Every parent wants their child to succeed in school and in life but sometimes kids have a hard time focusing and are negatively influenced by their environment. Recent studies have shown here is one thing that you can fix now!
As many of us know, water is essential to a healthy and vital life! What you may not know is that an organic chemical called Bisphenol A (BPA) is used in the manufacturing of plastic and metal containers for our water and food.
It has been in commercial use since the 1960’s but only recently was found to have some health concerns. BPA has been found to have an effect on hormonal actions in the body, mainly effecting women because it binds estrogen and other endocrine receptors. There have also been links between exposure to BPA and the development of heart disease.
In fact, a recent study done by a team of American pediatricians found that higher BPA levels in infants, both during and after birth, were associated with a lack of behavioral control. This, again, was more pronounced in females.
There have been studies stating that low amounts present minimal hazards to human health, like the study done in 1983 by the United States National Academy of Science. However, most of the test were done on lab animals (such as rats) and were NOT conclusive. Although, there are studies going on now that are focusing on human test subjects.
The most common alternative to plastic water bottles are reusable stainless steal bottles. They not only help with recycling but they do not contain BPA as the plastic bottles and metal cans. Some companies that sell comical free container are: Gaiam, Klean Kanteen, and New Wave Enviro Products.
As essential as water is, make sure to stay away from the plastic and metal cans and containers this school year! And continue using healthy choices and alternatives!!
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