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BPA Plastic's Connection to Weight Gain, Metabolic Syndrome, and Thyroid & Endocrine Dysfunction

Posted by Administrator on 3/8/2014

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What you should know about BPA's.

BPA stands for bisphenol A. BPA is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins.  BPA is one of the most well know endocrine disruptors and is a common ingredient in plastics and food-can linings.  Unfortunately, BPA can leach out from the container and contaminate the food inside, particularly when exposed to high temperatures.  Recently, BPA has been implicated in many adverse health conditions, including an increased risk for obesity.

Insulin Resistance

According to recent research published in the Environmental Health Perspective, the estrogenic properties of BPA can disrupt pancreatic beta-cell function.  The beta cells store and release insulin, the primary hormone involved in maintaining blood-sugar levels.  Low-dose, long-term exposure to BPA caused a rise in insulin production that lead to insulin resistance.  Studies have indicated that elevated insulin levels are a risk factor for obesity.


Increase in Fat Cell Production


The estrogen-like effects of BPA has been shown in a Japanese study to cause both hyperplasia (an increase in the number of fat cells) and hypertrophy (an enlargement of the fat cells) in laboratory mice.  The effect was even greater when an increase in insulin production was simultaneously occurring.


"When you eat something with BPA, it's like telling your organs that you are eating more than you are really eating," says Angel Nadal, a BPA expert at the Miguel Hernandez University in Spain.


Nadal's latest research finds that the chemical triggers the release of almost double the insulin actually needed to break down food.  High insulin levels can desensitize the body to the hormone over time, which in some people may then lead to weight gain and Type 2 diabetes.

BPA fools a receptor into thinking it is the natural hormone estrogen, an insulin regulator. Nadal's team found that even the tiniest amounts of BPA -- a quarter of a billionth of a gram -- did the trick.

BPA's exposure is not just in plastic and canned food items, but also BPA-infused cash register receipts, dental sealants and toilet paper.

Thyroid and Endocrine Dysfunction

BPA is an endocrine disruptor, an outside chemical that can mimic a natural body hormone and fool the body into over-responding, such as increasing body mass through growth hormone or stimulating insulin production when it is not needed.  A 2007 study found that BPA can bind to the thyroid hormone receptor, interrupting its function. Thyroid conditions, particularly hypothyroidism, have been implicated in weight gain.

BPA is just one of a larger cocktail of at least 20 endocrine disruptors commonly used in everyday items, including phthalates, nicotine, dioxin, arsenic and tributyltin. Further, obesity and diabetes aren't the only risks posed by the chemicals. Studies also hint at links with cancer, infertility, heart disease and cognitive problems.

So, what can you do? 

1.  Use stainless steel or glass water bottles instead of plastic for drinking bottled water.  Remove any and all plastic cups, utensils and storage containers in your home.  Replace them with glass, stainless steel, ceramic or bamboo (sustainable materials).

2.  Drink soda only from glass bottles.  Better yet, quit soda all together.  Try a natural soda replacement such as adding Sweetleaf Stevia Cola Flavor to your water.

3.  Avoid microwavable meals.  Instead, eat fresh, home made, organic meals, or, use pyrex glass storage containers.

4.  Avoid purchasing any perishable goods that contain BPA's, especially canned goods.  If you must purchase canned, look for BPA free labels.

5.  Replace your plastic coffee/tea maker with a French Press, ceramic drip, stainless steel electric percolator or glass kettle.  Disposable paper cups are often lined with plastic, so avoid the coffee shop, or bring your own ceramic or stainless steel mug.

6.  If you don't need a receipt, leave it or ask the cashier to place it in the bag.

7.  Look for BPA free baby bottles and toddler cups.

8.  Use reusable cloth grocery bags instead of plastic when shopping.

9.  Keep plastic containers out of the freezer, microwave or dishwasher. BPA and phthalates leach from plastics at a higher rate in hot or cold temperatures.

10.  Play it safe - opt for wood and cloth toys over plastic.

11.  Talk to your Dentist about sealants and composites that are BPA free.

Even if you follow all of these steps, BPA will inevitably linger in your body.  The branch of homeopathy called "isotheraphy" uses the bodies natural detox abilities to detoxify the petrochemical.

 * These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. 
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