Health Implications Associated With Drinking Water Containers

Many people do not realize that their drinking water container may be contaminated with a chemical known as bisphenyl A or BPA. BPA is used in plastics as a hardening agent and is approved for usage in drinking water containers by the FDA. By learning about some of the health hazards associated with BPA we can begin to understand why it may be desirable to only drink out of drinking water containers that are BPA free.
The main issue with BPA is the fact that it has been shown to cause reproductive issues. This means that women who are pregnant or possibly could become pregnant should avoid BPA at all costs. This brings up another very consideration as well. Baby bottles that are made with BPS are especially risky due to the fact that the release of BPA from plastics is greatly increased by repeatedly heating and cooling the plastic. The common warming of baby bottles containing BPA could be exposing the baby to harmful levels of the substance. The BPA that the baby is consuming may produce side effects that will only be noticed as the baby ages into a child, including stunted learning and other behavioral conditions.
The reason that a baby is so susceptible to BPA during pregnancy as well as during infancy after being born is due to their low weight. Thus, a small amount of BPA that would normally produce no effect in adults or even children could have a very significant effect on a baby who has an equal amount of exposure.
It is also important to consider the fact that BPA begins to leech out of the plastic in larger amounts after the reusable water bottle has been washed several times. This is due to the breakdown of the initial plastic coating from the stresses of washing and reuse. In this way you could slowly be increasing your exposure to this substance in drinking water containers by simply reusing them. However, it is possible to avoid this by simply choosing to use a drinking water container that was not produced with BPA. All in all, exposure to this substance can be avoided by choosing to not use plastic.