Plastic Water Bottles And Their Effects On Your Health (Guest Post)

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The common material we use in day to day life is none other than the plastic.

We use it for various purposes and one among the major uses is by food industries and this plastic comes in various forms like the mineral water bottles and water cans for drinking purpose with a label on it 100% pure.

But this is not always correct. !!

A new research by Orb Media, a journalism organisation in Washington, D.C., shown that a single bottle can hold dozens or possibly even thousands of microscopic plastic particles.

Do you believe that the water cans we are using are not containing just water but also plastic!!

The researchers had done their experiments on more than 250 mineral water bottles from 11 different well known brands and revealed contamination with plastic material that  includes polypropylene, nylon, and polyethylene terephthalate (PET). After a through examination they have revealed the size of the plastic particles to be 100 micron, and global average of 10.4 plastic particles per liter.  When compared to even smaller plastic particles they have shown to be 314.6 per liter.

Guess how much plastic we are consuming in day to day life!

These chemicals which when consumed have devastating effects on body. Though about 90 % of the plastic is excreted out but the smaller plastic particle less than 150 microns can go into our blood and the lymphatic system and organs like kidneys and liver and get stored in them.

What can plastic do to your body?

There are many researchers done in this field and many have proved the disastrous effects of the plastic.

Keeps your heart at risk:

The plastic contains a chemical named bisphenol A, or BPA, which is widely found in plastic bottles, plastic packaging and the linings of food and beverage cans. A study was done in Korea , where the people who consumed soya milk in the BPA lined plastic containers have showed dramatic increase in the blood pressure when compared to times they have not taken the containers lined by BPA and their urinary concentration of BPA has raised to about 16 fold times.

For every 20 mm Hg there is twice increase in the cardiovascular diseases like heart attack and stokes. This research has shown that drinking in plastic bottles can potentially raise your blood pressure and heart diseases.

Can cause cancer:

There are various chemicals in the plastic water bottles that can mimic the estrogen(Hormone) in our body thereby replacing the function of the naturally produced estrogen in our body and putting our body into risk of developing various cancer like the breast cancer, ovarian cancer,colon, prostate cancers and even PCOD and various other problems like low sperm count in men and female unable to conceive.

Can cause autism in children:

A recent research has proved the relationship between the autism(conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. ) and the chemicals in the plastic and the culprit is again the chemical BPA, so it is advised for the pregnant ladies not to consume the water that is stored in the plastic bottles.

Conclusion:

The normal mineral water bottle that we use is far beyond just water in it. It is mixture of various chemicals which are derived from the plastic that is present in the plastic containers. The plastic can cause devastating health issues like the heart diseases, infertility, cancers, autism etc. These are all sold to us in the name of 100 percent pure mineral water in plastic containers.

This can be prevented by immediately transferring the water from the plastic containers to the aluminium or copper or stainless steel containers before drinking at least for few hours. It is always said that “Prevention is better than cure” so reducing the usage of plastic containers can help in reducing the health hazards.

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  1. Em

    Not to be a total wet blanket … but can you please cite the study linking BPA to autism? — The ASD research that I’m aware of is inconclusive (cross-sectional, correlational) at the very best … and riddled with bad statistics and fear mongering at the very worst.

    This 2018 mice model study (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28964733) is one of the better papers I had the chance to find in my *very* brief lit review … With findings suggestive that maternal/prenatal BPA exposure is associated with increased anxiety-like behaviours.

    I agree that BPA — and other environmental toxins — is something that we need to attend to, both in terms of human health and environmental health. However, spreading misinformation isn’t responsible nor productive. As a health care provider in-training, I’ve found it to be a significant source of needless patient worry / financial strain / poor decision making.

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      • Em

        I had seen that study during my lit review – it raises an interesting correlational finding, but it’s methods are FAR from being conclusive.

        – Statistically: I’m a conservative data-driven statistician, and bored that they didn’t control for Type I error and there were issues with skew.

        – The study looked at cross-sectional associations in a sample of older children (mean age: 10).
        – We know that early symptoms of ASD are detectable in infants. They’re subtle, but a trained clinician can spot them. This finding does not account for the fact that ASD is a prevaisive neurodevelopmental disorder.
        – I worked in an ASD clinic for 3 years. Many families will use plastic plates/cups/cutlery with their ASD children for MANY different reasons – such as the child’s sensory sensitivities, preferences, or because the child tends to throw items. Thus, this result might easily reflect ASD management strategies rather than the cause of ASD. (Correlation does not equal causation.)

        – As noted in the article, exposure is simply not enough: we are all constantly exposed to BPA in our modern enviroronment. What are the mechanisms through which exposure would impact these individuals more than others?

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      • Em

        Not a problem 🙂 It’s a hotly debated issue … I’ve had many discussions with colleagues, epidemiologists, and other clinicians about ASD.

        Regardless of the current state of evidence, public health teaches us that it’s better safe than sorry. Simply for environmental reasons – let alone potential health complications – we should all work to reduce our plastic consumption!

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  2. kiki | soyvirgo.com

    There’s this site that tells you how “safe” tap water in your county or town is and i mean, i drank tap water for a long time and im fine lol

    but anyways, my husband got me a lil scared of tap water and in cali you have to use those water dispensers and refill them at these stations which was so interesting to see. I kind of want to do that now here where i live.
    I noticed in whole foods you can refill your water. I heard Alkaline water is best too!
    Anyways this post is great. Not only is plastic in water bottles but also in a lot of foods like the frozen ones and even produce. yuck. personally i feel like my government wants me to be sick! there’s plastic all over.

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    • PoojaG

      Wow that’s a really interesting app. Thanks for the information!
      I always drink tap water so I’m not really afraid of it either but I know a lot of people drink from plastic bottles which is very sad. And yes plastic is EVERYWHERE even though there are so many alternatives to replace it.

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