What You Don’t Know About Drinking Water Containers May Be Harmful To You

Look in any refrigerator in this nation, and you are bound to find plastic drinking water containers. As a nation, we have come to think that a plastic drinking water container is the best and safest choice.

But is it, really? Recently, per a study conducted by the National Toxicology program, plastic drinking water containers were found to contain an element that could migrate into the water (or other liquid) and precipitate potential health hazards. The compound, Bisphenol A (BPA) is a component of polycarbonate and other polymers used to make bottles for beverages.

BPA is often chosen for a drinking water container because it is strong, but not heavy, like glass. However, research has shown that individuals, who consume Bisphenol A, tend to have a greater risk of certain types of cancers. Additionally, BPA can potentially interfere with hormone levels.

Many families also re-use their bottled drinking water containers after washing them in hot water, either by hand or in the dishwasher. Leaching of BPA into the liquid actually increases with re-use.

Now, to be fair, the increased risk of developing health problems from consuming the substance comes from being exposed to high levels of the compound. The problem is that a drinking water container is not the only source of BPA contamination. It is also used to line canned goods.

A random testing conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention found some level of the contaminant in the urine of every person tested. Infrequent usage of drinking water containers made with BPA may not be harmful but why chance it?

The bottled water industry is largely unregulated anyway, which means you may already be consuming dangerous contaminants either naturally or artificially added to the public water-supply. Why jeopardize your health even more by using a plastic drinking water container?

In addition to having health consequences, regular use of bottled waters produces an environmental danger. While most plastic is recyclable, a consumer has to make the choice to simply not toss their drinking water containers into their regular garbage.

By far, the best choice for drinking water containers is glass. Not only do you eliminate any potential health risks by no chemical contaminants, you also help to save the environment. A glass drinking water container can be reused repeatedly without degrading the material.

I consume my eight glasses of water per day and consider myself very eco-aware. After doing my research on drinking water containers and learning about the danger of plastic, my eyes were certainly opened. I had always assumed that the plastic drinking water container I carried around all day and constantly re-used was the best and safest way to consume my daily intake of water.

Now that I understand the potential dangers of the main compound used in those drinking water containers, I can take steps to reduce my exposure to a dangerous chemical by switching to a glass. Besides, from what I hear, the taste of glass is the best.

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Diabetic Supplies: Make Sure You Travel With All The Necessary Supplies

Diabetes is a serious disease. It tends to cause a lot of discomfort to the patient and can even fatal in nature if not taken special care. Since diabetes is a chronic disease, it does not have any permanent cure. However, with proper care and treatment, one can expect to live a long and happy life with this disease.

People with diabetes are advised to take some special diets, medicines and other important things that can keep their sugar levels in control. This is really easy when it comes to day to day activities.

It can really be difficult to follow certain regime when they travel. This results in a lot of complications in their health. If taken special care, one can easily stay away from any kind of complications and keep the disease in control.

A) If you are a diabetic and planning to travel out of city, follow the tips mentioned below in order to ensure safe health:

a)Use a small lunch bag with icepacks. Make sure that the bag is insulated.

b)Take your glucose meter.

c)Meet your health care practitioner before you set out for the trip. This will provide you an idea of your overall health. You would also come to know about the type of medications you need to carry in case of emergency.

d)Purchase all your medicines and supplies required for the trip beforehand. It is not necessary that you get the medicine prescribed by your doctor at a foreign place easily. Make a list of supplies you would actually require.

e)Keep a record of phone number you can call up in case of an emergency. You should also keep the phone number of your doctor handy.

f)Ask your doctor to plan a diet for you. Make sure that your doctor knows where you are heading to. He will plan the diet accordingly.

There are also certain restrictions on people to take medicines and medical supplies abroad.

Hence, you need to inform your screener that you have diabetes and are carrying certain supplies along with you.

B) Here is a list of some of the supplies and equipments related to diabetes that are allowed via the checkpoint as soon as these have been screened:

a)Urine keton test strips

b)Insulin; Insulin loaded dispensing products identified by a prescriptions label. The label should contain a name that matches the name of the passenger as on the ticket.

c)Insulin pump: Insulin pump supplies

d)Liquid prescription medicines

e)Emergency kit with a prescription label clearly mentioned the name of the patient.

f)Liquid and gel containers for treating hypoglycemia

g)Blood glucose meters; Blood glucose meters test strips

h)Continuous blood glucose monitors

i)Alcohol swabs; Lancets

j)Meter testing solutions; Monitor supplies

k)Unused syringes with insulin or any other medicine that is injectable (Unlimited number)

l)Essential non-prescription liquid medication with label clearly mentioning the name of the patient

m)Used syringes transported in disposal container or any other hard surface container.

You need to be really careful when carrying diabetic supplies while on the trip. Don’t forget anything that’s essential and you can’t do without.

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Tips On Organizing The Medicine Cabinet In Your Home

When you think of clearing clutter does a closet, drawer or room come to mind? How about getting rid of the clutter in your medicine cabinet? This could be as important as getting rid of clutter in other parts of the home; it could actually be a health issue.

The bathroom is not the best place to store medicine because high humidity can affect the potency of certain drugs. (Besides who wants to take a pill using ‘bathroom’ water? I know the water comes from the same pipes, but drinking bathroom water makes me cringe). Medicines are to be stored in a cool/dry place.

Separate medicines from first aid supplies and vitamins. A bin, basket or other adequate container works well to store medicines in. To begin; round up all medicines from every place in the home. (Bathrooms, kitchen, closets, bedrooms)

Separate medicines into like categories. Pain relief, antiseptics, cold and flu, fever reducer, ointments, antacids and all other over the counter medicines you have.

Within the medicine bin smaller containers work well to keep like meds together. Or small containers can be labeled and kept next to the larger container. Vitamins can be in a smaller container within the larger one or next to it. First aid supplies can also be in a bin and kept near the medicine bin.

For prescription medicines place bottles in separate zip lock bags with the person’s name and Rx printed on the outside. This is especially helpful in the middle of the night when looking for a specific medicine for a family member.

ALWAYS check the expiration dates. Medicines can become toxic or lose their effectiveness past the expiration date. Check expiration dates twice a year. A good time to remember to do this is when changing to and from daylight saving time. (And smoke detector batteries are being checked then too).

By organizing and checking the medicines in your home you can be prepared by having items you think your family will need before illness or other problems strikes.

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