Plastic has become a staple in our society. It's cheap to produce, lightweight, durable and even recyclable. Like many modern conveniences, it has become so much a part of our lives that removing plastic from our homes would be a difficult undertaking. Plastic is used to make our water bottles and our baby's bottles, it lines metal food cans, fast food containers and microwavable food packaging. Our shower curtains are made out of plastic, our blow-up mattresses are made out of plastic, and now, due to the ubiquitous and pervasive nature of this chemical, our bodies contain plastic.
Bishpenol A Is Everywhere
In 200 the CDC conducted a body burden analysis to determine how many people had bisphenol A (BPA), a common type of plastic, in their bloodstream and found that a whopping 95% of their participants were plastic-positive. Over the past 20 years, numerous studies have detected BOA uin breast milk, serum, saliva, urine, amniotic fluid and cord blood. And the pervasiveness of this plastic doesn't end with our bodies. BPA is so sommon in products and industrial waste that it pollutes rivers, sediment, house dust and air. You would be hard pressed to find a corner of the earth that BPA hasn't touched.
Plastic In The Body
When BPA enters the body it acts like the hormone estrogen. It is a synthetic form of estrogen, but the body can't tell the difference between the real thing and the synthetic imposters. BPA levels within the body increase the levels of estrogen, which can lead to very serious health problems including breast cancer, testicular cancer, and reproductive disorders.
Symptoms of Plastic Toxicity
My Healthy Recommendations
Ridding your life of plastic can be a challende - it's true. When I suggest to my patients that they remove all plastic from their homes I'm often met with resistance. My simple answer to them is this: When you make choices about items that you buy for your home, choose plastic alternatives. For example, use glass containers
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