When visiting the spa, I always like to bring my own water, because it is such an important part of the cleansing process. Many spas will offer bottled water, and some have water in containers throughout the spa. While many spas offer filtrations systems to insure that you are drinking the best quality water, some do not. Ask before you go as to the availability of quality water. This way you may make an informed decision about what you will drink.
If a spa offers water with fruit or vegetable slices, make sure that the staff properly washed the fruits and vegetables prior to placing them in the water. If they do not, there may be pesticides or other contaminants in the water.
Do not drink water from open containers or pitchers or where the lids are easily opened, especially if they have fruit in them. I have seen people open the lids, stick their hands in to remove ice for their face or the fruit slices to eat. Please note that this is certainly not proper etiquette. I do not know one spa that would not provide you with fruit or ice if you request it. So pleased do not help yourself.
What’s in Your Drinking Water?
BPA In Bottles Is it Safe?
Dozens of state and national environmental health organizations in the U.S. and Canada are calling for an immediate moratorium on the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in baby bottles and other food and beverage containers, based on the results of a new study that they say demonstrates the toxic chemical BPA leaches from popular plastic baby bottles when heated.
BPA, a synthetic sex hormone that mimics estrogen, is used to make hard polycarbonate plastic. Ninety-five percent of all baby bottles on the market are made with BP, according to the study.
However, recently the “FDA has concluded that an adequate margin of safety exists for BPA at current levels of exposure from food contact uses,” this was stated in an FDA draft assessment. Earlier this year, a draft report from another federal agency concluded that “The possibility that bisphenol A may alter human development cannot be dismissed.” That was part of what prompted Wal-Mart, among others, to say it would stop selling baby bottles that contain the chemical. And California is now considering a bill that would ban the substance in food and drink containers made for infants.
The FDA assessment was released in advance of a September meeting where a panel of experts will discuss the subject..
In his weekly message posted on the FDA’s Web site, FDA Commissioner and Chief Scientist, Andrew von Eschenbach wrote that “science creates these products and science must inform us of their risks. With regard to BPA thus far, the science FDA has reviewed does not justify recommending that anyone discontinue using these products.”
Scientists, physicians, and children's health advocates expressed outrage with the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) announcement that bisphenol A - the hormone disrupting chemical found in numerous consumer products including can linings and baby bottles - is "safe." In laboratory studies BPA is consistently linked to obesity, developmental problems, risk for heart attack, and breast and prostate cancer.