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BPA- A chemical that you encounter every single day.

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When you go shopping and you’re checking out, this question always comes up ” Do you want your receipt or in the bag?  Just say neither, and ask the cashier if  they can send it via e-mail.  More and more retailers are now giving you the option to send your receipt electronically. Choose that option.

If that’s not available, and you need your receipt, at least don’t put it in your pocket, wallet, or handle it for more than a few seconds. Recent research shows that thermal receipts all contain Bisphenol A, otherwise known as BPA.  This chemical is also commonly found in hard plastics or in can liners.

Statistics Canada states that at least 91% Canadians tested for BPA all had detectable amounts in their urine.  This tells us that there is a widespread exposure to BPA. Where did this s*** come from? And what is it?

“BPA is not something to be seen, it’s a sneaky little chemical, but it does it’s job very well…  

 BPA is a estrogen mimicking synthetic compound. What does that mean. It means it acts as a synthetic estrogen. This means that it disrupts our own hormone levels and our hormone balance. BPA is known to increase the growth of fibroid tumours in the uterus, and are known to interfere with fertility treatments. It was also linked to the development of diabetes, and heart attack. It may even increase the risk of breast cancer.

BPA being a xenoestrogen it can lead to hormone imbalances that can result in feeling fatigue, weight issues, anxiety attacks, poor sleep, and many other health concerns.

How it impacts out children is that even at low exposure it can cause reproductive harm, decreased sperm count, early puberty, increased risk of cancer, depression in teenage girls, obesity, and cancer.

“A poison kills you”, says biology professor Frederick Vom Saal. ” A chemical like BPA reprograms your cells and ends up causing a disease in your grandchild that kills him.”

Below I have listed products that commonly contain BPA. Be aware when shopping for your family.

You can find BPA in :

  • Water bottles
  • beverage cans
  • food cans
  • toys
  • receipts
  • electronics
  • cd’s and dvd’s
  • medical devices
  • plastic table wear and cutlery
  • sippy cups
  • plastic straws
  • tupperware
  • saran wrap
  • Some toilet paper and napkins
  • Recycled Paper products
  • Fast food cartons
  • magazines
  • flyers
  • plane boarding passes
  • bus tickets
  • paper currency

Yup! It looks like we are doomed…right?! The worldwide production of BPA is estimated at approximately 8 billion pounds ( 4 billion kg) a year. That’s a lot of BPA. And it’s going in virtually everything. So it is difficult to eliminate it from your life entirely, but there are ways to reduce your contact and exposure to this nasty bad boy.

Some tips on avoiding or reducing exposure of BPA:

  • Use glass tubberware containers to store your food in.
  • Use natural non bleached parchment paper instead of  saran wrap. Most health food stores carry this,  as well as cute little brown, eco everything friendly paper bags.  Wrap it and throw it in the bag.
  • Don’t store receipts in your wallet or your pocket, eventually the BPA will leak through and will be absorbed through skin contact.
  • Use mason jars for:  spices, granola, cereals, cookies, nuts, baking ingredients, seeds, herbs, virtually anything in your kitchen.
  • Always use glass bottles for drinking never plastic.
  • Buy Glass bottles for baby
  • avoid toys and teething toys with BPA
  • Don’t handle anything with BPA especially when you have lotion on,  or your hands are wet or greasy. Holding a receipt for 5 seconds sends approx. 1 mcg of endocrine disrupter through the skin. It can remain on the skin for at least two hours.
  • Dont purchase or drink water from plastic bottles. Always use glass.
  • Never boil anything in plastic
  • Never freeze and drink from plastic bottled water. Freezing a water bottle, absorbs more BPA from the plastic and goes directly into the water that you are drinking.
  • wash hands immediately  after handling receipts, boarding passes
  • call your favourite  toilet paper and paper towel companies up and find out if their products contain BPA
  • Don’t purchase cans unless otherwise labeled as BPA free or if even necessary. Food should be fresh, not in a can and heated at high temperatures.
  • Ask your dentist to use BPA-free sealants ( especially on children)

Try to eliminate items that contain BPA in your home and in your daily life , or reduce as much as possible. Just be aware of what products contain this nasty chemical, and make sure to wash your hands immediately after if you have handled anything contain it.  . Constant exposure through ingestion and skin exposure makes a strong presence in the body. You don’t want this funky stuff in your body or your children’s body. 

Be aware, don’t let them fool you 🙂

With Love and Gratitude, 

Laura XO