Are Cheap Water Bottles Affecting Your Health?

Learning to avoid plastics that contain Bisphenol A or BPA seems like a daunting task. By taking a few seconds to read the label and finding out what recycling code it has labeled on it can make all the difference.

Why is BPA bad?

Bisphenol is an endocrine inhibitor.

OK let’s break this down a little further, in layman terms; it interrupts the processes of the endocrine system.

What is the Endocrine System?

The endocrine system is a series of gland and organs that produce hormones that control vital functions of your body.

Just to name a few glands and organs that are related to the endocrine functions are:

Thyroid
Stomach
Liver
Pancreas
Kidneys
Skin
Heart
Bone marrow
Testes
Uterus

Every major function of the human body is tied to the endocrine system.

You will not be shocked when I tell you that BPA contamination has been linked to Diabetes which affects the Pancreas

Should this information be alarming and scare this piss out of you?

Absolutely!

The Food and Drug Administration have you focused and worried about how many calories and grams of fat are in items rather than the raw ingredients and secondary contamination.

Now that you know a little bit more about toxic BPA let’s discuss the types of plastics that are manufactured.

There are 7 codes that are used in describing plastic types, which are numbers 1-7.

Type 1

PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate)

Used for making single use containers for common items such as soda bottles, single use water bottles, electrolyte replacement drinks, food jars as well as cosmetic containers.

Type 2

HDPE (High density Polyethylene)

HDPE is used to make many common items that are heavily used such as grocery bags, milk, and juice containers.

Type 3

PVC (Polyvinyl chloride)

PVC is used to make items such as Garden Hoses, Rain Jackets, Window frames, meat wrapping, and water pipe.

Type 4

LDPE (Low Density Polyethylene)

You will find this product to be used to package bread, heavy duty bags, squeezable plastic bottles and food wrap.

Type 5

PP (Polypropylene)

Medicine bottles, cereal liners, straws and chip bags are commonly used with PP.

Type 6

PS (Polystyrene)

They use this world wide and you find it all the time on the side of the road as foam food containers, egg cartons, and plastic cutlery. This stuff just doesn’t go away and isn’t’ recyclable.

Type 7

Other PC (Polycarbonate)

This is the group where they label stuff they don’t have a category for but common items are Baby bottles, water coolers, car parts, etc.

Which Types should you avoid?

Limit your exposure to plastics types 1, 2, 3, 6, and 7 whenever possible.

Avoid types 3 and 7 at all costs.

Join us in celebration of “Boycott BPA Week” in March.

Bottle Gourd and Its Benefits

It is mostly a summer vegetable, which is truly beneficial for health. Bottle gourd is connected with a number of health benefits. The mild and cool effect of this vegetable keeps your body relaxed throughout the summer season. Since a long time, bottle gourd has been used to treat a number of health problems.

In spite of gourd not being too tasty, it can offer a number of health benefits. The water content in this vegetable is nearly 96% and is also rich in iron, dietary fibers and phosphorus. And of course, it very rich in Vitamin C.

Bottle gourd contains fiber that helps in preventing health issues such as piles, constipation and gastric problems. It is recommended that people suffering from diabetes and digestion should add it in their everyday diet. The juice of this vegetable is also used in various other ayurvedic medicines.

Bottle gourd can prove to be very helpful for people who are in the process of losing weight. As it is low in calories and fats and rich in fiber, one should daily drink a glass of bottle gourd juice on empty stomach. Doing this will help you in curbing your appetite.

This vegetable helps in minimizing problems related to urine. To keep a control on urinary problems, one should daily drink a glass of bottle gourd juice with a tea spoon of lime juice mixed in it. The cooling effect of the juice helps to curb the burning sensation caused due to urine infection.

Insomnia can also be reduced by eating gourd regularly. Gourd juice mixed with sesame oil proves to be a very good medicine for insomnia. The cooked leave of this vegetable is good for insomnia. To treat insomnia the leaves of bottle gourd can be cooked and eaten as a vegetable.

Over and above, it is very effective in treating skin problems and preventing untimely graying of hair. It is very advantageous if taken during jaundice and is effective in curing kidney problems as well. A glass of gourd juice satisfies thirst and gives energy.

It is very nutritious and at the same time low in calories and fats. Everyone should try and include this vegetable in their regular diet. Compliment your diet by eating bottle gourd everyday because it purifies your body and keeps you healthy all throughout.

Treasure Hunting For Antique Bottles

To some, old bottles are just junk taking up space on the windowsills of the kitchen. They truly don’t appreciate the craftsmanship that typically went into making these items, which was usually done by hand. Of course there are other reasons why someone would be interested in antique bottles, and it has to do with more than just how the bottles were made.

Antique bottles are truly a part of history. The different types of bottles tell a story about a particular industry or way of life. For example, medicinal bottles tell us how far the medical industry has come since many elements are now stored in plastic bags. Seeing an old glass IV bottle can take you back decades. There are antique bottles from the pharmaceutical industry that have the name of the chemical and even poison warnings worked right into the bottle’s design. This is so different from items today where everything is printed on adhesive labels and attached to the bottle itself.

It can be said too that antique bottles are a part of true Americana. Old Coca-Cola or Pepsi-Cola bottles can remind one of the time when sodas were actually sold in glass bottles and were enjoyed at a real soda counter. Other types of antique bottles that are valuable to collectors include vinegar bottles, whiskey bottles, torpedo bottles, cosmetic bottles, and of course beer bottles. To collectors, a bottle that is in good shape and that is an unusual shape or color is very valuable and some can sell for literally tens of thousands of dollars.

There are of course antique bottles that are appreciated for their design and workmanship. For instance, bitters are an old type of medicine that were made from herbs and roots and were called that because of their bitter taste. The bottles they were contained in were often shaped like log cabins, ears of corn, women’s figures, or even a pig. These types of antique bottles are valued for their different colors as well as their shapes. You just don’t see that much detail put into a bottle any longer! If you can imagine a bottle of Mrs. Butterworth’s syrup, you have an idea of what old bitters bottles were shaped like.

Antique bottles can be found all across the United States. Good locations include ghost towns, old dumps, old houses, old homesteads and the campsites on the trails that the early pioneers used to cross the United States.

Before you start treasure hunting for these valuable antiques I suggest that you pay a visit to the National Bottle Museum at 76 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY, to learn the early bottle making methods. The museum sponsors a antique bottle show every June and dealers and collectors from all over the world attend. At the very least you can visit the museums web site.

Many of the more valuable bottles were produced in the 1800s and were handmade and no two are exactly alike. Bottles are appreciated for their look and for the visual appeal they have. Lining colored bottles up against windows can really reflect sunlight and brighten up a kitchen. But more than just visually appealing, antique bottles are truly part of history. For antique lovers, bottles are an important part of any collection and can be very valuable.

Happy Treasure Hunting.