Try not to drink poison!

Try not to drink poison this summer - most people do!

Interesting article in the Daily Express on how a slice of lemon in your drink, part f the article reads:

Whether it be an ice cold glass of your favourite fizzy drink or a slimline gin and tonic, a slice of lemon is always a refreshing addition.

But did you know the microbes found on your citrus wedge have the potential to cause infectious diseases?

This comes after it was revealed THIS everyday habit is "as dirty as licking your toilet".

A study published in the Journal of Environmental Health in 2007, involved researchers swabbing lemon slices that were on their drinks at 21 different restaurants.

They found almost 70 per cent of the samples produced some sort of microbial growth, including 25 different microbial species.

The researchers concluded: “The microbes found on the lemon samples in our investigation all have the potential to cause infectious diseases at various body sites, although the likelihood was not determined in this study

But it doesn't stop there, in another edition of the Daily Express

So it may come as a surprise to learn that refilling your water bottle without washing it has been branded as dirtier than licking the toilet.

New research from treadmill reviews has found that refilled water bottles are covered in germs.

Researchers lab-tested reusable water bottles after each had been used by an athlete for a week.

The bottle with the highest number of bacteria – over 900,000 colony forming units per square cm on average – had more bacteria than the average toilet seat.

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The research, shared with Metro.co.uk, found the average person’s water bottle had 313,499 CFU per square cm.

The germ-ridden bottles are caused by a lack of washing mixed with sweat and germs encountered on a daily basis.

Even more stomach-churning was the news researchers found 60 per cent of the germs they discovered on the water bottles were able to make people sick.

However there are ways to make water bottles less germ-covered.

Which should be enough to examine everything we do where eating utensils, cups and plates, water bottles are concerned.

Some useful hints from these articles include:

1. Firstly, don’t use a slide-top bottle as it was found to be the worst for germs, with 933,340 CFU per square cm.

2. Squeeze top and screw-top bottles came in second, with around 160,000 CFU per square cm.

3. But the cleanest bottles were straw-tops, which had just 25,400 CFU per square cm.

4. Drinking from a stainless steel bottle is healthier than from a plastic bottle, researchers discovered.