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Sustainable Hydration

By admin | In Nutrition, Uncategorized | on March 18, 2014

Since our bodies are 50-65% water, we often stress the importance of hydration, especially since you all train hard.  How you carry your water around can determine how much you impact the earth as well as your body. While I applaud people who have water readily available in their cars or garages, they’re often stored in plastic water bottles, which are both terrible for our health as well as our planet’s.

Check out these facts from Ban the Bottle:

  • Making bottles to meet America’s demand for bottled water uses more than 17 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel 1.3 million cars for a year. And that’s not even including the oil used for transportation.

  • The energy we waste using bottled water would be enough to power 190,000 homes.

  • Last year, the average American used 167 disposable water bottles, but only recycled 38.

  • Americans used about 50 billion plastic water bottles last year. However, the U.S.’s recycling rate for plastic is only 23 percent, which means 38 billion water bottles – more than $1 billion worth of plastic – are wasted each year.

  • The recommended eight glasses of water a day, at U.S. tap rates equals about $.49 per year; that same amount of bottled water is about $1,400.

  • Antimony, which is found in PET plastic bottles, in small doses can cause dizziness and depression; in larger doses it can cause nausea, vomiting and death.

Luckily, most of you are responsible adults and show up to the gym with water bottles.  I’ve seen an array from stainless steel to plastic to glass receptacles.   We’ve posted about BPA and its dangers before, but we knew it was just a matter of time before science caught up and tested the BPA-free plastics for similar toxins.

One environmental group recently tested BPA-free sippy cups for toxins and this is what they had to say:

The hormone-altering chemical bisphenol A (BPA) has been banned from baby bottles and cups for young children (including sippy cups) in California (and in some EU countries), and nationwide most companies have removed the chemical from these products. BPA is estrogenic, meaning it can mimic the action of estrogen, a powerful hormone that controls sexual development, is important in conception and during pregnancy, and plays a role in the growth of some breast cancers. Scientists have found in animal studies that even very low levels of BPA exposure can lead to health problems, including harm to the mammary gland, ovaries, pituitary gland, and impacts on brain development, reproduction, and other health concerns.

I was dismayed to see a Camelbak water bottle I recently bought for Cade on the list.  Check out the article to see which cups they tested and the results.   Yes, I know there are potential toxins everywhere and one can only be so careful, but when it comes to my little one, I’ll always opt for the safest option.   We’ve posted about several in the past: Kleen Kanteen, Life Factory are just a few examples.

Since I’m a terrible hydrater, though, I need something easy and accessible (read: if I have to unscrew the top off, it’ll go untouched), glass (not a fan of stainless steel even though it’s a perfectly safe alternative), and toddler proof.   A few searches on google and I found the perfect solution:  Camelbak Eddy GLASS, with a glass straw replacement from Glass Dharma.


WOD 03.18.14

Front Squat 3×3

5 Rounds:
7 Pull Ups
14 Kettlebell Snatches 62/44 (Sub DB Snatches)
21 Double Unders (Sub 2x Paralette Jumps)

One Comment to "Sustainable Hydration"

  • Tina says:

    March 18, 2014 at 7:02 AM -

    I like that glass straw!!

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