Bisphenol-a, its link to estrogen dominance

plasticBisphenol-a (BPA) is a chemical invented in the early 1890s and mainly used in making plastics. It wasn’t until the 1930s that scientists discovered its ability to mimic estrogen.

After more than a century, the health effects of BPA have been documented. However, it is still used in almost everything from baby bottles to canned beans.

Bisphenol-a is one of the many links to estrogen dominance and other female hormonal problems. If you use a lot of plastic and canned goods, beware.

This is not a scare tactic, the dangers of this chemical are real and serious. Years of exposure to this xenoestrogen will, in many cases, result in endocrine disruptive problems like, you guessed it, fibroids and endometriosis.

One of the most used plastic products is water bottles. There are different types of plastic and some leech more BPA than others. The next time you are in a store, grab a bottle of water and look at the bottom. There should be a recycle symbol with a number in the center.

The recycle codes range from 1-7 and are used to determine  how flexible or hard the plastic. Number 1 (PET or PETE—polyethylene terephthalate) plastic has the recycle symbol with the number one in the middle. These plastics not to leach BPA, but it’s always best to avoid plastic as much as possible.

Instead  of using plastic bottles to store your drinking water, try using stainless steel water bottles.

Here are a few reasons to use stainless steel water bottles:

•Better for your health

•Economical—just refill the bottle. NOT WITH TAP WATER because it contains chlorine, a xenoestrogen.

•Better for the environment

If you use canned goods, remember it is best to  avoid all canned and processed food. However, if  you insist on using canned goods, look for companies that offer BPA-free packaging.

More and more companies are seeing the light, by using BPA-free cans. However, the numbers are small.

To be honest, it will cost you a little more to purchase a product in a BPA-free can because it is much cheaper for a company to manufacture goods in cans lined with BPA.

You might have to shop around, but your local health food store should carry products featuring BPA-free cans.

Here are a couple of product lines that feature BPA-free cans.

Eden Foods

This company which  produces organic foods has used BPA-free cans since 1999. So they’ve been ahead of the times for a while. Their cans are steel not aluminum;  instead of BPA the company uses vegetable resin which does not interfere with estrogen or endocrine function. Currently, this company uses all Bisphenol-a free lining for their organic chili and bean varieties.

Wild Planet Foods

According to the company’s website, their Albacore Tuna and Skipjack Light Tuna are packed in BPA-Free cans. As a side note: this tuna is absolutely delicious! So much better than ordinary store bought tuna and much more flavorful, and contains less mercury!

Reducing your use of BPA is one of the  best ways to reduce your risk of estrogen dominance, uterine fibroids and other female hormonal problems like heavy and irregular periods, endometriosis, insomnia etc.

Wondering what other things this chemical can be used in?

•Cars—anything plastic, BPA is also used in materials such as seat fabric and carpet.

•Toys

•Shipping packaging—the plastic wrapping and Styrofoam peanuts.

•Plastic forks, spoons, Styrofoam plates and cups

•Plastic food storage containers

• Medical devices

Consider using glass storage containers for food storage. Also, look for BPA-free sandwich and freezer bags.  It is not easy to avoid BPA, but being conscious of what you use is a big step to reducing estrogen dominance and getting your health back on track.

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