What is it? Bisphenol A; a chemical used in commercial products which was first introduced in the late 1800’s to produce strong and resilient polycarbonate and today is found in most plastics such as water bottles, baby bottles and clean plastic containers. It is also found in the lining of tinned food, cans and thermal receipt paper. BPA can leach out of cans and into a food or drink, especially when the food is acidic such as tinned tomatoes or sodas.
BPA is classed as an EDC, Endocrine Disrupting Chemical, with the biological mechanism of BPA has been shown to mimic the structure and function of the hormone oestrogen. It binds to receptors and influences bodily process such as growth, cell repair, fetal development, energy levels and reproduction. Women with higher levels of BPA in their system can have a higher risk of endometriosis, miscarriage, infertility and thyroid disorders, with recent studies finding links between BPA exposure and obesity, Type 2 diabetes and asthma.
It has also been linked to a lower sperm count in males, hormonal changes, and enlarged prostate glands, along with behavioural problems and ADHD in children.
A recent study found participants who consumed one serving of canned soup daily for 5 days had BPA levels 1,221% higher than those who hadn’t consumed canned products.
BPA has already been restricted in Europe, Canada, China and Malaysia.
But its not all doom and gloom. A recent study found that avoiding BPA exposure and packaged foods for 3 days reduced urine levels of BPA by 66%.
Taking a few simple steps to detoxify our bodies is all it takes.
Avoid BPA containing products; make sure drink bottles, containers and baby bottles both plastic and metal are BPA free.
Avoid BPA containing canned food and drinks; opt for fresh food. Fresh is best!
Choose glass jars, and then re-use.
Ensure kids toys are BPA free, especially when they are likely to chew or suck on them.
Avoid thermal paper receipts. A recent study showed that men and women who held receipts and then ate with their fingers, had substantial amounts of BPA in their blood serum and urine within 90 minutes after consumption.
Taking a probiotic supplement which contains Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus can help eliminate BPA via the bowels.
BPA levels are detoxified mostly through our sweat, so exercise and saunas are key to detox!