Serious Health Risks Linked to BPA in plastic water bottles.
It's kinda cool when I see people out exercising, sporting their water bottles, doing their thing, especially on a nice day. I just hope they're not drinking from those bottles. You see, when manufacturers make water bottles, they use a chemical called bisphenol A. It's released over time, especially when plastic gets warm. The result?
Bisphenol A, often known as BPA is a chemical found in hard plastics and the coatings of food and drinks cans which can behave in a similar way to estrogen and other hormones in the human body. ... BPA can also be found in epoxy resins which is used as coatings inside food and drinks cans.
Serious Health Risks Linked to BPA
BPA is an endocrine disrupter, which means it mimics or interferes with your body's hormones and "disrupts" your endocrine system. The glands of your endocrine system and the hormones they release influence almost every cell, organ, and function of your body.
It is instrumental in regulating mood, growth and development, tissue function, metabolism, as well as sexual function and reproductive processes. BPA has been linked to a number of health concerns, particularly in pregnant women, fetuses and young children, but also in adults, including:
Structural damage to your brain
Hyperactivity, increased aggressiveness, and impaired learning
Increased fat formation and risk of obesity
Altered immune function
Changes in gender-specific behavior, and abnormal sexual behavior
Early puberty, stimulation of mammary gland development, disrupted reproductive cycles, ovarian dysfunction, and infertility
Stimulation of prostate cancer cells
Increased prostate size and decreased sperm production.(1)
The research involving humans has shown those risks. For instance, BPA from cans or plastic bottles can raise your blood pressure within just a few hours of ingestion.(2)
And in the NHANES study, published in 2010, adults with the highest levels of BPA in their urine were more than twice as likely to develop coronary heart disease as those with the lowest levels.(3)
Why BPA-Free Plastics Are Not the Solution…
In response to consumer demand for BPA-free products, many manufacturers have switched to using a different chemical called bisphenol-S (BPS). But BPS appears to be just as toxic, if not more so, than BPA.
In 2013, researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch discovered that even minute concentrations—less than one part per trillion—of BPS can disrupt cellular functioning. Metabolic disorders like obesity, diabetes, and even cancer, are potential ramifications of such disruptions.
Basically, while manufacturers are not lying by stating their products are “BPA-free,” they’re not necessarily telling the whole truth either. Many have simply traded one endocrine-disrupting chemical for another, and health-conscious consumers may be lulled into a false sense of security by the BPA-free label. Not to mention, plastics aren’t your only source of exposure to BPA. This toxic chemical is also found in:
Canned foods and soda cans
All BPA-containing plastics
Certain tooth sealants
Certain BPA-free plastics (which can contain similar endocrine-disrupting chemicals)
Thermal printer receipts and paper currency (because paper bills are often stored next to receipts in wallets)
Past research has shown that holding receipt paper for only five seconds was enough to transfer BPA onto your skin, and the amount of BPA transferred increased by about 10 times if fingers were wet or greasy.(4) Eating canned goods is another lesser-known, yet significant, route of exposure. According to one study, eating canned soup for five days increased study participants' urinary concentrations of BPA by more than 1,000% compared to eating freshly made soup.(5) Separate research showed that after drinking soy milk from a can, the levels of BPA in the participants' urine rose by about 1,600 percent, compared to when they drank soy milk stored in glass.(6)
10 Tips to Reduce Your Exposure to Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals & Natural Herbal concentrates to Detox all inner organs, cells and blood
Although it's virtually impossible to steer clear of ALL potentially hazardous chemicals, you can certainly minimize your exposure by keeping some key principles in mind.
Eat mostly fresh whole foods. Processed and packaged foods are a common source of BPA and phthalates—particularly cans, but also foods packaged in plastic wrap.