It was in 2008 the potential health hazards of BPA or Bisphenol A made headlines in a big way. It is a chemical used to manufacture various types of plastic. The discovery sent shockwaves everywhere, mostly in the health community and regulatory entities. It has been in use for 40 years in plastic manufacturing sector. As a result, you can find BPA almost everywhere, in and outside the house. As it is, 90% of human population has BPA existing in the body. You can get it through foods and drinks stored in plastic containers and also through air, water and dust particles.
Risk of BPA
With a growing number of researches indicating BPA as the root of many human ailments, plastic manufacturers are discarding its use. However, you need to know about the harmful effects of this compound on human body. The FDA has changed its view on BPA toxicity after 2010.
The major risks caused by BPA are:
- Effect on behavior and neurological functions
- Disruption in normal hormone levels
- Enhanced risk of cancer
- Obesity and ADHD
Medical experts are of the view BPA can adversely affect health of kid and pregnant women more than others.
Ways To Discard BPA From Body And Keep It At Bay
While the harmful effects of BPA are numerous and it may be quite hard to keep it away from your body given the proliferation of plastics in human life, do not lose heart! With a few cautions and changes in lifestyle and eating habits, you can ensure BPA does not enter your body easily. You cannot change the environment around you, but avoiding sources of risk is definitely possible.
Below listed are top tips to discard BPA from your life and body:
Start Eating Probiotics
You can start eating concentrated probiotic foods and yoghurt. The healthy bacteria found in such foods can eliminate BPA and other toxins from your body. They also contain other nutrients required by the human body.
Exercise does offer multiple health benefits along with weight loss. When you exercise, your body sweats and accumulated BPA can get excreted through the sweat.
Taking Foods With Quercetin
It is a flavonoid found mostly in whole grains, fruits and vegetables. It can play a role in reducing BPA toxicity.
Saying No To Packaged Foods
To ensure BPA does not get into your body, stop eating packaged foods and drinking canned beverages. The convenience of packed and ready made foods should not come at the cost of your health. Make some changes in the way you buy and consume foods. Stop buying milk and beverages in cans and switch to those sold in glass bottles, for example. Similarly, you can buy fresh bread wrapped in paper from the bakery. The same can be said about buying produce.
Drinking Herbal and Black Tea
To help your body cope better with BPA toxicity, start in taking black and gerbil tea. These tea leaves contain antioxidants that help reducing toxic effects of BPA on human body.
Choose Plastic Bottles With Caution
It is better if you can stop carrying and using plastic bottles to carry water. A lot of such bottles are made with BPA. When you keep water in them for a long time, particularly under the sun, the chemicals get released into the water and as you drink it, enter your body. Carrying stainless steel bottles is a worthy alternative. Glass bottles with steel top are also fine.
Avoid Eating Out On Weekends
A lot of people, especially working professionals have a habit of letting loose healthy eating habits and eat out on weekends. When you eat dinner or lunch at restaurants, chances are there the food has high amounts of BPA. Eating at home may seem less alluring idea, but it keeps you away from BPA.
Using Proper Microwave Utensils
The conveniences of a microwave are undeniable. You can defrost frozen food in a jiffy and reheat food without spoiling taste. However, you need to use safe and suitable utensils while reheating foods in Microwave ovens. There are several types of plastic containers that are tagged Microwave safe. While they can be used to reheat and defrost food, it is better you evade them. When these containers are heated, they release BPA into foods. To be on the safe side, reheat food using glass bowls and containers.