We all have a sports bottle we use when going out for a jog, to the gym or just hanging out with friends, but do you have the right one? Is it safe? When is the last time you cleaned it? Ever look inside it?
I have studied the dangers of different chemicals that can leach into your water/beverage from plastic at different temeratures extensively and came to one conclusion: Plastic isn't that safe.
*** FIRST: AVOID ANY PLASTIC SPORTS BOTTLES AT ALL COSTS: I don’t care what safety rating they have on the little triangle on the bottom of your sports bottle: There is always a chance of some BPA’s, estrogen or other chemicals leaching into your water from plastic. I don’t know how the USDA tests for safe levels you can drink, and I don’t care: NO LEVEL OF BPA’s, ESTROGEN OR CHEMICALS ARE SAFE TO ME.
***GET A METAL SPORTS BOTTLE! Nothing says “Badass” like a cool, metal sports bottle, and they are much safer than plastic ones. I have different colors, anodized, some with skulls and other designs. The polished raw metal ones I have are really badass!!! Lined or not… They’re excellent and make you look like a rock star!
Look inside your sports bottle:
Do you see any dark spots? When is the last time you thoroughly cleaned it?
***And don’t use the left over water you had in your bottle from the day before. If you do: YA NASTY! Ever hear of “backwash”? No matter how you drink/sip on your sports bottle, there always a chance of the water from your mouth backwashing back into your bottle. Leave that overnight in a gym bag or hot car where the bacteria and germs can accumulate and you run the risk of getting a stomach ache, diarrhea or worse! DO NOT USE BLEACH ON A METAL SPORTS BOTTLE! Bleach reacts with the metal and can be very harmful. Regular soap and water with a bottle brush is great, even better? An 8 to 1 solution of vinegar or baking soda. Your sports bottle will be fresh, clean and ready for that delicious cold drink of water during a workout… Ahhh!!!