A ton of BPA (bisphenol A) ends up in our environment every year and now scientists are finding that even a very small amount can have strange and long-term health effects. It’s incorporated into plastics that are used to line or protect things like canned goods and cash register receipts. BPA has been found in the blood and urine of most Americans and even in the amniotic fluid and placenta of unborn fetuses.
The Weird Effects of BPA Exposure
In an article for Rodale News author Leah Zerbe tells us how scientists say BPA could be affecting our bodies in strange ways.
Yet, in an increasing number of studies, BPA is being found to be a reproductive, developmental and systemic toxicant. Much of the focus has been on the chemical’s ability to interfere with levels of estrogen in the body, but scientists are discovering that its effects spread far beyond hormonal systems, resulting in health problems that are downright bizarre.
Five ways BPA could be affecting you:
- Eroding Teeth. Daily low doses of BPA can damage tooth enamel.
- Misfiring Heart. A 2011 animal study found that BPA caused erratic heartbeats in female bodies.
- Low Sex Drive. BPA messes with men’s sexual hormones and is linked to low sperm counts and quality.
- Love Handles. Lab studies have shown that BPA has the ability to disrupt pancreatic function leading to insulin resistance and obesity.
- Multi-Generational Damage. A recent study conducted on mice found that mothers who were exposed to BPA gave birth to babies with symptoms associated with autism and ADHD.
Here are some tips to help you avoid BPA exposure:
- avoid plastic containers – use glass or stainless-steel instead
- say no to the receipt – if you don’t need it, say no. Otherwise, store it in something like an envelope so you don’t touch it every time you open your wallet or purse.
- buy fresh or frozen vegetables – and when farmers’ markets are open, buy local vegetables. They’re the freshest you can get, have more flavor and allow you to contribute to your local economy.
- Be skeptical of BPA-free claims – the common BPA replacement, BPS, also can also mess with your hormones.
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