I’m sure you’ve seen those “BPA Free” stickers on the plastic cups at Target. And we all know that is supposed to mean it is healthier, but what does it actually mean?
There was a study conducted where the researchers took more than 450 plastic food items such as baby bottles + plastic packaging, from a range of stores, including items that were labeled “BPA Free”.
These items were then chopped up and placed in saltwater (aka what our body composition is made up of) and a few other liquids. The goal was to see what leeched out of the plastics.
70%+ of these products produced chemicals that mimicked estrogen.
The results were then increased to 95% once real-world factors were introduced. Things like sunlight, microwaves, and dishwashers.
Conclusion: Chemicals in plastic mimic estrogen. Even ones without BPA.
This can cause estrogen toxicity for women and men. Huge red flag.
Estrogen toxicity can cause irregularity in menstrual cycles, hair loss, fatigue, low libido, mood swings, inflammation, and more.
So what can we do about it?
Obviously it’s really hard to know what our foods have been exposed to prior to us. Things are transported in tubs + bags and all kinds of plastic. But we can control what we do at home and what we buy!
👉🏼 Swap out your plastic water bottle for something stainless steel
👉🏼 Use glass containers for your leftovers
👉🏼 Stasher Bags instead of plastic bags
👉🏼 Opt to go paperless at the store – Receipts have a BPA coating!
How do you plan to reduce your plastic use? Tell me in the comments!
Calee Shea is a Holistic Health Practioner based in Atlanta, Georgia. She is your go-to gal for all things periods, vaginal health, and sex.