Most of us have heard about the recent controversy surrounding plastics and all manner of health concerns they present.
For those who haven’t heard the research that has been emerging lately, Bispehnol-A, also known as BPA, is a chemical that effects the body in many of the same ways that estrogen does.
This chemical is often found lining food and beverage containers especially cans such as those that soup comes in and a wide variety of plastics such as storage containers and water bottles.
Due to its estrogen-like effects, BPA is strongly suspected as a feminizing agent, causing female-typical fat distribution in males, elevated female hormone levels in both sexes, as well as many negative effects on either sex caused by having too much estrogen, just like males can develop health problems due to having too much testosterone.
BPA has been linked to many health conditions such as:
Earlier age puberty in females
Conditions affecting the prostate gland
Increased risk of cancer
According to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, people diagnosed with cardiovascular disease and diabetes have the highest urinary concentration of BPA, showing that they have an unusually large amount of BPA in their bodies and suggesting there may be a strong relation between BPA and a variety of health conditions.
How can you protect yourself from BPA?
Fairly easily by following these steps:
-Only buy food in BPA-free cans
-Stick to BPA-free drink containers when purchasing bottled water or other beverages
-Avoid pre-packaged food whenever possible. Ie fresh meats and vegetables rather than ones packaged in plastic
-Store and heat food in glass, pyrex, or stainless steel containers rather than plastic
-Avoid microwaving food in any sort of plastic container
-Check that your bags, storage containers, cups, plates, and bowls as well as other plastic products you buy state BPA-free. Usually companies who make products without BPA in them will market them that way.
Another viable option is taking an anti-xenoestrogen supplement which will protect your body from environmental estrogens such as BPA. Speak to your doctor to decide if that is the right option for you.