5 Reasons Why Reusable Water Bottles Are Better

15 Sep

While water might seem basic on the surface, it’s actually the basis of beverages. Though it has zero calories and no real nutrients, drinking water is essential for humans.

There’s a lot of conflicting data about how much water Americans drink per day, but according to National Geographic, which cites data from Beverage Marketing Corporation, a family of four can consume a case of plastic water bottles in a week — and that’s a conservative estimate. It might not seem like much on the surface, but added up, it equates to 1.7 billion bottles per year! Sadly, most of those bottles end up in landfills, contributing to the earth’s serious pollution problems. To be specific, the Container Recycling Institute estimates that more than 60 million plastic bottles end up in landfills and incinerators daily.

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So what can you do to help reverse this trend and still stay hydrated? Simple: Fill your glasses and reusable bottles with filtered water from your home. This isn’t just the better option when it comes to environmental protection and sustainability, but it’s also a healthier choice for your body and life.

Still unconvinced to switch? Here are five benefits of ditching plastic that will keep you (and the earth) healthy and happy:

If you buy a new plastic water bottle every time you’re thirsty, you’re probably shelling out anywhere from $1–$4 per bottle, sometimes more. “According to the Institutes of Medicine, fluid consumption guidelines are 11.5 cups of liquid a day for women, and 15 cups for men,” says Leslie Bonci, MPH, founder of Active Eating Advice. If your average plastic bottle is 16.9 ounces and you’re following the guidelines, using your own bottle would save a woman anywhere between $6–24, while a man could save between $8–32, depending on the price of the disposable water bottle. And so many places with high foot traffic — airports, parks and even offices — have water fountains now, so it’s not difficult to find a place to fill your bottle.

Nobody wants to be part of polluting the Earth. “Plastic bottles are not often recycled, and the single-use aspect of bottled water promotes waste creation,” explains Mary Ellen Mallia, PhD, director of the office of environmental sustainability at the University at Albany. “A bottle can take up to 1,000 years to decompose.” Essentially, that much more pollution is created by using plastic bottles and if they are not recycled properly, they can lead to the leaching of toxins into the land or, if the bottles are incinerated in waste facilities, toxins in the air. If you have a reusable bottle, you’re not contributing to this garbage.

If you carry water with you at all times, chances are you’ll stay more hydrated. “The visual stimulation can encourage us to drink more,” says Bonci. “If we don’t see the water, we may be less likely to think about drinking it.” The key here is to make sure you always have liquid in the bottle. Bonus: Drinking more water can also lead to things like improved skin.

Bisphenol A, or BPA, is a chemical found in many products including plastic water bottles. In many cases, the chemical has been linked to certain cancers. By avoiding disposable plastic bottles altogether, you’re also avoiding exposure to possible life-threatening disease. Glass and stainless steel are great choices.

“Plastic water bottles are often created from oil, specifically a petroleum product called polyethylene terephthalate, also known as PET,” explains Mallia. “This use of oil, coupled with the energy needed to produce the bottle and water, creates carbon emissions.” Therefore, switching to reusable water bottles or a filtered water pitchers can help reduce your carbon footprint.

Tackling our addiction to plastic is overwhelming, but switching from bottled water a refillable container is one small step you can take that can have a huge impact on your future.

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Blue Cross Members Share Their ‘Why’ for Losing Weight

3 Aug

We all have our own reasons for why we want to lose weight – more energy, overall health or perhaps a special occasion.

By taking advantage of an exclusive discount offered to Blue Cross members through the Blue365 savings program, find out how five patients teamed up with their local Medical Weight Loss Clinic and changed their lives.

Start your own journey today!  What’s your ‘why’?


Blue Cross Members Share Their ‘Why’ for Losing Weight

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National Watermelon Day

3 Aug


Watermelon is the perfect fruit to enjoy on August 3rd.  It is also National Watermelon Day. Enjoyed by many, it is a favorite at summertime events such as picnics and fairs.  Watermelon is 92% water, which is why it is so refreshing.

Watermelon is a vine-like flowering plant originally from southern Africa. Its fruit, which is also called watermelon, is a special kind referred to by botanists as a pepo, a berry which has a thick rind (exocarp) and fleshy center (mesocarp and endocarp). Pepos are derived from an inferior ovary and are characteristic of the Cucurbitaceae. The watermelon fruit, loosely considered a type of melon – although not in the genus Cucumis – has a smooth exterior rind (usually green with dark green stripes or yellow spots) and a juicy, sweet interior flesh (usually deep red to pink, but sometimes orange, yellow, or white).

The fruit was likely first cultivated for its ability to hold plentiful water in a desert landscape, especially since the wild melon was bitter or tasteless.  Seeds and art found in tombs of Pharaohs are substantial evidence of the watermelon’s value. Cultivation and breeding brought out the better qualities of sweet and tender fruit we enjoy today.

Watermelons can grow enormous, and you will find competitions across the country which award prizes each year for the largest one.  The Guinness Book of World Records states that the heaviest watermelon weighed 262 pounds. To learn more refreshing watermelon facts, check out www.watermelon.org.

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WSYM: Patient – Marci

25 Jun

Marci started as a patient with the Lansing Medical Weight Loss Clinic nearly 20 years ago!  She’s lost over 100 lbs and has kept it off for over 4 years!  She discusses how her life has changed and how she is now the best version of herself possible as a mom, wife and employee.

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