By now you’re well aware of the perks of drinking water (it can speed weight loss by 550 percent and rev energy by 89 percent), so you’re never far from your next glass. And while you avoid BPA — the chemical in plastic water bottles that disrupts hormones, causing fatigue and weight gain — research in the journal Nature Communications reveals that even BPA-free bottles may not be safe.
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Scientists found the BPA substitute fluorene-9-bisphenol (BHPF) leached into the water from 23 of the 52 bottles tested. Why that’s a problem: “Almost all plastics, including ones marketed as BPA-free, release fake estrogens,” says Sara Gottfried, M.D., author of The Hormone Cure. And the hormone disruption caused by BPA and its alternatives can result in brain fog and a sluggish thyroid, she says. “Even more worrisome, several BPA-free plastics demonstrate greater estrogenic activity than BPA itself.” And exposure is widespread: The CDC found that 93 percent of women have BPA in their urine; in other research, 81 percent tested positive for BPS, a BPA cousin found in plastic bottles.
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To the rescue: easy tweaks to help you reap the benefits of staying hydrated while avoiding the chemical alphabet soup.
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