reviews, researchers tested water bottles used by athletes for a week and found that the bacteria count reached over 900,000 colony-forming units per square centimeter, on average. This bacteria count is more bacteria than the average toilet seat. Plus, 60 percent of those germs were able to make people sick!
To stay hydrated without harm to your body, smart drinkers should avoid re-using disposable bottles. Instead, you should recycle them after drinking up once; or, better yet, invest in a BPA-free plastic bottle or one made from glass or stainless steel. Not only will doing so benefit your health, but you can help the environment, too.
If you need another reason to pass on the plastic, it doesn’t get better than the one above.