Are you absorbing synthetic estrogens?

Habits to Healthy Blog Post 16

Bisphenol A (BPA) was discovered to be a synthetic estrogen in the 1930s. Initially, it was studied for potential use as a pharmaceutical estrogen before its use to manufacture polycarbonate (hard plastic) and epoxy resins (to line cans and various packaging). Now it’s in everything, including thermal receipt paper from retail stores.

BPA leaching occurs resulting in unwanted absorption and unfortunately, it hasn’t been banned in the US yet. This means that packaged food & beverages contain low levels of synthetic estrogen.

Studies show that BPA exhibits estrogenic effects on wildlife. It causes developmental and reproductive effects, including reduction of male hormones, death of testicular cells, decreased sperm density and motility, and delayed or absent ovulation.

It’s ubiquitous in the environment meaning it’s in the water, soil, air, and plantlife. The most susceptible are pregnant women, infants, and children.

Synthetic estrogens, also known as xenoestrogens, disrupt the endocrine system (hormones) and have the potential to impact immune function and metabolism.

It can cause ESTROGEN DOMINANCE that leads to irregular or heavy periods, fibroids, migraines, weight gain, mood swings, hair loss, insomnia, brain fog, PMS, PCOS, endometriosis, recurrent miscarriages, and infertility. In men, it can lead to low testosterone, erectile dysfunction, infertility, and gynecomastia (growth in breast tissue).

BPA has been linked to thyroid disorders, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, early onset of puberty, and behavior issues in children.

A 2004 study by the CDC found detectable levels of BPA in 93% of urine samples from people 6 years and older. Biomonitoring studies by the EWG found BPA can be found in nearly all Americans in human blood, urine, breast milk, and umbilical cord blood.

H E A L T H Y   H A B I T S
BPA is everywhere and the body will do it’s best to detoxify it out. The primary source of exposure is from food & beverages. The goal is to support the body by REDUCING the toxin load. Limit or avoid:

canned food & beverages
packaged food & beverages
hot or warm food & beverages from to-go or take out containers
microwaving or heating food in cans or plastic
– skin contact with receipt paper

Be empowered. Every step counts. This week, I’m going to try to have one less meal from take out. It’s about progress, not perfection.

What steps do you want to try this week?

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