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Readers Blog: Eat for Energy

Still drinking out of plastic?

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I thought I'd join the Earth Day bandwagon, a little late, with some environmentally-friendly options for your health.  By now I am sure you have heard about the recent scare with plastic water bottles.  While the media has been focusing on baby bottles, the truth is that plastic water bottles are harmful - to the environment and to your health - a double whammy!
 
Did you know that plastic water bottles take 700 years to even begin to decompose in landfills - yes, seven hundred years.  Yikes.  And if you think reusable plastic water bottles are better, researchers are now finding that these bottles leak BPA (bisphenol A) into your water. These chemicals are being linked to neural damage and may produce free radicals in the body from toxic stress.  Read an interview I gave recently to the Reno, Nevada Gazette-Journal on antioxidants and how to avoid free radical damage. http://news.rgj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2008804220333
 
So, what should you carry your water in?
 
I was using glass water bottles for awhile, until I dropped one on the ice-crusted, frozen-rock-solid, Wisconsin ground this winter. Luckily no blood was shed! The best bottle to use is a SIGG Water Bottle.  I have posted them on my website because so many people have been asking me where to get them.  Check out all of the colorful and unique SIGG bottles for kids and adults: http://www.reallifefood.com/shop3.html I love these!  I even bought one for each of my family members for Christmas this year.  Some were more excited than others. 
 
If you're looking for safe baby bottles and options for kids, read this Article on baby bottles http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23617301/which mentions some great options.  Also check out my friend Deanna's online shop Freckle Face Boutique www.frecklefaceboutique.com where you can find Wee Go baby bottles.  Very cute, trendy...and safe!
 
If you still have more questions on plastic water bottles, this article may be helpful:  Read this article.: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/22/health/22well.html?ref=health

Happy Water Drinking!

Suzanne Monroe
Food Coach - Real Life Food

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Caetano | May 15, 2008 at 1:27 p.m. (report)

The debate is still up about aluminum bottles like Sigg too - they could possibly have some adverse health affects. Another good option are the Camelbak BPA free bottles - Gander Mtn has em.

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drd | May 6, 2008 at 8:06 a.m. (report)

Whole foods has SIGG water bolttles. I actually got mine online before I new this. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

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buddha | May 2, 2008 at 2:10 p.m. (report)

A bunch of us in the office bought these after we've been hearing so much about the health risks of plastic bottles. The Sigg ones are great!

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