Having a hard time losing weight? This may be due to your bottled water. A new study from Harvard School of Public Health and published in the journal Environmental Health found that commonly-found toxins in plastics are linked to both general obesity and abdominal obesity.
Known as Bisphenol A or BPA for short, these hormone disruptors have been primarily found in plastic, including plastic food and beverage packaging.
They concluded that “higher BPA exposure is associated with general and central obesity in the general adult population in the United States.”
As a result of studies like the Harvard one, toxins like BPA, PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), and phthalates are increasingly being referred to as “obesogens.”
According to the site, Ban The Bottle, you can do your best to reduce your exposure to BPA by following the tips below:
6 Ways to Reduce Your BPA Exposure
- Avoid plastic water bottles. Get a high quality, BPA-free reusable water bottle and refill it.
- Avoid using plastic food storage containers. Opt for glass or stainless steel instead.
- Avoid microwaving food in plastic containers.
- If you must use any plastic, be sure it is BPA-free.
- Stop using plastic cooking utensils. Choose renewable bamboo instead.
- If you’re choosing plastic toys for children, be sure they are BPA-free.
5 Other Things You Can Do to Protect Yourself
- Eat a diet high in fiber since fiber binds to toxins like BPA to help escort them out of the body.
- Eat more beans.
- Add a scoopful of brown rice fiber to your smoothie or as a supplement to bind to BPA.
- Drink green tea to help burn fat.
- Use metabolism-boosting spices like cayenne and other chilies.
Follow the above tips see what happens as you try to lose some weight and stay healthy.