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Ditch the Plastic and BPAs

June 25, 2024 |

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When it comes to toxins, we are all about decreasing the toxic burden placed on our bodies.

While there are things that are out of our control, there are SO many things that we can control that will make a massive difference in our health! One of these very important modifications is ditching the plastic.

Plastic containers and bottles almost always contain Bisphenol A (BPA). This chemical is used in the production of plastics, epoxy resins and thermal paper. A study of 2,517 participants found that 93% of their urine samples contained detectable levels of BPA! So, it should come as no surprise that most Americans have detectable levels of this toxin.

Why is BPA such a big deal? It is highly correlated to immune function, inflammation, and oxidative stress.

BPA is a synthetic estrogen and endocrine disruptor (this means it interferes with the body’s natural hormones by mimicking or obstructing them). Studies have found that BPA levels in children during their prepubertal stage were clearly associated with metabolic syndrome. It can also lead to:

  • brain, behavioral and learning impairments
  • cardiovascular abnormalities
  • breast and prostate cancer
  • thyroid and sex hormone disruption
  • early puberty
  • decreased fertility or infertility

Not only is BPA absorbed via ingestion, but it can also be inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Sources with high levels of BPA include water bottles, baby bottles, children’s toys, food can lining, food storage containers, receipts and dental sealants to name a few.

While this toxin may seem to be hidden everywhere, it is possible to avoid it. We recommend switching to glass bottles and containers.

Almost all plastic products have an identical product that is either glass or stainless steel and BPA-free! Opt for fresh foods and avoid canned food products that contain BPA and please, never stick a plastic container with food in the microwave. Increased migration of BPA can occur under conditions of higher temperatures.

Avoid disrupting hormones and causing damage to your organs and DNA by making this simple swap that can greatly impact your overall health!

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