5 tips to reduce your exposure to BPA, a leading endocrine disruptor

Women drinking coffee from ceramic mugs

By By Dr. Sharon Stills, NMD

Plastic is everywhere. Which means so is harmful Bisphenol A (BPA), a toxin used to make common plastics. And because we’re exposed to BPA in so many different places and products, all those small doses add up to a huge hormonal imbalance.

I encourage you to make your lifestyle as plastic-free as possible. Even though I preach this all day long, I’m still working on it in my own life. As I was getting ready today, I thought “Wow, look at my hangers.” They’re all plastic.

Here are five tips to help you get started in reducing plastic and exposure to BPA:

  1. If you’re using a microwave – please don’t! But if you must must must, at least use glass containers with glass lids in your microwave. When you heat things in plastic in the microwave, you’re just flooding your food with toxins, which the heat releases.

  2. If you are drinking coffee to-go – beware of the plastic lids. Yes, they have BPA in them! The steam of the hot coffee or tea extracts the BPA and falls back into your drink. So BYOM — bring your own mug! Have some glass or metal mugs safely stored in your car so that you’re never without one.

  3. If you are using plastic wrap, switch to glass containers with glass lids.

  4. If you pay for something with a credit card, don’t take the receipt. The thermal paper has BPA! You can keep track of your expenses and spending online.

  5. If your dentist spots a cavity, make you’re your dentist uses BPA free composites. Composites are often used as a substitute for mercury (which definitely needs to be avoided!) but usually are made with resins that contain BPA. There is controversy over how much of the BPA leaches out, but why volunteer to be a guinea pig? Given the acids, pressure and chemical reactions in your mouth — and the adverse health effects of BPA — it just isn’t worth the risk.

It’s also a good habit to wash your hands frequently. Given how prevalent plastics are everywhere, it’s inevitable that you’ll gather them on your hands. By washing your hands before eating and before bed, you’ll minimize how much of that BPA gets into your body.

Watch: Dr. Sharon Stills, NMD shares her top tips for reducing BPA exposure

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