Recently, an alarming study was published establishing the negative link between BPA and the reproductive health of young women and girls around the globe.
Bisphenol A, more commonly referred to as BPA, is a hormone-disrupting chemical that is used in hard plastics like consumer packages, baby products, clear water bottles and food storage containers. It’s been lurking for quite some time until the Environmental Protection Agency concluded that it was harmful to humans, particularly those in the developmental stages of life.
However, only five states in the USA have banned its use, despite it being shown to appear in over 90% of urine samples taken from average Americans in an independent study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control. BPA is harmful in that it mimics estrogen in the body, causing irregularities in hormone levels in females and males.
So for those families’ not eating organic foods or using hard plastic baby bottles, drink cups and containers – the affects are already starting to show in the alarming rate of young girls who are experiencing puberty at much faster rates. According to the recent story which aired on Fox News in August “Research has found the chemical can leach into food and beverages when containers are heated and could pose a health risk at extremely low exposure levels, especially to infants and young children. There have been more than 200 published studies linking BPA to a number of medical problems including breast and prostate cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, childhood obesity, neurological problems in infants and young children, early puberty, and immune and sexual dysfunction.” (http://health.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/07/29/efforts-to-ban-chemical-bpa-picks-up-momentum/) Girls are maturing as young as 8 years old and young women are heading into menopause in their early forties; at much earlier rates as a result of harmful chemicals found in our nation’s food sources.
So what can the average family do to prevent damage to their reproductive health?
First, let’s start with not purchasing foods that come in BPA laden containers and don’t store or serve foods in hard plastic containers – choose glass or other natural materials instead. That goes for baby products as well. Containers that say “BPA free” should be your first choice.
Second, choose only natural and organic foods that are prepared without the use of chemicals, hormones or BPA packaging for the ultimate in health benefits.
Third, demand that grocers take down any products that come in BPA containers and ask for organic alternatives instead. Remember, it’s up to you to make sure that your health is preserved and that your children grow up the way nature intended.
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