You know how much I hate plastic.
It’s the trash that keeps on giving!
And when it comes to those plastic water bottles? Well, a new study out of Copenhagen says they may be POISONING you…
Harmful chemicals lurking in plastic
For the new study, researchers from the University of Copenhagen analyzed the type of harmful chemicals lurking within soft plastic bottles (think pre-packaged water bottles) and reusable water bottles.
They stored tap water in both types of plastic bottles for a mere 24 hours. Then, they examined the bottles before and after being run through a dishwasher cycle.
Ultimately, they found over 400 substances from the plastic itself… and over 3,500 after being run through a dishwasher cycle. (This makes sense to me, as dishwashing breaks plastic down.)
Not to mention, most of the chemicals from the plastic itself remained even after machine washing and an extra rinsing.
A vast majority of these chemicals are currently unidentifiable. Therefore, how they affect our health is unknown.
Plus, even out of the identifiable substances, the toxicity remains unclear in at least 70 percent.
Of course, I have written about some of these substances here before. Most are carcinogenic and endocrine-disrupting—including “photo-initiators.” And they all wreak havoc on our health. (A quick search of the archives will turn up plenty of articles on the subject.)
But perhaps the most concerning finding from this new research is
that the researchers found diethyltoluamide (DEET) in the water bottles. You know, the active substance in mosquito spray… which is definitely NOT safe for human consumption!
The dangers of plastic
This study really points out just how little we know about the extent of the chemicals found in our food and drink.
We’ve all gotten the message to drink more water… but now all I see are plastic bottles, everywhere.
So—drinking all that water may not be doing as much good as you thought. Especially if you’re just poisoning yourself in the process!
And considering how much attention is paid to protecting our drinking water, shouldn’t we be paying just as much attention as to what we put that water into?!
(It’s the same story I’m always telling you about plastic food containers. Never heat them or put them in the dishwasher either, unless you want those harmful chemicals to leach out!)
Clearly, there needs to be more oversight when it comes to plastic. But like most big businesses, even these latest research findings aren’t enough to tighten regulations. They’d rather cut costs (and potentially kill us in the process).
Just remember—once these chemicals are in your body, they don’t just go away. They keep accumulating, as we have very little ability to excrete them.
That’s why I urge you to make a few deliberate changes to stay away from plastic as much as you can. For instance, I only ever drink out of glass or stainless steel containers. And I never store any food in plastic containers.
To learn more steps for defending yourself against this particular enemy, check out the April 2019 issue of my monthly Logical Health Alternatives newsletter (“Staying healthy in a polluted world: How to protect yourself against the dangerous toxins you come face-to-face with on a daily basis”).
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Until next time,
“Water left over in your reusable plastic bottle? Here’s why you shouldn’t drink it.” Study Finds, 02/14/2022. (studyfinds.org/chemical-plastic-reusable-bottles/)