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.
BPA not only causes weight gain, it also is proven to cause defects in the embryo, infertility, birth defects, birth problems, cancer, problems with the kidney and the liver, a higher chance to develop allergies and so on.
BPA is also in the lining of cans and even some stainless steel water bottles(the cheap kind).
The concentration is high in cheap colourfull flip flops and even when BPA free, there are similiar compounds who disriput the hormon system and cause other problems.
Especially a problem with the bottles you use for soft drinks, the thin flexible kind who are single use and are recycled..to make them so thin and still resistant you need one hell of a mix of chemicals…which will go from the plastic into the soft drink.
Beer guts, not because of the beer but also because of cheap beer in cans with plastic lining to stop corroding of the cans.
For childrens toys..if it smells strongly, don´t buy it..a chemical smell is a sure sign for the use of many toxic chemicals that will get into the room air, into the child through putting the toy in the mouth or even just by skin contact.