BPA, or Bisphenol A, is a chemical found practically everywhere. It may be in your water bottle. It may be in your plastic storage containers. It’s probably in the cash register receipt you take at the supermarket.
And in all likelihood, BPA is in your urine. CDC scientists found BPA in 93% of the urine of 2,517 US persons.
What are the problems with BPA?
It’s a chemical that is not supposed to be in your body. And it causes harm. It is what’s called an endocrine disruptor. This means it disrupts the hormonal balance in your body. It can therefore make your testosterone level plummet.
But it can also cause death.
A study has found that people that have high levels of BPA in their bodies, are 49% more likely to die during the next 10 years.
The good news?
Many products no longer contain BPA. We know the health hazards of this and hence are taking action.
The bad news?
It’s still used in many products today.
Check your plastic bottles and containers. If they have the number 7 at the bottom, they contain BPA. You may then want to recycle them.
Do you eat canned food?
BPA is used in the lining of the cans that contain canned products. Some of this BPA is likely to seep into the food or content of the cans.
If you still use CDs, you are probably exposing yourself to BPA.
Many plastic toys also contain BPA.
And when you get your receipt at the supermarket or store, this also probably contains BPA.
What can you do to reduce your exposure to BPA?
The most important actions you can take are:
- Stay away from canned food / products
- Don’t accept the printed copy of the cashier receipts
- Discard all plastic products with the number 7 on them
- And in general, use as little plastic as possible
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