Not many of us may have heard about the chemical, BPA. To put things bluntly, it's an industrial chemical that might be lurking its way into your food and beverages as we speak - including your water bottle.
What is BPA?
BPA, also known as bisphenol A, is a chemical that is added to many products in the commercial industry and unfortunately, this includes many food containers and hygiene products. As well as that, BPA is also used to make epoxy resins to prevent the metal of canned food from corroding and breaking.
How much plastic from food and drink containers do you use every day?
Just because BPA is a chemical that you can't see, it doesn't mean you should ignore it. In fact, you're probably coming into contact with BPA every single day from the products below:
- Plastic containers
- Plastic water bottles
- Canned food
- Feminine hygiene products (including tampons)
How is BPA bad for me?
Believe it or not, BPA can work its way into your body and unfortunately, its main exposure is through your diet.
You see, when BPA containers are made, not all of the chemicals are sealed into the product. Once the chemical leaks unknowingly, it can then make its way into our foods and fluids.
Once inside our bodies, the chemical then starts to mimic the hormone, estrogen, due to its estrogen-like shape. Estrogen can alter the behaviour of more than 200 genes, which control the growth and repair of nearly every organ and tissue in the body. Among other things, estrogen affects fetal development, cell structure and the onset of puberty, and worryingly, your body's cells are highly sensitive to even tiny changes in estrogen levels.
Due to its extreme sensitivity, those who are on birth control - or have recently come off it - could potentially increase their risk to hormonal imbalances and as a result, their health could take a hit.
How you can reduce your BPA consumption
There's no doubt that we're all exposed to BPA, and luckily, there are several steps you can take to reduce your exposure - starting today.
With an average of 210 billion bottles drunken per year, it's no shock that our biggest plastic consumption comes from water bottles - single-use or not. You see, your beloved (and slightly scratched) everyday water bottle isn't quite the answer to your BPA problems as it turns out that degraded plastic (of all sorts), can actually increase the likelihood of BPA leaching out. So while you may believe that you're doing your bit for the planet by drinking out of the same water bottle every day, you could actually be making things a little bit more complicated for yourself.
So what's the answer? Swap out your knacked water bottle and replace it with our alkaline water filter bottle. Not only is it BPA free, but it also helps filter out chlorine and other contaminants and permanently absorbs metals such as lead and copper. As a result, you'll be drinking clearer, and more refreshing water.
Here are more ways in which you can help reduce your BPA consumption...
- Limit your intake of canned foods.
- Replace your single-use plastic bags for paper ones.
- Buy or can your own fruits and vegetables in glass jars.
- Store leftover's in glass containers.
- Replace your water filter pitcher for our BPA free one (shop here).
- Ditch your plastic toothbrush for an eco-friendly bamboo toothbrush.
- Do Not Microwave Polycarbonate Plastic Food Containers.
By following the above guidelines, not only will you be looking after your health by massively reducing your consumption of BPA, but you'll also be increasing your efforts to look after the environment. Every little helps, right?
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