May 17, 2010

BPA Free Containers and too Much Estrogen

BPA is an Estrogen like Chemical that comes from hard plastic.  Plastics with BPA are used to line cans, make bottles and other plastic food and beverage containers.  Have you noticed BPA Free labels on many products lately?  That is because the FDA is concerned that it may be causing or contributing to hear disease, Prostate Problems, Erectile dysfunction and breast cancer!  I don't put much faith in the FDA, but if they are scared... I'm scared.  Here are some tips to avoid BPA contact.

1. Use glass.  Use glass in the microwave.  Heating the plastic just makes it ooze BPA on your food ( and who knows what else.)
2. Never drink a water bottle that has been left in a hot car.
3. Look for specific BPA FREE labels when buying kids cups, bottles and dishes.
4. Don't buy canned food.  Eat fresh, healthy unadulterated food.  These are lower in sodium, have no MSG and are full of vitamins anyway.  Even frozen vegetables can be a great alternative.  They are picked super ripe and fresh and frozen immediately, therefore preserving the vitamins and benefits.

Extra estrogen in the body can cause a whole host of health problems including  weight gain, migraines, fluid retention, high blood pressure, fatigue, aging skin, thinning hair, fluid retention, PMS, low libido, muscle aches and pains, memory fogginess, fibroids, endometriosis, depression, fibrocystic breasts and miscarriage. The more serious, life-threatening conditions of estrogen excess are: reproductive cancers, strokes, blood clots, compromised immune system, toxic livers, gall bladder disease, auto-immune diseases (lupus, MS, rheumatoid arthritis), glucose intolerance, pancreatitis, and interfering with the uptake of thyroid hormones.♥ Both MEN and women can have to much estrogen and have these symptoms.  If you have many or some of these symptoms there are things you can do.  Avoid BPA, eat organic food (there are estrogen type chemicals in pesticides as well), loose weight (fat cells create even more estrogen) and avoid soy products (soy contains an estrogen like chemical). Those tips are a good start to controlling your estrogen related health problems.

-Val

Sources 
♥ http://nice2people.com/sellman/hormone-heresy3.htm 
♥AARP.com 

2 comments:

  1. If I have a BPA free waterbottle and I have left it in my hot car for a few days, since its BPA free is it ok? Please email me if you know the answer make the subject BPA or something relating to this, justin2772@hotmail.com, thank you

    Justin

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  2. Val From Healthy Live CrusadersSeptember 14, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Justin, All plastics degrade and leech chemicals when they get hot, and most plastics have known carcinogens in them. I would not recommend using plastic for any food use after it has been heated over 90 degrees. This includes the microwave. It is recommended to use a stainless steel water bottle and microwave in glass containers only. So, to answer your question, a BPA free water bottle left in the car will not have BPA in it, but it will most likely have other chemicals from the plastic it was in. BPA is of specific concern because it is an estrogenic compound, which means it disrupts the bodies natural balance of hormones.

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