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Q: What’s in your bottle?

Posted September 24, 2014 in Advice Column, Bondurant

A: In the last issue, we spoke about “natural healing” and the benefits of epsom salt and essential oils. Today we are going to go further in depth with that discussion and talk about “eco-friendly” and your water bottle.

When you are in the store contemplating which water bottle to purchase, are you looking at color, style or chemicals? Yes, I said, “chemicals.” Plastic water bottles contain an ingredient called BPA, an industrial chemical used to make polycarbonate plastic resins, epoxy resins and other products. This chemical has been linked to breast cancer, prostate cancer and heart disease, just to name a few. Now, I’m not saying, if you use a plastic water bottle, you will get cancer. Not at all. I’m saying your risk is greater, especially when it becomes heated up, such as in a dishwasher. Heat breaks down the plastic, allowing the BPA to be more readily exposed to your beverage. And yes, this goes for store-bought bottled water as well. Store-bought bottled water is transported in trucks, usually at very high heat, allowing BPA release at a much greater volume and a heavy pollutant of our beautiful land. So, next time you are in need of water, please think about your health, the greater good and chose BPA-free or, better yet, glass.

Next issue: Thieves oil, recipes and why it is a must have in your medicine cabinet.

Information provided by Crystal Trunnel, owner, Hypsie, 17 Main St., Bondurant, 515-393-4268.

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