Research links chemicals in water bottles to serious fertility and learning problems
Budding Olympians beware – although having a freshly filled water bottle to hand whilst exercising is vital to improve performance and increase coordination, it could also be seriously damaging their health and ruin their Olympic dream.
Children inspired by this months’ London Olympics, will need to train for an unbelievable 10,000 hours, six hours a day, six days a week, 12 months a year, to stand a chance of competing at the next Olympics in 2018. Drinking enough water is vital to keep the body working efficiently as losing just 2% of body weight in fluid can decrease performance by up to 25% .
However, many water bottles contain unhealthy toxic substances and plasticizers, various substances added to plastics to make them pliable. Plastic water bottles also often contain the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) and studies have shown that this compound found in hard, clear polycarbonate plastics appears to mimic the effects of oestrogen, interfering with hormone levels and cell signalling responses .
Some of the serious health problems linked to water bottles and plastic containers containing BPA include: learning and behavioural problems, altered immune system function, early puberty in girls and fertility problems, decreased sperm count, prostate and breast cancer as well as diabetes and obesity .
As Sally Gunnell, former British Olympic Champion in the 400m hurdles and busy mum of 3 boys explains; “It is really important that children drink plenty of water when they are playing sport to keep them rehydrated and mentally focused. To ensure that my sons are always rehydrated without worrying that they may develop serious learning and fertility problems in later life, I make sure that I always buy BPA-free water bottles.”
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