Avoiding Chemicals for a Healthier Lifestyle

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What is BPA?

BPA (bisphenol-a) is a synthetic chemical known to mimic the hormone estrogen that is often used in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins[1].

What is BPA

Why should we avoid exposure to BPA?

Many products we use on a daily basis are made with BPA, which readily breaks down and exposes us to the chemical. Additionally, when a product containing BPA is heated or washed with strong detergents, it breaks down at a much faster rate—increasing our exposure to the chemical even more[2]. Although the doses of BPA exposure may be small when looked at on an individual basis, studies have shown that repeated exposure over time may cause a variety health concerns including, but not limited to[3]:

  • Miscarriages
  • Infertility
  • Abnormal chromosomes
  • Abnormalities in fat metabolism
  • Development of insulin resistance
  • Diabetes
  • Early onset of puberty
  • Heart disease

How can we Try to Avoid BPA Exposure?

Unfortunately, companies are not required by law to indicate whether or not their products are made with BPA. As a result, it may be difficult to avoid all forms of BPA, yet there are several easy steps you can take to help you avoid exposure[4].

  • Avoid microwaving any food or drink in plastic containers and switch to glass containers.
  • Use reusable stainless steel or glass water bottles instead of plastic.
  • If you have a plastic water bottle, try not to exposure it to heat.
  • For food storage, use glass or stainless steel containers instead of plastic containers.
  • Avoid buying canned foods, as many liners in canned goods contain BPA. Instead, buy fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables.
  • Don’t accept cash register receipts.
  • Try to avoid plastics marked with the recycling symbol #7.

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