Three letter words are well known but who knew that these three letter words could be so dangerous? BPA, known scientifically as Bisphenol A, is a synthesized chemical compound used in the production of everything from plastic water bottles and food storage containers, to canned foods and paper receipts.
In the mid-century, BPA was employed in manufacturing polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins because it could produce resilient plastics that wouldn't break or shatter when heated or cooled. It was cheap and effective, hence the widespread commercial use of this very toxic chemical. This is likely due to the fact that you can find it virtually everywhere, including the biggest culprit: disposable plastic water bottles.
The primary source of exposure to BPA for most people is through the diet. While air, dust, and water are other possible sources of exposure, BPA in food and beverages accounts for the majority of daily human exposure.
Top 3 Side Effect Of BPA
Any time we talk about a potentially dangerous toxin in the food we eat or water we drink, someone inevitably comes out and says, “Don’t eat that! It’ll give you cancer.” We’ve heard it so many times that we’ve almost become numb to it. Well, when it comes to BPA, there is truth to this claim.
For example, one study found BPA can mimic estrogen and other hormones and interact with certain cell receptors to promote the development of breast, ovary and prostate cancer. Another study indicated that BPA could mitigate the effectiveness of chemotherapy in breast cancer patients – a cause for concern for anyone undergoing radiation therapy.
Heart Disease and Diabetes
Heart disease and diabetes brought on by obesity have reached near epidemic levels in the United States. Though it is primarily because of high-fat diets and processed foods, the BPA used in product packaging may also be a contributing factor. Some studies have found that BPA exposure can increase the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. Researchers have confirmed that there is a link between these diseases and BPA, but they are not sure how they interact. With this type of confirmation, it is simply best to avoid BPA at all costs.
Bisphenol A can also contribute to weight gain. It does this partially because of what we mentioned earlier about its ability to act as a hormone inside the body. It can interfere with insulin production and resistance (wreaking havoc on your body’s control of blood sugar), and it can cause an increase in fat cell production. So while you're running on that treadmill, it might be wise to leave your plastic water bottle at home. At Dawn Outlet, we've worked very hard to develop the absolute highest-quality, non-toxic, contaminant-free borosilicate glass water bottles. We encourage everyone to educate themselves and only use containers that are inert and sanitary for their daily drinkware – many plastic and metal alternatives can leach into your beverage and it is wise to steer clear of
What can can you do to avoid it?
It is critical we try and limit how much we and our loved ones come into contact with BPA. Here are some things you can do in your everyday life to make sure you aren’t being overexposed:
Whether it has BPA in it or not, single use plastic waste is destroying ecosystems. It is made from oil, and it virtually never biodegrades. Eat real food, not processed and packaged. This is something you should consider even without the risks of BPA. Natural foods are more flavorful, nutritious and easier on the environment and your gut. Try to buy more root veggies that come from the ground, not a factory. Avoid canned foods.
Look for plastics with the BPA-free label, try to find options that do not use BPA and make sure the product/manufacturer provides the name of the material that is used in place of BPA.
What will you do to reduce your plastic footprint? It's never too late to put your health in focus, and to help preserve our environment for future generations.
For water on the go, purchase a BPA-free DawnBottles for yourself and each member of your family. These can be reused and they are non-porous and non-leaching, ensuring that one purchase saves years of waste.
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